The 2013 Chiefs Are 8-0, Deal With It!

The optimist fan says the glass is half full.
The pessimist fan says the glass is half empty.
The conspiracy theorist fan wonders who took the other half.
The partier wants to know what’s left in the glass, and would like the rest.
The guy no longer trapped in the matrix touts, “There is no glass!”
The fan support group for obsessive compulsives (ESPN) postpones the question until the level is checked, and re-checked again, and again, and again… then comes up with 1,000 different but completely “true” answers and none of them have anything whatsoever to do with the Chiefs.
The phobic fan says, “Someone drank out of that glass and left his germs on it, yuuuck!”

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Being half way through the season and having not lost a single game, is atypical territory for the Kansas City Chiefs and their growing group of followers. If you have friends or relatives in other regions of the world, or local friends and relatives who are fans of less fortunate teams, you may be hearing a variety of “excuses” from them filled with their concocted reasoning for the Chiefs success. Excuses which they nervously offer like witches wooing neighborhood kids in to sample their toxic treats, sadistically searching for someone to believe them. In the mean time, the Chiefs are perfect, and their teams are not, and there’s nothing they can do about that.

Do you think that for one minute that every team in the league wouldn’t relish the opportunity to be the one to knock off the only unbeaten team left in the league? The fact that each team is head hunting for the one perfect team is reason alone to send some respect the way of the Kansas City Chiefs.

But respect is absent in middle earth and it’s absence is epidemic.

Some NFL fans seem to want an apology. They howl that the Chiefs have had an easy schedule or that their success is based on a whole bunch of lucky breaks. These are likely the same people who live in between and also scream “no fair” because the league has so much parity. You can’t have it both ways.

Is this a league in which any team can beat any other team on any given Sunday… or isn’t it? And if you answered yes, it is, then why would you also pout and shout that the Chiefs aren’t as good as their 8-0 record indicates that they are.

Since there are probably those out there wanting an apology from Roger Goodell or the scheduling committee, how about one from Andy Reid’s twin brother Sandy Reid? You know Andy consults with him on all Chiefs matters so if Sandy says it, you can bet Andy thinks it too.

Now this… from Sandy… with liberties.

Dear Non-Chiefs Fans,

On be”half” of myself and Andy, I would like to pologize for the Kansas City Chiefs victory over the Jaguars. That 28-2 mugging was nothing like our true and real nature… I think. We didn’t really mean to hold Maurice Jones-Drew to 45 yards rushing total that day. I’m sure it was a mrstake that our over-achieving defense made the 2011 NFL rushing champ look like “Swee Pea” with his diapers forever at his knees. Also, we’re aware QB Lame Gabbert, the Jags first round pick a couple of years ago, was trying to make a statement but I guess our pass defense accidentally played better than they really are that day holding him to only had 121 yards passing. If you’re upset, I understand completely.

In week two we beat that mucho superior NFC East team, thee Dallas Cowboys, at home. I know they usually come in here and win here but it was kinda like a high school homecoming game for us so I’m sure ya’ll understand that when we only beat them by one point, we never thought the football Gods would ever be upset over that little mistake. I don’t want the football Gods any more upset than they already are with us so let me make several things perfectly clear about that game.

We didn’t intend to:

+ whip them in 3rd down efficiency,

+ sack Tony Romo 4 times,

+ gain over 3 times as many yards rushing as them, and

+ score every time we were in the red zone.

After all, we committed twice as many penalties as the Cowboys and gave them a 2 ½ minute time of possession lead but they just kept giving the ball away. Twice I recall.

Now, I really hope you can cut me some slack for beating the Eagles. I know that rascal Chip Kelly was supposed to bring that new fangled super-sonic offense to the league but my boys just couldn’t help themselves.

I know many of you who are sad, and concerned, and confused, and humbled, and panicked, and frightened out of your freakin minds… about what’s going on in Kansas City are from back east or from Coloraduh. So, when I say that the New York Giants are a pitiful mess I hope it won’t get the Manning family a-feuding again. For us Chiefs to lose that game I would-a had-ta take half of our starters out behind the shed and put some buck shot in em so dey cudn’t playz dat weak. An I is not gunna do dat to no one on my’s teem. Dat’s why dey likes me so much-n-stuf n K.C..

