Would You, Could You, Chiefs Fans?

It’s time to play… Would You? Could You, Chiefs fans?

Like any other fan on the Addict, I dream dreams for the Chiefs of pick-sixes, Hail Marys that have a chance and better  than eight-win seasons (I’m being more realistic now instead of mentioning, you know, the Super Bowl) … among other dreams that I don’t want to get into here.

Yes, I have spent a lot of time in the land of “what if?” Like, I used to think about… what if the Chiefs were respected around the league… and in their own home town.

Now, my what-iffing is all about the Chiefs’ future. So, let’s play…

Would You? Could You?

Would you, could you… sign Peyton Hillis to another one-year contract if… he performs against the Broncos the way he performed against the Colts? From a rushing standpoint, the Colts game was what I had envisioned the whole Chiefs season to be like. However, the Colts rank 30th against the run while the Chiefs are fifth in rushing. If the Hillis can pull that off again against the Broncos’ third ranked rushing defense… I’d consider bringing him back — on a short leash.

Would you, could you… be fine if the Chiefs drafted two QBs in 2013? We all know they need one very good franchise QB but the reality is that the Chiefs really need two. If Mike Shanahan can take two QBs in the same draft… why wouldn’t the Chiefs consider doing the same? I’ll bet the Redskins, and Redskins fans, are pretty excited about that move now. I know the Chiefs have other needs and other important positions but, they will still be one injury away from being right back where they ever were.

Would you, could you… cheer for the Chiefs to lose in their last game just so they can get the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft? Or are you the kind of fan who… believes that that’s some kind of loyalty heresy? Or are you the kind of fan who… starts out cheering for the Chiefs but if they happen to do bad on a play, well, that’s okay, too. Or are you the kind of fan who… outright cheers for the Chiefs to tank from the outset. Or are you the kind of fan who… is cheering for the Chiefs most of the way but, inside you feel conflicted and you don’t know why. Furthermore, if you admit to any of these feelings, will all your Chiefs fans/friends/family never speak to you again and shun you like you’re the love (hate) child of Al Davis and Erik Estrada?

Would you, could you… sit most of your regulars during the season finale with the Denver Broncos? Recently, the NBA commissioner David Stern fined Greg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs for sitting four of their top players. What if… the Broncos are sitting their top players, presumably to rest them for the playoffs, and the Chiefs are sitting their top players, presumably to win the lottery (the top pick in the draft)… do you think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would fine either or both teams? Or would we just call that preseason game number 5, which just happens to come at the end of the season instead of the beginning? At least then — we MIGHT get a little “Stanzi Time.”

Would you, could you… SAY… that besides the GM issue and the coach issue and the who to draft el numero uno issue, the biggest issue the Chiefs face this offseason is →  how to deal with Dwayne Bowe? With Branden Albert waiting on the Chiefs to decide what they’ll do with Dwayne Bowe — sign him, franchise him or let him go (like they did with CB Brandon Carr) — then the Chiefs are up a creek with Albert until that decision is made. If the Chiefs sign Bowe, there will be jubilation for Chiefs nation. If the Chiefs franchise Bowe (for the last time), this is where things get tricky. With Bowe filling the franchise tag slot, it means they can’t tag Albert. That’s why I’d say that, besides the GM issue and the coach issue and the who to draft first issue, the biggest issue the Chiefs face this offseason is dealing with Mr. Bowe. Also, it doesn’t seems likely that whoever fills the GM role will let Bowe walk away. Only real thoughtlessness does something like that.

Would you, could you… sign Tim Tebow this offseason? Let me first make my position completely clear on this: never, no way, not in a million ka-jillion years. Now, I’ve read about some fans wanting to give Tebow a try on a one-year contract. Please… you fans… move to Oakland.

Would you, could you… trade the first pick in the draft and move down to, say, pick #6 so that the Chiefs can pick up an extra second-round pick in 2013 and a first-round pick in 2014 and another first-round pick in 2015, even though it might mean the Chiefs don’t get to sign top-rated QB Geno Smith? I’d do that trade in a flash but I don’t think that trade will be offered because G-Smith is not considered anywhere near the player that RGIII was considered to be. So, the question is would you, could you, do that trade if the trade didn’t include a second-round pick nor an extra pick in 2015? I’d still do that trade but I’d really want to get an extra second-rounder in 2013.

