The Story Of The 2011 Kansas City Chiefs, So Far

Most Chiefs fans don't know what to do with themselves right now. At the end of September, we were all arguing amongst ourselves the ethical points of throwing away an entire football season for one "lucky" player. Now, all that talk has been pushed aside. Now, our Kansas City Chiefs have scratched and clawed their way back to respectability and sit at 3-3 on the season.

After the first three weeks of the season, where the Chiefs were outscored 109-27, not many people were seriously expecting this kind of turn around. Hoping maybe, but expecting... not so much. Really, if at any point shortly before Week 4 you would have told a Raiders fan that the Chiefs were going to shut them out in their house, 28-0, they probably would have 'Raider-erred' all over the place. 

It's funny now if you look at the timeline of events with the 2011 Chiefs to this point coupled with comments from the fans from after each game. You will notice that the Kansas City Chiefs have come along way.

Follow me after the jump for just that.

Week 1 Chiefs -vs- Bills loss 7 - 41

Eric Berry was lost for the season early on in the game, it was shocking news that we didn't discover until well after the blowout dust had settled. Even the amazing pregame memorial for September 11th wasn't enough to give the home crowd any extra sympathy for the Chiefs struggles. They were loudly booing the team throughout this season opening contest and, after the Chiefs finished getting brutalized at home, some fans were impregnated with the idea of "Suck 4 Luck" in order to fix this team. It was quite obvious that we were expecting more from our returning 2010 AFC West divisional champions.

Operation

Suck for Luck is underway!

by Redberry on Sep 11, 2011 3:16 PM CDT up actions  

The Chiefs looked unprepared in every phase of the game.  Here is a great comment by Matt Grbac from post game.

My take

An overall lack of passion and determination. A lack of overall football fundamentals.

I have not watched us play so soft in a long time. I mean super duper soft. There was no penetration against their oline at all. Our linebackers were flat out awful...no coverage skills no tackling. 
Our defensive line was terrible! 
Our secondary was burned all day long!

Romeo Crennel you better right this ship...I don't give a $#it what your credentials look like!

Get that old geezer out of the box and send him to the old folk home! His playcalling is terrible and predictable! One play ran almost back to back at one point!

Matt Cassel really looked like a bum out there...passes flinging all over the place...no accuracy at all!

If I'm Todd Haley I am calling plays from now on and I am duck taping a football to DMC and Charles hands for the next week! I am also going to light a fire under Crennels a$$ to get his guys together!

McCluster: My heart is so big, man. A lot of people come to me all the time and say ‘You're 165 pounds, how do you do it?' And I look at them and tell them, you know what? I've got the heart of a lion. I'm not scared of nobody.

by Matt_Grbac on Sep 11, 2011 3:20 PM CDT via mobile actions   6 recs

The Buffalo Bills game was incredibly ugly. Fans were diving off the bandwagon head first, hoping to get "lucky" on the way down. Our favorite team was a mystery, and it was hard to understand why they weren't prepared. Especially, when mostly what we heard from Todd Haley during the preseason, was how he was getting the team ready for September 11th against the Buffalo Bills.

The team was far from ready.

The above comments were from here.

Week 2 Chiefs -vs- Lions loss 3 - 48

Jamaal Charles was lost for the season. You can't tell by the final score, but the Chiefs actually started out this game strong, especially on defense. It showed me that the team was trying to get behind Todd Haley, but their heads were spinning when they lost Jamaal Charles for the season.

The Chiefs were just starting to get on a roll offensively when Jamaal's leg was stretching out for that first down, trying to make yet another amazing play. You could tell right away that it was horrible news for the Chiefs during that moment. Afterwards, we all watched in agony as our young superstar running back got slowly carted off the field and our team got annihilated on it.

Heads need to roll

When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

Jamaal above all. #25 ftw.

CHIEFS WILL!

by NJChieffan16 on Sep 18, 2011 3:07 PM CDT actions  

Perhaps heads did need to roll, the Chiefs were playing unacceptable football. It was hard to watch, and the injuries were devastating.

