Okay, this is my first attempt at a fan post so wish me luck.
It seems like the recent losses that our Chiefs have put us through have left some/most of us with an uneasy feeling about who the Chiefs really are and what we can expect from them every week. I wanted to write this post weeks ago after our win against Jax but I didn't think it was the right time. So, I've saved some of my thoughts and experiences for this most opportune time.
I realize there are tons of Laker haters around the world, but follow me to the end and I'm sure you'll get something out of it.
Let me take you back to 2006. NBA playoffs between the suns and the Lakers. Kobe hits a last second, game winning shot in game 3 of the series in Phoenix to send the series back to L.A. where the Lakers eventually end up losing in 5 games.
That year the roster was as follows:
Smush Parker as PG
And, of course, Kobe. This is the same year that Kobe went off for 81, 61 and 65. Hewas a man possesed. Now, at that time L.A. had one of the youngest rosters in the leauge and it showed.
The regular season was comprised of blow out wins over the Jazz, wins over the rockets, the Magic, blow out wins over the Nuggets, Wizards, Hawks and a performance over the Celtics that had Celtic fans cheering M-V-P for Kobe. The season also consisted of blow out losses to the Sonics, Blazers, No/OkCity, a 32 point blowout loss the Mavs and 17 point blow out loss to the Nuggets in back to back games! The Lakers where asking Luke Walton to score double digit points every night and Smush Parker to lead the triangle offense. In short, it didn't work. The roster was too young, not talented enough, was frustratingly inconsistent and basically incomplete.
And here in lies my point: the Chiefs (just like the 2006 Lakers) are far too young to be consistent on a game to game basis. The talent is there in certain positions and is sorely lacking in others. Consequently, they find themsleves having to rely too much on certain parts of their team in hopes of compensating for other areas of weakness.
All that being said, I really want to tip my hat off to the coaching staff of this young Chiefs team. They have done an amazing job to squeeze every bit of effort and consistent play from this still developing roster. The fact that this team has won 5 games and played tough in every one but one of their losses speaks volumes! Just like Phil Jackson with the Lakers that year, I think Haley and his staff are coaching better than any other in the league this year. Sadly, it hasn't always translated to victories.... BUT IT WILL!!! The mere fact that Haley and co. have been able to impose this team's will on other teams speaks huge volumes. The fact that this team was rushing the ball at such a ridiculous rate and with such consistentcy and with such a young core group of players truly is amazing and leaves no doubt in my mind that we have a great coach in the making with Haley. I know we have some veteran leadership, but the culture Haley has been trying to implement has taken root and I suspect the remaining building blocks needed to finish the re-build will be found and will perform at a high level much faster because of this new culture.
Going back to the Lakers for a second. We all know the story of the Lakers. The big Gasol trade, big steps forward from Bynum, roster moves to fill in holes and we have a back to back championship team now looking for a threepeat. This formula is something most teams strive for, but I feel Pioli will be able to accomplish (see Sau, Moss, Harrison, Dillon, etc..)
So, what's my point? My point is that the ONE thing we can count on from a team this young is INCONSISTENCY!!! Bank on this team going out at least one more time and stomping on an opponent. Count on this same team to go out and not be competitive in another game this season. But with Haley and Pioli guiding this team, I would venture to say that you can bank on this being the decade of the Chiefs!
I'll leave you with this: stay patient. This roster is far from complete and I'm excited to see what the front office does in this next draft and free agency. Don't focus so much on the win/loss results of this year. Lets face it, none of us were crazy enough to predict this team in the SB this year, so lets not get so caught up with performances we didn't see coming (positive or negative). Instead, understand that this team is learning a huge amount of lessons one this ONE season that most teams learn in 2-3. No matter what the final standings are at the end of the year, know that this team will be all the better for it. And championship days are sure to follow.