I was sitting at home watching the game today with my wife, a lady who knows her pro football. We live in Minnesota. She is a huge Vikings fan who likes and appreciates the Chiefs, mostly as the result of 10 years of marriage to me, but sees them with a far more detached eye than I, a lifelong, diehard fan. After the Matt Cassel scramble where he got a first down and got all pumped afterwords I made a comment to the effect of "I'm really starting to love this guy, I could see him being my team's QB for the next decade." Her sarcastic reply was "yes, let's talk about your promising young QB. Then lets talk about all the other ways your team is getting nothing but better while mine is going nowhere."
I replied, "well, we could talk about our promising young RB, or our promising young WR, or our promising young TE." To which she replied "or your promising young coach, or your coordinators who might be the league's best, or, hey, I have a good one, how about your sparkling new stadium as opposed to the one with the hole in the roof?" This conversation really got me thinking, and rolling, and I continued -- "how about our tandem of young corners, or our all-pro safety in waiting, or even our pro-bowl caliber kicker and punter?" At this point, about ready to cry, she added "or your respected GM and clear heiarchy of decsion making? How about the fact that you have a young roster that's just about the envy of very team in the league and you are one or two more good drafts and offseasons away from perrenial contention?"
At this point I'm thinking, man, she's right. This thing is on the doorstep of being UNREAL. Yes, they need another WR, another run-stuffing DL, another stud on the OL, a little more pass rush, there are still some holes. But, a little more tweaking, a few more upgrades, a few more positions get improved, and this is a team on the verge, a team without a glaring weakness. This is a team that might win the division this year, and might contend for the Superbowl as soon as next year, and might contend for the foreseeable future. My wife, a Vikings fan, sees this. She sees in her team an aging roster, major questions at QB, OL, DL, CB, and looks at the Chiefs with envy.
I'm not used to anyone looking at the Chiefs with envy. She does.