Yup, we have seen it happen with with this team time and time again. We get to the dance and voila', we get sent to the cheap seats as we were unable to keep the "Ghost" in his chamber of horrors. We have seen this happen with some really good coaches too. Marty Shottenhiemer, Dick Vermeill were damn good coaches, albeit they both went overboard on their own particular brand of talent. Just mentioning the last Head Coach raises up so much negativity I won't mention his name, but that game against the Ravens exposed our young team, but the experience of playing in the playoffs will likely payoff sooner than later.
Marty had good linemen, running backs and a good defense. Not enough skill on the outside at receiver and that was his major undoing, or just our old Joe Montana taking one to many shots to the head. Dick just focused on the offense and wanted to flat outscore the other teams and we saw how that worked out. Seriously, having a record in the playoffs, no PUNTS by the opposing team, is not something we fans are to crazy about. Seeing Ray Rice make our D look like swiss cheese had the finger of the "Ghost" all over it.
So now we are ready to make a run at the big dance once again, and to keep the ugly assed "Ghost" firmly contained in his chamber is going to take some effort. Thankfully we have a GM in Scotty Pioli who has a knack for finding good football players, and a Head Coach that the players-as of now- show tremendous love for. This may be the best accumulation of talent on both sides of the ball since Marty was here, and it has the possibility of being better than that team. Will they be able to put it together and keep the "Ghost" sidelined? That is something that is yet unknown, but we homers are wanting so badly.
We now have talent on the lines - offensively and defensively, several good skill players and an exceptional talent or two as well. The majority think the biggest unsolved position is the QB spot. It could be so, but it may be a strength by season's end - we just don't know as of yet. What we do know is that expectations are as high now as we have seen in some time and rightly so. Keeping that lousy, ethereal presence locked away with great team effort could make the dream come true.
There are some obstacles in our way, both internally and externally. Internally we have a Center, the guy who handles the ball on every play, in his first year on a revamped O-line. It may take some time before these guys become good, hopefully not. Externally we have a tough schedule and what NFL team that don't have the same? Anyway, after the disaster of injuries and coaching last year the presence of the "Ghost" should be well fed and sleeping right through the juggernaut that is beginning here in OTA's. Go Chief's!!!