Joel

You’re gonna have to rename the site ArrowheadShame.com

You can't spell Power without Powe.

by Sudden on Sep 18, 2011 3:10 PM CDT actions 

I have never seen a more untalented team in my life.

When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

Jamaal above all. #25 ftw.

CHIEFS WILL!

by NJChieffan16 on Sep 18, 2011 3:10 PM CDT actions  

When are we moving to LA???

by RAIDERH8ER on Sep 18, 2011 3:10 PM CDT via mobile actions  

I don't understand why there's so much Haley hate.

We are without Baldwin, Moeaki, Berry, and Charles. That’s three of our four best players on offense, and our best player on defense. Quite simply, That is an absurd amount of talent to lose in the first two weeks.

by wustl_chiefs_fan on Sep 18, 2011 3:10 PM CDT actions  

All the injuries +

not taking care of the ball, missed field goals, awful play calling, this season is already over. Well hopefully there is an NBA season this year at least…

Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens...

by 5280ChiefsFan on Sep 18, 2011 3:29 PM CDT actions  

Everybody relax... Todd Haley has got this!

He puts up an illusion that KC is the worst team to ever take the field, then when divisional opponents come up….
He springs the trap and unleashes everyone, wins enough games and the division by default.

Too bad all our players have injuries, but that has to be part of the plan for it to work so well. Right?

Okay, back to reality… Is Clark Hunt talking to Bill Cowher yet?

by WyattChief on Sep 18, 2011 4:05 PM CDT actions 

The Los Angeles Chiefs? The thought of that makes me cringe. This game made me cringe too, losing two superstars in back to back games and only scoring three points against a Gunther Cunningham-led defense. It was absolutely pathetic.

Did I mention we lost Jamaal Charles for the season? That still hurts.

The above comments were from here.

Week 3 Chiefs -vs- Chargers loss 17 - 20

The Chargers game was the first close game of the season and it was also the first game we didn't see any season ending injuries (thank the football gods for that.)

The Chiefs were in this game until the very end. Ryan Succop missed an early field goal and fans wanted his head on a stick. He was having a terrible season (but has since turned it around). The defense got the team in a position to either tie or win the game with a brilliant fourth down stop late in the game.

However, Matt Cassel then threw the most awful pass of the season directly to Chargers safety Eric Weddle and it was game over.

One more step to Luck!

by xchiefsx on Sep 25, 2011 6:16 PM CDT actions  

Indeed, the Chiefs were 0-3 and the season appeared to be over. Even with 13 games left, it was hard to be optimistic about the Chiefs.

Anyone who is happy when the Chiefs lose...

...is not a Chiefs fan.

by TimInKC on Sep 25, 2011 6:27 PM CDT up actions   16 recs

Anybody that thinks drafting a franchise QB is not a good thing, is not watching football

Nobody wants them to lose. Especially anyone still posting here. Why would we be here if we didn't love the Chiefs?

Rooting for the 2011 KC team to be all it can be...then draft a franchise QB with the #1 pick next year.

by mushin on Sep 25, 2011 6:33 PM CDT up actions   3 recs

I thought

I would be happy with a close game.

by 63gump on Sep 25, 2011 6:17 PM CDT actions   3 recs

That is what people say about their team when they are losing big, but when your team is 0-2 and they lose in a close heart stomper, it is a terrible feeling.

I may get a flag

but we were in it until the final play as 14 point dogs. We played very good defense, we stopped them on the biggest play in the game, we found a rhythm when we allowed the QB to throw the ball, and Cassel threw a horrendous damn pass on the last play.

This was progress. Bottom line. 1st half or not, this game was progress.

