Halftime offers a break in the beating on Sunday. I get into my car and drive to the nearest grocery store searching for some alcohol to help numb the pain. Being a displaced fan, you always have to support your team. You’re the minority. People at the workplace search you out to tell you how they watched your team lose, armed with a shit eating grin, and a ridiculous expectation that I congratulate them. I’m going to wake up on Monday, go to work and deal with the jeering of a ton of non-chief fans. Only Tuesday offers some relief. Week two is over and all fans start looking ahead to the next weekend. Also on Tuesdays, I record my podcast. It’s a new hobby that my brother, a fellow displaced fan (Green Bay) and I started this year. I’m finding it to be a wonderful distraction to chief fandom disappointment. I get to enjoy the NFL as a whole product and find immediate distraction after a tough loss. But before I allow myself to start working on the podcast, let me give my take on the chiefs so far.
After watching the preseason games, I was someone worried about the lack of consistent play on defense. I hoped that this was the season we rose up to become a top 5 or 10 defense but I wasn’t seeing the intensity on the field required to make this happen. I’m saddened to say that I was right. But even I didn’t except the defense to be this bad. There were times out there today (the Stevie Johnson TD) that the defense looked completely confused and even our veterans and leaders were missing assignments, badly.
Despite my lack of faith in the defense, I thought that a solid run game could help mask an inconsistent defense. If we run the ball well, we keep the defense on the sideline and control the clock. With Hillis and Charles sharing the bulk of the load and some great looking young guys waiting for their number to be called, I was predicting a running game that would go down in history as one of the best. But it hasn’t even been close. The main reason is that we get so far behind so quickly that Cassel has to throw the ball 42 times. And Draughn is our most explosive running back? Maybe Charles will never be same but it is hard for me to believe that only two years after having a rushing average of historic proportion, he has a game where he averages 0.5 yards per carry. This needs to be fixed.
We’re still a good team with good players. We just haven’t played like it. Whether you lose by 1 or 40, a loss counts against the record the same way. So even though we’ve gotten creamed, we have two losses and 14 games left to play. It won’t be easy and it may not even be practical but there is plenty of time to bounce back. I’m not ready to throw in the towel just quite yet. (Talk to me again in December.) Romeo is the same guy that most of us loved at the end of last season. We don’t scream for his job. We challenge him to fix the problems. And I have faith that him and Daboll will find a way to figure it out or at least limit most of these major problems. If we were in the NFC I’d be more worried. But the AFC is very weak and inconsistent. If we get hot at the right time, we can still cause some damage.
Now I need to catch up with the other games. The week 3 BroSports podcast will be posted here on AP every Thursday morning. Check it out if you haven’t already. We’re getting a lot of positive feedback and our views are growing each week but we’d love to hear from Arrowhead Pride enthusiasts. Happy hangover and I wish all the other displaced chief fans out there much luck dealing with the brutality of rooting for a bad team so far from the mothership! Hang in there!