From the FanPosts. Nice work Krayfish. This deserved a bump. -Chris
While most of AP is happy with our picks, many of us are not. The comment threads about this draft bear that out. Much of AP is just flat unhappy with this draft thus far. You don't understand what Pioli is thinking. Or why he is doing this to us. "Why in the world would Pioli have picked these guys"?
I know this because I have read the approval polls for our draft so far. Surprisingly, a LOT of you are disillusioned by these picks. Well you shouldn't be. Would you like to know why?
Then come on.....
With the first 3 rounds over, I couldn't be happier. So much makes sense now. A lot of things we have all talked about on here for months now, have been explained. Pioli's mastermind has shown itself. So has Haley's. Not just this year. Last year as well.
Last year, Pioli hired Coach Haley, which I believe is going to pay massive dividends before it's all said and done. Haley came in here with no HC'ing experience. And I think it's fair to say that when he fired Chan one week before the season started, many on AP thought he made a huge mistake. But, he didn't.
You see, I firmly believe that Chan was not capable of designing the type of offense that Haley was looking to establish here. It's not an insult to Chan by any means. Awhile back, I did a couple of posts highlighting Coach Haley. I learned a lot about him. One thing I can guarantee you is that he is a genius. He has an incredible mind. There's no two ways about it. And I believe he has an idea in mind, a very, very specific idea in mind, for a type of offense he wants to run. I think he wants to unleash his brainchild on the NFL and make a name for himself.
I think he wants bring a somewhat new style offense to the NFL. Much like when the so called, west coast offense was born. He's a mad scientist on offense. Yet, he's never been allowed to create something all his own. He has never been a head coach. All head coaches leave their mark on the teams they coach. They all have a coaching signature, so to speak. And we have yet to see Haley's signature, because he hasn't even had a chance to really coach yet. He's been playing fireman since he got here. He's been putting out brush fires from day one. This team was a disaster when he got here.
All those high draft picks did not pay off. We were worse under Herm than we have been since...well....ever! He himself even once said he was trying to keep this place from burning down. Personally, I can't believe that with the rag tag bunch of coaches and players he had shifting in and out of here all season long, that he even won 4 games.
Haley had to let Chan go like he did, because he had to get what few core players he felt he was going to keep after his first year, on the same page. Moving in the direction he wanted them to be going. Moving into his vision for an offense. For a team. I don't think Chan was able to read Haley's mind so to speak. I don't think he could "get" it, when Haley would try to explain the crazy type of offense he wanted built here in KC. It happens in bands all the time. One guitar player and singer may not be able to gel musically, while another couple just "get" it the first time they play together. You either click or you don't. If you can't play together because your styles are so different that neither of you knows how to get in sync with the other, it can't work. You are forced to look for another singer or guitarist, as the case may be.
And the first time you bring in a new singer and he's your guy, everyone just knows it. It just comes together on it's own. At some point everybody stops playing and looks at each other and shakes their head yes. You don't have to say anything. You just KNOW that your going to make some special music if you work together. Again, it just clicks!! You just KNOW. But if it's not going to work out, you also just KNOW that too.
This explains why we got a NT and center in FA. Because we are most likely not drafting them in this draft. We need to understand that they could not possibly rebuild this entire disaster of a team in one draft. Not possible. So knowing the type of offense Haley wants to build here, they already had their guys in mind that would help them accomplish that goal. I'm sure they already have their NT and center picked out for next years draft, if indeed they do not draft those positions today. So they went and got Shaun Smith and Casey Weigmann, and I feel they believe those guys can hold those key positions down for a couple of years while we concentrate on other parts of the team.
But think about how special this draft has been when combined with FA thus far okay? We have a new super talented RB in Thomas Jones. A new high quality lineman in Lilja. A new center in Weigmann. A new slot receiver in Dexter McCluster (I love saying that). Oh yeah, and McCluster can also double as a wildcat option, a decoy or a threat on reverses and double reverses. Oh wait. He can also return punts for TD's. I think that's it. No wait. I almost forgot. He's the fastest guy on earth! Or if he isn't, you can tell him that when you catch him. Every time he touches the ball, he has the potential to score. He is a dangerous play maker.
But that's not all. We also picked up Javier Arenas. Who just happens to be a polished CB AND a dangerous kick returner. Who also happens to be extremely fast and talented and yes, has the potential to score every time he touches the ball. He's that dangerous. He's that talented. He's that versatile. He can also be used in the wildcat, running game, and reverse or trick plays. He has great hands just like McCluster too.