Still, when you beat a team 31-7… dagnabbit, who should be apologizing to who?

When we went to play the Titans in Tennessee you have to know that once a group of guys start getting some winning momentum going they can be dangerous and then it doesn’t matter what I do.

They just, win anyway. I try to stir them away from all that college-hoorah “team-work” spirit flibbertygibberish. But once it takes hold… it’s a lot like glue in a paper factory.

The Raiders: that’s who this next paragraph is bout. They should apologize to… well… everybody. Why? Because they’re the Raiders that’s why! Besides we never pologize fer beating “them.”

Now, last weekend, we became the team with the best record in all the NFL. Top of the Power Rankings. Better record than the Broncos, the Packers, the Saints, the Patriots and so on and so forth. So, now, I would like to pologize… for you. That’s right, it was only one week ago and now I have to pologize for you having forgotten just how much better the Kansas City Chiefs are than any of your favorite teams.

Shame comes to mind. You should be ashamed and I would like to pologize for that … for you.

Lastly, I would NOT like to pologize for beating all the teams we were supposed to beat. If we had not done that… we wouldn’t have heard the end of it from you! However, since we did beat them all… and you’re sad because apparently your team has something called “losses” attached to their record… you can’t find a way to shut up about that either… so you try and use the Chiefs for the scape goat for all that’s wrong with your own life. Ask me later and I can suggest some perfessional help.

I hope this pology was gud for you… it was sure gud fer me!

Signed,

Sandy Reid

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National media does everything they can to stay away from offering the Kansas City Chiefs up as one of the elite teams in football. Take the show “Inside the NFL.” On last weeks show, Cris Collinsworth suggested a top five ranking of the best “units” in football. They just can’t handle talking about the Chiefs or breaking down some of the great developments that are happening to the Chiefs. It’s too bad really, as one of our AA bloggers pointed out last weekend: the story of the Chiefs from last year to this season — so far — is “the” feel good story of the NFL in 2013. And nobody is noticing.

Anyway, back to Cris Collinsworth’s petty “unit’ rankings. Since each team has an offensive and a defensive unit then all teams would deserve 2 rankings in the 64 possible. Here are the units he ranked and his top five landed this way:

1) Chiefs Defense

2) Broncos Offense

3) Panthers Defense

4) Texans Defense

5 Colts Defense

Phil Sims ranked teams this way:

1) Broncos Offense

2) Chiefs Defense

3) Seahawks Defense

4) Bengals Defense

5) Saints Defense

Visiting co-host Dan Marino ranked units as such:

1) Broncos Offense

2) Seahawks Defense

3) Chiefs Defense

4) Seahawks Offense

5) Packers Offense

These rankings open the door for the “Inside the NFL” crew to talk about all the other teams they want to talk about and none of the teams they don’t want to talk about. How investigatively astute of them. Which brings me to another issue: the monstrous difference between today’s sports reporters and the sports reporters of yesteryear. But, that’s another post for another day.

However, the Collinsworth ranking does leave at least one interesting question: is the Denver Broncos Offense better than the Kansas City Chiefs defense? If the Broncos score below their per game average in 3 weeks in Denver does that mean the Chiefs defense wins? If the Chiefs defense allows more points to the Broncos than they normally allow per game, does that mean Denver’s offense is better?

Neither would be right and the answer is likely somewhere in between.

For instance, if the Chiefs defense keeps the Broncos offense down to 24 points that has to be considered a win of sorts for the Chiefs. However, no one will be counting it a win if the Chiefs lose that game.

That’s the problem with ranking systems like that and the weekly Power Rankings (which is nothing more than a BCS style opinion). What the Chiefs have done right now… is pull rank.

They sit atop the only ranking system that matters: the standings, wins and losses.

The Chiefs are the only unbeaten team in the NFL… TODAY!  The one exclusive team without a loss. Period.

If you’re a Chiefs fan, shame on you if you’re not utterly enjoying this. If you’re not a Chiefs fan, well, stick around and enjoy the pain… the K.C Chiefs are 8-0 so, deal with it.