The idiots still bemoaning Haley when the team played intense (without another starter) and the douchebags who want us to lose so we can have Andrew Luck can go *&^ themselves. Bottom line. Seriously. Suck for Luck? S@# this. Be a fan, not a %(#%$(# about this.

by Steve_in_RI on Sep 25, 2011 6:31 PM CDT actions   11 recs

Chiefs fans:

Lowering their standards since 1969

by craig in calgary on Sep 25, 2011 6:42 PM CDT up actions   3 recs

Is it really lowering your standards when you support an 0-3 football team that almost won the game? Situations withstanding, I don't think Chiefs fans have lowered their standards. We are not happy about this team not winning, but we will follow them because the Chiefs are our team.

The above comments were from here.

Week 4 Chiefs -vs- Vikings win 22 - 17

Finally, a win has comeback to Kansas City. A lot of people discounted this win because the Vikings were winnless, but you have to credit the Chiefs for keeping them that way.

This team could have easily gave up on the season after the first three abysmal weeks. They did not, instead they held superstar running back Adrian Peterson to a pedestrian game and racked up their first win of the season.

It was:

Awesome!

Chiefs 22 - Vikings 17: Suck on that, Luck suckers!

by Tarkus on Oct 2, 2011 3:10 PM CDT reply actions   10 recs

Some call her the 2010 Chiefs official mascot.

Congrat's Chiefs Nation....

Our season is now officially pointless…we’re virtually eliminated from playoff contention with the 1-4 start, and we’re virtually eliminated from the Andrew luck sweepstakes…this win is a really nothing but a loss for the organization, the fans, and the city! Heartbreaking.

by buphilochief on Oct 2, 2011 3:16 PM CDT reply actions  

It is easy to look at this comment and scoff now that the Chiefs have won three in a row, but the man had a point.  I didn't agree with it then and I don't agree now, but you can see where he was coming from if you put on your cynical hat.

Best part of today was Succop regaining his groove.

In my opinion.

"[Jamaal Charles] probably fights crime in his spare time while inhaling carbon emissions, exhaling oxygen, and crapping oil. That’s how awesome he is. Not just good for the Chiefs, but America." 
- MNchiefsfan

by MtHammer on Oct 2, 2011 3:13 PM CDT reply actions  

If you think that our WIN today is really a loss because we didn't surrender the season for a shot at Andrew Luck....

maybe it's time to re-evaluate your ‘fan' status. This isn't Madden. You can't just simulate a season. I don't watch the current season with thoughts about next season... It doesn't matter whether we are 4-0 or 0-4. I watch to see my team compete and win. Our defense played with heart and our QB looked pretty good. Celebrate it! I can think of a team right now that wishes they had the win today instead of us...they wear purple and OUR team just sent them home disappointed.

by ill_spec on Oct 2, 2011 3:27 PM CDT reply actions   3 recs

How many People

seriouly believe the Chiefs have a chance to turn the season around and make the playoffs this year?

by buphilochief on Oct 2, 2011 4:12 PM CDT reply actions 

Um... Aiken_Drum?

I've had some pretty fun flame wars with a few characters here in the last few years. Most of the time, I'm down for it. I've never even managed to get myself warned, but you... you troll like a wet noodle.

Yes, it's a glorious win because like you, the rest of the world has written this team off as hopeless. We've lost our best talent on both sides of the ball. We have a QB who's arm is about as strong as your wit. We have a coach who's still relatively inexperienced and is still feeling his way through the process. In spite of last year's record, it's still a very young team with huge holes on the roster and the rebuilding process is far from complete.

It's a glorious win because an inexperienced team with average talent took a huge step forward by not giving up. Instead, they got pissed off and fought and they won against the odds. As a fan, I'm proud of our boys. I want them to go out there and give it everything they have, every week, all year long. As unremarkable as this win may be to you, it was pretty amazing to me because they're supposed to be as bad as you think they are. They hung in there last week against the Chargers, ugly as it was, and they built on that this week and came out on top. Glorious! That's how it's done.

