O-h-h Yeah: Are You Drinking The Chiefs Kool-Aid Again?

Yum, it tastes like red sparkles. Courtesy of Tony Rangel

Yum, it tastes like red sparkles.
Courtesy of Tony Rangel

I’m Natasha Sims, and I haven’t had a drink of the Kansas City Chiefs Kool-Aid in more than a year.

It’s a self-imposed dry spell that I began as I was leaving Arrowhead after the home opener against the Falcons. (Tony Gonzalez, I adore you, but I can’t forget that you dunked on the Chiefs after a touchdown. That hurt.)

The 2012 preseason glitter had definitely worn off, and it only got worse from there. (Here’s something you didn’t know about me: when the Chiefs aren’t playing well, I get antsy and channel that energy into cleaning my house: laundry, vacuuming, washing windows, you get the picture. So, as you can imagine, by 4 p.m. on Sundays, my house was spotless. Also, I don’t really like cleaning that much.)

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt’s offseason moves went a long way toward soothing the angst of Chiefs fans. At least he was doing something. I was encouraged by his moxy to rid the team of the crazy. Looking at the names on the roster, coaching staff and management, there’s a lot to like.

But, results. I need results before I blindly believe again.

That’s right. This team is 3-0, the defense is top-tier, the quarterback is an upgrade, the management and coaching situation seems stable — and I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Because we’ve seen this team before, in 2010. Matt Cassel also started 3-0 that year. Both the 2010 and 2013 Chiefs beat bad teams. In 2010, the defense contributed pick sixes; same with this year. Both teams were on the positive side of turnover differentials. The 2010 Chiefs were then embarrassed in the playoffs, and began that horrible downward spiral that led us to today.

Given those unsettling similarities, even through three wins, I find myself doubting their continued success (although I am cleaning less during the games). It would seem that for every positive — hi, Justin Houston and Sean McGrath’s beard! — there’s a lingering negative aspect that could be detrimental if it emerges.

Here’s what I see:

This defense is exciting to watch, shades of those defenses from the 1990s, even. It’s definitely an elite defense with a lot of top talent. BUT, are we going to have to rely on the defense to contribute points in every game, just so the Chiefs can win?

The offensive line seems improved. BUT, does that have more to do with the fact that Alex Smith doesn’t cough up the ball every time a linebacker looks his way, and less to do with the actual protection from the line? We need Eric Fisher to have more of an Eric Berry freshman season, rather than follow the Dontari Poe development schedule.

Alex Smith, and the Chiefs offense are still the biggest question marks on this team. Smith has no turnovers, makes smart decisions and has a respectable pass completion percentage. BUT, this offense produces three-and-outs that look suspiciously like last year’s offense, and Smith can’t seem to connect with top receiver Dwayne Bowe. Why is that? Even Matt Cassel, even TYLER PALKO, was able to hit Bowe under heavy coverage. Can this Chiefs offense confront a top-five team and put up enough points to win?

We’ve been burned by this team before, so these unknowns are scary.

As much as we would all love to, we can’t erase the last few years of this Chiefs team, a team that had Pro Bowlers galore, and still only managed to win two games. So, yes, the Chiefs are 3-0; BUT isn’t it also possible that they could just as easily end the season with a 3-13 record?

So, what does this team need to do to silence the doubters?

  • Continue winning.
  • Play four quarters of competitive football.
  • Convert third downs.
  • Beat Denver (too much to ask? Ok, how about this?) Five sacks on Peyton Manning, please.
  • Win a playoff game.

All but the last two bullet points can start this weekend against the Giants. Eli Manning’s team has no wins. And, a Manning with no wins has to take out the trash on Thanksgiving. I assume. So, the Giants have a real incentive to steal a win at Arrowhead. As two AA colleagues wrote earlier this week, this won’t be an easy game, but a solid showing on Sunday in front of Arrowhead’s finest will definitely be the start of putting demons to rest.

Oh, and more importantly, a fourth win will give the Chiefs an undefeated “quarter season” (to borrow a term from the 2010 offensive master himself, Todd Haley).

The potential is there, now go out there and convince me.

So, Addicts, tell me: what flavor is your Chiefs Kool-Aid? Or, are you buying what the Chiefs are selling? What will it take to get you back on the Red and Gold sugar water?

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  • Roc

    If they go 9-0 including a win over the Broncos at Mile High then I will be sold on them being a contender. Trying not to get too excited about beating bad teams

  • Stephan Costa

    Drinking it….hell I’m bathing in it! The Chiefs D is the real deal & they are gonna destroy Eli & his make shift o-line!!! Go Chiefs!!!

    • KCMikeG

      I like how you think!

  • micah stephenson

    Looks like you’ve summed up my last 100 comments in 1 article. :)

    • Lewis Rigor

      No not even close. You sir are a 100% hater on Alex so your opinion carries squat for those of us believe in what is happening

      • PunjabiPete

        LOL awesome

      • Michael Shaw

        Ouch!

      • kcpauly

        Smack to the sack…..LMAO :~D
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

      • Troy Utt

        Look Out… The Reinforcements are here! LOL

      • micah stephenson

        I’m trying to give him a chance but in 3 games he hasn’t done anything impressive.

        • Lewis Rigor

          Define impressive

      • micah stephenson

        He said it. Alex Smith and the offense is the biggest ? Mark.

