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    The trendy pick: The Chiefs are on their way back






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    Why this pick makes sense:
    Scott Pioli
    certainly knows the formula for success -- he helped draw it up alongside names like Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Already, Pioli has turned over the Chiefs' roster in quick order, making several daring moves along the way. No one is expecting a Super Bowl appearance, but there are lots of good vibes in Kansas City and a sense that the turnaround isn't too far down the road.
    Pioli is easily among the best personnel in the business. If he says quarterback Matt Cassel is worth a six-year, $63 million contract, then he probably is. It is a huge risk putting so much faith in a mostly unproven backup quarterback. But Pioli and first-year coach Todd Haley, who has Super Bowl experience with the Arizona Cardinals, are establishing an entirely new football culture within the organization and trusting themselves with Cassel.
    Gone are the country club days of not holding all players to the same standards of professionalism. The perfect example: It took 2008 first-round pick Glenn Dorsey five days to pass the conditioning test that allowed him to begin practice. While his teammates practiced, the $22 million out-of-shape Dorsey had to go through humiliating conditioning drills on the sideline. The message was clear. No matter who you are or how much money you make, if you slack, you sit.
    Also gone are the days of hiring re-tread coaches. And the Carl Peterson front-office that got passed by a younger, hungrier, more eager NFL generation is gone, too.
    Let's not forget the importance of 44-year-old Clark Hunt, either. The son of Chiefs patriarch Lamar Hunt, Clark inherited the title of Chairman of the Board of the organization when his father died in 2006. He definitely has the ambition and energy to put his own stamp on the franchise.
    Why it may not fly:
    This is a bad team. I mean, really, really bad. Winning just six times in its last 32 games tells the biggest part of the story. But the problems run deeper.
    There has been a lot of attitude and complacency on this team, a product of the previous regime. That doesn't get better overnight. Veteran players are griping, Larry Johnson is hinting at wanting a trade and the talent holes are gaping.
    The offensive line is mediocre: Gone is Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez, the secondary is pitiful and the linebacking corps has been fortified with Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas -- proven players and leaders who are on their last NFL legs.
    Pioli also added 14-year veteran Amani Toomer, 14-year wide receiver Bobby Engram, 12th-year guard Mike Goff and 10th-year safety Mike Brown.
    The club's sponsor should be Band-Aid.
    And did we mention that the $63 million franchise quarterback never has started a playoff game or been a regular NFL starter?
    So, will it happen?
    Nope. It's just asking too much. The Chiefs have cleared some cap space, but they are at least four or five years away.



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    I think 4 or 5 years may be pushing it, but I appreicate that sportswriters are no longer protecting the Herm era.

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    4 or 5 years away? Isn't every NFL team 4-5 years away? Quite the bold statement by Lopez. BTW, we are 1-3 years away...
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    Good read.
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    "This is a bad team. I mean, really, really bad."

    Ouch!

    "The Chiefs have cleared some cap space, but they are at least four or five years away."

    Ouch!

    Yeah, he could have at least said 2 or 3 years away. So much can radically change in one year as we've seen with teams. Seems silly to say at least 4 or 5 years away. Like 3 years from now in 2012 who can say four sure whether ANY team will be more like last year's Steelers or Lions?

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    Like the article. In spite of its harshness it does hold true in some aspects and over blown in others. ( I dont think our secondary is pitiful. Its not amazing but it has shown definite promise)

    I say 2 to 3 years personally (moreso 2 because I'm the eternal homer when it comes to the Chiefs). But for 09 I'm just looking for wins and an enjoyable season that displays clear progress rather then a regression.

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    The secondary is "pitiful"? I hate it when sports writers feel the need to overexaggerate to prove their point. 4-5 years away? Wow.

    All in all though, a good read.
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    Any given team in the NFL right now could be less than 4-5 years away from a superbowl. Lets go back to the year 2001 shall we? How many people actually thought the Patriots were going to do anything???

    This writer is obviously not too knowledgeable about football. I do agree with some things he is saying, but the majority of it is filler.

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    Wow, pretty bad article. Our secondary is pitiful? Thats funny because most say that our secondary is the strongest part of the team and thats why there was the least turnover in the offseason at those positions. This guy clearly doesnt know what he;s talking about. He probably had to write one of these on every team and didnt know who alot of our players were. What a joke.


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    Looks like he was up against a deadline with his head up his b***. just my opinion


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    He's just another guy who's going with what happened last year. He thinks that the people we signed are too old to make a difference and that Cassel will stink.

    I can't blame him, since there's too much uncertainty, but Pioli hasn't screwed up on anything yet in his career, so I'll trust him.
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