Our offense is a work in progress. I also have faith in Alex Smith. What we are really lacking, is someone who is going to draw attention in the middle of the field that can help free up Bowe and Avery on the outside.
The best person in the NFL that would not only fit into a West Coast Offense, but into the hearts and minds of Chiefs fans, is Tony Gonzalez. He came back this year from near retirement because he thought he had a sure thing in Atlanta. After losing to the Jets at home, I feel safe in saying it will take a near miracle for them to get a wild card spot having to get past the entire NFC North, who are all playing better than Atlanta. (This assumes 1 Wild Card spot goes to the 49ers/Seahawks loser in that division)
I am not saying we should send a 1st round pick, far from it. The best I'd give up would be a 5th, maybe a couple late rounders packaged together. (Like a 6th this year, 7th next year) If Atlanta was asking for a 4th, I'd definitely consider it. (Knowing that we will be picking in the back half of the round) Does this mean I want to mortgage the future in order to try and win now? I don't think a single mid-to-late round pick is going to be that big a loss when the possible benefit would be so great.
Also, I'm a believer in striking while the iron is hot, and this season can be absolutely special, and if the 2011 Washington Nationals show you anything, it is that you cannot take for granted your opportunities. Just because the hot hand has been dealt to us this year, does not mean with certainty we can assume it will for years to come. Go get a legitimate weapon for our offense now that can help strike fear into opposing defenses, to match the fear our defense already imposes on those offenses.
McGrath the beard man has been doing a great job, and I'm all for keeping him; however you cannot deny that Tony Gonzalez would be an instant upgrade over every single TE on our roster. Do we keep 4 TEs? We could, but since Kelse in needing until at least the bye week, if he's not 100% healthy by the time a potential deal gets done, then IR him, let his stress fracture heal fully, and let him learn by watching.
I am hugely biased in this matter, both for my Chiefs fandom and as Tony Gonzalez still being the only Chiefs jersey I've ever owned, but I really do feel that if Tony really is only going to play this year for one more shot, we give him a far better chance than Atlanta does, and he greatly improves our chances on offense to be successful, both with his blocking, receiving, and the fact that he's a future Hall of Famer.
So while I'd put the chances of this happening somewhere below 5%, I would be fully in support of sending a mid-round draft pick to finally get Tony (and all of us) the Super Bowl run we all deserve after so many years of heartbreak.