  • RepOurChiefs

    I believe this team to be competitive and if that makes me a kool-aid drinker,then pour me another glass. lol Im a positive realist so though im a LOYAL fan, im in no way blind to the things that need work. That said i really think we have to take a page from our very own Chiefs playbook and leave the past where it is. You dont get a ring for winning a Bowl 2 years ago. We have to do as they did and leave the losing mentality where it happened..back when. They are winning so lets think like winners. We have more than competent coaches to direct this team and correct whatever they feel isnt working (hence mr baldwin) so relax a little. My gramma use to say “you miss all the beauty around you looking down at the ice while ice skating,thinking the ice will break.” So heres to you having a messy house come Sunday Natasha. Keep up the good work. GOCHIEFSKINGDOM

    • Natasha Sims

      Thanks, Rep. I’m hoping so too! Maybe the laundry will fold itself for once! :)

      • RepOurChiefs

        Now you’re pressing. Lol :D

  • Lewis Rigor

    I am sorry I have to speak up here. I was a 49 faithful for 40yrs and as a retired USN Capt it was nice to see a team have the honor, pride, and integrity that we have in the military. However I have dropped my support of the niners given their total ghetto mind set and the back stab that they gave Alex. I have followed Alex since his UTE’s days. This guy has the leadership and heart to take this team into the post season.

    For you Haters you need to do you damn homework before you speak out and look like idiots. Give this Offense more time to come together and you will see something special. Just look were we are now and we are only going to get better.

    I will now support the Chiefs from now on based on Alex and the team which nows looks like the niners of the 80′s and 90′s

    • Michael Shaw

      Welcome sir to Chiefs NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Lewis Rigor

        Thank you Michael

    • kcpauly

      I agree with you Sir, and I can’t wait to see what this offense develops into, welcome to the Chiefdom
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Lewis Rigor

        Thank you kcpauly

    • Troy Utt

      I could not agree with you more… Been pulling the wagon & am excited Alex is here! On another note from an ol army medic Thank You for Your Service, Sir! & Welcome to the Chiefs Nation! WAR CHIEFS!!!

      • Lewis Rigor

        Hey Troy thanks for the welcome. Hope your going to watch the best non bowl game in college NAVY ARMY

        • Lewis Rigor

          And thank you for your service my friend

    • ladner morse

      I salute you sir.
      Sir!

    • sidibeke

      Why are you sorry to have to speak? Natasha is simply saying that she’s been here before and she’s wary. No hate there. Love what Alex Smith brings to this team, and want Bray to develop or KC to draft within the next year or 2 to take over 3-4 years down the road.

      Hated the 9ers teams…I was an LA Ram fan, so I say that with respect and honesty. Just had a damn hard time beating you SOBs, even with Dickerson. But damn, the games were fun to watch.

      Glad to have you here at AA and hope you post more.

    • Jim Harper

      Exactly! I too was in the USN and proudly served on the USS HAMMERHEAD SSN663. One of the early fast attack nuclear subs. Biggest mistake I ever made was not shipping over.

      • KCMikeG

        Hey Lewis, Troy and Jim – THANKS for your service to our country! Jim – my Grandpa was on a sub too in WWII. I’m remaining cautiously optimistic but as long as the OL continues to develop and we stay healthy our offense will produce more points. Getting Fasano AND Kelce back along with the nice addition of McGrath being our 3rd TE vs our #1 wil open up the passing attack which will make it easier to run. IMO we will see more points. IMO we will also see ST’s contributing a few scores this year too. Combine all that with the talented and experienced coaching staff and the excellent personnel decisions being made by Dorsey and I believe we are going to be enjoying superior performances for years to come.

    • Suzi Conger

      Hi Lewis… good for you! Luv your post…We share the same sentiments as we have previously discussed. I would like to thank you at this time for your prior support when I have been ‘bashed’ for expressing and revealing true positive facts/stats relating to Alex Smith ….I do need to add that Alex Smith (I do agree with Jamaal Charles) is a Super Bowl quality QB; he would have led SF to SB ’11 season if #10Williams had not handed the game to NYG with his 2 crucial fumbles and many fans/sport analyzers believe that Alex would have brought the Ring home last SB with his superior accuracy and Red Zone success ( vs ck7) and coupled with Alex’s true grit. I realize that we are on the same page here too.
      KICK GIANT BUNS SUNDAY…Woo Woo

    • micah stephenson

      USA! USA! USA! USA!

  • Justin R Groth

    I agree completely.

  • Troy Utt

    Being a REAL FAN, then I would have to say mix me another pitcher please… I’m drinkin’… I’d say you should pick up your other shoe, rather than waiting on the one to drop! In other words I believe we all have revised expectations of what our Chiefs can or should do this year… The “D” has played great so far & that should continue, but lets not sell short the efforts of the rest of the team! The clock consuming drives that our offense have put together keeping the opponent on the sideline, & our defense resting… Smith was brought in as he was one of the highest rated QB’s in areas the Chiefs desperately needed help such as red-zone, completion, & overall QBR. Problem so far this year is KC has not had a single startingTE available as they have all been on IR. When you run a WCO & have no TE’s that is a huge problem. Thus the double duty for Charles, & the double coverage on Bowe! Of course an extra second or two from the line would help… But with any luck that will come with time. The team is young, & has already surprised many of us… They will cause many more to alter their expectations as the season continues… It’s only the beginning!!! WAR CHIEFS!!!

    • Jim Harper

      You are on a roll Troy. This is the most I have ever seen you post. Keep the faith man.

      • Troy Utt

        Sensitive topic! Normally I read the articles & post here & there… but if it’s a hot-button topic or something that strikes a nerve… This just happened to be one of those, I’m sure you have seen a fairly common tune in all of my posts the last 24 hours or so as I’ve been arguing the Alex Smith issue with YOU KNOW WHO over alternate QB’s…

    • Suzi Conger

      Great post Troy…perfectly said KICK GIANT BUNS CHIEFS!!