Would you, could you… fire current Chiefs GM Scott Pioli before the last game of the season in Denver so that you can get a head start on hiring Giants personnel man Marc Ross? It’s rumored that others are interested in Ross, like the Carolina Panthers. If you are Clark Hunt, and if you are eventually going to fire Pioli after this season ends, then I don’t see the downside. Furthermore, I’m not sure what else Hunt needs to use to fully evaluate his GM of the past four years… before he’s ready to make the decision to part ways. By any standards, Pioli should be working back in New England, or down in Atlanta, next season. The only problem I have with Ross as a candidate is his history of evaluating 4-3 defensive players. The Chiefs have been drafting 3-4 scheme specific players for four years now and to throw all those players away would not be prudent. It’s a catch-22: if Ross is the choice he must either change to evaluating 3-4 players or convert the current roster back to a 4-3. Now, good evaluators are usually good evaluators so, I don’t except that to be a great problem but I’d hate to see him come in and then wait a year to install his own people like Pioli did in his second year and then turn around and fire his first choice as head coach… like Pioli did in his third year. Stabilizing the staff and the process has got to be a primary goal for the next regime.

Let’s pray that the next regime begins as soon as possible. Go Chiefs!

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  • ArrowFan

    I would take Tebow right now over any QB we currently have. But next year is insane. Hillis has to go unless we sign him for the same low ball $$ we got him for this year. If we don’t pick up the best QB in the draft with our fist pick then I’m just giving up on this team. Bowe or Albert need to sign before the start of FA.

  • PunjabiPete

    You forgot Would you, Could you… see us maybe picking up Andy Reid and Michael Vick and moving back to get Geno Smith? Let me say this, I would be the first in line for a Michael Vick jersey, and would love to see him and Reid come here and make us semi-respectable again; on the other hand, this is Missouri, and there are enough morons who believe that even serving your prison term and paying your debt to society isn’t enough to give you a second chance, so I am pretty sure we won’t see this. WOuld be great though, who do you gameplan for? Charles? Vick? Bowe? Breaston (assuming a coach with an IQ higher than his shoe size would put Breaston back on the field)? Baldwin? Think of the mismatches. Plus, our o-line would have a lot of the pressure taken off of them…

    • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

      But how would that be much different than Reid and Vick being in Philly with Maclin, Jackson, Celek, and McCoy which didn’t work at all.

    • ladner morse

      Since a lot of fans think we’re going to take Geno Smith, I wonder if Vick would have anything to say or do that would help a young gun like Smith?

  • G. Palmer

    Nice article, but you missed : Would you could you bring in Alex Smith or Matt Flynn or some other free agent QB, then draft Te’o 1st, and then get the best available Quarterback in the 2nd to apprentice for a year. If Seattle or San Fran let Smith and/or Flynn walk, then our new GM and coach has got to bring in one of these experienced QB’s at all cost, and that will allow us to get Te’o in the first round???
    GPalmer, Kirksville, MO

    • chiefin’ainteasy

      I would like to see Hasselbeck personally…When Alex Smith is good he reminds me too much of 2010 Cassel, which isn’t a terrible thing, but he isnt going to win you games. Hasselbeck just does it for me, dunno why, maybe taking Seattle to a Super Bowl has a lasting impression on me and Flynn is too much of an uncertainty. Nice to see a fellow Chief fan in Kirks…

  • Danny W

    Nice write up Lad
    Always enjoy reading your stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

    Very nice read, let’s so how unpopular my answers are lol.

    1. Yes I would sign Hillis for one more year, I know he hasn’t been what we thought but is it more his fault or the fault of our coaching staff and more importantly our incompetent OC. I say it’s the later and with good coaching and a good OC he will play the way we thought he would this year.

    2. No, I am not in the camp that thinks we should draft two QBs in this years draft. I say draft a Mike Glennon, Tyler WIlson, or Even a Murray and get a good veteran backup. Nothing would hurt worse than to get two unproven QBs and they both flop, I would rather have a proven player in a backup so you at least know what you have in one of the two.

