7 weeks into this season of football we will be playing the Buffalo Bills, which if memory serves me correctly this will be the 3rd consecutive year we've faced off against the inferior form of Canadian Bison. The last two years we've met the same fate losing to them each time and judging by last night's preseason game we have no reason to expect different results this year.
Now I know it's foolish to overreact to scrimmages against two teams practiced by 2nd & 3rd stringers, but this Buffalo game is an important date to look forward to because essentially it will be midway point of the season. It will be a time we should then know the identity of our ballclub and against a familiar opponent that for all intents & purposes is no better or greater a team than we are. If you've paid attention to the league over the course of the last 4 years I think it's safe to state their roster is just as depleted of talent as ours (if not more), they've drafted for the most part poorly during this time, and their Head Coach was unearthed from our scrap heap on Arrowhead Drive.
It was rumored at one time Gailey was in consideration for HC promotion when Pioli was initially hired here, but wanting to reflect a change in culture to the fanbase he went with the outside hire. It's my determination that if Haley cannot pull out the win from the guy he had fired, with a team Scott and he have been building for over two years, then my perspective will be Scott Pioli fucked up.
I really think it boils down to being as simple as this one ballgame. Last year Todd lost to an interim rookie HC (promoted DC Perry Fewell) and this year he will go against his former OC. Judging by last night's dismantling of the Buff's by Shannahan, Todd shouldn't have too much to worry about. However, whatever team pulls out the victory on this fateful day will be lead by the Coach that is the better man. If we just so happen to be on the losing side, it's going to be a Day of Reckoning of sorts for this new administration in that we will have had enough sample size to assess their body of work. Primarily we'll able to gauge if Pioli's two biggest moves as acting GM (hiring Haley & trading 2nd rounder to Patriots) were either successes or failure's. Some of you may believe it'll still be too premature to determine, but after 23 games of "Chiefs Will" we should have a pretty solid idea as to what sinks or swims.
Mark your calendar's Chiefs fans.