  • Don417

    Alex Smith haters suck

  • Don417

    Natasha, you missing Capt Turnover, Matty Cassuck?

    • Troy Utt

      Sure sounds like it.. When you start throwing out names like Cassel & Palko & using them in the same sentence with Alex Smith, it just doesn’t make sense! Neither one could hold Smiths jock, & sure as hell don’t have his football ability!

      • Lewis Rigor

        Could not agree more. Another hater????

    • Chris Tarrants

      If anybody misses that tofu farting fairy then they need to find a different team to root for

      • sidibeke

        Tofu farting fairy? What does that mean?

        Matt Cassel is a better man and has a hotter wife than any woman who would probably even speak to you, much less let you buy her a meal. Do I want him QB’ing the Chiefs? No. Do I care if he eats cows which destroy our grasslands and add enough methane to our atmosphere to melt every last glacier on our planet’s surface? Not so much. Chill out bro.

        • Chris Tarrants

          Me chill out? I made a Cali joke, but I do believe that I hit a nerve and for the record I do not hide behind any fake names feel free to find me on Facebook bro! You will find me with my wife Dr Alyssa Tarrants and you will also find that my wife will give Cassels a run for her money

          • sidibeke

            Whatever. You’re a homophobe, and this isn’t the forum for the narrowmindedness.

          • Chris Tarrants

            Oh now I’m a homophobe? Man you seriously need to get a life. It was a joke, as far as you questioning me on everything I post well if that makes you happy then have fun because I post on here a lot. I’m guessing you’re bust pissy because you actually went and seen me and my wife and realized that the only person ego can’t find someone that good looking is you

          • Guest

            Look man, clearly we don’t have a lot in common outside of rooting for the Chiefs. I will delete this comment after writing it. We both look like morons here. As for me targeting you, it sincerely has been coincidence. I was just writing where I had something to say; didn’t notice I was writing on your posts as often as I was. I do think the tofu farting fairy comment is in poor taste, but whatever. I will make a point not to comment on anything you post from here further. Take it easy and I wish you well.

          • Chris Tarrants

            Fair enough, my joke might have been a little over the top and I got overly pissy because your reply somehow in my mind was a dig towards my wife which obviously it wasn’t so I apologize for coming off as a jerk. Man feel free to comment on anything I write lets just makes sure we both keep any blows above the waist

          • sidibeke

            I sincerely apologize. My comment was also over the top, and I wouldn’t bag on anyone like that. I’m not a stalker; I didn’t check out your FB page. Have a great weekend, and I hope we both enjoy watching H2Poe crushing Eli this weekend.

  • Michael Shaw

    Nice article Natasha. My co-workers have been asking me this week, “Who do the Chiefs play this weekend?” I tell them, “They will likely lose to the Giants this weekend.” Not because I want my team to lose, because I honestly want this team to not lose 1 game this year, but that is SO VERY hard to do in the NFL these days. I say it because this game scares me. There is a ton of good talent on this Giants team and this team over the past decade has had a propensity to drop a game like this. Part of me knows that Andy Reid knows this as well and has been preaching for our guys not to overlook the Giants. But part of me also has that old nagging feeling from too many years of high expectations. I REALLY thought this team had WAY too much talent last year to not win at least 10 games. Then I saw our QB………………well, not being a QB as much as a turnover machine and sack magnet!! I agree about wanting to drown myself in the kool-aid, but I did that last year and that old nagging feeling won’t go away. I have elected to watch this game in a bar this weekend with a former roommate that is a Giants fan, so I am REALLY hoping we win so I can ease that nagging sensation at the same time I am rubbing it into the Eli lover!!!!! I think Eli is such a whining baby for some reason. Especially after his final pick in the game against Dallas when he gave half of half an effort to make the tackle and threw his arms up in the air with the 2 year old look on his face of “Daddy, that kid just took my toy!!!!”

    • sidibeke

      I think we win this weekend because we are the better team and a good team. Sutton will have the D after Eli. We will lose. Maybe at Tenn as the 1st. But this team is legit.

    • Danny W

      I think Manning’s line is so depleted he won’t have time to get to Cruz. I think we win this one.

  • Lewis Rigor

    After watching the trash put out by ninner fans I am glad to see classy fans who respect a guy who plays all heart. That fact is something no one can take away

  • Chris Tarrants

    Wheeeew way to spike the koolaid with some bitter BITTER resentment

    • Natasha Sims

      Let’s call it a healthy dose of skepticism.

      • Chris Tarrants

        Well I call it hogwash. We have win three games in a row and have not been blown out! Are we Super Bowl bound? No! That doesn’t matter, it is FUN to be a chiefs fan again. It’s fun to crack open a cold one and go to Arrowhead and chow down on some BBQ and watch some real football, win or lose we are competitive again and that’s what it is all about. Rome wasn’t built in a day so take the good with the bad and enjoy the ride

    • sidibeke

      No, not resentment and definitely not bitter. Trust is funny: easy to break, arduous to build.

      • Chris Tarrants

        If you have your flag at half mast and are waiting for the ship to sink instead of enjoying the ride then you are no better than a browns fan! Nothing personal Patrick

        • sidibeke

          Not sure I get the analogy, but I don’t think questioning how legit KC is at this early juncture is “waiting for the ship to sink.” I think it would be more akin to: Well, the ship has sunk on me the last three times even when I thought it wouldn’t. I don’t think it’ll sink this time, but can I trust myself?

