Hello, AP, it's been too long.
Over the past several months, my love for this site has waned considerably. Leading up to the season, there were WAVES of terrible, far-fetched speculative fanposts. With the exception of a few usual suspects, the ideas coming from this section have been recycled and hard to stomach. The going got infuriating, and the infuriated got going. I should have taken my uncanny ability to write hundreds of words about nothing, and tried to help carry the fanposts through a dark time. People from Minnesota found interesting things to write about, and, good ol' RelaxingPoo fled (like Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin) back to the bowels from which he came. Not cool.
Then I realized something, I wasn't soured on AP. It was just...baseball season. ("I thought I had mono once, turns out I was just really bored"- Wayne Campbell). As with every internet message board, there will be things that I can't stomach, but I must not let that get me down. I. MUST. POST. OPINIONS. ON. THE. INTERNET.
Man, I've already reached the minimum for a fan post, and I haven't even gotten to the point of this post. My apologies.
I was going through my e-mail draft folder today, and I found something interesting. Apparently, on September 21, 2011, I began writing my first AP post. I remember starting it, but I THOUGHT it had disappeared off of the SB Post Manager. Turns out (looks at the ground), I started writing it as an email because I didn't yet know how AP's Post Manager worked. Whoops. Now, at the time, I didn't know that we were going to turn the season around, have a new coach, sign Eric Winston, etc. I thought we were going to have a historically bad year. Keep that in mind. This was supposed to be a silver lining piece. It, at the time, was going to be my first post, and it was meant to inspire confidence in our beloved team. Instead, it got lost, I got caught up in QB drama, we almost won the division, and I turned 30 before this actually got posted.
Anywho, after the jump, I'm going to share this lost AP relic and offer some thoughts on where, I think, I was headed. Basically, I'm all prematurely amped up about a meaningless preseason game and feel that everything that can be said about it already has been said (props to T29, MN, etc). Here is my attempt at offering something completely different.
...And now for something completely different.
This is my first post. I'm forever on here, I just have never made a peep. I apologize for the way I'm about to jump in head first.
I'm a 29 year old male, and I love the chiefs. I state this because I don't want any confusion as to if this is being written with my brain or my heart.
I was 7 years old when we drafted Derrick Thomas, and from then on, we were mostly good. I look back at the Carl Peterson reign of terror with a lot of fondness and whimsy. For every Ryan Sims and Bam Morris, there is a Tamba Hali and Priest Holmes. Actually, for me at least, there is a lot more of the latter than the former. I have been able to win as the chiefs in video games my whole life, if I can't get a super bowl, that's pretty much all I can ask. From setting sack records with Derrick Thomas and letting entire teams bounce off of Christian Okoye, to getting drunk and staying up all night on January 11, 2004 (2 days before my birthday) to make Colts fans feel my pain on Playstation 2 Madden...I love the chiefs.
Again, this post is coming from the perspective of a homer. Someone who still sees validity in starting Grbac over Gannon, and felt justified because Gannon was a bad person who had no qualms with donning the silver and black. Who was right? Well, Gannon got to a super bowl, but he threw 5 interceptions. He is an unprofessional analyst who takes every chance he can get to cheap shot my team. Facts be damned, I was right. Marty was right. I digress... This season is a disaster. There's no two ways about it. However, wasn't it supposed to be? I am an unabashed, lunatic of a chiefs fan who has NEVER been able to look at the next season's schedule without being able to fenagle a playoff worthy season out of my preseason predictions. Nine and seven seasons were hard to come by when I was drunk on offseason optimism. I often saw teams that we "get" to play as easy wins when, in retrospect, I'm sure their fans were marking us down as a break in an otherwise difficult schedule.
This season, however, was different. A lot had been made of our difficult first place schedule, but I was having a hard time finding wins outside of a split with the raiders and domination of the Broncos. With my rosiest of rose colored glasses, I couldn't paint a picture where we went beyond 8-8 or 9-7. Even with a giant vat of preseason kool-aid, we weren't sniffing the playoffs this year.
This is not a post to renounce "the process". This is not a post about regression. This is about progress and the future. "I take 2 steps forward. I take 2 steps back." - Paula Abdul (with a little help from MC Skat Kat) Last year, we were a progressing team in WAY over our head. This fact resulted in one of the most exciting seasons of my life. Although we won the division, we had some weaknesses. Everyone was in a agreement with that. We won 10 games and the division because Norv Turner can't coach, AND because we were monumentally lucky staying healthy without turning the ball over.
The end. The glaring weaknesses we had is what made this draft, in particular, so much fun. We had a chance to plug some holes (heh. plug some holes) and have a chance at being an elite team. Now, bear with me. I'm about to make a bold statement: WE MADE ALL OF THE RIGHT MOVES THIS OFFSEASON Call me an idiot. Call me a homer. Call me a horse's ass, but I firmly believe that we did nothing to hinder this team's development. In fact, I think we are set up for a bigger rebound year than last year's lightning in a bottle season. "B-b-b-but, RelaxingPoo, did you not see us get outscored 423 - 2 in the first 2 games of the season? Everyone should be fired, our team should be moved to another city and we should get an expansion team (Kansas City Jetpacks) in 2022."
Knowing me, I assume that "the sk" was going to veer off and lead this post to be about skeet for 3 paragraphs, but I'll give myself the benefit of the doubt and assume I was going to make some points.
Now, obviously, this was going to be a post about how despite devastating injuries and an impossibly tough schedule, there was no reason to doubt the talent of our roster. There was no reason to question the direction of the franchise. Honestly, I REALLY wish I would have finished it then because I would have looked like a genius.
At the time, I thought we were going to go 0-16/1-15ish. I don't believe that SUCK FOR LUCK was even a thing just yet. It probably was, but I remember that my logic was that after the season, we would have a top draft pick. With our first 3 rounds, I thought, we could get Luck, a RT, and a back to replace Thomas Jones. It's not that I WANTED to suck for Luck, it's that I thought we already sucked enough to get him.
Anywho, my thought was that 2012 would start, we would get all of our injured studs back and we would be ready for Todd Haley to lead us to the super bowl in 2012. I thought, even back then, that we were headed in the right direction. We just needed to address those positions to contend in the AFC. I expected Justin Houston to be an impact all last year. I, also, thought Kelly Gregg would play until Powe, not Poe, could replace him. After the Winston/Hillis signings, the winding road nearly got our franchise where I thought we should be after all. We just...didn't get Andrew Luck.
Obviously, I didn't hit on all of that stuff, but I think that it's a fun little trip down memory lane to show how miserable we all were after the first two weeks of the season last year, and how much higher spirits are now. I'm excited as hell for the potential this team has, and, side note, I want to have thanksgiving dinner with Romeo Crennel.
I very much hope that Matt Cassel can have a solid year, and that he can continue solidly into next year until a young, much hyped QB from the 2013 draft takes his job. I'd love to have him stay as a backup beyond that.
I hope this is at least a little interesting to someone other than the person who found some of his own lost scribblings. Thanks for your time, kids. I'm going to try and be less of a stranger now that there is actual football. We're so close, guys. This is going to be a wild year.