5 Reasons To Keep Watching The Kansas City Chiefs

Why should fans continue to watch the Kansas City Chiefs?

It’s a fair question to ask. There has never been more reasons for fans to totally tune out. The 2012 Chiefs are doomed. There will be no late season turnaround like we saw in 2011. This team isn’t likely to rattle off four wins in a row and they sure don’t look like they are capable of coming anywhere close to .500. In fact, with Peyton Manning leading the Denver Broncos, 8-8 is probably no longer the key to winning the AFC West.

But the reasons to stop watching the Chiefs go further than that. The team is in such a sorry state that there are few things to grab on to because the book is closing on so many things. No longer is there a reason to track the development of QB Matt Cassel. It is clear that the other QBs on the roster, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, aren’t coming to the rescue.

Romeo Crennel isn’t saving this team. In fact, it looks as though he is a huge part of the problem. Crennel is a dead man walking. The Chiefs would have to win out, and do so in impressive fashion, for Crennel to even have a prayer of retaining his job.

Sure, there is always a chance the Chiefs will put it together and turn in an enjoyable performance. Past that, however, the reasons to watch seem to be at an all-time low.

But don’t despair, Addicts. There are still a few diamonds in all this rough and at least five reasons to continue to tune in.

1. Justin Houston

The defense is in a mess so it is hard to get a full evaluation of how good Houston might be because he is in perhaps the least ideal situation possible. Still, despite all the madness around him, Houston has shown flashes that his development is moving right along. He is a very exciting player and when the Chiefs get a coaching staff/defensive coordinator that knows what they’re doing, he should be a force for years to come.

Houston is definitely a reason to keep watching.

2. Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki

Both these guys have been struggling this season but there have been signs in recent weeks that they are on their way back. Moeaki has been getting a little more involved in the passing game and Berry has made a few plays.

Neither is near where we’d like them to be but remember, unlike Jamaal Charles, these two are essentially going through second rookie seasons. Charles is a veteran and had far more experience than Berry and Moeaki when he went down. Once he got back to trusting his knee, he was able to return to being productive. Also, Charles is such an extraordinary player that even if his performance is down a bit this season, he is still very good. Even on an offense that is struggling mightily.

Berry and Moeaki are a different story. Not only do they have to overcome their injuries, they also have to overcome their lack of NFL experience. Both players were productive as rookies but they were also just scratching the surface of their potential. Because of their injuries, Berry and Moeaki missed as much pro football as they played coming into this season.

Berry, for instance, spent the entire offseason following his rookie season working on his coverage skills. Coverage was a major hole in his game and it was one he was working on filling in. Instead of spending the 2011 season putting what he learned into practice, he spent it on the sidelines. Then he spent all last offseason rehabbing.

Berry and Moeaki deserve to be cut a little bit of slack. They are essentially rookies all over again. They are working their way back and that is certainly a reason to watch.

3. The offensive line

People have their complaints about the offensive line but they’ve actually performed pretty damn well, considering the circumstances. Their guard is playing center, their center is on IR and they have a rookie playing guard. They also have a new right tackle.

Oh and they are learning a completely new offense (a terrible one at that).

As long as Pioli or his potential replacement decide to re-sign Branden Albert, the Chiefs will have a young and talented offensive line heading into 2013. Say what you will about Pioli but if he leaves this offseason, I feel like he’s left the Chiefs with a pretty good offensive line. Asamoah and Hudson seem like solid picks and they are still learning. Lilja, despite all the flak he takes is a solid guard and also a pretty good center. Allen is getting valuable experience and will have a realistic shot of pushing Lilja for a starting spot, should Lilja re-sign.

T Donald Stephenson has also seen some action in the team’s Jumbo sets and has made some nice blocks in the running game.

The development of all of these players is important so watch the lines a little bit instead of the ball.

4. The Dwayne Bowe farewell tour?

Could this be the end of the D-Bowe show in Kansas City?

It might be, even if Pioli gets fired.

Don’t get me wrong, any GM with a brain in his head should look at the KC receivers and make re-signing “The Show” his #1 priority. But it may not be that easy. The Chiefs are a mess and Bowe may just want to get the hell out of town. He is also going to want to get paid. Bowe won’t be handing out discounts to KC, which may mean that whoever is the GM will have to outbid the rest of the NFL to secure Bowe’s services. That, or the franchise tag will need to be employed again.

If the GM is Pioli, I doubt Bowe returns. If someone new is in charge, however, I’d guess the most likely scenario is that he gets franchised again, depending on how the new guy massages the salary cap. That way the new GM would secure Bowe for a season without having to commit long-term.

Regardless of what happens in January, your boy Bowe could be on his way out. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be tuning in to see the farewell tour. Bowe has been entertaining, which is more than we can say about the Chiefs as a whole.

