Making A Statement

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Wide receiver Verran Tucker of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a reception against cornerback Perrish Cox of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)


I’ve never understood the people who slow down to get a good look at a car accident on the side of the highway.  The police are already there and traffic is slow to begin with, but some people decide to cause more problems because they want to see what’s going on.  I’m of the opinion that the best thing a person can do is pass it as quickly and carefully as possible.  I can’t offer any assistance that couldn’t be better rendered by the professionals who are there, so the best thing I can do is get out of their way.  If I wanted to see a wreck I would watch Jersey Shore.  That’s why I only made it to halftime before turning off the television when the Kansas City Chiefs last played the Denver Broncos three weeks ago.  It got ugly quickly and I just couldn’t watch anymore.  It is for this reason that the Chiefs need to come out this Sunday and make a statement in this game.

The first part of the statement needs to be that the Chiefs remember.  They need to show that they did not forget the humiliating loss which Denver handed them.  They need to show the fire that comes from being embarrassed and having a chance for revenge.  That is not to say that it should get out of control.  I don’t want the Chiefs to be responsible for this week’s fistfight in the NFL.  No, I want the fire to be used to energize and hone the Chiefs into a team that will lay waste to the Broncos.

The next part of the statement is that we have learned from our mistakes.  I need to see early on in the Broncos game on Sunday that the Chiefs have done their homework and have figured out how to stop the Bronco’s offense.  It won’t set the right tone for the game if the first thing the Broncos do is march down the field like three weeks ago.  Then everyone will start saying how this match-up is going to be just like the last one.

No, I need to see pressure put on Bronco’s quarterback Kyle Orton.  I need to see the Bronco’s offense scratch and claw for every yard they get.  Then when the Chiefs have the ball, I need to see our offense demonstrate the well balanced attack that they’ve found these last 2 weeks.  I need to see smart play-calling for the Chiefs.

We have to show that the last Chiefs-Broncos game was a fluke.  We need to show that we cannot be beaten in the same way as last time.  If we are beaten, it shows we are weak.  That we can’t adjust.  That there is a single formula that beats us and will always beat us because we can’t change.  We have to show that we learn.  That we fix.  That what was exploited yesterday won’t be exploited today.  We have to let the NFL know that the only way to beat us is to be the better team.

The last part of the statement is one that I’ve discussed a lot.  It’s one that I feel is important for the Chiefs to move forward and show that they are a contender.  The Chiefs need to come out and show that Arrowhead Stadium is our house.  The old guard that was undisciplined and listless no longer resides in Arrowhead Stadium.  The Chiefs need to show that within the walls of Arrowhead they are invincible because of the support of the fans, and that the fans that are owed nothing less than the best possible effort.

We need to make the statement that the emerging Chiefs are a motivated, smart, and tough team who realizes that the fans in Arrowhead are the reason they get to play a game they love for a living.  No longer are we the laughingstock of the AFC West, but that we are a contender who should be feared.  If we can make that statement to the team who dealt us our worst loss then we make it to the whole NFL.

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