Chiefs: Black And Blow

Black it out and blow it up! That’s what I say.

Now, please don’t send the CIA to check up on whether or not I’m a threat to the country because when I say “blow it up” I’m talking about the Kansas City Chiefs front office, staff and a good deal of the roster.

By saying black it out, I am coming out in support of the “Paint It Black” movement afoot which is asking Chiefs fans to wear only black clothing this coming Sunday at Arrowhead to send a clear and present message to owner Clark Hunt.

And what is that message? If a black Sabbath doesn’t make that clear, then the group Black Sabbath does: “Day of judgement. God is calling.”

Time to stand before your maker: The Chiefs fans of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

You can say it should have happened four years ago but, it didn’t, so let’s move on. In fact, let’s move on from everything about the last four years.

Well, maybe not everything or everyone but, I’m ready to see a new GM, a new coach and a new QB ushered in, plus a list of other free agents and drafts picks to fill the hollow places in the heart of Chiefdom.

It raises the question: who do you want to stay? The Chiefs aren’t going to gut the roster completely. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that GM Scott Pioli and then head coach Todd Haley kept as many of the Chiefs from the previous roster as they did.

Glenn Dorsey is a good/bad example. When Scott Pioli arrived we were told, “we’re evaluating the personnel to see who will fit the new 3-4 scheme.” We could see that Tamba Hali was going to make the transition early but, Glenn Dorsey has always been playing out of position.

I can remember how excited Chiefs fans were (including moi) when the Chiefs drafted DT Dorsey five years ago. Dorsey was the obviously the best interior defensive lineman in that draft and was thought by many to be the best interior lineman to come out in years.

With Dorsey going to IR and out for the remainder of this year and the remainder of his contract, some are speculating he has played his last game in a Chiefs uniform. If all we got from the 2008, fifth pick in the draft was one year with Herm and four years out of place with Pioli, I’d have  to place Dorsey in the bust column. And… it’s not all his fault.

The Chiefs have had nearly as many problems over the years of drafting a top flight defensive tackle as they have had drafting a top flight QB.

Off the top of your head, real quick like, can you name me three plays in Dorsey’s five years that were memorable, where he flashed his fifth-pick-in-the-draft-skills? Really? Me either.

Some will cite that he and Jackson rated high this past year at stopping the run but, was that “really” all the Chiefs hoped he’d ever do? Stop the run?

Why didn’t the Chiefs trade Dorsey? Even if they only got a second-round choice for him, wouldn’t that have been better than what the Chiefs ultimately got for a top five selection?

So, who else won’t be here next season? Do you want Tyson Jackson mucking up the defensive front for another year? Well, some might want him to stay another year but, I’m guessing whoever is GMing and calling the roster shots, will not.

Succop and Colquitt appear to be safe. Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn, Jon Baldwin (for his potential) and Dexter McCluster look like clear-cut keepers.

The offensive line, while weak in pass protection, is good at plowing the road for the faster Chiefs runners who can hit the hole quickly. Peyton Hillis doesn’t fit that description and since he’s on a one year contract it’s a good bet he won’t be back especially since his Cleveland connections will likely get permanently unplugged by then (I hope).

Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Eric Winston appear to be pieces to build a solid line around. However, I’m hoping a new regime will not be satisfied with just building a “solid” line. The Chiefs need to be thinking about building a superior line. If that’s truly the goal then Albert should be moved inside to LG and the Chiefs should draft or sign a top flight LT. Injured center Rodney Hudson could fit the ticket but Ryan Lilja is not the answer if the Chiefs hope to get bigger, stronger and better along the OL.

At TE, Tony Moeaki can be magnificent but isn’t consistent. After three years, the jury is still out on Tony and that should tell you something. The something: ToMo is probably not the Chiefs TE of the future. The same goes for Kevin Boss.

It’s very difficult to evaluate the Chiefs WR corp until a good QB comes along. While I tend to buy into that idea, I have also frequently heard the following line, “It’s hard to evaluate the QB until a good offensive line comes along.” Maybe the QBs in KC have been bad because the WR corp as a whole has not been very good. One does affect the other. If Dwayne Bowe can be tied up another year the Chiefs should do it. That will give the organization a year to get a franchise QB in place. One that Bowe will want to play with, if at all possible.

