I wrote and published this article in May. However, due to heavy skepticism it probably wasn't read much. Though now that the Chiefs are 3-0, and more fans are around, come with me and take a look. You may like what you see.
From May 13th
Here my friends are the past 30 years worth of Super Bowl teams, it makes me sad see that the Kansas City Chiefs are not on that list. I mean we all know they haven't been to the Super Bowl since 1969, but seeing all of the teams from the AFC west, on it hurts. Even the Seattle Seahawks are on it and they aren't even in the division anymore.
It has been a tough road Chiefs fans, but there is a bright future ahead of this team. One that may soon put them on this list, hopefully on the winners side.
Today Kansas City Chief Fans, I am going to take you back into the past. Why? Because, lately there has been a lot of talk about how Kansas City Chief Fans need to gauge their expectations for the 2010 season accordingly.
Why do the Chiefs fans need to calm down on some of their predictions for next season? Depending on which skeptical fan you ask, you may get different answers to that question, answers such as these perhaps.
(Not that I have to tell you all this, but these are not necessarily my views whatsoever.)
Due to Craig from Calgary not seeing this disclaimer, I made it a little bigger. The negative comments towards the Chiefs down below, are meant to be thoughts skeptical fans might give. I apologize if there was any confusion.
1. The Kansas City Chiefs have only won 10 out of their last 48 games.
2. The Chiefs don't play any defense at all.
3. The Chiefs don't have a true Nose Tackle, and they passed on some quality ones in the draft for some mini me versions of what real NFL players look like.
4. The Chiefs still don't have an excellent game changing receiver, and no team can win without one of those.
5. The Chiefs ignored getting a Franchise Left Tackle in the draft, and everyone knows that Brandon Albert is not the answer.
6. Maybe Clark Hunt should have kept Herman Edwards and Carl Peterson, because these new guys aren't getting it done. All they care about is making sure no one hears any of their super duper top secret basic information about the team.
7. The Chiefs still won't be able to get first downs, because Matt Cassel is the opposite of incredible and holds onto the ball way too long.
9. Todd Haley is going to wear these guys out before the season even starts.
10. Scott Pioli was just a puppet in New England and has no idea how to run a NFL Franchise. He just took credit for being in the right place at the right time.
11. Teams don't go from drafting in the top five to the playoffs in one year, much less the Super Bowl.
12. The Chiefs are going to get everyone’s hopes up and then find new and exciting ways to be the bottom of the barrel in the NFL..
13. The Chiefs have too many first round busts on defense, and no matter whom the new Defensive Coordinator is they will never be able to get production out of this unit, besides Romeo Crennel was a joke as a Head Coach.
14. The Chiefs didn't add anything to their defense in free agency, therefore they will be terrible. Because they are ignoring glaring needs. What the hell is a Shaun Smith?
15. Our amazing new Coordinators that everyone is all excited about, both had to of gotten fired for a good reason. That reason mainly being because they are no good, it was all Bill Belichick in New England.
16. Jason Whitlock thinks this teams leaders have too much ego, therefore they can't win because well I really don't know… Jason kind of loses everyone with his the Chiefs Brass have too much ego stories.
I’ll stop at Len Dawson’s number, though the excuses can go on and on forever. No one really wants to hear why the Chiefs can't win. That is all Kansas City has been listening to nonstop, pretty much since Marty Schottenheimer was gone after the 1998 season.
You can blast me for these excuses if you want to, I don’t care about these excuses or where I may have heard them. That doesn't matter, what does matter for this post is one excuse in particular that I am going to study.
The Kansas City Chiefs can not be that great next season, because they need more time to get better.
So after hearing that a whole bunch so far this offseason, I decided to do so more research to find out whether or not that is an absolute truth. Because I for one believe that the Kansas City Chiefs can win right now, and I am going to try very hard to convince anybody that reads my stuff of that exact same thing.
Up above I listed the Super Bowl participants in order going back to 1980. Why that particular year, I don't know it was a good round number. That and it’s also the year I was born, making it officially the best year of all time.
Down below I made another chart. I probably could have found something similar somewhere out there. However, I decided this would probably come off better if I did the leg work myself, and that stupid chart took awhile to make so I hope you enjoy it.
This Chart tables the Super Bowl participants going back to 1980, and what I did was list each of the Super Bowl Teams record for that season. Then I also listed each participating teams records for the two seasons prior to their Super Bowl runs. In order to show what each team had to go through to get a shot at the Promised Land and to maybe displace some of these myths that bad teams don't turn it around quick.
Hopefully I made it easier on you guys, I highlighted any team that made it to the Super Bowl after only winning six or less games in the two seasons prior to their respective runs.
So without more of my rambling here you go, check it out.
|Saints SB||Winner||Colts SB||Loser|
|1987||13||2||1987||10||4 and 1|
|1986||10||5 and 1||1986||10||6|
|1987||11||4||1987||10||4 and 1|
|1981||8||8||1981||11||4 and 1|
In total 14 teams are highlighted out of the 60 possible Super Bowl slots.
So 23% of the Super Bowl teams in the past 30 years had a 6-10 or worse record in one of the two years prior to their run for glory.