And they all have Charlie Weis as their HC. And no one is going anywhere. Weis will not get replaced one week before the season starts. So Cassel will have a consistent coach to teach him how to be great. He won't have to relearn a new system one week before the season starts this year. And Cassel has to be thrilled. He has a line. A legitimate line to protect him this year. He has a serious double threat running game to help alleviate the pass rush with the addition of Jones now too. And he finally has two high speed, dangerous targets with good hands in Chambers and McCluster. And don't forget we also took care of the weak TE end position with this draft too. Yet ANOTHER offensive weapon that can catch and hang onto the ball. And he's one of the fastest, if not the fastest TE in the NFL. We won't be leading the league in dropped passes this year.
As if that wasn't enough, we also won't have to start from our own 3 yard line after every kick off and punt return this year either. We have two guys that can take it to the house every time they get the ball kicked their way. Or at a minimum, you can count on starting on the other side of the 50 at least once in every game with those two guys returning kicks for us. Can you imagine? We won't have to go 93 yards to score every time we get the ball!! That's huge.
On defense, we got Eric Berry. Enough said. We got a new NT. I imagine today we will grab an OLB to complete the defense for this draft. And you guys have to know there will be a historic ripple effect from this talent rich draft pool. With so many highly talented draftees that are going to come into the league and start this year, there will be a lot of veterans getting cut to save roster spots and money. You think Okung was picked at #6 so he can sit on the bench? Get real. I would say he will be replacing someone this year. And that someone will get cut. I think we are going to see an unusually high amount of very talented veterans at key positions getting cut and traded shortly after the draft. In other words, we're not done yet folks.
They have addressed our RB depth. Our receiving corp. Our offensive line. Our defense. In particular our safety position was just seriously upgraded to a whole new level we haven't seen here in a long, long, time to say the least. Another problem solved. No more long plays against our Chiefs this year. And our defense will get to rest a lot more since we have some talent on offense and should be able to maintain long steady drives that will wear out opposing defenses. My how the tables have turned in KC. The Chargers won't be bullying the 2010 Chiefs around!!
They definitely just sealed the deal on special teams man. And that's huge. Starting field position IS the difference in almost every game. They addressed the coaching staff issues. They have completely rebuilt this team. Every facet of this team has been upgraded.
We won't even recognize this team in two years. Hell, we won't even recognize it this year. And all these draftees have several things in common. Which gives us a glimpse into the type of team we are going to have here in KC starting now. They are all highly intelligent. They are all positive locker room guys. They are focused on football first and foremost. Their not troublemakers. Their super fast. Their extremely talented. Their versatile. They have a great work ethic. And my favorite, their future superstars.
Listen, you can argue which positions we needed help at the most, but it doesn't matter. You can sum it up much quicker by just saying that this team lacked real talent overall. But not anymore!!
Think about it, it's not called the Bowl. It's called the Superbowl. And it takes superstars to win Superbowls in this era. It just does. And we didn't have that type of talent here before now. Guys, we just loaded our team up with superstar players that can score at will from several different positions. So don't waste this beautiful moment in Chiefs history by second guessing every move we made in this draft. ENJOY THE RIDE!! THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME FOR US!!
Tell me what a defense is going to do, if they line up and see Jones, Charles and McCluster behind the line. And they also see Bowe and Chambers as wide outs. And whoever else we might still end up with before season starts for that matter. Who do you defend? If we do double reverses or fake double reverses who do you cover? You have to react if McCluster has the ball because of his speed and talent. So do you bite on the reverse and go for McCluster or do you hesitate to see if he is going to pitch it to Charles? Not with his speed and talent either. Or what if Berry is back there in a similar line up? He can pass. He can run. He runs like an elite RB. He has a really good arm too. He could be used in fake double reverses and pass it down field to Chambers.
The sky is the limit, and I believe Haley has his core guys he feels he can work with now. You just wait to see next season. Not that this season won't be a blast and won't be fun, because it will. We have a whole new team again. But this time, it's loaded with talent. But after they have a year together in one system, with one coaching staff and set of players, look out. Haley's going to unleash"the hounds Smithers." It's on!!!
We just got legitimate people. We just got real. We just got dangerous. Can you feel it??!!! Aren't you excited to see the direction we are going. It's all starting to come together finally!! AP....OUR TIME HAS COME!!!
NOW LET'S GO TAKE THIS DAMN DIVISION!!!
(DEDICATED TO MY BROTHER JIMMY)
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