Riddle me this?

Why did the, 5-1 Pats lose to the 3-3 Jets?

Why did the, 4-3 San Diego lose to 2-5 Texans?

Why did the, 6-2 Bengals lose to the 3-4 Browns?

Why did the, 5-2 Colts lose to the 3-4 Dolphins?

Why did the, 4-3 Bears lose to the 2-5 Washington team?

Why did the, 7-1 Broncos lose to the 5-2 Colts?

Good teams lose to teams with worse records all the time, every week. Except the Kansas City Chiefs so far in 2013. Oops, we’re sorry because we’re not apologizing any more! How co-dependent of us! At least Chiefs fans are nice about it.

On the other hand… the Chiefs are 8-0 so… deal with it!

So, Addict fans, have you had to deal with any wishy washy Wendy Whiners of the world because of your perfect Chiefs?

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  • macer

    usually don’t comment, but this article hits it on the head. good job ..Go cheifs

    • ladner morse

      Thanks… love your comments… hope you join us again!!!!!

  • berttheclock

    Sir! How dare you! You have offended Pete Prisco, SIR! Pistols at dawn, perhaps?

    Chris Collingsworth never has liked the Chiefs. Amazingly, he has recognized their defense. But, I did notice he was the only one who has recognized the excellent defense of the Panthers, whose defensive unit has just slipped ahead of the Chiefs in points allowed. 96 to 98. I recall a poster at this site, awhile back, who referred to their unit as average. Apparently, he was channeling Jamie Dukes of NFL Network who has referred to the KC defense as “average”.

    But, I do believe the telling point lately is how the media handled the one point win by the Seahawks over the lowly Rams. “Gritty, tough, hard nosed” Juxtapose that with the Chiefs winning by one over Texans or even six over the Browns. “Shows problems, lucky, needs a lot of work, over rated”.

    • Clint Moran

      However, the panthers have already had their bye, one field goal in one game is all it would take to put kc back in the lead, with our bye coming up soon.

      • berttheclock

        Excellent pickup. I had not noticed. Geez, there are many posting here with very sharp eyes.

        • Clint Moran

          Not bad for an “average” defense, eh? Never liked dukes, there is one more reason now.

    • elly violette

      I don’t think that Collinsworth or any other national news reporter does the Chiefs any justice… not nearly!

  • macer

    bert wanted to take a second to say of all the posters on this site you always seem to make the most sense.

    • berttheclock

      Thanks, but, over at the Star, I believe there was a crowd who believed that last word should start with a “D”.

      • ladner morse

        D-sense?

        • Michael Shaw

          sense would then be dense Laddy!!! LOL!!

          • ladner morse

            makes good d-sense to me….

  • Mark Bustamante

    I make no apologies for OUR KC CHIEFS. They play well enough to WIN!!’n win by 1 point or win by 100 doesn’t matter a win is a win. I’m so happy that they get no respect. It add fuel to the fire gives them motivation makes them even more hungry. Play one game at a time KC WE your true fans will always root for you.

    • macer

      I agree Go Chiefs

    • berttheclock

      Mark, as you live in Southern California, do you remember when George Allen coached the Rams? He loved defense to the point, the Rams beat the Lions 6-3 at the Coliseum and he appeared to be the only one happy about the win. Many of the fans walked out muttering, ‘coulda, shoulda”, while, he beamed and said “Didda”. There was another owner who once had a team playing in the Coliseum and his motto was “Just win, Baby”.

      This new and improved team is 8-Zip and they have “didda”. So, forget all of those “coulda, shoulda” types. The Chiefs will continue to progress and become much better. Glad to read your enthusiasm and support for the team.

    • DieHard_ChiefsFan

      Mark and Bert, I agree completely. I would much rather have a grind out Defense and an improving offense than a Defense that gives up almost as many points as the offense can produce. Im loving all the Donkey fans trying to bust on the Chiefs via schedule etc. I just reply back to all of them, look at the record. Close game with the Cowboys, oh and the Jags oh and the RedSkins.. Then i bring back up the points allowed by the Chiefs and that Shuts them up pretty quick. The way our Defense is playing now, i feel we will at least split with the Donkeys and possible sweep them. This will be our year for our first play off win. SB, well the verdict is still out on that one but, I’m enjoying this ride one game at a time and loving hearing the haters !! GO CHIEFS !!

