Chiefs aren’t who we thought they were
“Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.” – The Architect, Matrix Reloaded
You’re in the wrong place if you’re looking for reassurance. I’d only be doing you a disservice to peddle optimism after a nationally-televised, 29-point drubbing of the Kansas City Chiefs. I’m not here to anesthetize a fan base looking for answers. This administration just suffered its worst regular season loss since coming to town in 2013. If there was ever a time for honesty, it’s right now.
The battered wives of Chiefs Kingdom will resent the truth of today’s column. They’d have you believe that any criticism of the front office or 53-man roster, at such an early stage in the 2016 season, is purely reactionary. After all, there are 12 games left on the docket and the Chiefs are sitting at 2-2.
They’ll quickly remind you of how Kansas City rebounded from a 1-5 start in 2015. Some may even cite the 2014 routing of the New England Patriots – on their way to winning Super Bowl XLIX – as the rational basis for ignoring the voice of reason. I can hardly say I blame them.
Prior to the start of the season, many of us thought the Chiefs were in position to be a viable contender in the AFC. With Peyton Manning out to pasture, they were certain to become the team to beat in the division. Though in the NFL, what may appear true on paper could be anything but on the field.
Through four games, Kansas City’s proven those expectations to be more farcical than factual. Their two wins have come over two teams with a combined record of 2-6. One required the greatest comeback in franchise history. The other called for an improbable, eight-turnover day.