January 07, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid walks into the auditorium to speak at the press conference at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

What Have We Learned In Five Seasons In Kansas City?

Well, here we go again. We fired our head coach! Fired our GM! Brought in a backup quarterback from another team that is both unproven and expensive.

How exciting!

It makes me think back to the Herm Edwards, Carl Peterson, Matt Cassel days of crushed hope and broken dreams.

But what the hell, it’s only football.

“Only football”…..

To Chiefs fans, that is similiar to saying that our mothers are “only mothers”.

But here we are again with a new GM, new head coach, and a new QB, but this time, there are more pieces in place. More so, I think, then they did when Scott Pioli was brought aboard.

But will things turn out differently this time?

Hopefully we learned a lot over the last several years failures.

Without further BS, let’s get on to the things your old Arrowhead Adventurer has learned from our mistakes in the last few years.

Things I hope Clark Hunt has learned too.

1.  Our GM and our head coach have to get along. Period. And if they don’t you cannot make them. Let the new, promising coach have some input in the choice.  Or vica versa.

2. A backup quarterback that leads a team to a division win, isn’t necessarily a quarterback than can get your team further.

3. As a fan, when your team is the worst in the NFL, a division win seems awesome. But if your team can’t close the deal it doesn’t mean squat. You just wind up with a much lighter wallet and a very empty feeling in your stomach as you drive home from the post season loss.

4. Kansas City Cheifs fans are the most loyal, amazing, enthusiastic fans in the NFL. But don’t take us for granted. We can and will stay home Clark. No matter how much money you put into our beloved stadium.

5. A crappy coach can look successful when surrounded by gifted players. For awhile. Until he isn’t surrounded by gifted players anymore.

6. On a cold December Sunday, Arrowhead can be the warmest place on earth when it’s full. And the coldest when it’s nearly empty.

7. $27.00 for parking can seem like an amazing deal if your team leads the division. Or highway robbery if your team sucks.

8. The mystique of Arrowhead has faded but it can reappear just as quickly on a warm spring Monday night.

9. You can’t win if you don’t spend the money it takes to win.

10. Spending the money it takes to win doesn’t mean you will.

And so it goes. I’m so excited for the upcoming season I’m not sleeping that well.

I’m breathlessly trading updates with my buds in the lunchroom.

And wearing my Kansas City Chiefs clothes to the gym again.

But in the back of my mind, I won’t let myself get to excited yet.

Because I’ve learned a lot in the last five seasons.

How about you?

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  • Sarah Thomas

    I’ve learned that there are very few of us long term Chiefs fans. I’ve been here since 1967 and I still get fired up every time my team runs onto the field. I drink the koolaid because I BELIEVE we will WIN this season! I am truly excited about what they are putting together.What makes me sad is all of the negative energy now. They haven’t even STARTED and some have us worse than last year for crying out loud! Come on people,get some faith!

    • ryanw

      Amen sister GoChiefs!!!!!

    • steve james

      Yep the proof will be the on field product. I also know I don’t know more about football than Ried and Dorsey no matter how many hours I sit here and read blogs. I think if you are a Chiefs fan you have to be optimistic no matter if they got the quarterback you wanted them to or not. I have no doubt the the addition of Alex Smith will make this team an improved team and lead to more wins even if they don’t change anything else on the team at all. I look forward to seeing him take snaps in person in a few months. Maybe get his autograph at camp as I did Cassel.

    • Doug McD

      I can’t believe how easy it is for some to complain and give up. There is so much more to what Reid and Dorsey do, we really have no clue on what goes on. They have forgotten more than we will ever know about football. Some fans just watch and think they are experts and can make better decisions. Reid and Dorsey are well paid because they are good at making football decisions.

      • Arrowhead Adventurer

        well spoken Doug

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I love when you comment on the site Sarah. Well said.

      • Arrowhead Adventurer

        Me too Sarah

    • Scott Mahurin

      I am 51 and have never changed my KC sports loyalties. If the best you can do is say “keep the faith” then you must be closely related to Charlie Brown. I pretty much know Lucy (the Chiefs GM) is going to pull the football away before kickoff. I’m tired of ending up on my ass and being laughed at by every other team in the NFL. Asking the franchise to change their non-drafting quarterback ways isn’t too much. Color me completely tired of red Kool-Aid.

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      Im super excited Sarah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.mangione Kyle Mangione

    I see us going 10-6 if we could land some some solid people in fa and get spot on people in the draft . Look what matt kalil did foe the Vikings offensive line and Adrian Peterson’s running rec look what Richard Sherman does for the Seahawks its possible I hope we take the division and become a contender in the playoffs !

    • ArrowFan

      If we had a bad LT last year I could see how getting a good one would help win games. The problem is we didn’t have a bad LT last year we had a very good one.

      • micah stephenson

        I like that comment! We only won 2 game wit 2 good tackles. So how wud geting rid of one and replacing him with Luke Joke-OL help win more than 2 games? Its oviously other areas that needed improving. And swaping out Cassel for Smith is only a small increase in quality at QB.