      • Michael Shaw

        DieHard, one win in the playoffs would/should likely put us 1 game and win away from the SB………….just sayin!!!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!

        • DieHard_ChiefsFan

          Agreed if we keep rolling the way we have been. Im just pleased we are getting ready to surpass my first initial benchmark for this season at 10-6 (I figured with our schedule, new Coaching staff, it would take us a season to gel and I am SOOOOO Glad they have exceeded my initial thoughts) Im just enjoying the ride for now and if we miss on a few SO WHAT ! What truly measures a team is how fast they start and how they bounce back from a Loss. So far we are rolling forward !!

    • elly violette

      I think it’s better being the “underdog” too!

  • macer

    bert I don’t post at the star for the same reason you have stated in the past

  • Mike Diel

    I love it! If the sports world crowned the Chiefs as the best team that ever happened we would lose. As long as we’re told we aren’t as good as our record we will rise to the challenge. As long as Andy is apologizing for not having the best plays and we are trying to get better we are heading for better things. We might even win a playoff game!

  • Blake Molina

    I’m curious how many wins it’s going to get ESPN to notice us this year. Probably 19.

    • elly violette

      Made me laugh out loud… really…… good one!

  • micah stephenson

    8-0 9-0 10-0 11-0 12-0 13-0 14-0 15-0 16-0!!!!!!

    • Michael Shaw

      I am a homer Micah, but no way we go 16-0. We have the hardest time ever winning in Denver. So maybe 15-1 LOL!!!!

    • elly violette

      That’s a lot of zeros Micah……. so the 0-ffense must be doing something right.

      • micah stephenson

        Yea but the defense is do n even more something right. Offense needs work.

  • Danny W

    YOU NEED TO DEAL WITH IT!! I’M DEALING WITH IT!! IT’S YOUR TURN NOW!!!…………….Whew out of breath from yelling.

    • elly violette

      Save it for the game Danny… save it for the game!

      • Danny W

        Nah I have to have a mid week warm up. :-)

  • Pridenpoise

    I think the Chiefs are definitely a contender to reach the Super Bowl this year, and being a Raider fan that’s not a easy thing to say. However I think if the Chiefs offence continues to get better, and this is a must, they need to get at least a split with their home and home against the Broncos, and I see no reason why the Chiefs can’t grab first place in the division (possibly overall) and that is a huge Home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Well that’s my two cents, and just to let you know the Raiders are on their way back, we are still lacking in some areas, but I think, before long the AFC west will once again be the most dominant division in football.

    • Michael Shaw

      You just became my favorite Raider fan and I HATE most Raider fans!! LOL!! GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • berttheclock

      Hey, thanks for your comment. I made the mistake of going to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and posting their team was far better than their record would indicate. I gave kudos to Campbell for his quick release. I said Phil Taylor and the defensive line gave the Chiefs fits. One person thanked me. Another wrote “Thanks, cram it” and he had two likes within seconds.

      • Pridenpoise

        I don’t understand why people can’t be more civil to each other when discussing football, I am more than happy to give credit where credit is due, and I can handle some playful barbs pointed at my team, I do draw the line when people feel the need to get personal, I think it’s classless, I just call it as I see it. Anyways like I said I think the Chiefs will be a tough out in the playoffs, and if they are playing at arrowhead, well we all know that is a nightmare for opposing teams.

    • elly violette

      Others might not say it but you are welcome here to make comment anytime… even if you are a Raiders fan. :) I think you’re right on both accounts… the Chiefs will compete this year for the division crown and the Raiders are… as much as I hate to admit it… getting better fast.

    • sidibeke

      I won’t admit this again if asked, but I’ve actually caught myself rooting for Oak this year a couple of times. I do like having the whole division up. And as long as Pryor keeps making progress, I would have to agree with you on the up arrow.

  • ArrowFan

    Good job Sandy

  • ArrowFan

    I had forgotten that we where suppose to only win 1 of our first 4 games.

