Let me start by saying that I'm as mad as everybody else after yesterday's game. That was an opportunity we needed to seize. That said, I think we all need to take a collective breathe and look at where we are... big picture. If, at the beginning of the season, someone's crystal ball had revealed we would be 5-3 and leading the division at the midpoint of the season, would you have taken it?
Last year we clamored for signs of improvement and positive signs. By training camp, many predicted between 5 and 8 wins. Currently, the team has outperformed expectations and has some legitimate players to build around: DJ, Hali, Flowers, Charles, McCluster, Berry, Lewis, Moeaki.... Veterans have improved areas of weakness: Lilja, Weigmann, Jones.
In fact, this team has outperformed expectations so much that fans are mad when we lose. Not because the team (read: city) was embarassed, but because we were in the game and lost. Again, I was furious that we missed out on such a golden opportunity yesterday, we could have put the rest of the division in the rear view, rather than our blind spot.
The big picture is something the Chiefs never saw after 1992. Carl searched for "win now" additions. Every year we were "one player away." Well, we learned that was never really true but the kool-aid was like crack to us all. That is why we endured the additions of Montana and neglecting our aging team while we traded draft picks for Vermeil and Green and...
We now still have that mentality. We want to drop Matt Cassel because it will be the answer, or trade Bowe because he's the thing that is holding us back, or fire Crennel and Weis (as I heard on post game).
The reality is we are ahead of schedule, if we can believe it is not simply because of our schedule. We need to enjoy the fact that we are in the playoff hunt this year and, if we win winable games, we will have a home playoff game.
I think we look a lot closer to a good team than I believed in the preseason. We clearly need a #1 WR (and likely another). We need to do something with the Dline/LBs to improve our pass rush opposite Hali. Cassel can manage the game if given the tools (he did what was needed of him against Indy, Houston, Buffalo and Oakland). Plain and simple, this team is not there yet, but we finally are getting to the middle/end of the rebuild.