5. They can still finish first

The Chiefs still have some very talented players on both sides of the ball and I have a hunch that if they get a coach and front office that has even the slightest idea of what they are doing, they might just start winning some games.

Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki, Jon Asamoah, Kendrick Lewis and Brandon Flowers are all locked up.

The Chiefs don’t need a roster re-build. They need a front office re-build. Remember, the 49ers were garbage back in 2010 and the next year they nearly made the Super Bowl.

What was the difference?

A change in leadership.

Change is almost certainly coming to the Chiefs this season.

But the one big change we can expect on the field is at the QB position. And that, my friends, if your biggest reason to tune in. Not because Ricky Stanzi or Brady Quinn are the answer.

Because they aren’t.

The Chiefs can still finish first…in the draft game.

The Chiefs are the worst team in football. They’ve treated us to nothing but misery all season long. We might as well get something out of it, right?

If that something is a franchise QB, then tune in and cheer for the Chiefs to win.

And watch them continue to lose.

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  • KcNdaRock

    Sorry to all the fans I know this year sucks but I will watch every second of every game for games like last night.. The chiefs are seriously a qb away I’ve really liked watching all the veterans grow into pro bowlers dj, Hali, flowers, Charles, Houston, Poe, berry, Lewis, bowe wasn’t nothing till Haley came along, o- line and Jackson even tho he’s not a pass rusher he’s a force in the run game and he needs to stay in on third down he mite get a sack..

    • BurtGummer44

      2 out of 9 games they don’t get blown away, and people think they’re only a QB away? Give me a break, this team is not near as talented as so many fans are delusional enough to believe. Too many have had the wool pulled over their eyes by Pioli. The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is splattered all over the scoreboard and in the W/L columns. This team sucks, and replacing the GM, Coaches, and QB is just the start in fixing the problems.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.a.oconnor Bryan Andrew O’connor

        The reason everyone is saying we are a Qb away is look at the roster, OTHER than the Qb we have some of the Best Talent in the League, the Defense has played poor at times because their tired, when you have a QB who can’t put together a sustained drive much less get a Touchdown the defense plays ALOT, The recievers haven’t played well because lets face it, cassel doesn’t have the talent to get the ball to them, yes they “drop” alot of balls but look at the film, it’s either a foot over their head, throwwn at the ground, behind them or 6 feet in front of them.

  • William Campbell

    A quarterback away? Think the whole team read that now they are a celebrating together.. this team lacks focus and discipline…. they really played a good game last night.. but for the first time in 30 years I’m embarrassed to be a fan of this team…. the really showed their goddamn asses last might.. they should be ashamed of themselves… I mean come on act like you been here before smdh ashamed

    • Danny W

      I get what you’re saying. They’re celebrating like idiots and they’re 1 and 7.But they don’t have anything to lose at this point. If they do something well personally then they should celebrate it in my opinion. Of course I’m the type of guy who thinks they should be allowed to celebrate how they want as long it’s not profane and in anyway and it doesn’t take time away from the game. Like don’t take five minutes to do a dance or something. It’s pretty entertaining to me and that’s why I watch football is for entertainment. Hey look at it this way, at least they did something worth celebrating for once!

  • Danny W

    I’ll still watch, I probably always will. I may not watch it live, and tevo it for later because much of the anticipation is lost, but I will still watch. I personally thought Gary Gibbs did an excellent job last night.

    • tm1946

      Real delima, if Chief’s fans find there is something else to do than watch games, the team has bigger problems than Matt Cassel or Pioli. We all love pro foot and the chiefs but it is all the great NFL illusion. They are rolling now but stub your toe with the hunt chiefs, the cracks in the concrete start showing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.a.oconnor Bryan Andrew O’connor

        Agreed they have other problems but having the worst starting Qb in the NFL (Cassel) and a GM (Pioli) who is attached at the brain with him ARE the BIG problem, Do you ACTUALLY think that Pioli is given another year to fix this train wreck that he will fix the Qb problem? No he will not because he thinks Cassel is the answer and you won’t change his mind on that, his pride will not allow him to admit he is wrong about Cassel. were not gonna fix this 1 year but firing Pioli and cutting Cassel is a HUGE step in the right direction, We also need to get a Head Coach, I would be fine with Crennel stepping back into his DC role because he is a GREAT DC but sadly that probally won’t happen, I think we should look to the college ranks to find our next Head Coach, their are some GREAT Coaches out there and not the “big name” guys either.

        • tm1946

          Great point of view.
          None of us have a clue what Pioli thinks or why he acts the way he does. Acquiring Cassel, did not work, cut him, fine but why does anyone think Pioli thinks that way. ie Pioli went 3 seasons before he tried to get a #2 WR, did not matter to him who was opposite Bowe.
          We will never know what moves this organization. As fans, may be for the best. We have to trust Hunt and crew…..right now we do not. But the easy fix of fans, fire this guy or that may not fit the Hunt plans or lifestyle.