          And I’m not Patrick.

          • Chris Tarrants

            No sir you surely are not. It was a reference to the old editor here who happens to also be a browns fan. And why are you following every thing I write with some hair brained statement? But as far as the ship being sunk over snd over, we have all been on the same ride but some of us are trying to enjoy this one while it last if that is a bad thing or makes us naive koolaid drinkers then so be it

          • sidibeke

            Um, because you replied to me.

          • Chris Tarrants

            Actually if you go back and look every time I posted something you had some smart ass thing to say I replied to your reply jack

  • KCTPT65

    I haven’t posted in a long while…however….I am experiencing some of the same emotions as Natasha. I have been a CHIEFS FAN since about 1963, I grew up watching the Chiefs at Municipal Stadium and then Arrowhead. I remember Garrett, Arbanas, Stroud, Podolak, Taylor and Lenny the Cool. Bell, Culp, Lanier, and it goes on. I remember the 70′s and the 80′s VERY BAD TIMES. All of that said….I have a good feeling about this team, I am just experiencing cautious optimism. Also…. the only real wins that are a must are first; beating the raiders, then the donkeys. A true CHIEF FAN is a RAIDER HATER…..end of story. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!

    • Calchiefsfan

      Ha! If only the 2 wins last year had been against the Raiders. I would have felt a lot better about the season. I still have my Len Dawson autographed football from 1964.

    • micah stephenson

      Hell yea! We can go 4-12 if the 4 wins are oak and denver.

      • sidibeke

        True that.

    • Danny W

      Man I really think my dislike for the Chargers is greater than that of the Raiders since Al Davis is gone. I don’t like Phillip Rivers any at all.

  • KCTPT65

    ENJOY THE KOOL-AID!

  • Lyle Graversen

    My first ever avatar on a chiefs sight was the Kool Aid Man, so I’m always drinking. However, I totally understand your hesitation. Last season was the worst season I’ve ever witnessed from any team, ever. So taking a “everything is perfect” outlook after three games would be crazy. This team is unquestionably better, only time will tell how much.

    Second, you should write on a regular basis Natasha, this was an excellent read.

    • micah stephenson

      Hell yea, she said a lot of what I’m been trying to say. Well me and everyone on 610 radio, 810 radio, Arrowhead pride, the nfl network, espn, metro sports talk, the president himself, and Danny W.

      • sidibeke

        Oh, come on Micah. I’ve been on here long enough to know better. You’re as big a homer as there is, you’re just embracing the “I wanted Geno” role. Come on, now. Don’t let that get in your way of enjoying this. KC is winning and looks GOOD doing it. The O isn’t elite by a long shot, but the D is dominant and the O is losing games. Take some joy that YOUR KC CHIEFS are 3 and 0, are 2-0 vs. the NFC East and have a solid shot to make the playoffs. Dig it!

        • Brandon Mecham

          Although they are winning, I disagree that they look good doing it. That offense is horrible and it’s going to start losing KC games soon.

          • sidibeke

            I disagree. The offense has not been good, but horrible is an overstatement. They have moved the ball and scored or milked the clock when they needed to. They have looked Okay IMO. Not great, but sufficient. KC will lose a game when the O is needed, but you could make the argument that the O stepped up when it needed to against Dal and got the win. But yes, I would like to see the O start to play better.

          • KCMikeG

            It always takes the offense longer to gel than the defense. Getting Fasano and Kelce back will open things up for us passing and running. The offense also had an 8 minute grind it out scoring drive to help seal the deal vs Philly.

          • sidibeke

            Is it just me, or is being a TE for KC the equivalent of being the drummer for Spinal Tap?

        • micah stephenson

          I am. I’m happy than a mutha beeper. I b happier if I thought we had a playoff caliber offense to match this defense.

          • sidibeke

            We’d be unstoppable.

      • Danny W

        Ah man, me in the same sentence as the president. Now that’s something you don’t see every day.

    • Natasha Sims

      Thanks, Lyle! I had a real “come to Jesus” moment when I felt like celebrating three wins was akin to winning the Super Bowl. I’m going to stay grounded this season until, well, let’s be honest, the Chiefs win a playoff game. :)

      • Danny W

        Good idea. Tempered enthusiasm along with a wait and see is wiser than delirious momentary happiness.

        • Chris Tarrants

          Personally I like jumping for joy one minute and throwing my remote the next

    • ladner morse

      I completely agree with Lyle. You need to write more… if the need to clean subsides.

      • sidibeke

        Or better yet, clean your keyboard and write at the same time. Efficiency, a la AS.

  • BurtGummer44

    Wow! Ripping on Alice Smiff on the world’s biggest Alice Smiff Groupie Site! You go girl!

    • Chris Tarrants

      You win troll of the year award lol

      • BurtGummer44

        Is that you Mimi? I figured you to be a Browns fan.

        • Chris Tarrants

          He’ll I’m an oilers fan disguised in red

    • Danny W

      Here now Burt. Not all of us our drunk on the offense just yet.

    • micah stephenson

      I know right. They act like this dude is P.Manning or Tom Brady or somebody!

  • Michael White

    I’m another former Niners fan. Really felt there was nothing much to root for when Alex left . . . just don’t respect Harbaugh. It is very easy for me to root for the Chiefs, since I grew up in Mo, went to MU, and also went to Utah for grad school. If you just started watching Alex Smith, he’s way better than you think; everyone rails on him for not racking up yards and putting on a show, but the thing is that his way of playing uses the whole field and helps his teammates too. He’s all brains and heart, and will keep winning. This is going to be a great year.

