Well, it's over. The 2010 regular season has come and gone and the Kansas City Chiefs are still standing. Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders still stings but there's no doubt this is a good morning. It's Black Monday in the NFL, the day after the regular season ends when some teams decide to fire their coaching staffs.
That's not the case in Kansas City as the Chiefs continue on against the Baltimore Ravens next week. After the loss yesterday, and some of the frustrating feelings among the fan base, I've got to be the one to say it.
Damn, it feels good to be in the playoffs.
I mean, seriously. This is a good day. I've been reading up on some stories around the league today and there's tons of 2011 NFL draft talk (here's KC's pick in the SB Nation mock draft, by the way), new coaching staffs and figuring out how to fix a broken franchise. We've done that the last three years and I'm so happy that we're not doing it again.
Could you imagine spending this morning breaking down the Chiefs draft pick? Arguing about which coaches should or shouldn't come back next year? Offseason free agent additions?
I was listening to Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty talk with Matt Cassel on 810 WHB this morning and they asked him a couple of times if he really understood what a playoff berth means to the fan base. I think Cassel has a good idea but, unless you've been here the last three years -- heck, the last 17 years -- it's hard to truly understand.
The Royals aren't any good. We don't have the NBA or NHL here. The Chiefs are what we've got. And for now they're one of 12 teams that still have a shot.
OK, I had to get that off my chest.