From the FanPosts. -Joel
First let me start off by saying I'm a long time reader and first time poster so forgive me if I post this in the wrong area. I'm frustrated like much of you but I don't think this team is that far off from being a consistent playoff contender. Their is no dominate team in the AFC West and I see no reason why the Chiefs cant step up and fill that void. I think if the brain trust at Arrowhead 1 did something similar to this plan would give us a start in the right direction.
1. Make the move to Romeo as head coach official. There is a lot of talent in house and the players believe in him. Bringing in someone outside the organization as head coach would probably require more of a rebuild as they look for players to fit their system. And I'm really worried about losing RAC if another coach is hired, and with the way the defense is playing, that would be a huge step back.
2. Fire Muir and replace him with a proven offensive coordinator. My top two choices would be Norv Turner and Josh McDaniels. I'm not a huge fan of either one of these guys personally but I think they could really help the offense. Turner has always had good offenses where ever he has been and if he's fired by the Chargers he probably won't get another head coaching opportunity so he can focus on doing what he does best -- calling plays. McDaniels has his problems, for sure, but at the end of the day I still think he's a bright offensive mind and he is familiar with Pioli and Romeo.
3. Re-sign Dwayne Bowe/Brandon Carr/Le'Ron McClain/Kyle Orton. Does this really need any explanation? Bowe is a Pro-Bowl caliber receiver, Carr is a huge part of a young and very good secondary. McClain is one of the top fullbacks in the game as well as being a team leader. We've seen what Matt Cassel has done (or can't do) for the last three years and I think that most of us would agree that he is not the solution. Orton on the other hand has looked solid in he's first two starts as a Chief, and I for one would like to see what he can do with with all the weapons the Chiefs will have next year. I'm not saying that Orton is the QBOTF but I think he gives the Chiefs the best chance to win while continuing to look for someone younger and better.
4. There are several players on the Chiefs that need to retire, be cut, demoted, or traded. Casey Wiegmann and Thomas Jones have seen their final days in the NFL. There are a slew of players like Jake O'Connell, Tyler Palko. Anthony Becht, Sabby Piscitelli, Jerheme Urban, and Donald Washington who should be given their walking papers. Barry Richardson and Ryan Lilja should be demoted to backups. The Chiefs should trade Cassel for anything they can get. If Charlie Whitehurst can be traded for a third rounder, the Chiefs should be able to get something for Cassel.
5. Draft/Free Agency. The Chiefs need to improve the offensive line and add quality depth. I think the Chiefs have three quality starters already on the roster in Brandon Albert, Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah, leaving two starting spots to be filled. I think one starter needs to come from the draft and the other from free agency. I would like to see the Chiefs draft one of the top left tackle prospects in the draft and move Albert to guard and sign a proven right tackle in free agency. After the offensive line is improved we can look at inside linebacker, running back, safety, nose tackle and tight end.
The Chiefs have a young defense that should only continue to get better under the direction of RAC (and getting Eric Berry back should do wonders). With a proven offensive coordinator and an improved offensive line, I think the offense could make a huge leap forward. The Chiefs have play makers all over the field and getting Jamaal Charles back will open up everything. And as far as the quarterback situation goes, I think Orton proved in Denver that he can lead a good NFL offense.
If the Chiefs made all these moves I think it would make for a very interesting 2012 season.