    3. Went to the Game last week and I cheered for my Chiefs and hoped they would win but……..When Quinn started handing out early Christmas presents I just kinda looked at it as oh well, it just helps us get the #1 pick.

    4. I say let the regulars play, It’s not like we will win even if Denver sits Manning or a couple other starters.

    5. This is a hard one, Bowe is a huge part of this offseason. Look at it like this, If we let Bowe go then we basically let Carr go for no reason other than money. If we keep Bowe then I can deal with letting Carr go more because we were able to at least keep one of the two. Same thing will be said if we loose Bowe this year or next and in the process mess around with him so long that it costs us Albert. The Bowe contract not only needs to get done but it needs to get done quickly so it will give us more options with Albert.

    6. Tebow…………….HELL NO, ARE YOU F’IN CRAZY.

    7. I would trade the #1 pick but only if it gets me another 2nd this year and at least a 1st next year. If it’s only a 1st next year then no, I think you have to get a 2nd this year to help you move back into the first and get another impact player out of this draft. If you can get another 2nd this year and another 1st next year then you have a shot at getting two impact players in two straight drafts and possibly three straight if you get a 1st in 2015.

    8. Ross, yeah he is the guy I would pick. The guy knows talent and if it is me Pioli would have been gone a few weeks ago. I know the Belcher tragedy probably would have put that on the back burner but Pioli should have been gone already. THis would have given Ross the last couple games to get a good idea of just how bad Romeo and the coaching staff is and just how bad our needs are on the field. It would also have given Ross a few extra weeks to speak with head coaches that are not currently coaching and make his list of guys to interview that are currently coaching. By waiting the interviews that could have been done still need to be set up much less get done. Waiting does nothing more than put you behind the 8 ball a little more.

    • ladner morse

      1. Same page.
      2. Yea… I don;t care where the second QB comes from but, the Chiefs need two. I’d be happy with Smith (49ers) and Glennon (draft). That allows us to draft someone amazing with the first pick… like Te’o.
      3. Felt teh same way… but, did you start rooting for the Chiefs to fail when they had a chance late in the game??? ;) Sorry to say I did.

      4. Yes… the Denver game should not be a problem for all the reasons that the Chiefs are currently 2-13… which is primarily needing a QB.
      5. Same page on Bowe.
      6. Hope we never have to talk about Tebow after this post.
      7. Same page.
      8. That’s an interesting take — that Pioli might be gone by now if not for the Belcher tragedy. Now, I hope he’s gone on Saturday.

  • jimfromkcj

    I think there will be 4 or 5 QB’s in this draft that could eventually be starters in the NFL, But I also see none of them being a franchise type QB. So even if we draft a QB in this draft it will be a wash, as we won’t be able to use that pick to fill a hole that needs filling. Bowe, Dorsey, Jackson may not be on the roster and Siler and Lewis need upgraded. So as I see it as a train wreck that Pioli has left the new GM coming in.

  • Jim Harper

    Great post as usual Laddie! Yes to signing Hillis. We will get him cheap again, and Draughn is coming along so we are set at running back.

    I also like the Hasselbeck idea to go with Geno, and I think he can be a franchise QB, so I am against trading out of #1. Make sure you can get Geno if you do.

    I think Denver plays their regulars. They still have a chance for the top seed which would mean home field throughout, which in Denver is a very big deal.

    Bowe is an absolute MUST HAVE and if Tebow even has a layover at KCI I will kill myself.

    I also like the Ross idea. I want a long term solution and that would not be Polian. For HC I love Arians, but would also love it to be Chip Kelly.

    I also think we are in fine shape if the new regime could switch to a 4-3 if they so desired and we could do so without having to revamp the roster

  • pkease

    so we’re bad fans to root for a loss this week? when a win does nothing except cost the chiefs a shot at the top qb on the board? why the heck would that be a smart thing. so romeo can get a feel good win? pshhhh. Ill hang my head high as I say “LOSE LOSE LOSE” this week.