  • disqus_SPZwIT6dRb

    Chiefs Parody #2: Sorry for the shameless plug, but check out this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVCKBvNZrqs

    • Drewfish

      “What if todd was one of us”…..lol….too funny!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.dickey.338 Mark Dickey

    #6 Dance celebration cause the Chiefs lined up correctly
    #7 Dance celebration cause the Chiefs got off the team bus
    #8 Dance Celebration cause the Chiefs put on thier helmets….

  • Travis Forsyth

    the only way to win is to lose. their is only 4 QBs likely to be our new franchise QB in 2013: Ricky Stanzi, Alex Tanney, Geno Smith, or Matt Barkley. who’s it going to be?

  • PunjabiPete

    Man last night hurt. I saw some heart (Shaun Smith was getting that D pumped early) and some grit (Cassel and that first down) and they laid it on the line. I might get blasted here but while I was disappointed I was proud. The Kansas City Chiefs can be blamed for a lot of things but laying down even in front of a superior team is not one of them. Also, for Cassels throw: It was a TERRIBLE throw. But it should NEVER have gotten that far. We won that game 24 – 13. I’m not sure what Big Ben did to the refs in the restroom area but it had them shaken up, no doubt about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christian.kloster.52 Christian Kloster

    Why is Stanzi mentioned w/Quinn & Cassel? We still haven’t had a chance to see him play a regular season game. He is just written off without a chance, what have they got to lose now? It’s like he’s guilty by association when he hasn’t even had an opportunity. It would be poetic justice if he ever gets to play and just starts winning games and leaves everybody scratching their heads.

    • Jeremy Parkercom

      I agree with you, he should get a shot before everyone writes him off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.a.oconnor Bryan Andrew O’connor

      The reason Stanzi hasn’t gotten a chance is because fairly or unfairly they see what he has and hasn’t done in practice, when a Qb takes snaps in practice and everyone in the general area sees that he makes Cassel look like Joe Montana he’ll never get that shot, I’m not saying he’s a bad qb because their are plenty of QB’s who don’t practice well but unless it’s absolelutely NECCASSARY I.e. Quinn and Cassel being carted off the field with broken bones Stanzi will never get a shot.

  • KCMikeG

    Thanks Paddy! And congrats on the wedding!

    I am feeling the pain of this season way down inside. Being a Homer makes it even worse when you end up fighting with your Chiefs brothers for defending the team. Yes we are 1-8. Yes we suck. Yes we have been blown out. Yes we have been embarrassed. Here’s what I don’t get. Why do people have to totally ignore the good, even great moments and achievements? Does it make you feel better to run everything down? Worst team in NFL history BS!
    Look at the things Paddy shared. We have the #11 defense with an offense that has turned it over 30 times! We have an old, small LG at center and a rookie at LG and Charles is #9 in the NFL even though RAC doesn’t know why he only got 5 carries vs the faiders. Look at the fact that we fought head to head for 3 quarters against the best team in the NFL w/o Flowers and Hali. How about that we set a franchise record for the greatest comeback in our history. Even with the uncalled for celebrations we fought another great team into overtime in a game that NO ONE gave us a chance in hell of winning. Pitoitau, Poe, Brown, Bailey are showing promise on defense. We have a deep stable of potential at RB behind one of the best to ever tote the rock. Wylie has returned and I see promise in him along with Baldwin (with the right coaching). We are NOT the 0-16 Lions or the 0-14 Bucs and I wish that more of Chiefs Kingdom could see the team through my eyes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.a.oconnor Bryan Andrew O’connor

    Agreed, it’s a NOT a player issue, well other than a Qb issue. Clark Hunt needs to fire everybody between himself and the hot dog vendors.Their are PLENTY of potental GM’s out there, and if ANYONE mentions ANYONE in the Patriots front office i’m gonna slap them, “The Patriot Way” so to speak is why were in this mess to begin with, You can’t “Catch Lightning in a Bottle Twice” it has NEVER Happened that way. There are also PLENTY of Head Coach Canidates out there and not just in the NFL, Lets look to the College Ranks for a Coach, like Dave Christensen for example, for those of you who don’t know of him, He’s the Head Coach at Wyoming and although he has a 21-27 record overall lets not forget that he’s the HC at Wyoming, he has had 2 winning seasons there and gotten them to 2 Bowls, in Comparision the last 5 coaches at WU has only had 2 winning seasons in 20 seasons and made 1 bowl (93 copper bowl) and he’s been to 2 in 3 years. Before Wyoming he was the Assissant Head Coach/OC and Head of recuiting for MIZZOU from 97-08 and we all know what Mizzou looked like then, He’s very quietly building Wyoming into a relevant football program…..