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Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Posted on: January 9, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 5:11 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It probably isn't fun to be a Chiefs fan right now, following Baltimore beating Kansas City down 30-7 in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

KC hung with a more talented team for the first half of what looked like a great game and then got totally dominated by the Ravens in the second half. The Chiefs sputtered offensively (Matt Cassel's three interceptions all came after halftime), they abandoned their gameplan (Jamaal Charles didn't touch the ball after the 9:45 mark in third quarter), they made critical mistakes (Dexter McCluster's fumble in the red zone on 3rd and 26, the offsides as the Ravens were punting on 4th and 3 with the game still within reach, the call to pitch outside on fourth-and-one, etc.) and they generally shot themselves in the foot. Repeatedly.

Even "The Tuck Rule" -- it apparently follows anyone who's played for the Patriots throughout their career, right? -- and an inspiring red-zone defensive effort couldn't save Kansas City from the steamroller that came out of Baltimore's locker room in the second half.



But here's the good news: 2010 was a tremendous success for Kansas City even without the team's first playoff since 1994, and that's a lesson that shouldn't be forgotten.

Here's some better news: this is a Chiefs team that appears set to contend in the AFC West for some time based primarily on a youthful core of potential superstars.

People will complain about Todd Haley's decision-making and ego, but that comes with the territory of being a brash NFL head coach who goes for it on fourth down a lot. (What doesn't come with the territory, even if you're Bill Belichick, is not having people question the decision; see above.)

But this is a team with budding stars at the skill positions -- Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Tony Moeaki and Matt Cassel provide a potent core that'll trouble AFC West defensive coordinators for what could be a decade depending on management decisions. Toss Dexter McCluster in that mix as an all-purpose home-run threat who also can decimate opponents in the special teams game and there's no reason for this team to lose its explosiveness even when Charlie Weis takes his talents to Gainesville.

On the defensive end of things, Eric Berry is the next great NFL safety (ignore the times he's been torched deep this season, because that's just being a rookie), Tambi Hali is a 2010 Pro Bowl snub that should find his way to Hawaii next year and Glenn Dorsey and Derrick Johnson have finally emerged as the talents they were picked to be.

Scott Pioli knows what he's doing in the front office too, in case the quick turnaround in KC didn't convince you, and it's a pretty safe bet that he'll find a capable offensive coordinator to replace Weis.

The schedule gets a LOT tougher in 2011 (Packers, Steelers, Vikings, Dolphins at home; Colts, Bears, Pats, Jets, Lions away) so there's a distinct possibility of regression in terms of wins for the Chiefs next year.

But the fact remains that there's sufficient talent on this roster to warrant significant optimism in 2011. Even for a franchise that just extended some ugly postseason losing streaks, that's reason enough to be excited.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Pertaining to Russell doens't try to get kicked trip surely show off awfully super early...unquestionably holds the actual clearly show entertianing


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Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Welcome to the NFL playoffs KC, you are another team that went from last to first and did not go any farther, the problem is that next year you have to play a first place team schedule, which is MUCH HARDER than the last place schedule. You have to get up to the highest level of performance for 60 minutes week after week not just once and a while. I expect to see KC drop back to the middle of the pack next and not make the playoffs.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:33 am
 

Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Kansas City fans, I am from New England, and a Patriot fan, I know you guys a pissed right now, but your defense kept you in the game for almost three quarters, to me a great effort What a player Eric Berry is, the Ravans are a great defensive team, Tom Brady will have trouble with that defense, so keep the faith, maybe not next year, because they will play a 1st place schedule,but along as they are competitive it should be fun to watch, do not waste a high draft pick on a reciever, I think you need a linebacker to replace Mike Vrable, or more dept on the D-line, but Cassell will be fine, with that running game, I see the Chiefs are a team heading in the right direction, maybe the coach needs a little more experence, but it looks like the old AFL, with Chiefs and Raiders, battling for the western division, for years to come!      
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Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Cassel has a lot of potential alright. A lot of potential to prevent your team from achieving what you did in 1993 vs Pitt and Houston with Montana.



Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Chiefs need another top wide receiver

Cassel has a lot of potential, but he needs at least one more top receiver to complement Dwayne Bowe.  Try to sign Larry Fitzgerald or another top wide receiver, and that will help open up the passing game. 



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Matt Cassel is not a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback but I believe that he could be a more than capable of leading this team to many successful seasons. I believe that the core problem lies in the lack of a quality receiving group. Outside of Bowe they have no play making receivers. Their lack of experience and talent at receiver killed them down the stretch. Adding another receiver on the other side of Bowe should be a key emphasis for next season. Only then can the Chiefs truly judge is Cassel is the long term answer. Keep in mind the Chiefs reached the playoffs with the third youngest team in the league. Next year this team could be dangerous. GO CHIEFS! 


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