A good tailor, when custom making a $3,000 suit for you will ask if you ‘hang left’ or ‘hang right’. There is no ‘correct’ answer; it simply shows a preference that is very personal to you. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just slowly think it through as you put on your next pair of boxer shorts)… (Oh, and if you’re a woman just go ask your significant other if you can watch him put on a pair of boxer shorts, and maybe help him decide his preference)…
Personal preferences are unique to each of us and should require no explanation or defense; there is no right or wrong answer.
This is why the whole optimist vs. pessimist debate bores me (at least until it boils over and I can no longer control it and need to post 36 responses and write 1,700 words about how silly someone else is). Being optimistic and being pessimistic is simply a personal choice.
Footnote: Some people in trying to defend their position make claims to just being realistic. I’ve got news for you; unless you can see the future you’re just guessing like all the rest of us so ‘wise up’, gain some credibility and admit that it is your preference to think the way you do (not some ‘God given insight’ or ‘intellectual advantage’ you have, ok?
We all know that in any given NFL season, some teams will be ‘luckier’ than others. They may avoid the injury bug, have easier schedules, have undrafted or rookie players exceed all expectations, or enjoy veterans having a career year. Every once in a while, a whole lot of these things come together (anyone remember the Miracle Mets?)…
Statistically speaking, it has to happen sometime, right? Why not the Chiefs? Why not now?
The Chiefs go Undefeated!
- New York Times
The Chiefs – Super Bowl Champs!
- Kansas City Star
Could the Chiefs be the Greatest Team in NFL History?
Think about this: if you were going to design a ‘worst to first’ scenario (call them the ‘before’ and ‘after’ teams) how would you write the script? Remember, we know it is possible, so what would have to happen for it to come true?
These are my humble suggestions…
The Before Team:
1) The ‘before’ team would have to be talented, but have suffered from injuries, inept coaching and inappropriate schemes, and/or down seasons from key players.
2) It would have had a tougher than average schedule – not just by opponents records, but by when during the season do we play the tougher teams?
3) Related to #2; the ‘before’ team would have gotten off to a slow start that would have crushed players hopes early and undermined team confidence.
4) Finally, I would suggest that the ‘before’ team would have had fragile confidence going into their season because of a poor record the previous year.
The After Team:
5) The ‘after’ team would benefit from a draft that netted at least two future Pro-Bowlers and at least one ‘impact’ player that made an immediate contribution.
6) It would need several FAs to ‘blossom’ into their best years.
7) It would benefit from new coaching, front office, and organizational attitude; it would need a sincere ‘fresh start’ attitude amongst the player base.
8) It would need a good QB to have a good year.
9) It would need at least a couple of back-up players to step up and, in limited roles, play as well as true NFL starters.
10) It would need an easier schedule.
11) It would need to start off ‘hot’ – earn early victories to jumpstart the season.
12) It would need an insane fan base to give it an unmatched home field advantage.
So, what do you say? What else would it take (seriously) for this team to go from Worst to First? If you say it won’t happen, ok fine but tell me why… If you say it can’t happen I won’t believe you.
You see, I choose to be an optimist. I actually like dreaming about all the great possibilities. I’m not offended (usually, lol) if you don’t think the same way I do, I just think my way is much more fun and exciting !!! So, come on… take a walk in the land of Kool-Aid and honey and help me figure out what it would take for the Chiefs to make history this year.
I’ll start: What if Kelce turns into a beast – a man LBs can’t cover and racking up 93 catches for 1,200 yards and 9 TDs? (I still can’t get over his collage highlight video and his 80 yard TD).
The time is yours: