The game of football is extremely emotional. Fans love their teams. Sometimes that emotion gets in the way of good journalism. Sometimes journalists drink enough of their own Kool Aid and start thinking they’re a fan in the stands instead of a journalist trying to be somewhat even keeled. That happened this morning at the Denver Post.
Denver Broncos beat writer Mark Kiszla posted a scathing article, calling the Kansas City Chiefs a “fraud” and saying they don’t have what it takes to make it to the Superbowl, among other things. He tries to dismis the notion that the Chiefs defense is elite, saying they’re not even close to that famed 2000 Baltimore Ravens defensive unit. Here is my favorite quote from the piece:
Truth is: The last time the Chiefs were spotted in Denver, all those legend-in-the-making defenders — including Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Dontari Poe and Tamba Hali — walked off the field in defeat after being torched for 38 points during one of those wintry, 35-degree days that supposedly reduces Manning to a quivering, shivering shell of a quarterback.
We’ve talked about this numerous times here at Arrowhead Addict how people will try and use stats to paint their picture. That’s exactly what Kiszla is doing here. While, yes, the Chiefs did get “torched” for 38 points, Mr. Kiszla is quite obviously leaving out the other game the Chiefs played against Denver last season where a Brady Quinn led offense and the same “legend-in-the-making defenders” held the Manning led offense to only 17 points.
I highly recommend you all take a look at the article here. It’s definitely good for a laugh on a Red Friday morning. Especially when Kiszla starts quoting Jack Del Rio. Like anyone cares what an “interim” coach has to say.