Wasn't this supposed to be a "bridge year" where patience was to replace frustration while the architecture of the Kansas City franchise underwent a massive and multi-phased remodel? Didn't I hear rumors of "wait and see" and "next year's our year?" I could have sworn some of the astute commentators on this very forum were of the belief that while promise was in the wind the rebuild was far too enormous to allow for an abundance of proud talk and celebration.
Then comes an opening night divisional win where the guts and grit of the Blood Red Gold was put to the test in the form of not one, not two, not three but four Titanic stops inside the five and inside a minute to seal the win. Mayhem ensues yet the national press simply dismisses the event as something, while impressive, still too unexpected to claim any real sense of relevance.
Fast forward a week and KC takes their show on the road to visit a franchise with whom they've developed a small but somewhat passionate rivalry over the past several seasons. Under-dogged by the experts they put forth an effort that was flashed over on the highlight reels and nearly dismissed by the talking heads on the local sports shows (local, that is, for us in New England where apparently only one NFL game was played yesterday and the wrong team won).
So all I see is a Kansas City team sitting atop the AFC West with an unblemished record and a feeble San Fran squad arriving for a Sunday showdown.
Too early to make Superbowl plans? Probably. To early to get excited for a deep march through the playoffs? I would say so. But too early to think maybe, just maybe, there's a team here who might roll a 3-0 for the first time since Marty Ball played the Sunday matinee back in the late 1990's?
Well, on that there may be some agreement.
Let's here the talk KC. Your team is undefeated and atop the polls. What have you learned in the last two weeks? Where's the potential now? What's been the big key to victory? Where does improvement need to be made?
Your comments are appreciated and invited. Thanks for listening and congratulations on seeing some redemption in that proud franchise.