Good morning my fellow lunatics, excuse me, fanatics.In the world of professional football we see the results of good strategy and tactics. Some teams do really well melding them together. Some do not and as a result you have franchises wallowing in absolute funks that it seems impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hark ye to remember the teams seen in KC of the late 70's and 80's.
The best way I can think of of how to separate these concepts is to describe it in nuclear terms. Strategic Nuclear Weapons were the ICBM's which no country wanted to deploy OR be on the wrong end of as you could see entire cities wiped out. Tactical Nukes were designed to be used in battle specific situations. Drop a bridge, close passes and blow deep holes into the ground in front of tank columns coming to attack you.
On our team, the Chief's, we have a GM who is the strategist. He is the guy assembling the talent-Coaches, players and staff essential to competing with the other teams. How well he does this gives our team the wherewithal to win or not, year in and year out.Here we are now, beginning the fifth year under our strategist and the expectations are as good as any I've experience as a Chief's fans since when Lenny Dawson was playing with those uber talented teams. A big Hot Damn and Thank You to Scotty Pioli!
The coaches on the other hand are the tacticians. They plan for each individual game, exploiting the perceived weakness of that weeks opponent. It has been widely thought around here that Romeo has Peyton Mannings number. Those teams in NE were pretty damn good and lucky as well. If Marty's players didn't go stupid in the playoffs he might have won that Super Bowl that started the Patriot's run of Championships. Sometimes a good tactician makes his own luck by having the players believe in what they are coaching. Ergo our beating an undefeated opponent last year.
We have something of an enigma with Coach Daboll. He has had some rather interesting success on some uninteresting teams, teams that didn't have near the talent that our team currently has. There is a great deal of expectation around our site about how well he does as the offensive tactician. Coach Daboll isn't overwhelming the press with his background, but some football insiders have mentioned him in well regarded terms. I have to say that having witnessed Chan Gailey altering the offense for Thigpen was a remarkable feat. Something similar happened in Miami last year after Chad Henne was injured and Matt Moore became the starting QB. Changing tactics to fit his new starters abilities on the fly in mid season was a remarkably well done job by Coach Daboll and bodes well for our team this year.
Nationally our Strategist is highly regarded as one of the best, and he may well earn another NFL Executive of the Year award this season, depending on how this season plays out. Yet our Tactical Director's (coaches) are in truth unproven, having enjoyed success only in the sense of a job well done with little accomplishment-no playoffs. I am interested to see how well RAC runs the team, not just the defense and really interested how well Coach Daboll runs the offense week in and week out. I am not one to hand out the Oscar's before the performance, but I am on the tide of enthusiasts who believe something really good is about to happen in the Kingdom. Go Chief's!!!!