  • Anabel Villa Seibel

    As always Laddie…WELL SAID!!! I want to print your article and make one of our IT guys here at work read it. HE is the epitomy of a KC Hater..he’s a Cowboys fan..go figure!

    • Jason Seibel

      And he’s from Belgium so figure that one out.

      • ladner morse

        That’s hilarious!!!!!!!!!
        Cowboys fans from Belgium. Amazing!

        • Chris Tarrants

          I guess the cowboys are Belgiums team

          • ladner morse

            So………. that’s the big reason for the Boys waffling.

          • Chris Tarrants

            Everythings bigger in Belgium

        • sidibeke

          Ah, Belgium. The butt of all other western European country’s jokes. Nice waffles, though.

          • berttheclock

            Plus, their Ale ain’t too shabby

  • elly violette

    So, Mr. Morse… where do you think the Chiefs defense and offense should rank separately?

    • ladner morse

      Right now I think the Chiefs defense is the best in the league. It’s too strange to say whether or not they are better than someone else’s offense but here goes. The Chiefs have 5 legit defensive players who are Pro Bowlers IMO. That would be Poe, DJ, Hali, Houston & Berry. Flowers has always been on the verge but there are too many other great CBs in the league to place him there this season especially with his injury in the first half. The DEs are very good but not great. The CBs are excellent wit the ability to even be great. The Safety opposite Berry is way above average and they are deep there this year.

      While the Broncos offense doesn’t have all the Pro Bowl players that the Chiefs have… they are loaded at the skill positions… and they have arguably one of the 3 best QBs in the history of history.

      In a pinch moment… I say it’s the Broncos… over the long haul I say it’s the Chiefs. Plus… at some point in the near future… we’ll all see that Peyton’s days are numbered.

  • P Heitman

    Apparently losing to an inferior team is better than “almost losing” to one.

    Best part of your article:

    “Why did the, 5-1 Pats lose to the 3-3 Jets?

    Why did the, 4-3 San Diego lose to 2-5 Texans?

    Why did the, 6-2 Bengals lose to the 3-4 Browns?

    Why did the, 5-2 Colts lose to the 3-4 Dolphins?

    Why did the, 4-3 Bears lose to the 2-5 Washington team?

    Why did the, 7-1 Broncos lose to the 5-2 Colts?”

    Someone had to say it. It’s frustrating to hear how soft KC’s schedule has been, and how they “win close games to bad teams.” Isn’t that what the Patriots did from like 2001-2006? They won close games every week, yet no one doubted how good they were. Additionally, you hear Broncos fans claim that the Chiefs are barely beating the same teams that they’ve blown out. Not true. Of common opponents, Denver has won those five games by 1.4 ppg more than KC has. That’s not that big of a difference. Furthermore, Denver let up 48 pts to Dallas, where KC let up 48 points to DAL, PHI, OAK, NYG, JAX combined. But it’s not flashy and there are no Mannings involved, so it’s less impressive…

    • ladner morse

      I don’t know what the average length of winning games is before fans and media will take you seriously is but… this is getting ridiculous. The Chiefs better lose the next 8 straight or else all the complainers brains will explode.

      I don’t know about you but there’s nothing worse and being covered by complainers brains!

      • P Heitman

        Did you guys see this? I think his 9ers stat is wrong bc they beat GB…but still…

    • ladner morse

      I don’t know what the average length of winning games is before fans and media will take you seriously is but… this is getting ridiculous. The Chiefs better lose the next 8 straight or else all the complainers brains will explode.

      I don’t know about you but there’s nothing worse and being covered by complainers brains!

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  • David Kindred

    Great piece, Laddie! The Chiefs could go 16-0 plus get to and win the Super Bowl every year for the next decade playing every game against the Patriots, Broncos (take your choice of “elite” NFL teams), and the Pete Prisco’s of the world (. .. wait, who?? Who the hell is Pete freakin Prisko anyway? “…worst 8-0 team in the history of the NFL” my a**!) will still have zero respect for our team. It will ALWAYS be Peyton just wasn’t in it. .. or Brady is hurt… or the Cowboys are decimated with injuries. But facks is facks baybeeee! EIGHT! and OH! BABY! Chiefs will dominate!

