This is the question I have asked myself when frequenting various Chiefs forums, blogs, and websites. This feeling of impatience seems to be widespread through Chiefs nation. While I understand the feelings we all get when our team wins or loses, we as fans need to take a step back and look at the big picture. What I am about to write is my perspective of being a fan of the Chiefs.Look at how, thanks to the way the draft is setup, teams are up then down. Best examples are the Rams, Cardinals, and Seahawks. Now they have all fallen from grace for various reasons, which I won't get into, but I am sure you can reflect to a time that they were on top of the league. Look at them now. Some are on the rise and some are on the decline but they are all shadows of their previous selves. But that is the way it works in the NFL, you rise as high as you can and hope to be able to win the Super Bowl. That is the only goal of an NFL team.
The Chiefs are on the rise in the NFL, we all know it. This time we are currently in is arguably the best time for a fan, in my opinion. Think about it. The future is bright, there is no end to the possibilities for this team as it stands. Yes, we can make some adjustments here and there, but that is something to look forward to seeing work out. For me watching football isn't just about the game, the game is one facet of the NFL in my mind. Though the games are what put every hope you have in your team to the test.
For example, how many of you guys enjoy watching the Chiefs go through the draft process? We, as Chiefs fans, get to debate and argue over who the Chiefs need and why. We speculate on who will live up to expectations and what our greatest need is. Then of course there is the development of our young players. You have high hopes for some of them and are anxiously anticipating to see where they will be in a few years. You get to watch them improve weekly and do things that you felt were beyond their abilities. Some break out, some bust, and some come out of nowhere but it is truly entertaining for me to see this process unfold. I even enjoy when they aren't playing well because it makes winning that much better. Last year we knew we had a bad team. We watched in agony as our team got punished week in and week out. But in my eyes, all that losing made the wins last season that much better. Think about the Steelers game. We KNEW we were going to be crushed. But not that Sunday, I can't recall the last time I felt that way after a game.
There are some fans out there who's only desire is to see their team win a Super Bowl. This is a depressing train of thought for me. Because thinking along those lines, you are so hell bent on getting that trophy that you are missing out on so much more. Then once your team inevitably starts to decline your even more frustrated. What I want is to see my team go through the process of becoming a Super Bowl Champion. As I said before, I enjoy the ups and downs. Sure there will be frustrations but to take a quote from Vanilla Sky: "You can never truly enjoy the sweet without the sour." Who do you think would enjoy a Super Bowl season more? A Lions fan or a Colts fan? Colts fans have become so acclimated to winning that they almost expect a Super Bowl as opposed to appreciate it. That's all wrong.
I guess what I am getting at is there is much more than one season of football involved in being a Chiefs fan. Yes there are areas of concern for our team that need to be addressed, but what makes you think they won't happen? Isn't seeing the Chiefs draft, develop and improve from year to year part of the fun? Why get bent out of shape when the arrow is currently pointing up on this young team? This season is just setting up my anticipation for next season and the season after that. I am not saying that anyone needs to temper their expectations or shouldn't point out obvious flaws that the Chiefs have, but to enjoy these days of following the Chiefs. Because if you get caught up in only wanting to see your team win the trophy, you've missed the big picture.