Addict Angles: Pre-Season Cawfy Tawk

I’ve been out on a Batman hiatus (I’ve already seen The Dark Knight twice…lol…it’s that good), but I just saw this in the e-mail. Double D, one of our favorite commenters who always puts the “A” in Addict, sent in this on the Chiefs and the preseason…

The 1969 Chiefs (of Superbowl fame) tantalized their fans with a 6-0 preseason record. By contrast, last year’s 4-12 record was preceded by an 0-4 preseason.

Coaches, pundits, and fans will argue until they’re blue that pre-season wins/losses are totally meaningless as an indicator of what to expect during the regular season. They will tell you that the only value of the pre-season (aside from ticket sales & broadcast/advertising royalties) is that it provides coaches with a bit of film and a couple of stats that help justify why such and such rookie, veteran should be kept/cut.

Even if the playcalling is pure vanilla, I would still maintain that what a team does during the pre-season can be fairly good harbinger of things to come.

I believe that if the Chiefs do better than .500 this pre-season, that there is at least a 50-50 chance they make it into the post-season and that if they go .500 or worse, we will be about the same for the regular season.

Winning is part philosophy, part preparation, and part habit; talk amongst yourselves . . .

I think it depends on where a team is as far as its evolution is concerned. If the Colts or Patriots drop all four preseason games, it’s no biggie. But we’re a team that needs confidence, needs to experience winning. I do think for the Chiefs the 2008 preseason will be extremely important, possibly more important than for any other team.

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