    • Barrie Neal Parkes Jr.

      I am hoping we beat the broncos at mile high. That would make the rest of the schedule doable. With the colts at arrowhead. Not looking past any other team but i think the chargers should be beat twice along with the raiders another time. Then the redskins in washington. Just as long as we dont lose our first playoffs game.

      • ladner morse

        What has impressed me the most this season is… the team is well prepared each week. Add their preparedness to their level of talent and they should be well equipped to deal with playoff challenges.

        A victory in Denver during the season leads directly to a playoff victory. One comes before the other so I’ll take a victory their before all else.

      • sidibeke

        It’s great that we have the bye right before it, an extra week to heal and prep. It’s as good of a chance as any team will get, and I agree with Ladner’s observation of KC preparedness. I’m looking forward to what Reid and Sutton will be able to come up with.

    • ladner morse

      Eight is great… but nine is fine!

  • Barrie Neal Parkes Jr.

    I live in pittsburgh so i have to deal with it all the time. Now that the steelers are 2-5 and the stable of steeler fans is turning into a a pony ride. They dont expect the steelers to lose and when they do all of the fans are ready to be turncoats. Im probebly embelishing a little but i know none of them are as big of a steeler’s fan as much as i am a chiefs fan. I suffer just like the rest of us. I’m just hoping the undefeated streak doesnt end like it did when vermiel was coaching. I blame myself partially for that loss to the bengals. It was my first ever chiefs game and when i bought the tickets i had no idea they would be 9-0 heading into the bye week. Then Chad Johnson with the gaurented victoty happened and the rest is history. I think that defeat hurt the most because i thought the whole time heading to that game there was no way the bengals where gonna win.

    • ladner morse

      Barrie… I did a piece a few months back called “Changing Fortunes” in which I asked the question, “What was it in the 1990s that changed the fortunes of the Chiefs? The obvious answer was the “Head Coach.” The less obvious answer is the values of those in charge. Reid and Co. have a tremendous work ethic and from what I’ve found out he’s a deeply devout man who treats every single one of his players with respect.

      No matter how many games the Chiefs win or don’t win this season… all of it will have more to do with those relationship than anything else. The players that the Chiefs have now, would move heaven and earth for their coach. Don’t allow a past unfortunate event determine what may happen next. IOW… the past doesn’t equal the future… unless you never change your approach. This organization has been undergoing the most significant changes since the AFL merged with the NFL. Peace kind sir.

    • sidibeke

      Don’t blame yourself. Blame the sorry excuse for a D coordinator, whose name I have happily erased from my memory.

  • fanside

    Thank you for the ammo sir.

  • elly violette

    BTW….is Sandy male or female? Sorry,just had to ask! happy halloween everyone!

  • Jim Butler

    I have been a chiefs fan for at least 25 years, so I feel I have some feeling for what the average fan has been through the last few years. I am sooo very happy about the 8-0 start I can hardly stand it, but on the other hand it is kind of hard to enjoy waiting for the other shoe to drop. Nevertheless I can’t help but see the possibilities of great things yet to happen. I feel that sooner or later Smith and the offense will get things clicking and all put together as they did the first half against the Browns. I guess as a Chiefs fan everybody just has to hang on the that ever elusive thing called hope and pray for the best. I have got to tell you that I have really enjoyed every game, even though most have been nail biters and a little hard on the nerves but over all a good job and congrates to all the chiefs. So to all you nay sayers A WIN IS A WIN SO DEAL WITH IT, GEAUX CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Larry Devore

    Bravo and spot on. Best answer I’ve heard yet. Deal with it says it all. On NFL network, someone asked Sanders for his MVP.Sander’s answer was Andy Reid!

  • elly violette

    The program “Inside the NFL” changed the format a few years ago and used to be more “even handed” in their approach to covering different team. I’m not sure what changed but, the biases of the co-hosts is now obvious and they even seem to flaunt it. So, I stopped watching mostly.

  • 44WinMag

    For me it all comes down to how the Season finishes, we’ve been down this hopeful road before.

  • 44WinMag

    And lets hope SI keeps them off the cover.