Sometimes it's just how a fan feels about his/her team. Take the Chiefs, for example. Sure, they're an amazing 7-0 thus far this season, but is it real or is it an illusion? We (Chiefs fans) think it's real enough, but so many times we hear "but your team hasn't played anyone yet!" and it gets under your skin a little bit, know what I mean? Now. we happen to know how it really works in the NFL: any given Sunday, all these guys are professional, don't wake a sleeping giant, whatever the cliche ... we know it and trust me, any and every team in this league has talent, lots of it. You guys got Mingo in the first round, we took this guy ... and to be honest, he hasn't yet been as awesome and spectacular as Chiefs fans would have liked, so maybe there's a reason.
Let's face it, there's a large group of players on the Chiefs from last year. the season the Chiefs finished with an abysmal 2-14 record. Fans kept thinking "we have more talent than this!" but it really never showed up in the game stats, and that's about as depressing as it gets, week after week of seeing your favorite team get pounded, eventually becoming the "joke of the night" on every late night TV show. Yeah, it was sad. So maybe, we thought, it's the Coach. Or the GM. Or both. Surely it couldn't be the players, right? We HAD the talent, right? All those first round picks, something had to give, right? That's when Clark Hunt, the owner, made his move.
I asked my old man if I could go ice-skating on the lake. He told me, "Wait til it gets warmer."
Hunt flew to Philadelphia where Reid had just been dismissed by the Eagles, in favor of Chip "Not For Long" Kelly and spent 10 hours meeting with him. You read that right. A ten hour interview. Nobody outside of Hunt, Reid and Scott Pioli (the GM at the time) know what was said, but the upshot was that Reid was announced as the Chiefs new HC a day later. A few days after that, Reid fired Pioli. (Not really, but he did. Clark had announced that EVEYRTHING would go through him, so the conversation was probably more like Reid saying "Hey, Clark, I need a new GM" and Hunt responding with "Scott, you're fired. Andy, who do you want?" and voila! John Dorsey appears as the new GM.)
So, sure enough Dorsey and Reid get a new QB. Alex Smith. And of course more laughs from around the league: he's a game manager, he can't carry a team, he's inconsistent, he's no Peyton Manning (he's no Tony Romo!) and on it went from the doubters, the non-believers, the so-called experts, those who were in-the-know. Alex Smith? Really?
A girl phoned me and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!
Turns out the guy's been pretty good. I mean yesterday against the Texans, he didn't THROW for a TD but he RAN for one. On a busted play. He doesn't turn the ball over much (unlike our former QB) so we think that's a big thing. Some say he'll never win a game for us, but we know that he won't LOSE a game for us, so there's that as well. And our top WR, Dwayne Bowe, hasn't done much this season in terms of receptions and yards (although he's been very good at blocking downfield!) and our TE's have been hurt (we were down to our 3rd string for awhile, another castoff that Dorsey claimed off the waiver wire). Of course, as we all know, the QB isn't the whole team, and while we love us some Jamaal Charles in Kansas City, people would say "he's no Adrian Peterson!" and "he's not as good as Foster or Run DMC or CJ or MJD!" and so yeah, again that lack of respect, even though he's been at the top in terms of rushing yards and yards per attempt. "But he doesn't score many TD's!" so yeah, he can't be very good right? Well, this year Charles has topped 100 yards of all-purpose yardage in every game this year, and has scored a TD every game this year. Over 100 yards and at least one TD. Every game. Hasn't been done since OJ Simpson in 1975.
Once when I was lost I saw a policeman and asked him to help me find my parents. I said to him, "Do you think we'll ever find them?" He said, "I don't know kid. There are so many places they can hide."
The Defense. It's good. Scary good. Case (Keenum) in point here: first, major props to "The Kid" in his first NFL start, and he really DID look pretty good for a good part of the game yesterday. I mean, the Chiefs had ZERO sacks in the first half. They ended up with five. The Texans managed something like 1 yard of offense in the 4th quarter. Whatever. All year long this defense has been amazing: tops in points allowed, sacks, takeaways, QB ratings against, etc ... but everyone loves offense like Manning and Romo and Brady (heard the Pats lost yesterday, how about that ... heard the Broncos lost, too) so again we get little or no respect. Even though we have guys like Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Dontari Poe, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers and Tyson Jackson, along with some newcomers who are playing well like Marcus Cooper, Sean Smith and Akeem Jordan, very little notice for the most part. Oh, it's starting to change. Slowly. A nice comment from someone here, a respectful post from someone else there. But maybe that's a good thing, maybe it's best if the Chiefs continue to play as if they have a chip on their shoulders. In the end, the respect will be there if they continue to win, but that's harder said than done. Any given week. Like this one.
When I was a kid I got no respect. The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, "We want five thousand dollars or you'll see your kid again."
Browns vs Chiefs. Ask away, Cleveland. My fellow Chiefs
lunatics fans will be along to answer all of your questions. Here's to a good, injury-free, hard-hitting football game this Sunday.