    • Tom Antrim

      Don’t start that win/lose thing already.

      • Arrowhead Adventurer

        I want to win

    • micah stephenson

      10-6 and then what? A 1 & done in the playoffs! Same results with A.Smith that we had with Cassel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonfseibel Jason Seibel

    You give me goosebumps! Is it September yet?

  • ArrowFan

    I’ve learned who isn’t a good OC, HC, QB, DE, back up RB and so on. I have also learned humility as a fan. If you where stil yelling for a win in week 17 of 2012. Then you will always be a fan. I will admit it was hard but once the game started I wanted us to win #1 over all pick or not. I hate Dumbver. Go Chiefs.

    • mnelson52

      It wasn’t in me to hope for a loss in week 17. When they got started, I wanted the win, but I also pulled for the Jags so we could take the 1st pick even with a win

      • Arrowhead Adventurer


  • Kyle Waggener

    When are you ever going to be at Arrowhead on a warm, spring, Monday night? You going to a concert or something?

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      make that fall Kyle

  • oldchiefsfan

    I’ve been a Chiefs fan for well over 40 years and to Reid and Dorsey I say………….. SHOW ME!!!!

  • chiefridgy

    If last year alone taught us anything it’s to not count our chickens before they hatch…

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      I LIKE THAT! should have been the title of this

  • micah stephenson

    2.B. You shud not trade yo 2nd rd pic for somebody else’s trash QB that they dont even want anymore. Well we the fans have learned that. Too bad the Chiefs havnt learned that.

    • chiefridgy

      I think the Niners would’ve won the Superbowl had Alex Smith remained under center

      • micah stephenson

        The 49s head coach didnt think so! And he must not think so to trade him.

        • chiefridgy

          He didn’t win with the one he put under center either…. I guess he was wrong

          • micah stephenson

            If you are in any way shape or form tryin to say Smith is Better than Kopernick or that Smith will ever take the Chiefs to the superbowl and win do us all a favor a dont waste our time.

          • chiefridgy

            I’m saying Smith would have managed that game better. I think we need Smith and Smith next year.

          • Arrowhead Adventurer

            Smith and Smith . That would be cool

          • micah stephenson

            So who wud u perfer? Kopernick or Smith? Geno Smith or Alex Smith?

          • Jake

            kaepernick and geno

      • Arrowhead Adventurer

        I hope he leads us to one


    Gimme’ a break! Crappy coach? Unproven QB? Expensive as well? Hunt won’t spend money. Dude, you are delusional! That expensive, unproven QB cost us a second and a conditional. All he has done in a season and a half is go 20 and 5 and help his team to two Super Bowls. Crappy Coach? You really don’t have a freakin’ clue!!! If Reid is a crappy coach, just who was Crennel? Guy was never head coach material. Owner won’t spend money? His problem was he over-valued Pioli by paying him more than any other GM in pro sprorts. Dude, you really don’t have a clue. Do you get paid to write this junk? You may be a loyal, enthusiastic and amazing fan. Great. You just don’t know much about football.

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      who said reid was crappy?

      • TAZMOSIS

        Paragraph 5. “Crappy coach.”

        • Arrowhead Adventurer

          I meant herm edwards was crappy. Im excited about coach reid.

    • chiefridgy

      What are you talking about??? Sim simmer

  • Arrowhead Adventurer

    I love the Chiefs! I love tailgating at Arrowhead. I love being a Chiefs fan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/montejoewilson Monte Wilson

    Cassel didnt win a division dumbass. One guy didn’t start in college, the other was the number 1 draft pick overall.

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      I sat and watched Cassel win a division. Where were you?

      • http://www.facebook.com/montejoewilson Monte Wilson

        My bad, I read your post as meaning he came from New England after winning a division. Which is what Alex Smith did. And won a playoff game single handedly. I was not a fan of his until that New Orleans playoff game. I apologize for being rude either way, it was uncalled for. Im super hyped on the new QB.

        • Arrowhead Adventurer

          Its ok Monte. I like your comments. I am super hyped on things too. I think people took this post to mean i was down on whats happening and I am excited about it all. The negativity is directed at the previous heirarchy.

  • jimfromkcj

    I wonder where you guys were 4 years ago when they brought Pioli and the Patriot way to town? Oh that’s right you were all decked out in your cheer leading outfits and counting your super bowls before they were won. Well here they have hired a coach who has a pretty good record for several years and a GM who has been working his way up to this point and doesn’t seem like an arrogant butt head and all you want to do is whine because they aren’t looking at the team from kool aid glasses like most of you are. Neither one was my first choices, but I have to admire them for not paying attention to a bunch of whiners who think they know a little about football from playing the fantasy game. I just hope they keep making decisions from their years of watching and working at the real game. I will wait until they take the field and if they are competitive and play solid football that is enjoyable to watch I will be willing to give them my support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dales417 Dale Smith

    Smith is a major upgrade over Matt Cassell. He is much more proven.