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Why the Chiefs Should Have Kept Tony Gonzalez

This isn't just another post from a forlorn fan with his head down over the new look Chiefs, TGonz jersey in hand mourning the memories of days gone by. And this isn't about sentimentality or loyalty or chemistry or any other "intangible" that we love to cling to and talk about when it comes to our favorite NFL Team. Instead, this is simply about the idea we should have never traded our best player and our current scenario is revealing that first-hand.

Allow me to give some perspective. My father always told me to never quit one job until you already have another in hand - no matter how frustrated I was cutting the stupid triangle shape into Subway sandwiches (but at least I was a "sandwich artist"). And I've learned first-hand that lesson several times in my life as I forget to have a contingency plan in place before acting impulsively.

That's not to say the Chiefs acted without a plan when trading their greatest player both on and off the field. But it's hard to imagine why in the world the trade went down when it did when looking at the rest of the player moves of this offseason. Sure, there are more players to come and we're not fully finished with the roster yet, but it appears we had no thought process for what happens to our team this year.

Consider the following:
1. Matt Cassel is the prize of the off-season and the future leader of this franchise. Protecting him and continuing his development is tantamount to the Chiefs goal both this season and next.

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2. Cassel's development, then, is directly linked to the offensive line and it's ability to buy him time to throw the football. But the offensive line was already in shambles and that was before pissing Brian Waters off and before we failed to bring in any starting free agent or high round lineman. In other words, after the draft and free agency period, we're sitting with largely the same line as we had at the end of last season.

3. If your line is a disaster, then at least having an all-world tight end like Gonzalez can make all the difference and keep drives alive on third-and-long. Just ask Tyler Thigpen, who seemed to specialize in throwing up lobs only to have Gonzalez bring them down and save the Chiefs.

The bottom line: What sense does it make to bring a new leader under center if you're going to then stand him in front of a new firing squad week after week? It made sense to see what we have in Brad Cottam IF you're going to shore up the line enough to make up the difference. It made sense to gain some future draft options IF you supplement current talent enough to still see what you have.

Picture the worst-case scenarios: Matt Cassel deals with this lingering injury all year long and we never fully see what he's capable of doing. We brought in slower receivers at the end of their career who don't have burning speed and yet they don't have time to get open because our line continues to fall apart. Of course, this isn't at all what we hope for, but we have to admit that things are looking pretty grim heading toward the regular season and that was even without injuries. Let's hope for the best of course, but be realistic enough to have some perspective.

And I'm just afraid we quit our job before we found a new one.