If Bowe stays through the 2014 season and continues at his current pace he should become the Chiefs all time receiving yards leader. I’ve said this before and still believe, Dwayne Bowe is the Chiefs’ best receiver ever. And, he’d be great to build a strong corp around.

On defense, the DL will once again be the big if. The biggest of ifs will be whether or not the incoming management sticks with the 3-4 defense. If so then Dontari Poe, and Anthony Toribio should be the surefire keepers. Poe should stick because you have to see if he’s ever going to live up to your first-round investment. Toribio because he’s been solid when available.

I like what Ropati Pitoitua has shown at DE but who knows what incoming coaches will think since Pit hasn’t served as a first team starter yet in his career. Tyson Jackson and his over-inflated rookie contract may be expendable because his play certainly is. Jerrell Powe and Allen Bailey look to be developing support pieces but expect Shaun Smith to exit the building arm in arm with Romeo Crennel.

Jovan Belcher may have been the MLB DC Crennel liked but, it’s doubtful anyone else will. DJ, Hali and Houston will make KC’s LB corp solid for years to come but until a new top level MLB comes in, then the LB group won’t be special.

Brandon Flowers can flash but, isn’t flashy. No one else at corner is worth mentioning as “special.”

Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis are both very good and since Berry has already been to the Pro Bowl in his rookie year he’ll be given every chance to get back to his once high level of performance. However, depth at safety hasn’t existed in KC since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I was around when the Chiefs won their first Super Bowl. A team that had special players all over the field.

I was around when the Chiefs played Marty-ball and that group also had special players all over the field. The Dick Vermeil era also had special players but, only on the offensive side of the ball.

The 2012 Chiefs have a few special players. Please accept that as a reality. Until the Chiefs can acquire some more special players, they should blow it up.

To send the “Blow it Up” message loud and clear, let’s “Black it Out” on Sunday, by wearing only black.

Let’s make this Black Sabbath happen. Big time.

Let’s get this era, over.

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  • ArrowFan

    3-4, 4-3, each has it’s strengths and weakness either way we will need the same additions in the secondary and I’m not sure if Hali and Huston would fit well as OLB’s in a 4-3, the D line is going to need additions either way as well. So I say we should stay in the 3-4. Try to somehow pick up that stud ILB from ND and a QB in the first round even if we need to trade every draft pick to do it.

    • ArrowFan

      Then go for as many secondary guys we can in the lower lower rounds and as UDFA then let camp sort them out and keep the ones that rise to the top.

      • ladner morse

        BTW… I support staying in the 3-4. It should make a transition period much easier.

        • tm1946

          Most team play both of them and other hybrids. I see it more a problem of the way the coaches concept and lack of talented players than just saying 3-4 or 4-3. In the NFL, DE are allowed to sack and attack, not in KC. Crennel seems to want them to be posts offense has to run around so the LBs can makes tackles, not to bright or at least not working here.

          • ArrowFan

            I’m not sure if the D is the one currently dropping the ball and loosing games.

          • tm1946

            I know from you post you are a great fan but the chiefs win as a team and lose as a team. If part fails, they all do. We do not cheer for one part over the other, it is the Chiefs, a team.

          • ArrowFan

            I just don’t think somehow keeping Romeo around to run the D would be a bad thing

          • ladner morse

            BTW.. since your lover boy Romeo has been with the Chiefs at the beginning of 2010 his defenses have allowed an average of 22.4 points per game. But, I get it… the things we do for love.

          • ladner morse

            I don’t think wearing black is at all like cheering for the Chiefs to lose. When the Chiefs scored first against the Steelers I was excited as always.

            I see wearing black like a “sustained-visual-boo.” If fans are allowed to cheer and boo then, fans should be able to wear a color that communicates that what’s going on with the organization is not alright with them. The colors (shirts, caps and sweatshirts) that fans normally wear are literally “supporting” the owner — that’s a message he can hear — loud and clear. I will forever be a Chiefs fan. Why not use what leverage we have to do that?

