Last week, we faced a Ravens team that was very good on offense, 2nd in the league coming into the game. We held them in check. We out-physicaled them. We should’ve won that game. At the same time, we ran through that defense like it was swiss cheese. Granted, the Ravens defense is a shell of its former self, but they still aren’t accustomed to teams putting 150 rushing yards on them through one half of football.
But something happened between last week and this week...
There was a “controversy” regarding the way some fans reacted to Cassel getting concussed. Winston spoke out and complained and said how ashamed he was to play football. He was the one that spoke out, but I guarantee that most of those guys in that locker room felt similar. Yes, people bitch all the time about how much athletes make, but these guys are human too. They have very legit concerns about what their futures will be like based on the fact that they play a very violent game.
But how did KC react to this controversy? While the rest of the sports world looked at this as a chance for some introspection, a chance to realize that sometimes fans take it too seriously, the KC sports talk and the pages of our beloved Arrowhead Pride were filled with people defending the cheering of an injury, criticizing Winston for both his play and his post game, and altogether acting like such a big bunch of babies because their team was struggling that they seemed indifferent to at best, or outright happy for at worst, a head injury to a player that may have lasting consequences. Considering that only the week before, one of those 53 guys was ruled out for the rest of the season for a concussion, this might have been a sore subject.
Look, these guys are professionals and they’re in a production business so they’re going to play their hardest for their own paychecks when its all said and done. But you can’t help think that whatever civic and team pride that would give them that added fire to fight for that extra inch might be compromised by thinking that those people that are in the stands or watching at home on the TV might be a little too concerned with the outcome of a game to care anything about them as people.
I’ve had a few different bosses in my life. Disciplinarians, relaxed and easy going types, and everything in between. But the one person that you never work your hardest for is the asshole. Look in the mirror Chiefs fans, you’re the assholes. No wonder these guys are phoning it now.
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