Thank You, Kansas City Chiefs
By Nick Floyd
I can’t believe another year of Chiefs football has come to an end.
As disappointing as not making the playoffs is, the year could have ended way worse than it actually happened. Ending the year 9-7 after starting 0-2 is indeed a positive. Winning 7 out of 8 games is also a positive. However finishing like the Chiefs did, losing at the Raiders, not scoring touchdowns against Pittsburgh hurt the team and their post season hopes.
The Chiefs did not finish the season how they wanted to. Every team’s goal is to ultimately win the Superbowl, and finishing short of the goal makes the season a failure. Am I saying that this team, as it stands, could have won the Superbowl? No, this team has too many holes in the offense and in the defense to make an actual run. Could this team win in the playoffs? Well that remains to be seen. This team has positives and negatives about it.
The positives are the pass defense, the running game, and the tight end. Not one quarterback who faced the Chiefs has a passing game of 300 yards through the air. That is no easy task, when you have faced Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Big Ben. They were able to hold these elite quarterbacks and should be proud of the way they handled it. Linebacker Justin Houston has a monster year accumulating 22 total sacks .5 from the record for the NFL. He also broke the single season sack record held by the late great Derrick Thomas. One thing is for sure about Houston, he is due for a huge payday and the Chiefs will pay.
The run game for the Chiefs is never in doubt. What was in doubt was the fact that head coach Andy Reid would occasionally abandon the run game for no reason. Running Back Jamaal Charles had yet another 1000 yards rushing season, as well as, became the Chiefs all time leading running back. While not as productive a year for Charles in 2014, he still has yet another good season under head coach Andy Reid.
I swear on all that is holy and good, if I was to hear another sports caster talk about no wide receiver catching a touchdown I might have gone crazy. Yes, the Chiefs nearly had one, but wide receiver Dwayne Bowe fumbled right before the goal line. One thing is for sure for the 2015 Chiefs, they will need some major upgrades at wide receiver if they look to correct that in the next year.
Dec 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The one receiving bright spot for the Chiefs was tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce is looking like a great tight end for the Chiefs. Yes, he has some holding onto the ball issues, but that came be corrected with proper coaching. His after the catch ability is great and should look to improve on that in 2015. Kelce along with veteran Anthony Fasano will be a bigger part of this team as Reid continues to want to move the ball more through the air.
All in all this season, while it sucks that it ended without playoffs, could have been way worse given the fact how this team started and the injuries. As Chiefs fans far and wide look towards the upcoming off season general manager John Dorsey and Andy Reid, will look to continue to expand upon the base of the Chiefs. Through the draft and through the off season you can be sure they will be active as they know the keys for success and will hopefully do so. So thank you Kansas City Chiefs, this season has been a roller coaster of a ride, and this fan would have it no other way.
Thanks for reading.