It's still difficult to believe the Chiefs are 3-0. Even more so, it's crazy to think the best is yet to come. Yet the common knowledge around these parts was that the second half version of the 2010 Chiefs should be more promising than the first half for a number of reasons. While the vast majority of us have underestimated this year's roster, I still believe that the above maxim is true and that the second half of the year will still be better than the first.
The difference might not seem as vast, but it will be there. Consider the following:
1. The Young Will Mature - While the 2010 draft class has already been impressive, we've also noted that players like Eric Berry have missed at key moments while looking sharp in others. They're called rookie mistakes for a reason and our guys will continue to make them. Seeing game-changing moments from brand new players is a beautiful thing, but those are just glimmers of the long-term potential that is there as the young guys continue to adjust to the speed and schemes of the NFL level.
2. The Units Will Gel - The latest game was the best from Matt Cassel and I saw one TV analyst convinced it was his time with Charlie Weis after a few weeks that made the difference. As the season wears on, players will become increasingly familiar with the offensive and defensive installations, mindsets and game plans. Younger players will also trust their teammates more and that freedom will allow them to fully focus on their own play.
3. The Schedule Lightens Up - Some cry foul over the Chiefs first few opponents, saying the 49ers are horribly coached and the Chargers failed to have some key playmakers on a sloppy night. Either way, there's no doubting contests against the Texans and Colts present formidable challenges. Yet the second half holds some mouth-watering games with all divisional rivals looking softer than expected and teams like the Cardinals looking much worse than last season. Add in the Rams and Seahawks and you have the chance for a very impressive second-half record.
Of course, fans are pleased as punch at the current state of the Chiefs and even if the upcoming road trip after the bye is a complete disaster, the Chiefs will still have a winning record heading into contests with Jacksonville and Buffalo -- two very winnable games. As good as things look now, there's no doubt that the Chiefs will continue to get better and thrive as they spend more time together on the field.