    • Troy Utt

      Glad to have you, Welcome aboard… Life-long Chief’s fan, & staunch Alex Smith supporter! Lookin’ forward to a great season… WAR CHIEFS!!!

    • sidibeke

      Welcome to the fold, Michael.

    • Suzi Conger

      Michael, ditto about SF/Harb and Alex Smith .. I live in the Bay Area.. .unfortunately the four-ish ‘smith haters’ on this site choose to be blind to lack of present solid OLine protection/blocking, drops of well-executed passes and receivers getting separation. Alex can’t make big deep plays with an average of 2.5 seconds/play and opposition D literally in his face (much less on his back lol 5 sacks at Philly)..I can see OL improving, just hope its sooner rather than later! I’m perfectly happy and having a blast watching and rootin’ for our men in red!! Sheeeeesh 3-0 some negative people are just never happy
      Do you and your family live in CAL Michael?

  • jimfromkcj

    Nothing wrong with imbibing a little kool aid if one doesn’t let it blind him to reality. There are a lot of things the Chiefs are doing that have very good long term consequences. And I said all along that drafting a QB in this years draft would be terrible. The two QBs that I suggested were Matt Moore and Alex. I really think that neither one is a franchise QB capable of getting us to the Super Bowl, but they are capable of making us competitive and possibly getting into the playoffs. We still need help on the offensive line altho I think we are going in the right direction by getting bigger. I would like to see a couple of 330 or so guards and a center who goes 315 or 20. We also need to find a replacement for Hali. He is not a very good player in coverage or stopping the run, and we are overpaying him way too much. Same could be said of Albert. I like Fisher’s size a lot, but I still would have taken Joeckel first. PFF has him beating Fisher by a pretty good margin in the first 3 games. I have never been a fan of the 34 defense, but when they changed from the 43 I thought they were foolish not to make a NT a high pick. I wanted Taylor instead of Baldwin. I also wanted Raji the year he came out. But it looks like we finally have our NT. Better late than never.

  • Jim Jones

    I often wonder if people realize what it means why they say they’re ‘drinking the kool-aid’. It doesn’t mean enjoying a good team or being optimistic. It refers to people who blindly follow something to their death. Jim Jones. Jonestown.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Yup that’s me!

    • Natasha Sims

      Yes, that’s exactly what I meant by drinking the Kool-Aid. Blindly believing in a team, despite obvious signs one shouldn’t. After the letdown of the past four years, I’m going into this year with my eyes wide open.

      • sidibeke

        Oh, I drink Kool Aid every year until I see them play a real game. But I’ve seen this team play, and they’re solid. We’ll lose, and I don’t think we have enough to win the division, but this is a playoff caliber team. It is.

    • Suzi Conger

      I’m with you Jim; ‘cup half full’ vs ‘cup half empty’; an optimistic realist… Go Chiefs!

  • Lewis Rigor

    For haters such as Burt and Micha perhaps you should learn to spell and refer to Alex by his real name instead of Alice. You both come off as lame ass armchair quarterbacks who are happy with being unhappy. You two are a real piece of work and as I will be happy to debate anyone in your case it is a lost cause.

    For those who can see that something special is in the MAKING sit back and buy all stock you want in Kool Aid as it will pay in large dividends

    • micah stephenson

      If wanting your team to develope a young big time franchise QB is being a hater than I guess I’m the BIGGEST hater on here. And I’m fine with that.

    • BurtGummer44

      You Alice Smiff Homers aren’t even any good at talking smack. All emotion and no facts, anyone with eyes can see Alice isn’t a Franchise NFL QB as long as he’s scared to release the ball. Everyone is happy now because Alice isn’t costing the Chiefs a game with a turnover, but the day will come when the Chiefs will need to make a play on offense against a playoff caliber team to win, and that will require Alice to pull the trigger. Unless and until he grows a pair, he’ll be referred to as Alice Smiff.

  • Jeremy

    I’m drunk on the kool-aid right now so I can’t focus on this article.

  • ladner morse

    Awesome post Natasha!

    My color of cool aid is gold and suspiciously looks, smells and tastes like rum. Go figure.

    However, this new “team” has me drunk in love. I swallow. I stagger. I fall to the ground in bliss.

    Bowe will bouce back.

    JC will have a field day on Sun.

    Alex will have his best day as a “chef” & a Chiefs… cuz he’ll be cookin’.

    Special teams will keep on keeping on.

    Who put the D in defense? D-kcchiefs-dats-who!

    Sorry, cleaning lady, gotta disagree wit cha.

    • Natasha Sims

      That rum, I mean, Kool-Aid sounds pretty tasty! As I said, there’s a lot to like with this team and I hope that everything you said will happen. But I can’t take more devastation from a bad football team, so I’ll just contain my hope until I see those results…in a playoff win. Thanks for reading, Ladner!

    • sidibeke

      Salute the Cap’n (Morgan).

    • Davé

      How dare you oppose the thoughts of fellow writers and say this game will be anything less than a potential reality check. How dare you think we will demolish them as everyone on earth agrees with including Gil Brandt, ESPN, and Pat Kerwin. How dare you think we are a top ten team capable of smashing a team that got beat 38-0 by the sputtering Carolina Panthers……….

    • Suzi Conger

      Go ladner! Go Chiefs!!

  • sidibeke

    My flava is cherry. And I like it.