You want them to go out and suck? Have fun with that. The way I see it, if these guys don't learn to fight through adversity now, it's going to carry through the culture of this team for years to come. You want to suck for Luck because you think he's going to save a team that's already learned to be a loser? See how fast his head gets screwed up playing behind a line with no fight. Count me out. I'd rather see these scrubs go out and make the most of what they have. It gives me something to enjoy now instead of waiting around to be disappointed by the next savior.

Nice win Chiefs!

Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur!

by Buck'O on Oct 2, 2011 6:30 PM CDT up reply actions   3 recs

What more can you say after Buck'O? This was a great passionate comment. The Chiefs left it all on the field against the Vikings and it felt so good to see the team get it's first win of the season on my daughter's fourth birthday. 

The above comments were from here.

Week 5 Chiefs -vs- Colts win 28 - 24

The Kansas City Chiefs had never won in Indianapolis. The Colts were winnless, and Peyton Manning was on the sidelines. If the Chiefs ever had a good opportunity to beat the Colts, this was it.

In the first half, some guy named Curtis Painter looked like Peyton Manning and the Colts were giving the Chiefs yet another beat down. However something amazing happened, the Chiefs clicked in all phases of the game and came back from a 17 point deficit to get their second win of the season.

It was a great time to be a Chiefs fan, the Chiefs showed us something special in that game. Jackie Battle had his coming out party and Matt Cassel finally showed that he could put the Chiefs on his back and win a game. 

It was un-BOWE-lievable!!!

Battle for president.

"Success is never ending, failure is never final."

by GenericBrand on Oct 9, 2011 3:22 PM CDT reply actions   5 recs

We finally beat the colts!

by Vince D on Oct 9, 2011 3:22 PM CDT reply actions  

Well that was fun.

I don't like being down 17, but that was one bad-a$$ comeback.

by craig in calgary on Oct 9, 2011 3:22 PM CDT reply actions   4 recs

Yes it was.

What about "suck for luck?" I don't know about you, but it feels good to win.

by Race31x on Oct 9, 2011 3:24 PM CDT reply actions  

As for me I am happy to drop suck 4 luck

I was really mad at the team after our horrific 0-2 start. But all they had to do was give me a little something and now I am back strong. I guess its time to change my picture:) Go Chiefs!

Come at me bro, and I will throw a 2 yard screen pass to my running back, come at me bro.

by Kblomfiee on Oct 9, 2011 3:37 PM CDT up reply actions  

For the first time in recent memory, the offense bailed out the defense.

Great response by the team. I can get behind this Matt Cassel, and Jackie Battle looks like he could be a really nice back this season.

Now, if the Chiefs can find somebody to rush the passer when Tamba Hali is being doubled and tripled out of the play, this team could do something.

3rd and 1...guess we'll run the dime. Eesh.

by KaloPhoenix on Oct 9, 2011 3:26 PM CDT reply actions   1 recs

Now let's forget about the 0-3 start.

The last two games (even the loss to the Chargers) show that this team is NOT the worst team in football. Far from it. Great game from Cassel, Bowe, and Battle. Not to mention the D from shutting the Colts out in the 2nd half. I hope they can hold on this this for 2 weeks before we go to Oakland to play the much hated Raiders.

by dude1983 on Oct 9, 2011 3:29 PM CDT reply actions 

But... But..

We got outscored 89-10 the first two games. Players hate Haley. He’s lost the locker room. Cassel should be tarred and feathered.

Anyone still mad about winning? Big win. Bring on the bye and the Oakland Raiders

by Steve_in_RI on Oct 9, 2011 3:30 PM CDT via mobile reply actions   2 recs

Just got done scanning through comments on the first half.

Lots of knee jerk reactions. But I understand. Cassel sucks, fire Haley, Crennel is a joke, blah, blah.

