I kind of feel like Ross Perot's running mate in his only Vice presidential Debate, who's opening remarks were (in descending order of importance I am assuming) "Who am I? Why am I here?" My beloved Chiefs are undefeated; the national media is giving backhanded complements to the Chiefs, while expressing doubts that we are real because ‘We haven't really beaten anybody.' (I think Dallas, Philly, might have hurt feelings over that.) This is so 2010 right?
Well not so much actually. I hope to clarify why I think that with this Fan Post. Anybody who watched the Monday Night Kerfuffle (I hope to God no one really thought that might have been football) and managed to hang tough through it to the post game analysis got to see the panel of Suzy Kolber, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer, and Ray Lewis excoriate the NFL and the Players union for the play on the field that night. I don't know if it is available for podcast but it was something to witness. First, it was unanimous that Josh Freeman did not belong on the football field. They went on to speculate that Leslie Frazier wasn't enamored of the deal that brought Freeman to Minnesota but that their GM was under pressure to improve the product on the field THIS year and he reached. They went on to complain about Free agency, the CBA, and the quest for parity becoming a path to mediocrity. The problem with the current situation is that all those factors have made it difficult to build a real team. Oh yeah and Fantasy Football is also ruining the game by encouraging players to be all about personal stats and not about team play.
It was fascinating to watch ESPN analysts sit back and totally just blow off like that. I listened to them and wondered when corporate was going to turn off the lights. My guess though is that all the suits had either already gone to bed or had been bored to death and have yet to be discovered by the local authorities. I started thinking about what they had said and thought about how that related to the Chiefs. It fascinated me that Matt Cassel just happened to be on both teams. I thought that what they said did have some application to our 2010 squad. Pioli and Haley together both did an excellent job of telling the team that ‘22 guys off the street could win 4 games' (How's that for team building) but promptly over the next 4 seasons proved that apparently 22 guys off the street could only win 2 games. My point is that what the panel was talking about looked a great deal like our Chiefs looked last year. (Speaking of which, how bummed can Matt be seeing anything that even remotely resembles the shit shower he took for 4 years again!)
OK, so I see what they are talking about there. Hell I lived it for 4 seasons. This is why I think that our current team may be for real, because if anything stands out it is that what we have this year is a TEAM. Andy Reid came into KC and built a team. He did what good coaches do every summer in High Schools across the country. Great Coaches do it every day. It isn't bean counting or contracts or cap management. It's team building and creating a locker room that puts it's individual crap to the side and dedicates itself to the same goal.
Easy to say, difficult to do, ask Pioli and his ‘right 53'
So do we deserve to #1 in the power rankings? I think yes, no other club in the league has a better ‘Team" this year. I don't think it is an accident that what I see as the best ‘Team' in the NFL is the one that is undefeated after 7 games.