The Degradation of the AFC West?
EAT IT COLIN COWHERD!
Like most fans, I awoke this morning with baited breath. I had visions of Carl Nicks, Paul Soliai, and even Brodney Pool wearing Red and Gold. The first day brought alot of questions and fewer answers. Chicago got Brandon Marshall. Washington secured Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan for RGIII. But as I sit back and take in this free agency, I let out a sigh of relief. Sure, Peyton Manning didn't visit KC; I'm glad. His Entourage signed elsewhere: Turtle went home (Reggie Wayne), E found his way out (Garcon), and Drama is still waiting for his spotlight (Dallas Clark). I've heard that we need to 'build.'
Build for What?
The house we live in has everything we need, except for that sweet ice-maker/drink-carbonator. Our foundation has been laid, our walls are sound, and we are looking for those few pieces to add. Kansas City is as a sound team as you will found in the National Football League. In the past 2 years I have heard phrases as: Ready to Win NOW. Playoff Caliber. Championship Team. It's an exciting time to live in the House WE BUILT.
Name 1 move our rivals have made to make them better.
I can name one, that is null: San Diego signs Nick Hardwick. Other than that, nothing. We are prime. San Diego over spent for Robert Meachem (who I was really high on pre-draft). Other than that: Nothing.
Even with the spectre of Manning signing with Denver, I say good! Let him sign. Why did Indianapolis let him go? It wasn't the money. They were committed even in his injury, before all the conjecture started. It's the fact the Manning can't let go of the challenge. I fear Manning for his mind, more than his ability. If Denver somehow manages to sign Manning, let him set them back 3 years.
I'm also afraid this is AJ Smith's last year. He has done nothing to help Philip River and those 'SUPERCHARGERS.' I wish he could stay around for 5 more years. But alas, I fear this is his last hoorah. One last attempt to salvage a life, before he becomes Charlie Casserly: a horrible GM, a horrible 'INSIDER,' and a talking head on NBC Sunday Night Football.
I'm more concerned with Oakland; not today, not tomorrow, or the day after. But the day after that. They are a team on the cusp, as much as we are. They mortgaged their future, and were foreclosed on. But never count a man out. They've dug their pit, they've laid their concrete, and they are framing something that is scary.
Now is our time. Penthouse-owners of the AFCWest should not worry about free agents. I'd scream if we sign Winston (who will probably go to Miami thanks to his brother), or Nicks (who is looking for that last great pay-day), or even Anthony Collins (who will sign within the division) or Paul Soliai. If we sign one of these guys, don't count me wrong. I'll be the first one to sing their praises. But don't worry if we DON'T. We will build, as we have, since Herm's last years (who I also felt got a bad rap for doing the necessary). We are built, we're ready to house these champions.
It's an exciting time to be a Kansas City sports fan. I read RoyalsReview.Com/KingsofKauffman.com just as much as I read ArrowheadPride.com/ArrowheadAddict.com and all our arrow point North.
I hate to say it, but it's not that we our getting better, but that we were smarter, when the neighborhood fell apart. We watered and trimmed our lawn, we painted out siding, laid new flooring, and even buried the lines. WELCOME TO KANSAS CITY, HOME OF THE KANSAS CITY SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS, AND THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS WORLD CHAMPIONS.
SORRY. YES, I HAVE BEEN DRINKING. YES I'M ALMOST DONE WITH THIS DAMN MBA. YES I' M SORRY FOR LEAVING YOU HANGING.