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Kansas City Chiefs: Win Now vs. Building For the Future Part Deux


For those of you still paying attention, last week I discussed my understanding of how and why some teams *cough Broncos cough* are going out and seemingly attempting to buy a championship. I stated that I understand the need they are addressing. Manning is getting closer to leaving and they want to put people in place around him in order to get that final ring of his career. So I get it Mr. Elway, you want another ring and will do whatever it takes to get it.

That is one side of the free agency equation. The other side of it is to go out and sign players that may not be as good as say a 30 plus year old defensive player, but have the potential to be great with good coaching and putting them in an environment to succeed. That mantra is what the Chiefs seem to be doing. Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager John Dorsey are by no means breaking the bank when it comes to signing free agents. Both Reid and Dorsey are known for building teams through the draft and they are following it to the “T”. One could say that they are limited by the fact that the cap space for the Chiefs is small in comparison to say the Oakland Raiders who keep spending more and more.

When teams take the time and effort to go all in for one year it can have successful results or it can end with disaster. Two teams come to mind that tried to build a dynasty through big name signings, the Eagles, and more recently the Broncos. Both of those times the results of that mega spending resulted in unfavorable results. The Broncos came the closet to building a great team, only to see themselves fall really short of a Super Bowl victory.

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We as fans love to sit around and watch as our favorite team signs the big names, but rarely do we think about the consequences of those long term signings. If you are like me you were flabbergasted at the Chiefs for letting so many players go to other teams that had a vital role in the organization. So on one hand I was sitting there thinking this is insane that we cannot keep anyone, and at the same time I had faith in what Reid and Dorsey were planning. Sometimes you don’t always need the big names to make a team better. A big name can bring that motivation that your team is missing or that key component that puts them over the top. However, if you bring in some unknown or untested players you have the chance to really get something amazing for not nearly the cost of a big name.

Finally, the need to go out and get the stars to help improve your team can in fact be the catalyst you need in order to succeed. But a team can also improve with the Dressler signings and the Vance Walkers, it all depends on how you look at things. So when it comes to the win now, or build for the future it all depends on what you think. As a fan I don’t like to see my rivals make so many moves, as someone who kind of understand the other side of the coin, I get why they are doing things this way. Its all opinion. That is what is great about football, there are so many different steps a team can take to the offseason, and we have to attempt to make sense of the moves and hope that we don’t fall straight on our faces.

This is where the Addicts come in. What are your thoughts on approaching the offseason. I would like to know where you stand on this and lets get a good conversation going. So how about it? Do you go out and get the best to win now? Or do you build through lesser known names and the draft? Sound off below.

And as always GO CHIEFS!

Tags: Andy Reid John Dorsey Kansas City Chiefs

  • Rome

    Building for the future is the logical thing to do..we don’t have any $$$ to make any real moves….

  • Chuck Quick

    I understand that we all want to make more money. However with any career you take the chance of younger more eager computation. I think we go younger and develop the players we want them to be instead of trying to teach an old dog new tricks. We have the coaching staff and administration to go far in the nfl. Just have faith in them. As always great work guys and GO CHIEFS!!!!!

  • tm1946

    Big fan of D and R but if the plan is to sign 30 year olds and coach them up….. not much of a plan for the future. More of a plan for the old aged and just good enough, not great.

    Apparently the future is this year for Denver and not our year. I figure if we use predominately the daft to build the future should start about 2016. Lot of games in between.

    Let’s not get nuts. Don’t we need a blend of everything to get to the promised land, draft only will not do it.

  • Andy

    I believe last year’s fa signings were to get the fan base back. now that they are back, it seems that we are willing to take a step backwards this coming season. I like it. For a couple reasons. Not to throw away a session, but our schedule its such that only one team will make the playoffs in the afc west. no use keeping up with the elways, when the elways will be a last place team, with no core. I’m convinced it takes at least four years to actually build a good team that can be competitive for years. First you have to get the players that fit the coach, while doing that, future player/position contacts can be planned as to not have all the talent leaving at once or breaking the cap.

    • Stan Colbert

      Seems to me Dorsey uses FA to fill immediate holes in the team. This year he has addressed DL, LB, CB, tried for S, and WR oh and also got an OL. Filling these needs allows drafting prospects to develop to play big roles in years to come.

      • Andy

        Except for Vance, all the pick ups were role players. Hardly would call that addressing needs. They will build through the draft.

        • Stan Colbert

          You may be correct. I certainly don’t know the minds. It just appears they have signed players for positions where depth is lacking. If they believe they can win with these players filling the position then they do not have to draft a player at that position.

  • micah stephenson

    Build for the future. Start with getting a QB, then get him a wr and TE to throw to.

    • Danny W

      Smith showed remarkable improvement from the first 8 games this year. I can’t wait to see what he has this year. I bet he gets down the field more not just three yard passes.

      • micah stephenson

        Of corse he showed improvements, he couldn’t have got n any worse. Lol. Did you see that Kopernick wants 18 mill a yr. If Alex wants anything more than what he is making now, he will cost too much . It took 9 seasons for him to get to where he is and he still ain’t all that. Lets draft a QB. It will cost 1/3 of what Ass11 will cost.

        • Danny W

          I’m always down for the draft. I think you need to draft a quarterback every year until you find that once in a generation guy.

  • barry

    Mr. Hunt made the right moves last year and Mr. Dorsey used our large cap space to give the Chiefs the best possability to win in 2013. 2013 was a great year and it won back the fans that were needed to move the franchise forward. Personally I believe the Chiefs will be close to 8 & 8 for the 2014 season. They are top heavy in dollars and could really remove a couple of more players to help their cap numbers for this year. I trust in the new regime and believe their process will bring the team to be contenders on a consistent bases for many years to come. Go Chiefs!

  • Stan Colbert

    I think Dorsey may be victim of his talent. At first of year people hoped for a 9-7 record which would lend itself to build for future. He messed up by improving to the point we had a 14 point on Denver to win division and a 91% chance of beating Indy to advance in playoffs. Now no one wants to slide back to 8-8 record and fall further behind the division. I just read that since comp. picks have been handed out Baltimore has received 46, or 23 more than the Chiefs. Based on what happened with our FA’s this year Andy and his staff have the ability to develop players better than other staffs. This, and the way our subs. played against S.D. lead me to believe that in the near future we will be a dominate force in the league! I just hope we don’t fall back too far this year playing a tougher schedule setting back our progress!

  • Calchiefsfan

    If the Chiefs fix their problems on defense then they are a perennial playoff team. I like what Dorsey and Reid are doing. They’ve improved this team immensely in one season and are building for the future at the same time. I’ve yet to see a dynasty built through high profile free agents. Value is the key and I think that is what Dorsey excels at. His best player available strategy allows the Chiefs to get the best value in the draft and never have to reach to fill a hole. This next season is going to be very interesting. I personally can’t wait.

    I really don’t care who we take at 23 as long as it’s a high value pick. WR, DL, FS, OL, CB, ILB or even QB as long as we are getting a player that’s not a reach. I’m sick of scratching my head on these picks. The Chiefs are lucky to get two starters out of any given draft. They have to improve on that if they plan to build a championship team through the draft.