Oh how the tune has changed. I for one am happy for Matt Cassel. I have supported him since 2009 but my confidence waned early this year. Glad he proved me wrong. I’ve gotta wonder at this point how much his rib injury factored into the start of the season…

by Tomahawk29 on Oct 9, 2011 3:33 PM CDT reply actions   1 recs

It is officially their best comeback ever

Pretty awesome. Usually we are the team that things like that happen AGAINST.

by cheapham on Oct 9, 2011 3:38 PM CDT up reply actions  

Who knew Battle would be part of the Killer Bs?

Chiefs now 2-3: Suck on that, Luck suckers!

by Tarkus on Oct 9, 2011 5:22 PM CDT reply actions 

If only we could play winless teams every week?

fun win though.

by rdub on Oct 9, 2011 3:35 PM CDT reply actions 

This team easily could've given up. Big win.

by bktzoo on Oct 9, 2011 3:29 PM CDT reply actions 

This could end up being the defining moment of the Chiefs 2011. The moment they stood up as a team and refused to lose. It was an amazing comeback and made me extremely proud to be a fan of this team.

What a game.

The above comments were from here.

Bye Week.

We all wondered whether or not the bye week would effect the Chiefs momentum. Well, we all know the answer to that particular conundrum now. Right?

No game?!?

Come on, Joel … Why didn’t you warn us or something? Why didn’t you say anything before just now, huh? huh???

Come on, man!

Twisted Lord of AP Color Commentary (H/T - Loco) 
Winner: 2009 Nostradamus of Arrowhead Pride Award 
"I shall conquer untruth by truth" - Mahatma Gandhi 
"It's always easier to sell 'em some shit than it is to give 'em the truth" - Shel Silverstein, The Perfect High 
hi, Mo! 5 minutes!!!

by upamtn on Oct 16, 2011 9:47 AM CDT reply actions  

Oakland game might have got easier if reports are true

Jason La Canfora is reporting Jason Campbell has a broken collarbone and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

by chiefsfan on Oct 16, 2011 6:10 PM CDT via mobile reply actions  

Campbell is done for the year.

Maybe we can still win this division.

by chief12ocker on Oct 16, 2011 8:57 PM CDT via mobile reply actions  

Next week is key.

Since after that, Chiefs have three straight home games.

by dude1983 on Oct 17, 2011 12:52 AM CDT via mobile up reply actions  

The above comments were from here.

Week 7 Chiefs -vs- Raiders win 28 - 0

This was it, Raiders week, always a huge week in football in Kansas City. The big story was the Raiders losing Jason Campbell for the season during the previous week. Even bigger than that was the Raiders giving up as many as potentially two first rounders for disgruntled Bengals QB Carson Palmer.

The media spent all week wondering if Carson Palmer was going to play or not. Turns out it didn't matter, because no matter who the Raiders had under center, the Chiefs were on top of it. They consumed six interceptions and blanked the Raiders in their own house. 

It was a beautiful thing.

Carson Palmer is apparently no Todd Bouman

Insert witty yet thought provoking phrase here.

by Fozzyboyd on Oct 23, 2011 6:31 PM CDT reply actions   6 recs

We all remembered last season when Todd Bouman stepped off his tractor and almost beat the Chiefs with his kids watching him play for perhaps the first time. Some of us thought that Carson Palmer would do something similar if he got in the game. Luckily, Carson Palmer is not in Bouman's league in 'off the couch' terms.

I heard (and believed) a lot of talk about the rivalry diminishing in the past few years

I believe it's back now!!!

by Okie Red on Oct 23, 2011 6:32 PM CDT via mobile reply actions   3 recs
Next week is for the division lead.

You can't spell Power without Powe.

by Sudden on Oct 23, 2011 6:33 PM CDT reply actions   4 recs

Good day today.

Chargers lost, Rams lost, we blew out the Raiders. And the Saints SHOULD own the Colts tonite.

In nomeni parti et fili spiritus sancti

by saints_chiefsfan1979 on Oct 23, 2011 6:38 PM CDT reply actions 

The Saints did in fact own the Colts, good call.

The bay area media was right!

It was a blow out!

