It’s been a week since the Kansas City Chiefs were sent packing from their business trip to the Northeast, and much of the dust has settled from their first playoff loss in over two years (see what I did there?). While the offseason is just gearing up, the players will be taking a few weeks to rest their bodies and calm their nerves from one of the best and most challenging seasons in the history of this organization. What remains from this season is this: the K.C. Chiefs have unfinished business.
At this point, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got the years that Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson have with the team… or whether you’re a Chiefs first timer like Marcus Peters and Jeremy Maclin… in the words of Paul Simon, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls” and those words are: THE K.C. CHIEFS HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS!
So, the Chiefs have business that needs finishing huh? That makes this a distinctive offseason in certain respects. This is clearly not a rebuilding year. General manager John Dorsey won’t be overhauling the roster like he did in 2013. It’s not time to change the centerpiece of the offense (meaning the quarterback, though I’m certain that notion will have it’s detractors). The Chiefs may decide to draft a QB high in this draft but not with the idea of replacing starting quarterback Alex Smith anytime soon.
Rookie sensation Marcus Peters said this week,
"“To get to the ultimate goal was the Super Bowl but we came up short. We take it as a learning lesson and we come in next year, and we build.”"
So, this 2016 season will be for hunkering down with the players who have taken the train this far down the line… while adding a few extra cargo cars along the way… then making sure momma isn’t being thrown from the train with the other baggage… and going full steam ahead into the new year with every expectation that Clarksville can be reached. All aboard for Lombardi Station!
More than that, there have to be players on this team who are thinking that it’s… one ref’s call from going their way… or if a couple of bouncing balls had gone their way… or if one or two less injuries hadn’t taken their toll… and then this collection of talented player could have made their run for the roses.
That’s why I’m convinced that the core of this team will remain intact.
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