In the aftermath of an entertaining finish to a mundane Super Bowl, I recall the Old Chief prediction: that either Casey Hampton or Santonio Holmes would be Super Bowl MVP. How did I know? First of all, I felt the Cards had given everything they had just to get to the Bowl. I thought they were out of gas. Secondly, I thought it would be difficult to pick either Hines Ward or Troy Polamalu with their injuries. Lastly, I did not think Big Ben would be consistent throughout the game, and that Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald would be on the losing side. Sometimes you are right — sometimes just lucky.
Congrats to our new coach, Todd Haley. This is the key hiring in Scott Pioli’s tenure, just like the key to Haley’s tenure will be his choice of coordinators. Lets hope there is no one named Clancy as our defensive coordinator. Unfortunately, due to his late hiring, many excellent choices are already gone (Mike Nolan). Hopefully, the Three Musketeers — Clark Hunt, Haley and Pioli — will have the opportunity to draft a franchise player like Carl Peterson did with Derrick Thomas in his first draft.
Stop the nonsense about Michael Crabtree. Yes, he is a great college player, but didn’t we learn anything from Matt Millen and the Lions? Receivers are available every year, but without a line or a quarterback to throw to them they are not worth the investment of a No. 3 pick. Regardless of the position, the Chiefs must find a player that will be Pro Bowl-caliber player at that position for 8-10 years. Often that is an outstanding offensive lineman — see Joe Thomas, Brown, 2007, or Jake Long, Dolphins, 2008.
Lastly, is an appeal to the Chiefs fans for PATIENCE. The Three Musketeers have taken over a mess. Arrowhead is being rebuilt and the Chiefs have the youngest team in the league. In addition, they have several problem areas which must be rectified — like Larry Johnson. We are likely to get nothing in return for him as a result of his tirades and trade demands. Also, Brian Waters and Tony Gonzalez have mentioned that they might possibly like a change of scenery. It will take several months to assemble a staff, analyze our current roster and size up free agency and the draft. Good Luck!!