You Play to Win the game!!!

by Wichita Chief on Oct 23, 2011 6:40 PM CDT reply actions   5 recs

Besides beating the Raiders

what also delights me is the thought of all the Chiefs fans who jumped ship at 0-2/0-3 and now are forced to give out backhanded compliments to the team. One Win from the division lead. Not bad for a horrible team, coach, QB, etc... I'd love for some of you all to come out and say you were wrong about this team. Go Chiefs!

by Steve_in_RI on Oct 23, 2011 6:43 PM CDT reply actions   9 recs
Nick Wright is crazy

He was openly upset about our two wins going into the bye because it put us out of contention for Luck. Now, he’s blowing up twitter about how great this chiefs team is and singing Haley’s praises just weeks after claiming the man was at imminent risk of losing his job.

Bask in the glory that is Kwame Harris. Poor Alex...

by JHWK on Oct 23, 2011 6:57 PM CDT up reply actions   1 recs

I really enjoyed S4L. I thought we were done for. I was wrong.

Please forgive me Steve_in_RI

2012 is looking Awesome!

by Kblomfiee on Oct 23, 2011 6:46 PM CDT reply actions  

You know, Kblomfee, I don't think "fan superiority" is what Steve was talking about.

We’re a game away from 1st place, and we’re REALLY not playing at 100%. In fact, we won’t be until next year, when we get our horses back in the stable.

I really think that’s all Steve was getting at…too many KC fans gave up on this team and it was way too early in the season to do it.

Hats off to Cassel…someone I professionally hated on in the first three games of this season. He’s played three straight games that have made him look average to good—and earlier this year I thought he was toast. This was not his best showing in ’11 and it still beat the hell out of games 1 through 3.

"You've only got 10 fingers to stick in the dike. Is there a breaking point that pushes you over the edge?...Where's the limit?"

-Marty Schottenheimer

by go_saleaumua on Oct 23, 2011 7:33 PM CDT up reply actions  

So much for beating only winless teams : )

by oldchiefsfan on Oct 23, 2011 6:51 PM CDT reply actions   8 recs

Some friends around me gave up on this season

Today is why I never give up on them. That’s why you play every game. Chiefs for life.

"Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one." -Walter Payton

by Isaiah67 on Oct 23, 2011 6:51 PM CDT reply actions   1 recs

Chiefs are looking SCARY GOOD!!!

It feels good to be a CHIEFS FAN!! Im so proud of the whole team we have overcome so much adversity this year!! We are on a roll!! I would have to give coach Haley alot of credit pulling all the team together!! Watch out San Diego, come Halloween it going to be your worst nightmare at arrowhead!! Imagine if we had Charles, Berry and Moeaki this team would be unreal! GO CHIEFS!!

by Archuleta on Oct 23, 2011 7:29 PM CDT reply actions   1 recs

Outstanding Win By The Chiefs

They thoroughly destroyed the Raiders. Having McFadden go out with injury helped, but I think the Chiefs would have won this even with McFadden in the game. I’m betting that the Raiders are now wondering just what they got for their draft picks…Palmer looked just as weak-armed and inaccurate today as he did last year. So much for all those b.s. stories from his buddies about how much better his arm is.

by UCrawford on Oct 23, 2011 7:25 PM CDT reply actions   1 recs

The above comments were from here.

Welcome to now.

The Chiefs have outscored their last three opponents 78-41. It is not exactly 109-27, but I will take it.

Next up the Chiefs have three home games in a row, and just as a reminder, the Chiefs did go 7-1 last season in front of the 12th man crowd in the historic Arrowhead Stadium.

Can they do it?

Hmm, I learned my lesson early in this season about making predictions, but I will say that I feel really good about their chances. This is their stretch Arrowhead Pride. What do you think?

San Diego Chargers  Monday, October 31 2011 7:30 PM CDT coverage
NOVEMBER
Miami Dolphins  Sunday, November 06 2011 12:00 PM CST coverage
Denver Broncos  Sunday, November 13 2011 12:00 PM CST

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