    Just watched a bit of replay of the Philly game. Natasha, I hear where you’re coming from. But tell me this, when KC went 3-0 with Cassel at the helm, you felt like you were stealing games, didn’t you? KC is winning games this year. When we hosted Bal, who of us didn’t feel like we were outgunned? We had just gotten trampled by the freakin’ Raiders at home? We saw it coming, and it came.

    This year, we are winning because we are better. This D is real and the O does enough and should get better. Fisher has played 3 NFL games coming from Cent Mich. He will get better. KC will beat the Giants. Not like Car did; can’t expect that 2 weeks in a row, but the Chiefs will win. KC will sack Eli at least 5 times, get 2+ turnovers and run for 150+ yards. The team is for real.

    But can it beat Den? I don’t know if we will, but we are capable of it. I didn’t feel that way when we went up against Bal in the playoffs.

    • KCMikeG

      We have seven more weeks before we meet the donkeys. We will be ready.

      • sidibeke

        I can’t wait to see what our D can do with their O. I really don’t know, but I think it will be exciting.

        • KCMikeG

          And our more developed offense in seven weeks against their defense giving up 27.3 points every week.

          • DXW

            You realize the Broncos D is giving up all those points in garbage time, right? And the only reason they rank so low against the pass is because the opposing teams are forced into full throttle throwing situations because they’re so far behind on the scoreboard… That and it’s almost impossible to run on Denver’s D.

            What stands out to me is that by the time the Chiefs face Denver, Von Miller and Champ will both be back. That means a monster pass rush, and a harder secondary to throw on with Champ and Dominique Rogers-Cromarte shutting down the corners.

            It’s a nice start to the Chief’s season, but the reality is that Denver is stacked deep on Defense, and their offense is unstoppable. I think the Chiefs have a chance to make it interesting and keep it close if they play a completely flawless game with no drops, turnovers, or missed tackles, and if Denver looks past KC and plays extremely poorly. If all that happens, it’ll turn into a close game, and maybe… maybe, the Chiefs can pull out a win.

          • KCMikeG

            The Ravens scored 17 of their 27 points in the first half. The NYG scored 16 of their 23 in the first 3 quarters. Only the faiders actually scored “garbage” points with a TD in each of the last 3 quarters and their weak offense has only averaged 19 points a game which includes playing the Jags. Great defenses don’t give up over 23 points per game – period.
            As far as the “unstoppable” offense. The Ravens were completely disorganized in the defensive back field leaving receivers wide open all night long. The NYG are a total train wreck allowing 36, 41 and 38 points. The faiders are bottom feeders as usual. The donkeys have also had the advantage of playing 3 of their first 4 games at home. Let’s wait until the donkeys actually play someone with a real defense like ours and on the road vs someone besides the NYG before we anoint them “unstoppable”.

          • DXW

            Fair enough about the points. You’re also right that the Broncos have played a lot of sloppy football over the first few weeks with turnovers, no run game, and the D allowing easy scores that they could’ve shut down with better fundamentals. Last year it took them six weeks to find a rhythm. Maybe it’s going to them that long this season too… Scary, huh?

            As far as KC’s “real” Defense goes… Son, Peyton Manning will pick that defense apart like he was playing the KC State JV team. The Chiefs have been all talk since 1969. Until they win a superbowl in the modern era… Hell, until they make it to a superbowl in the modern era, I see no reason to take them seriously. They are known for bravado and losing when it counts. Until that changes, they stand no chance against real teams like Denver.

            Chiefs fans should just sit back and accept the fact they’re rebuilding. In two or three more years, after Peyton has won a couple more rings, the Broncos will lose a lot of key players and slip back to the middle of the division, and that’ll allow the Chiefs to have their shot (if they can beat SD). That’s what you should focus on. This year is too far out of your reach.

          • DTVTechGuy

            Your so smart. ” If they can beat SD… “…. Dumb statement.

            More smartness… ” KC State JV Team “… Apply statement to High School team please…. You sound even dumber still.

            More super smartness… ” Real Team “…. You real team gives up points by the truckload, can’t run the ball…. And without Payton…. Wouldn’t finish .500, a real team isn’t one dimensional…which Denver is.

            More Brilliance… ” rebuilding “… A rebuilding team doesn’t have 6 Pro-Bowlers on a 2-14 sqaud. EVERYONE BUT YOU APPARENTLY knew after the season last year if the Chiefs could address the QB issue… They would be a real threat nearly instantly…

            I take it back…. All of it…

            Smart…. No….

            Blinded by Bronco love…. That’s about all I can glean from your ” insight ”

            Try Again.

          • KCMikeG

            You might want to get a little more oxygen to your brain as I know how thin the air is in dumbver. Peyton getting two more rings – Bahahahahaha! He has only managed ONE in SIXTEEN YEARS!

            I’ll give you credit for admitting I was right but after having that the facts brought to light you turn around and make even more ridiculous claims with no facts to support them. First of all what happened in the past has absolutely nothing to do with what is happening now.

            As far as our “real” defense allow me school you again. Our REAL defense is leading the league with 15 sacks – ask Vick & Romo how “real” that feels. Our REAL defense is only allowing 11.3 points per game #2 in the NFL behind only Seattle at 9 – that’s the REAL way to WIN. Our REAL defense is also No. 1 in yards lost due to a sack with 101. Our REAL defense is also #1 in pick 6′s and #2 passes defended, #2 in fumble recoveries, #4 in 3rd down stops and all this has been done with two games on the road and one of them with 2 days to prepare. If you can pull your donkey snout out of Peyton’s butt long enough tomorrow why don’t you tune in to see what a REAL DEFENSE drown the hapless NYg boys under the SEA OF RED in ARROWHEAD.

