View Full Version : A rather encouraging column

09-26-2008, 10:44 AM
I thought this column by Bob Gretz was interesting and a little encouraging. He mentions how the 1980 Chiefs, who had been in a rebuilding faze since the late 70's, started 0-4 then finished 8-8. Then he makes a nice analogy with the modern Titans. The Titans had been good, of course, from the late 90's through the early '00's. Then they lost a lot of vets, and had a couple of dog seasons as they rebuilt. Then last year and this year so far, it's back to winning records and good football.

I know of course there's still differences in our situation. I'm sure some would point out that the Titans don't have King Carl. And that Jeff Fisher is a better coach than Herm Edwards. Just still thought it was nice to read. Let me post it (from Chiefs web site):

Bob Gretz
It's Been Done Before
Sep 26, 2008

Not much fun being a Chiefs fans these days, is it? What with the franchise record 12-game losing streak, 21 quarters since the Chiefs have held the lead in a game and the fact that a loss this Sunday to Denver would give them a 0-4 start for the first time since 1980.
Funny thing about that 0-4 start some 28 years ago. The Chiefs finished that season 8-8. They were in the third-year of Marv Levy’s rebuilding project, one that began in 1978 with a 4-12 record, followed by 7-9 in the 1979 season.
Strange things happen when a team is rebuilding. There are dark days and seemingly no future. Then one day, a team that couldn’t get out of its way one week, pulls it together and starts winning. It has happened many times before.
I won’t take you back to the ‘80 Chiefs, who started 0-4 because just about every one of their starting offensive linemen was injured for the opening month. No, let’s look at something more recent.
The Tennessee Titans.
In 2003, the Titans were 12-4 and went to New England and lost a game in the playoffs to the Patriots, 17-14. They were a veteran team with guys like Derrick Mason, Steve McNair, Eddie George, Frank Wycheck, Kevin Carter, Jevon Kearse, Samari Role and Albert Haynesworth.
They were a veteran group, an old group and they were in salary cap jail. The Titans had kept many of their own stars with big money deals. They had little room to maneuver in free agency, whether it was keeping their own players that were coming up or signing others.
By the start of the ‘04 season, George, Wycheck and Kearse were gone. By the start of the ‘05 season, they were joined by Mason, Carter and Rolle. By the ‘06 season McNair was gone too. Only Haynesworth remained.
The ‘04 season finished with a 5-11 record. The ‘05 season finished with a final record of 4-12.
At the start of the ‘06 season, the Titans began 0-5. Combined with a 2-9 finish at the end of the ‘05 schedule, at one point they were 2-14, with an eight-game losing streak.
But while the record was going down, the talent level of young players was growing with good drafts in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
That ‘06 season started with a seven-point loss to the New York Jets. Then it was a 33-point defeat on the road to San Diego. Both of those clubs went to the playoffs that year. But in week No. 3, the Titans lost to Miami 13-10, a team that finished 6-10. They were crushed by Dallas at home 45-14, a Cowboys team that finished 9-7. Then it was the fifth straight loss for that ‘06 season, a one-pointer on the road to Indianapolis.
At that point, the Titans were 0-5, and they were averaging 12 points per game, while giving up 27 points per game. They had a rebuilt offense and a defense that had developed several players and sprinkled in with some veteran free agents, like LB David Thornton and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. None were signed to contracts for big dollars.
It had been a season of tearing down, and then 21 games of rebuilding over two seasons. In that troubled time, the Titans were an ugly 9-28.
The eight-game losing streak ended in week No. 6, with a 25-22 victory on the road in Washington. Over the final 11 weeks of the ‘06 season, the Titans were 8-3.
Then last year, they went 10-6 and made the playoffs. This year they are 3-0.
So they went 9-28, and now they’ve gone 21-9.
It was hard. It was tough. It wasn’t easy. It’s not complete. The Titans have a problem at quarterback with their first-round guy from the ‘06 Draft in Vince Young. But they continue to win with veteran Kerry Collins. That’s because the rest of the team around him is so good and he’s not making the big mistakes that are part of his profile (176 career TD passes against 173 career INTs.)
The Titans didn’t just wake up one morning and suddenly were better. They paid a price. They got younger, they built through the draft and now, they are reaping the profits from their patience.
It’s a model for what the Chiefs are trying to do. It’s also a story that every Chiefs fan should remember during these dark days.

09-26-2008, 01:33 PM
Most rebuilding teams show improvement in the latter half of the season. Hopefully, the Chiefs give us something to hope for later on this season!

09-26-2008, 02:09 PM
Fisher is twice the coach than hermmie. and the most important thing to remember is Gretz has his head up the queens a$$.

09-26-2008, 05:09 PM
Fisher is twice the coach than hermmie. and the most important thing to remember is Gretz has his head up the queens a$$.

Gretz is the propaganda machine for the Chiefs. Anything that goes on the official team site has to get approval from the powers that be. You'll get a more honest opinion from the KC Star or various sports sites.

09-26-2008, 06:17 PM
Gretz's hands are actually just a pair of gloves that Carl puts on when he sits down at a computer.

09-26-2008, 08:23 PM
Oh sorry guys, didn't know that about Gertz. That kind of takes away the encouragement of the article then.

I guess that also means when the official team site says that the opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Kansas City Chiefs, they are pretty much the same as the front office.

09-27-2008, 05:56 AM
Gretz's only job that I know of is whith the Chiefs website. He is obligated to keep upbeat about the Chiefs! :lol: Jonathon Rand can afford to be more negative since he gets paid by the KC Star.