Chiefs Entering Most Exciting Offseason In Franchise History

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The Kansas City Chiefs are just two more losses away from entering what will likely be the most exciting offseason in franchise history.

That isn’t the way fans would prefer it, of course. Fans would much rather be riveted by exciting wins and good football on Sundays rather than scouting reports and draft picks in April.

Still, the fact that NFL teams can turn things around so quickly is part of what has made the NFL offseason so popular. The promise of a fresh start seems to re-energize fan bases weary from watching 16 games of atrocious and frustrating football.

For fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2013 offseason is like to be a welcome relief from what has been one of the worst seasons in the history of the proud franchise. The Chiefs are currently 2-12 and with games looming against the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, two teams fighting for playoff seeding, it is reasonable to believe KC will finish the season 2-14.

2-14 seasons usually bring with them major changes and that will probably be the case in Kansas City.

Here is a list of things Chiefs fans have to look forward to once the football games end:

1. New GM

Current Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is likely on his way out. He’s had four years to turn around the Chiefs and save a 10-6 season in 2010, Pioli will likely leave the Chiefs the same way he found them. 2-14.

2. New head coach

Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel may be respected in league circles but his head coaching record is abysmal. The Chiefs were a trendy pick to win the AFC West under Crennel and they’ve instead proven to be the worst team in the NFL. The Chiefs fired last year’s head coach, Todd Haley, after a 5-8 start to the 2011 season. This season, Crennel is making Haley look like Vince Lombardi.

3. #1 pick in the draft

Pop quiz. Can you remember the last time the Chiefs had the #1 pick in the draft?

The answer?

Never.

The highest the Chiefs have ever picked is #2, a selection they’ve only had three times. In 1978 they took DE Art Still, in 1979 it was DE Mike Bell and in 1988 the Chiefs selected DE Neil Smith.

While DE is a likely need for the 2013 Chiefs, I don’t think we’ll be seeing the team take one with their first pick.

No, the Chiefs are in desperate need of a QB. KC hasn’t selected a first round QB since Todd Blackledge in 1983.

You can bet that before the draft, one of the available QBs will distinguish himself and chances are, that is who the Chiefs will pick.

The fun will be the lead up as fans debate the merits of the potential QBs, which will be a heck of a lot more fun than talking about how bad Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have been.

4. New coordinators

You can bet that if the Gm and coach are sent packing, the coordinators will be sent packing as well. The Chiefs will be reborn this offseason and there could be some exciting names in the booth and on the sidelines for KC in 2013.

5. Free agents

The Chiefs will certainly be busy in free agency this offseason, if not simply because they have a number of their own players that need to be re-signed. Also, new regimes like to bring in their own players to fit their own schemes so chances are the Chiefs’ roster will see a significant makeover.

6. Renewed hope

The Chiefs have some talented players on their roster and the new regime will likely have an easier time turning things around than Scott Pioli did. Most of the talent that was present when Pioli took over the roster is still around. Add to that some of the draft picks that Pioli has hit on, like Justin Houston and the Chiefs shouldn’t have to go through a poor “getting to know you” season like they did in 2009 when Pioli gutted the roster.

Pioli has thrown around the word “process” a lot since arriving in Kansas City. Chiefs fans were patient but the empty seats at Arrowhead Stadium will tell you that that patience has run out. New regime, new QB and new hope aside, the pressure to win in Kansas City will be on from day one.

What do you think, Addicts? Can you ever remember being more excited for an offseason?

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  • chiefridgy

    This sounds way too familiar……

  • Tim

    You left off one of, if not, THE most exciting thing from your “list of things Chiefs fans have to look forward to once the football games end:” The games will end.

  • Danny W

    I hear Jake Long won’t be resigned with the Dolphins. Please Please new coordinator, sign Albert and Long. We would have a Roaf Shields like combo once again.

    • sidibeke

      I like that.

      • Danny W

        I think if we get a new GM and Coaching Staff, nothing would do them better than to have a offensive line like that. Our brand new franchise quarterback would have all the time he needed to complete a pass.
        Resign Bowe, Albert, and Colquitt, then sign Jake Long and to quote Romeo Crennel “I mean boom” there you have it.

        • Drewfish

          i think you meant to quote john madden not crennel…..

    • Travis Forsyth

      dude, that would be freaking awesome!!

  • Lyle Graversen

    My plan would be:

    Hire Marty to some kind of figurehead front office position. Call him President of Football Operations or whatever you want, but basically he would be the face of the front office. He’d speak on Clark’s behalf since Clark doesn’t EVER want to be involved. He’d report to Clark so he knows how things are going on a day to day basis with the GM, coach, players, etc. Most importantly he’d interact with the fans. Be accessible, be at all the community events, shake hands, listen to people, speak to the press if there is something Chiefs related in the news that needs to be addressed. You know, all the things that aren’t happening right now.

    The GM would then strictly be a guy behind the scenes that’s scouting and signing players. I don’t know who this would be, but some no ego, no telling the coach what to do, no getting his name in the papers, just some well respected personnel guy from a successful organization. His job would be all about getting the head coach the kind of players that the COACH wants. Which brings me to…….

    Hire Chip Kelly as the Head Coach. I’m ready to think outside the box and go cutting edge. Our offense has been a joke for years and I’m ready for some excitement. I think Charles would be perfect for his attack, I’d resign or franchise Bowe, and take a speedy deep threat WR with our 2nd round pick. Throwing the ball to them would be….

    Geno Smith who we would take with the first pick in the draft. Of all the QB prospects he has the most upside AND the tools needed to thrive in Kelly’s spread attack.

    Woomp, there it is.

    • KeeVee

      Geno smith is overrated and his stats were inflated his first 5 games. Remember what happened when he played winning teams? He lost. . . As much as I hate Barkley he’s a better qb than smith.

      • Lyle Graversen

        Agree to disagree, Barkley is more NFL ready but with his better accuracy and stronger arm Geno has a higher ceiling.

      • sidibeke

        I’d take Geno over Barkley any day. Barkley has bust written all over him.

        I’m not sure I wouldn’t try to get Cousins, though, over both, and if we don’t have to give up the #1 to do so, go D with that pick.

        • KCMikeG

          No way the Skins let him go with RGIII’s style of play and an injury already in his rookie season.

      • Travis Forsyth

        when you can name a USC QB that was very successful in the NFL, then I’ll take barkley until then, I’m sold on Geno Smith.

    • sidibeke

      If any of what you reported about Polian is true, I don’t want him either. I want Arrowhead Drive to be a place people want to be again…I think that carries over to the field, not to mention makes attracting FAs and top coaches much easier.

    • Danny W

      I like all of that. Don’t we have to get an offensive coordinator for him though so he’s not overwhelmed. I’ll take NOrv Turner and Rex Ryan.

      • KCMikeG

        How about Pete Carmichael from the Saints instead of Norv? He could even be a candidate for HC. Just don’t want left overs anymore – especially AFCW leftovers. Carmichael is young, smart and has played a big role in the Saints offensive power house record setting offense. He took over the play calling for Payton when he hurt his leg in 2011 and Payton was smart enough to let him continue because he saw what he was doing was making them even better. I am with you on Rex Ryan as our defense needs someone with some freakin attitude!

  • sidibeke

    Norv Turner for OC?

    • Danny W

      Sure why not. Hell if we are throwing together coordinators give me Rex Ryan for the defense too.

      • sidibeke

        Certainly love his results as a DC, but man, what an a$$ that guy is.

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