            I once taught in the KC School District. I also picketed 24 years ago when I believed that the district was being mismanaged.

            Why doesn’t that same principle work here? I think it does.

          • chiefridgy

            Because you don’t work for the chiefs. Try and justify it all you want you still know it’s a dumb thing to do.

          • ladner morse

            Wow. I get the feeling from you… that if I DID work for the Chiefs, that protesting, as I once “legally” did against my employer in KC, would be viewed by you as a Communist Act. I thought this was America. Oh that’s right, it’s Missouri… where some may believe that the State motto really reads, “The Slow-Me State.” This is the same state in which I once heard some one say, “I’m a loser, and losers rule.” Thank you for reminding me where I was.

            Also… thank you for calling me “dumb” and reminding me that protesting a 22-35 record (a 38.6% winning percentage the past 3 1/2 years) would be wrong… even though the club bears the namesake of this great city (and state).

            BTW.. I really DON’T think it is a “dumb” thing to do… as you put it. I think it’s brilliant. But, then again I usually do support creative genius. Consequently, I also understand why it’s tough for some to “be” outside the box… because they can’t “see” outside the box.

          • chiefridgy

            your so smart. sorry that i disagree

          • chiefs3182

            it’s funny ridgy only has little one line responses that have no merit. Agree with you 100% Ladner. I was at the Pittsburgh game and I wore my Chiefs colors. But if I was close to KC, I’d be one of the leading supporters of this movement. I love the comparison to a “sustained-visual-boo.” … that sums it up for me.

          • chiefridgy

            It’s so funny isn’t it….I don’t feel I have to say a lot to get my point across….it’s simple…I disagree with wearing black to the game…..maybe a little slower for some of you…. I d i s a g r e e w i t h w ea r i n g b l a c k t o t h e g a m e.

    • ladner morse

      I know it won’t be popular idea but, if the Chiefs could start in the first round by taking an ILB like Manti Teo and then pick up a Tyler Wilson at the top of the second round (or trade a little higher to insure we get him) I’d be thrilled. All the QBs in this draft have fallen a bit as of late.. but, expect them to sore once the season is over… QBs usually do come out of nowhere to end up in the first round. The good news for Chiefs fans is — there are a boat load of very good QBs in this coming draft.

      • ArrowFan

        Any other ILB’s comparable to Manti Teo? He seems to me to be a special talent and reminds me of a guy that played in SD and gave us fits for years, also he just so happens to play in the 3-4.

      • Danny W

        I kind of like that idea. If Jon Gruden gets the team he will likely switch it back to the 4-3 and we will need two linebackers because Houston and Hali will be playing DE.

  • chiefridgy

    I wasn’t sold on the whole blacking out arrowhead …you might have just sold me tho….Having said that…..I don’t like the idea because of two reason…1) I don’t think it shows the players our support . 2) This sunday is our chance to honor the military and the sacrifices they make for our lives on a daily basis and give us the ability to watch the chiefs play football. I think clark knows how bad his team is and how unhappy us fans are. Go there and support your team if you’re a fan. If you want to protest stay home or stand out in the street with signs. So I say let’s honor our military and support our football team who almost pulled off a huge upset last Monday night! GO CHIEFS!!!

    • ladner morse

      1.The men in our Military will be honored — no matter what color Chiefs fans dress in. I’m sure Ravens fans feel no less honor they’re giving even though they wear black to games.

      2. Players know what’s going on. So, we don’t need to coddle their feelings. Let players be players and fans be fans. Fans need to show in a visible way — more than just a verbal way — how they feel about where the “organization” is at. Also, the fans can be a voice FOR the players. There are many times players can’t say what they want to say publicly because they don’t want to be viewed as a malcontent. Do you think Dex or Bowe or Baldwin want to play with a QB who puts the ball in places that can literally get them killed? No they don’t but, they can’t say it out loud without coming off selfish. However, the fans CAN say it. Besides — it’s not so much about sending a message to the players — a black Arrowhead stadium seen on ESPN highlights will be a message for the owner. Please, let’s send that message.

