In no particular order, I would like to point out some things that I noticed about our Chiefs. There are so many emotions right now. We got a straight up Beat Down Yesterday. I didn't get to watch the game, so you can imagine how shocked I was when I found out the outcome. I was a little shocked that we lost because as long as the majority of our team is in tact, I believe that we have as good of a chance to win as anyone. What staggered me was the score. A goose egg. I honestly can't remember the last time that I saw a team put up zero points. Wow.
This loss brought up so many issues amongst us fans that I wanted to jump in and give my 2 cents. Let's Go.
The first things we need to understand are the differences between the Croyle and Cassel situations.
I have read many posts saying that Brodie has not been given a fair shake when it comes to his QB play. ' We have given Cassel 2 yrs, but Brodie has not been awarded that same amount of time to develop. We can't blame it all on Brodie.'
I agree with the fact that we can't blame it all on Brodie. In football, I don't know that there have been too many instances where a loss can be blamed on 1 player. There are too many variables that come into play to blame 1 person. With that said, Brodie is not a very good QB. He may turn into one later, but right now, he's not that good. There are 2 main differences between Cassel and Croyle. Last year, Cassel left much to be desired, but he won 4 games, one against the then defending SB champion Steelers. Brodie has won zero of his starts. We had many of the same players, from Brodie's starting opportunities versus Cassel's season last year. I could even go as far to say that offensively, Brodie had an advantage because in many of his starts he had a solid Bowe for the whole season, and a future HOF TE to throw to. Most of Cassel's targets from last year aren't even in the NFL right now. I was pulling for Brodie a couple of years ago but he couldn't even take the job from Damon Huard (a true back up). Brodie has a Cannon for an arm, but he has no touch. All Brodie knows is gunning it in. Cassel has some touch on his throws, so he can put receivers in better positions to make throws.
Many were saying that Brodie didn't cause the D to suck, and I think that is partially true also. This leads me to the next thing.
We need to understand that we have no depth on defense. We all know that our defense has the ability to be great. We have seen some great performances by the D this year, but they are really up and down with little middle ground. Why is that? We have no depth. We literally have 3 players coming off of the bench on D who we can compete at a high level; T-Jax (or Smith), Studie, and Gilberry. And Studie isn't quite there yet, but he is solid.
Our D is dependent on our very talented starters, so we have to keep them fresh. There are 2 ways to do that. #1 We have to get fresh bodies in there. Well, we have already established that we don't have depth. Poor Ron Edwards is usually the only true NT on the active roster in what is arguably the most important position in the 3-4 D. When our 2 rookie safeties aren't on the field, huge holes are opened up for opposing teams. We have 2 players who can consistently get after the QB. The #2 way to keep our guys fresh is by the offense sustaining drives. That is the only time the defenders are getting to rest. That's why low 3rd down conversions are unacceptable. Now again, its not all on Brodie, but when the opposing D is playing 8-11 players in the box, the burden usually falls on the QB. We can only hope that Cassel doesn't have to miss multiple games.
Next, We need to understand that we are leading the AFC west in Dec.
This is going to be short and sweet. We still control our own destiny. We lost a game yesterday. That's it. We just have to take care of business from here on out. No time to panic.
We also need to understand that we are not where we are because we got "lucky".
I have heard that word throw around, and I don't like it. Yeah, every team gets a few breaks, but we earned every win we have. If you look at our best offensive, defensive, and ST performances, that shows what we can be. Our guys just have to dig deep because of the depth situation. If we can get two of the 3 phases of the game to show up at the same time, we can play with anyone.
The final thing we need to understand is that our coaches have taken lemons and made lemonade. We are only a few players different from the rosters that won 2 and 4 games in a sean, a roster that broke the record for the fewest sacks in a season, a roster that had no true probowlers.....need I go on? As someone stated in a post yesterday, whatever happens from this point forward, it's great that the draft is no longer the best part of our season.
We need to dig deep and give our best to our players because they need us now....All of them. We can talk about who sucks in the offseason. For now, let's be positive, have some faith, and expect the best. Go Chiefs !