"You’re just not thinking 4th dimensionally!"
Standing on an unfinished railroad track at the edge of a ravine, Doc Brown utters those words to Marty as he expresses concern over driving the DeLorean the tracks with a locomotive pushing it. He then explains that while the bridge does not exist now, it WILL exist in 1985, where (when?) the time machine will end up.
What does that have to do with the Chiefs? Well, more than you might think (and it’s also an excuse to use a quote from BTTF, so there you go.) A lot of us, myself included, have been caught up in the excitement of going 9-0 a year after having the worst season in KC Chiefs history. It’s easy to forget what this team looked like last year. Even sitting at 9-3, we’re still pretty much a lock for the playoffs, so things aren’t as bad as they might seem, even though we just lost 3 games to divisional opponents.
But this isn’t about comparing this year to the past either.
In reality, I want to look the other direction. I think that even with the let-down of losing to San Diego and Denver twice, we have a lot to be happy about. This team looks pretty good right now when they’re not playing Peyton Manning (and they don’t look half bad even when they are). I think in the midst of the doom and gloom for the Chiefs we’re hearing everywhere, it’s important to keep our heads up, and not without good reason.
Let’s start with Alex Smith. There’s been a lot of chatter about whether he’s god, bad, something in between, whatever. I would say the last 3 games have put that discussion on the back-burner. He’s been throwing rockets, and putting them exactly where they’re needed. He’s made a mistake or two, sure, but if not for a few egregious drops, we might be sitting at 10-2, 11-1, or hell, even 12-0. The guy has played well enough to win, and I think this team can win with him, so long as we can get him some guys who can catch the ball.
We’ve still got Jamaal running the ball as well. The second Denver game especially, he looked damn good. He’s still working on the whole "catch the ball" thing, but he’s still among the most dangerous in the league with the ball in his hands, especially when he has room to move.
The O-line has continued to improve every game, and there’s no reason to suspect it won’t get better (with the notable exception of Albert’s contract situation). Another few weeks, playoffs, and off-season to gel and we could be set for a while there.
This Defense has serious potential. The last few games have shown some holes, but it’s nothing that’s not easily fixed, not to mention the difference having Houston back will make. Oh, and did I mention just about everyone is heading into their prime or there right now?
Here’s the Cliff Notes of what I’m trying to say: This team has some bright days ahead of us. Whether we win the Super Bowl this year or go one and out (again. Ugh.), we’re set to be a good team for quite a while, especially if Reid and Dorsey can keep up with filling holes (FS and WR please?) and capturing these guys imaginations, getting them to buy in and sell out to the family mentality that everyone’s talked about so much this year
Yes, it sucks we lost to the Donkeys. Twice. Yes, it stings that the defense isn’t on the historic pace it was at the start of the season. And I absolutely never want to hear the name Eric Decker again. However, I think it’s important to remember the big picture. There will be more seasons after this one. This team shows every indication of getting better and better until THEY are the ones everyone talks about being the best of the West.
You just have to think 4th dimensionally.