Quickly erasing history
Here’s another thing that’s happening lately in Chiefs Kingdom: recent history is being quickly erased.
The idea that the Chiefs are miserable team right now with no hope of making the playoffs after seven games is to somehow believe it’s 2012 again and that Romeo Crennel is the team’s head coach with Matt Cassel under center. Yes, that season was pitiful, and we’re all haunted by the same occasional ghosts. That’s how trauma works, but it doesn’t mean the spirits are real.
Here’s what is true. The Chiefs have dominated the AFC West for each of the last five seasons. They’ve owned the territory so much that the Raiders take a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium when they win. The Denver Broncos have been through 100 quarterback options since then, and the Raiders decided to hire two TV analysts to be their general manager and head coach. That’s how desperate teams can be in such a shadow.
The Chiefs have hosted the AFC Championship for three straight seasons, have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl for the last two, and they’ve won 70 percent of their regular season games since Andy Reid first arrived in 2013. If Baby Andy Reid had been born when the head coach first arrived, he’d be in second grade by now. That’s how dominant the Chiefs have been.
Just because the Chiefs are under .500 in late October in year eight doesn’t mean that the magic has run out, the well is dry, or the page has turned. There are lessons to be learned and changes to be made, for sure, but a lot of fans are quickly forgetting some important history.