          • Jason J Morrison

            sorry to burst your bubble, but did you see the way our offence can move the ball and take up the time when they need to? They may try to contain JC as much as they can but he will break off a couple if Reid gives him the ball. Also our D has more talent then theirs and we had more pro bowlers from our defense then they had so no they are not stacked, you only named three players on their D. we got Berry, Hali, Flowers, Houston, Poe, not to mention the new additions of Smith, Robinson, and DeVito. so our D is stacked for their offense. I say bring it on Denver and we will see who owns the division at the end of the season.

          • Battlespeed

            You make some valid points. Denver’s certainly playing at a high level and the Chiefs are, after all, still in the first year of a nearly complete renovation from top to bottom, on-field and off.

            It’s too bad you had to ruin your post with the unnecessary personal comment about Andy Reid.

          • DXW

            You must be new to the internet and smack talk on football message boards.

            Welcome.

          • Battlespeed

            I was running an Internet bulletin board back when we had Archie, Veronica and no Web. In other words, before you knew what a computer was – if you were even born.

    • Suzi Conger

      well said sidibeke; I agree with KCMike, too… hopefully our OLine will have ‘gelled’ and improved their pass/run protection by Denver game. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDd19Bf2fM This film demonstrates AS11′s deep big play capabilities when afforded the time by adequate OLine pass protection and receivers that can separate, catch a pass w/o dropping…as our OL improves, this will be the Chiefs. Fun film to watch…

  • Danny W

    Great read here. Objective with no knee jerking going on at all. I’m seriously impressed. No kool-aid for me yet even though I am an addict and if you want me to drink some and get on the commit I’m willing. As long as our Nike’s match up and our quarterback can complete more than five or six third downs per game.

  • 44WinMag

    Damn! This article was not what I expected when I read the headline. A brutally honest assessment of the Chiefs on a site that usually favors Extreme Rah, Rah Homers. I gotta say you should write more posts.

  • Jim Harper

    I am a little confused about how you became AA’s senior copy editor. I have been posting on here for over two years and this is the first post I have seen from you. No problem just curious. Now back to the topic at hand. Most of the so called experts at NFL.com and espn are proclaiming that the Chiefs are for real. So I can only assume that you are staying off the Kool-Aid, and remain skeptic. First 2010 was a mirage. I knew they were not for real after losing to Houston after having a large 4th quarter lead. Also there is a huge difference between Smith and Cassel. Smith protects the ball (zero interceptions) by going through his progressions whereas Cassel would stare down Bowe and throw (covered or not) hence more interceptions than td’s over his career at KC. Even in 2010 our defense had serious holes and on offense our RT Richardson was nothing more than a turnstile to the QB. Fisher is coming along, but remember he switched to RT this year which is much different than LT. Our current defense is the best in my memory which goes back to the 60′s. So Natasha go ahead and take a sip. This team is for real.

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

      Natasha has posted 3 times total. I asked her to post regularly but she is too busy and I can’t afford her. She works behind the scenes trying to clean up our errors.

      • Jim Harper

        So is she no longer hunting moose and squirrel? And what about Boris? Sorry Paddy. I know it was lame but I absolutely could not resist.

  • Davé

    Holy hell Natasha, what a terrific article. Who have summed up exactly my thinking. We have an elite defense but a suspect offense. Matt, I mean Alex has shown that he is easily deserving the title of captain check down. Hey Alex! You know you have this guy named Dwayne Bowe who single handedly gave Cassel too many years with the Chiefs and 4 million dollars to play back up and Minnesota right? Not to mention Bowe is getting paid to be a top flight receiver not a top flight decoy. You can trust him Alex, believe me. That said I think the offense is learning its way. Its all on Alex but if he learns to let go a bit, this offense will sail. I am drinking the kool aid because this defense is rock solid.

    • Suzi Conger
      • Davé

        Thank you so much for that video Suzi. I recant everything I said about Alex. How could the 49ers ever move on from someone that brought such emotion to the team, coaches and fans is unbelievable. Kapernick is a joke compared to the man that Alex has been throughout his career. Thanks again. Here is to the continued deserved success of Alex Smith. You rock for simply posting that below my comment with not a single word.

        • Suzi Conger

          Thank you Dave. I appreciate your reply and agree with you…this will be the Chief’s as our OLine improves pass/run protection to allow Alex 1-2 more seconds/play average, receivers gain separation and improve on their drops. Sunday nyg game very fun!! CHIEFS!!

  • vchiefsfan

    As another “Ol timer”, I think there’s something that a lot of fans today are missing. I remember the 70′s teams, and the “Dark Ages” and the wonderful years of “Marty Ball”. The thing that strikes me the most about this year’s team is that they are fun to watch. I know that our offense isn’t the most powerful out there, but I don’t care, because I can’t wait for the defense to take the field. Every ST play I wait on, with held breath, knowing that this might be the one that goes all the way.
    Unlike most fans, I remember the “Marty” years extremely fondly. Yes I know we struggled to win in the post season. But man were those games fun to watch in the regular season. Who remembers the Bono play-action fake for a touchdown vs the Cardinals? I was dying that day from laughter.
    The Haley years, even the 10 win season didn’t bring me that joy. I would watch my beloved Chiefs winning and be mad the entire game. Something was missing.
    That’s what is different about this year. The joy is back! Does that make me a Koolaid drinker? I don’t care one way or another. I’m enjoying watching my team again. I think that’s what most people are missing about this right now.

