Kansas City Chiefs: A Monday Morning Rant
The Kansas City Chiefs lost one of the most frustrating, disappointing, make-you-want-to-gouge-your-eyes-out-with-a-fireplace-poker games that I have ever seen on Sunday when they lost 17-14 to the Arizona Cardinals.
I’m not even sure where to start. Perhaps I should preface the rest of my thoughts with this: I have been writing about the Chiefs for quite a while now. I’m fortunate enough to be one of the longer tenured writers here at Arrowhead Addict. I’m not a hot head. I’m not a “doom and gloom” writer that declares that the sky is falling every time the Chiefs lose a game. In fact, I would say that my general reputation is just the opposite. If anything I’ve been accused of drinking the proverbial Chiefs Kool-Aid from time to time.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that this isn’t some reactionary venting from some hot-headed blogger, but something more like Howard Beale’s classic scene from the movie Network where he tells people:
"All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve gotta say, “I’m a human being, goddammit! My life has value!” So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”"
As I sat watching that sorry, pathetic, feeble, embarrassment of a final drive, something kind of snapped inside me. I didn’t break the TV remote. I didn’t put all my Chiefs gear in a dumpster and set fire to it. I didn’t even go on a Twitter rant after the game was over. I thought about it, but when I got on and saw people arguing about who was to blame it just made me even more frustrated.
This isn’t all on Alex Smith.
This isn’t all on the offensive line.
This isn’t all on the wide receivers.
This isn’t all on the run defense.
This isn’t all on Andy Reid.
This isn’t all on John Dorsey.
This isn’t all on the referees.
If you want to waste your time in the comments explaining to me why Alex Smith is the real problem and completely ignore all those other points above, knock yourself out, but I’m not hearing it, not a word.
If you want to waste your time in the comments arguing that Alex Smith is not at fault at all and that it’s just the offensive line or Andy Reid’s play-calling, knock yourself out, but I’m not hearing it, not a word.
If you want to waste your time in the comments telling anyone that will listen that this loss was all on the officials and the questionable offensive pass interference call and the Kelce fumble ruling, knock yourself out, but I’m not hearing it, not a word.
The product that has played out on the field during the Chiefs’ three consecutive losses to the Raiders, Broncos and Cardinals is not something that can be scapegoated onto one person or position group. It is VERY clear that the Chiefs are a flawed team.
Do I want the Chiefs to win out and make the playoffs? Yes.
Will I be passionately cheering for them to win during every last second of their remaining three games? Without a doubt.
That having been said, as I sit here typing this, I have no hope of the Chiefs being a contender this season. They could slip into the playoffs, maybe even figure out a way to win one game but this team is too flawed. Just in case it wasn’t painfully obvious to you, let me spell it out.
Starting with the public enemy number one…..
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