23% of 60 is not bad at all, I bet that is higher than most people would have guessed.
Out of the 14 teams, seven not only made it to the Promised Land but won the Super Bowl. That is just under 12% of those 60 teams that had pitiful years prior to winning a Championship. So ask yourself again. Why the Kansas City Chiefs can’t have a great year next year.
Why can’t Kansas City collectively pull the stick that Carl Peterson shoved up everyone’s ass, out? So what the team was horrible, the key word there is "was" that’s past tense. The Chiefs
were terrible for a long time, that doesn’t mean they can’t get better real quick people.
I know it has been a long and painful road. The Chiefs have let us all down more than alcoholics have let down their sponsors. Though that doesn’t mean we all have to be blind to positive change, when it is right in front of our faces.
The coolest thing about these teams that made these couple year turnarounds.
2008 –NFC- Arizona Cardinals
2006 –NFC- Chicago bears
2005 -AFC- Pittsburg Steelers
2003 –NFC- Carolina Panthers
2001 -AFC- New England Patriots
2000 –AFC- Baltimore Ravens
1999 -NFC- St. Louis Rams
1998 –NFC- Atlanta Falcons
1996 –AFC- New England Patriots
1988 –NFC- Cincinnati Bengals
1984 –NFC- San Francisco 49ers
1982 –NFC- Washington Redskins
1981 –NFC- Cincinnati Bengals
1981 –NFC- San Francisco 49ers
Is definitely the pattern, if your look back since 1996. You will see that a Super Bowl team with a pitiful record has never, not been involved, for more than one year at a time. Those years being: 1997, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009. That tells me, that most likely next year, one of the two Super Bowl teams will have had a recent poor record.
There have only been four teams from the AFC and ten teams from the NFC to accomplish this feat since 1980. The last two teams to do so were from the NFC, so just given the sheer Law of Averages. As well as the fact that since start of free agency the AFC has been more involved in this weird stat. I feel that this team has a good chance to be the Kansas City Chiefs next year.
That’s not good enough for you, I am really grasping for straws here, you might say. Consider that our Head Coach was the Offensive Coordinator during the Cardinals return from the gutter. That team went from 5-11 to the Super Bowl. Going in to that season, the only names most people knew on that team was Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan Boldin. At that point Kurt Warner was washed up and most casual fans didn’t know who most on that roster were, save for Hot Tub boy Matt Leinart.
Maybe that’s just a weird coincidence, maybe your right. Though our General Manager Scott Pioli was in New England during the 2001 season where they also turned a 5-11 squad into a Super Bowl contender with quickness. Scott Pioli helped turn that lowly Patriots team into a Dynasty, the Patriots story has been rehashed so many times there is no point to delve much deeper. The point is that we have a Head Coach and a GM who have both done what I am talking about before. They seem to believe they can do it again and I for one, am not going to argue. I am going to stand up on this band wagon holding my hand out, just climb on up.
Darn, I almost forgot Kansas City is in the Show-me- State, we need to see it done to believe it. Otherwise it’s all just blowing smoke, well in order to show Kansas City it can be done. All we have to do is look at Kansas City's special helmet wearing brother St. Louis. The Rams in 1999 went from being 4-12 to the Super Bowl Champions. Anything you can do, we can do better. We can do anything better then you. If the freaking Rams can do that with a supermarket stock boy, then I think the Chiefs can do all right with Matt Cassel.
I don’t see the St. Louis, Kansas City connection you might say. Well here it is, that St. Louis stock boy was Kurt Warner, the same Kurt Warner that did it again in Arizona for Todd Haley. I am sure Haley picked Warner’s brain completely dry in the desert. This team has the blueprints to make this run. As fans we need to all unite like the 1990’s and get behind this team full force.
Yeah, I know it’s too early, because fill in your excuse here______________________________________.
I am sure in 1979 people were telling some passionate fan to shut up about the 2-14 49ers building a dynasty that could match the Steelers in popularity. They had a new Head Coach some guy named Bill Walsh, who had an eye for talent and offense. It kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it.
I know what you’re saying, I don’t see Jerry Rice and Joe Montana hopping on this roster anytime soon. I am not that delusional either. Though in 1980, no one knew who the hell Joe Montana and Jerry Rice were.
The 49ers top three in: Passing, Rushing, Receiving.
1979 Steve Deberg, Paul Hofer, Freddie Solomon
1980 Steve Deberg, Earl Cooper, Dwight Clark
1981 Joe Montana, Ricky Patton, Dwight Clark
I do see Matt Cassel, (I’ll save your breath no Joe Montana) Jamaal Charles and Eric berry all being cornerstones for this team and it’s a start. This is going to be a special year people, quit doubting and start knowing.
Also, no I don’t work for the Chiefs. Though like most of you, I would severe limbs for the opportunity.
That was the end of the post, my main goal here is to get people to believe in the Chiefs. Not to boast their good start was something I called. I am just excited out of my mind. 3-0 baby, get on the bandwagon and have some faith, it's been done before. Expect greatness Chiefs fans, don't settle for less and sure as hell don't cheer for maybe 8-8. We've waited long enough, it's time to see some meaningful winter football in KC.
The Kansas City Chiefs can do it now.