  • Tom Sparks

    Natasha…. I will say, you really got the comments flowing! That’s a great thing! But what I really love is that classic photo of the KC Jug! And that addict knows where to get the the real kook aide! I would love to own that relic! Yahooooooooo!

    • Natasha Sims

      That KC jug is awesome, isn’t it?! The graphic on this post was the best part of the whole thing! Tony Rangel designed it. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Suzi Conger

    Natasha, appreciated your article.. got a couple films on Alex that I think you’d appreciate; they demonstrate that Alex is very capable of deep big plays; however our present inadequate OLine ( I understand it’s still developing; hopefully sooner than later, lol ) protection/blocking must allow Alex more than the current 2.5 – 3 seconds/play average and high sack rate in order for him to execute rather than ‘run for his life’ continuously. Also, receivers need to catch and not drop as frequently; every game, including Philly, Alex has executed some ‘between the numbers, and/or ‘through-the-hands’ of receivers, and dropped. Alex execute some ‘bullet passes’ or slightly high in order to make it through traffic with no INT. Catch I Joe Montana * Catch II Steve Young * Catch III Alex Smith We have an excellent QB and team; I’m with you, it’s soooo tough waiting on the timing and chemistry to complete KICK GIANT BUNS SUNDAY!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDd19Bf2fM https://vimeo.com/44971571#signin

    • Natasha Sims

      Thanks for the links, Suzi! I think the acquisition of Alex Smith was smart; the best QB option available, in fact. I like that he takes pride in protecting the ball. But it’s only three games in, so I’m still going to stick with cautiously optimistic. :)

  • Stendec

    Dear People of Kansas City:

    I am from Philadelphia and have seen fourteen seasons of Andy Reid. As with many things there are both bad and good points to him.

    Andy came into a Philadelphia franchise that the previous year (1998) had a record of 3-13. At the end of the 2000 season, just his second season as our head coach, the Eagles were 11-5 and headed to the playoffs. That began a run of almost a decade of winning seasons and five trips–count ‘em, 5–to the NFC Conference Championship and even more lower round playoff games.

    Yet the Eagles won only one of those those Conference Championship games, and lost the sole Super Bowl into which Reid got us (SB 29, 2004 season). He drafted Donovan McNabb, a rollout QB at Syracuse, yet insisted in trying to turn him into a pocket passer to run his brand of the West Coast Offense to which he was so committed (pass-pass-pass first, then run as an afterthought). He also got two stiffs as receivers for this pass-centric offense (James Thrash, Todd Pinkston) for McNabb to throw to and didn’t get any really good receivers until his eleventh year (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin). In short, he tried to force the talent into his system rather than adapt his system to the natural abilities of his players. And his clock management…oy, always the clock management…was poor. There is more but I think you can begin to see the trajectory.

    Look, people of K.C., I wish your Chiefs well, I truly do, especially since we do not compete (the Thu. Night game being a rare exception, and congrats, btw). Andy will make marked improvements for your Chiefs quickly, and your record this year will be leaps and bounds better than last. I fully expect the Chiefs to make the playoffs this year and perhaps even host a wildcard game (sorry, I don’t you see beating out Denver to win the division). And everyone will be giddy with what Andy has done in such a short period of time and think him an exceptional coach. And he is.

    But I think what you will find over a stretch of only a few years is that Andy is good, but not good enough. It is a lock that you guys will not-never-ever win a Super Bowl with him at the helm. It is problematic that you will ever make to the big dance. You will go out in the playoffs, most likely in the Divisional Round, maybe a Conference Championship. I’m sorry to throw cold water on you guys when everyone is probably feeling pretty good about now, but this is just how Andy is. He will lead you toward, and up to, the River Jordan, but you will never cross it into the promised land with him as your coach. In the final analysis, I think Chiefs fans will find that that you have the second coming of Marty Schottenheimer, someone who was good but not good enough, someone who would do well during the regular season but stumble in the playoffs. Sorry, guys and gals.

    Oh, and you’ll find his press conferences to contain a lot of words which say absolutely nothing, from how he begins the Q&A with the media (“The time’s yours”) to answering why something went wrong (“I’ve got to do a better job of getting our guys prepared and into a position to make that play”).

    Sincerely, good luck to all you Chief fans and enjoy the ride the few seasons. It WILL be quite exciting for you guys. Ultimately, however, you may feel as if you have consumed empty calories. Oh, and please keep your fingers crossed for my Eagles, because we are definitely hurtin’ !

    SIgned,

    An Eagles fan since way back in 1960.

  • DTVTechGuy

    To the Author….

    Offensive lines seems improved?….. Did you watch the Eagles game… Or we’re you cleaning?

    The O-Line is the biggest weakness on the team, Albert is ALWAYS whining about booboo’s… Fisher has looked a little lost on more than one occasion and it’s a roller coaster ride every game.

    Less Pine-Sol… More paying attention.

  • Andy

    Thanks for the Post. I just think you are comparing apples to oranges when you compared this season to 2010. This D has not scored for us to win. It helped, but we won the Boys game fair and square. Bottom line: We now have profesional coaches. These guys brought in a few players and coached the ones we had, into a good team. Wait until he has a few years to acquire all his own players. Poe is a great example. Better coaching made him a much better player. One other thing, Let’s say, on a scale of 1-10, let’s say both the Chiefs teams 3-0 start, the quality of the team was a 6. There is a diffeence between a 6 trending up (2013) than a 6 trending down (2010) Our OL is without a doubt the weak link. Have to hope they will gel as the season progresses.

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