While I was not very optimistic about this season, I figured we'd revert to our usual 7-9, 8-8 type form in the slow build-up to being a very good team. I don't think many of us expected we'd drop like a bowling ball to the consensus worst team in the league. But after Week 2, that's where we unquestionably are, especially if you consider, as so many have, the last few games of last year. Add the spat of injuries and we're the odds on pick for the #1 draft pick. Week 5 in Indy could well be for all the draft marbles.
But if you pine for Andrew Luck, you have to like our chances. No other team has such weakness across all facets fo the game. We've lost our best defensive and offensive players for the year, and neither have anything resembling a comparable replacement. Year after year we've passed on Free Agency stars and have settled instead for the leftovers and damaged goods in the bargain bin while our draft picks also over the years have been a well documented string of busts and underachievers with a few notable exceptions such as Tony Gonzales and (hopefully) Eric Berry. And so the dye was cast over the last decade of mediocrity- a few standout players surrounded by B rate journeymen.
When Scott Pioli came to town, we all hoped that he'd be the genius who'd pass on big money players and build a great team with 2nd and 3rd round diamonds. And he grabbed the hot coach of the day coming off a Super Bowl appearance. When he reached for Tyson Jackson and Brandon Albert, like a lot of Chiefs fans I scratched my head, but deferred to his better judgement and hope. I was very dubious about Matt Cassel, but again I hoped for the best.
But now it looks like the wheels are about to totally come off. It's possible that we might bounce back and beat the Chargers in San Diego, but I doubt anyone's putting much money on that happening. But if we get eviscerated by 20 points or more, and look really bad in the process, we could start seeing paperbag masks at home for the Vikings. And should we get blown out in that game, it's hard to see how Haley finishes the year. Anything less than 6-10 would certainly mean a new coach search in the offseason anyway.
Our schedule is clearly not going to help. We have only the Vikes, Fins, Indy and Donkeys looking remotely winnable at this point. If we get to Week 11 against the Pats with only 1 or 2 wins it's hard to see another win coming until maybe the last game with the Donkeys.
So Luck lovers, start looking for #12 jerseys because if we have the #1 pick there's no other way we can go. Cassel will have proved to be a bust and no one sane will argue against sitting him down or cutting his sorry ass loose. But the much bigger question is, even with Luck behind center, how does this team change it's DNA from a perpetual 8-8 team into one that once again fills Arrowhead with the best and loudest fans in professional sports?