Blueprint: Sustaining the Success of the Kansas City Chiefs


This is an excellent post from FanSided Scout Larry McDaniel from With The First Pick. Larry has kindly agreed to let me post the first half of the evaluation here. For the rest, click the link at the bottom and head to WTFP. Enjoy!

Let me first start by saying wow. What a season for us Chiefs fans huh? 2010 had extensive peaks with minimal valleys. At times, the excitement was simply unbearable. After achieving a 10-6 regular season record, winning the AFC West, and clinching a playoff birth, I found myself quite optimistic about the Kansas City Chiefs. Unlike in years past, through my spectacles, I can behold the light at the end of the tunnel. As of now, all arrows are ascending, and it looks as if the head honchos have this vessel steering in the right direction.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me welcome you to my annual Kansas City Chiefs mock offseason. I began this editorial last year over at Arrowheadpride, and Joel Thorman was graciously kind enough to “front page it”. It was titled My Proposal To Fixing My Beloved Chiefs,” and garnered a massive amount of attention from Chiefs fans. Things have changed recently, and I now run With The First Pick. So, here we are again, exploring the endless opportunities of the NFL offseason. Despite the Debby-Downer news of the CBA and NFL Lockout, this is an exciting time. It brings forth a moment that I have coined, “Wonderland”. No matter your teams past, every fan can bask in wonder and hope for their teams future.

Even though last season brought sunshine and rainbows, things are not all smiles and butterscotch. There are still bricks to be laid if the Chiefs as an organization want to take that next step to elite-ism. This years schedule is quite the contrast to lasts. It looks to be of the difficult breed. The success of yester-year could possibly bring forth less fortune in 2011. The repercussions of winning the AFC West crown, bears upon us the challenges of eight 2010 playoff teams. That’s right, half of the Chiefs season schedule is comprised of eight “tough-as-nails” playoff teams.

Now, I’m sure the Chiefs brass isn’t shaking in their boots, nor should we. They’ve already set the seasons wheels in motion, and we must support them. This piece is an effort to support their movement. Hopefully after reading my rhetoric and ideologies, it’ll get you pumped up for the remaining offseason events and upcoming season. I hope to inspire you to develop your own mock offseason blueprints.

Before delving in, I want to give a quick disclaimer. Ready? Okay. I am strong in my beliefs. It can come off as an know-it-all attitude, but I promise, that is not my intent. I do not claim to be “Smarter Than a Scott Pioli”. However, I do claim to be an avid Chiefs fan, that has extensive knowledge of the team, and a bevy of knowledge about college football. Hopefully you can take my words with few slivers of salt, as I only look to foster and inspire conversation about my Beloved Chiefs.

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