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What has this team become?

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I have a picture of the Ravens for a reason other than I just like their jerseys. They have established an identity in this league as something, a Ravens philosophy. They came into the league fifteen years ago and they knew right away what they wanted to be a smashmouth kind of team. They wanted to be the intimidator, the team that always has the big hit highlights on ESPN and they showed that when with their first two selections in their very first draft they selected Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis. And I always secretly liked the Ravens. I always watch them, or Pittsburgh or Chicago or even Oakland to an extent and kind of think "Man, I wish Kansas City was like that."

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I like that kind of football, I like those kinds of teams. I love watching teams with big, strong lines, hard-hitting defenses, and punishing running games that made opposing teams dread playing them. And not long ago Kansas City was one of those teams. We had the best, nastiest O-line in all of football, the perhaps the best blocking fullback in NFL history, and two badass RB's in Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. Before that even in the early Schottenheimer era (that was my favorite era of Chiefs football) we were that kind of team. An Offensive line that outweighed most D-lines by an averaged of 30 pounds, 3 great blocking tight ends and Bill Jones at fullback leading the way for one of the biggest running backs in league history, the Nigerian Nightmare Christian Okoye, standing 6'1 and occasionally reaching weights in excess of 280 pounds, standing in the backfield with those gargantuan pads that basically made him like a brick wall coming at you, not a lot of defenses counted the days when they got to play KC's offense.

I loved those Chiefs, I couldn't wait to watch them. And though I loved the Chiefs last year too, they just weren't my kind of team. A shifty, spread, high-octane offense with a below average defense.

But just like that, we changed. Through injuries and the Chiefs newfound inability to score in the redzone, we had to adapt in order to win games. We became the team I always wanted, reminiscent of the Super Bowl team. In the last six-seven game (aside from the Jets game... Yikes), we had arguably the best defense in the league. No namers or supposed busts like Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston, Kendrick Lewis, and Tyson Jackson decided to play like Pro Bowlers. We became the intimidators, we dished out hits and made opposing offenses fear us. Mostly disliked fullback/halfback/special teamer Jackie Battle wanted a chance to show that he could play in the NFL as a runner, so Kansas City resorted to a physical running team like squads of the past.

Through all the mindless squabble trying to fill up space, I have a point. Kansas City has no identity, aside from maybe your prototypical "good guys" (leading the league in recipients of the Man of the Year award!). In the 70's, we were a defensive, pass-oriented team. In the 80's we had no identity, we were the scum of the AFC (we all know it's true). In the 90's we began playing Martyball, we dominated the game with pure, physical play but had no stable passing attack. And come the new millennium, we are everything and nothing. We began as the efficient offensive team, then went to a running team after Trent Green left and LJ emerged, then we went through the dark years of top 5 draft picks galore, a resurgence in 2010 with the help of some young stars named Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki and Jamaal Charles, and now we are whatever we are.

Teams like the Steelers, Packers, Browns, Cowboys, they've maintained a style of play basically since they were founded, Kansas City is nothing like that.

So, pointless garble aside, I have an actual question up for discussion.

What would like like this new decade, the 2010's, to be known for Chiefs football wise?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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