It sucks to lose. But we are not losers. We saw the frustration of the players, and we have seen the frustration of APers. Let's just all take a deep breath and come back with a new perspective after we absorb the hurts. It's now 2011 for the Chiefs. Time to move on and look to the future.
So where do we go from here? It's way to easy to over react after a heavy loss. There was plenty of blame to go around to just about everyone on the team. Forget about trying to blame anything on officials (dumb calls on long throwaways), fumbles, interceptions, players not getting open, etc.
Obviously, it's pretty good sign Chambers is gone. Curtis may or may not stay with the team. Copper seems to perhaps just be filling a spot. Tucker has some intangibles. Bowe, was great at times, and disappeared at times. McCluster has yet to find his stride in the receiving game. Moeaki is the one solid and sure member of the receiving corps that everyone probably agree upon.
Bowe needs another offseason workout like last year. If we see him take part in hard offseason work, we'll know he is devoted to being a professional receiver. The same goes for any of our receivers.
Without starting a debate. Cassel will have to continue to grow. Some blame is on him. Some on offensive line. Some on receivers. Some on coaching. I think Haley is committed to his growth, so really no use for us to spit hate at one another in our debates about him, or any other player, or coaches. We can all agree (I believe) that we will have to address our backup QB situation this offseason. Whether we get a veteran in, or young player out of the draft to start grooming. Even if Cassel continues his improvement, we will have to something for the future. But at this stage of our growth, todays game shows we have other urgent holes to use for young talent.
Offensive line. We saw streaks of what we are good at today. But when the defenses are able to pin their ears back, we are at a loss to stop them. We'll need to work on the O-line.
Running back...nuf said. Pick up some beef and good additions that are available, but not a major need to address.
Defensive line. Even with our successes of sacking and pressuring the QB, we all recognize we have to improve our push up the middle. NT improvement will drastically improve and make a young defensive line flourish.
In the defensive secondary, we are strong. Lewis will improve above the already good rookie year he had. McGraw will be challenged to be brought back.
Linebackers. This is another area, just barely behind the NT, that needs some help acquired. NT and another strong linebacker, and I think our defense is going to grow by leaps and bounds.
Special teams....needs major improvement. We need to find a pit bull type player to lead that unit. And this is one coaching area (besides the obvious vacancy of OC) that may be addressed in offseason. This unit did not perform well at all. This does not include the kickers. We are set there.
So, again....let's take a deep breath and realize that we played one more game this year then just about everyone even thought possible. Next year does bring a tougher schedule. But we will continue to improve, and when we get to the playoffs next year, we'll probably have a bit more respect due to the better schedule. Geaux Chiefs and go AP!!!! Thanks Joel and Chris! It was a great year!!