On November 14, 2010, the Chiefs lost to the Denver Broncos. But this loss was worst then most. First, the Chiefs lost to a divisional opponent. Second, the Chiefs were completely dominated, both on the offense and defense side of the ball.
However, the problem with the Chief’s defeat at the hands of the Broncos carries an even more insidious threat: the lose of confidence and hope in the 2010 Chiefs.We, as Chief’s fans, are not use to seeing the Chief‘s win. Sure, the 1990s were good. But after Marty left town, the fan base got use to defeat. The feeling of hopelessness culminated in the 2008 when the Chiefs won only two games. This was the season that Larry Johnson cemented his name as “2.7” and Herm Edwards and Carl Peterson ensured their removal as coach and general manager, respectfully.
The 2009 season wasn’t much better. The Chiefs won four games; hardly an accomplishment in the NFL. Yet, the Chiefs showed promise, namely the emergence of Charles as a legitimate and dangerous running back.
The Chiefs shocked nearly everyone in 2010. The Chiefs won their first three games, including a game against the much hyped Chargers. Additionally, the Chiefs remained on top of the AFC west until week 10. Indeed, for the first since 2004, our team, the Kansas City Chiefs, are relevant again.
The Broncos hurt us fans today. The Chiefs performance was sickening. And no one can blame a Chief’s fan for turning off the TV in a vain effort to stop the pain. I’m sure that many of the fans can picture Whitlock rolling around in laughter as he watched the Chiefs suffer the gut wrenching pounding the Broncos leveled on the Chiefs.
The players on the Chief’s roster face a considerable task this week. They must bounce back from two hard losses on the road and show the NFL that they are for real.
We too, as fans, have a considerable task this week. Do we scream for Cassel’s head? Do we call Haley a gambling fool, or Weis an inept play caller? Do we pound our fists on the table, demanding that the entire defensive line be cut immediately?
Or do we continue to support our team?
The last nine weeks have been something special. It felt good to be a Chief’s fan. Part of that feeling naturally came from being surrounded by other fans who felt the same way. Hope and confidence had replaced despair. I will not allow the wrenched Broncos to take away my hope and confidence in the Chiefs. Will you?