      • chiefridgy

        ya…the fans need us to speak up for them…that’s a good one. When I go out to eat and I don’t like the food I protest by not going back. What does they ravens have to do with it….their colors are black…our aren’t….Chiefs fans are better than this….

        • ladner morse

          I work with conflict every day. Some, as yourself, think it’s alright to exit the conflict and that that’s an appropriate way to deal with conflict. I, however, believe that staying and stating clearly that you don’t agree with someone, in a verbal and physical way, is appropriate.

          Blacking out Arrowhead would send a message to Clark Hunt. The players will also see how much the fans care about their organization. Do you expect half the players to wear black armbands because they don’t like the way the organization is being run? There ARE some things the players can’t say for themselves. But, the fans can. So, why don’t the fans do it? I think that’s a good question.

          • chiefridgy

            Hope I never have to have some of you guys have my back…. If the going got tough you would turn

          • ladner morse

            I have said just the opposite. I would never turn and walk away but, I would be comfortable voicing my feelings. Shouldn’t any relationship be allowed to do that — voice their feelings — without being characterized as someone who would “turn.”

          • chiefridgy

            wow…pretty philosophical. I just think it’s dumb. DUMB. Support your team.

          • ladner morse

            You think I don’t support the Chiefs?

    • tm1946

      We are not the stinking raiders, team colors are not black. Just do not go if it matters all that much, you paid for the whole season, waste your money but no to the blackout.

      • Danny W

        Come on 46 your old enough to know the power of a peaceful protest. That’s essentially what it is. You come on here and voice your distaste about the team. It’s pretty much the same thing.

    • Odin Ruler Aasgard

      You’re one week off dipstick.

  • tm1946

    Sorry do not buy into blackout. Besides heard you can get tickets for $9.00, Might be a nice time to experience a game at Arrowhead fairly cheaply. Bengals are not to bad and might be fun to boo at the next Chiefs fumble or int. Just enjoy the day and the law of averages says the Chiefs will win another game, maybe sunday.
    Great article but I do not see how this gets fixed in less than 2-3 years, all the time the rest of the AFC West is getting stronger also. Maybe after Rivers, Manning retire the Chiefs will be ready, maybe by 2015. Time will tell.

    • ladner morse

      Such complacency is confounding. You must be under forty… and still believe in Santa Claus.

      • chiefridgy

        So we want to support our team and can’t do it without being characterized as under forty. Talk about believing in santa claus…as if you wearing black and showing up to the game is gonna turn the tide for the chiefs organization. Maybe we can have a sit in at hunts house if this doesn’t work. Waste of your time.

  • Odin Ruler Aasgard

    WINSTON? Are you kidding me buddy? Why not take the time to look at tape from every game this season and tell me how many Points & Yards that untalented big mouth actually cost The Chiefs Organization.

    • ladner morse

      Really? That must be the reason that the Chiefs keep running RIGHT with success. He helped flattened a truck load of Steelers this week. Maybe you’re confusing this year with last. Oh I get it… you’re in the 1% who loved BRich. Could you be related to him?

      • Danny W

        I liked BRich once for a while. Then he started to suck a whole bunch.

  • ArrowFan

    If I could I would paint all but my eyeballs black.

    • chiefridgy

      Halloween was last month

      • ladner morse

        Some people “choose” to paint their eyeballs black. Some choose to have the wool pulled over them, without a whimper.

        • chiefridgy

          That’s funny.

    • Danny W


  • KCPauly

    I say go with the black out, I have been a fan for too long for Hunt to give us no respect so let’s give him no respect, I agree the troops will still be honored and Clark will not, I also agree that the players don’t need to be coddled they are being coddled in their bank accounts no matter what color is worn

  • Danny W

    I like this piece good Sir.It’s a peaceful protest that this sucks and we are burying it. It’s a funeral. It’s saying goodbye. Goodbye Pioli, goodbye Crennel bye bye Daboll.

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