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I will be the first to admit that I was WAY wrong about this years Chiefs team. And when I say WAY WAY wrong I am probably still underestimating it. After the preseason game against Arizona I thought this team could be a Super Bowl contender. Now they are the odds on favorite to receive the #1 pick in the draft.

I felt strongly that last year’s 7-9 team that missed the playoffs because of a blocked FG would be much better this year. A 7-9 team that featured 3 different QB’s including Tyler Palko. A team that lost its defensive spark plug safety, Eric Berry. A team that would be getting back Jamaal Charles and finally have a legit NT would be MUCH better.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. I freely admit I made a major oversight. So what changed, what oversight did I make?

In my opinion, I overestimated the importance of a good coaching staff. We have the same players, in my opinion, an even stronger roster. Yet last weekend we didn’t score a single point against the worst defense in the National Football League.

This train wreck of a team falls squarely at Romeo Crennel’s feet. He and his coaching staff are what changed.

You can blame Pioli for firing Todd Haley, although most were OK with his release. You can blame Pioli for the hiring of Romeo Crennel, though most people on this board wanted Crennel hired.

Fact of the matter is that looking in the rear view mirror neither decision worked out. But this team has a great collection of talent. And that is also partly the work of Pioli. Pioli took a flyer on Cassel after his strong season in New England. I can go back and find plenty of threads and posts that convey the excitement a chiefs fans shared when that trade went down. In fact half the league was crying foul because teams felt the Chiefs didn’t give up enough in the trade. Remember that!?!? I do.

The trade didn’t work out in the long run. Pioli has swung and missed multiple times but at least he takes a swing. We needed a RT, he signed the best free agent tackle in the market in Eric Winston. We needed a legit nose tackle. We now have one in Dontari Poe. I could go on, but he has brought in some quality players.

I was wrong about this team because I was wrong about Romeo Crennel. I now know he is not a head coach. And my guess is that Scott Pioli knows that as well. If Crennel is allowed to stay another season, then I think Scott should be fired alongside Romeo. But I can’t imagine that Scott doesn’t make a change if he’s allowed to stay for one more season.

IF we get the right coach and an above average QB, then this team will be right back in the thick of things in the AFC West in my opinion.

But what the hell do I know, I thought this 2012 team would be a contender.

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I was thinking about this. If they draft Lotulelei or Jones from Georgia they could change from the 3-4 easy , could even still use it at times.
With Lotulelei they could possibly have very solid standard 4-3 line. w/ him and Powe they would plug and push the middle W/ DJ behind them to clean up , using Poe at end w/ Hali and Houston on the outside gives options on blitzes.
Jones would make them really versatile , something like the old blitzburgh style w/ the end and backer swapping on some plays.
What does the Crowd think about these possible moves for the defense ? I know it does nothing for the offense but at least in my mind we could at least be in games instead of being down by 17 or more all the time.

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I have no idea, geez, seriously we need to see something from this team, we have been incredibly bad for 8 years now and I do not see anything getting any better.

I was pessimistic when we started this season even when others were saying we would win the division. Crennel has never shown the ability to lead this team and when he chose his assistant staff, it was pathetic.

I hope Clark and or Pioli have something up there sleeves after this season. I am pessimistic that Pioli will be gone but we will see.

I think after this season, unless Hunt is ready to lay out some serious money, we are going to be a cellar dweller again next year, and I am not talking about free agents either. I think we have talent on this team, we need some spots, but I really think coaching is the biggest issue we have with a close second being QB.

We have about three more weeks before we see where this team will be next year.

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For starters there is something missing from the defense. I know they are pretty good but still……too many blowouts even w/ bad coaching. The offense wow where to start. O-line is not mean enuff(stout D lines take them to the wood shed too often). Wide reciever(s) is/are a must , i get the qb’s are horrid but still dont see them getting open much and too many drops. RB is fine as long as they let Hillis go. TE i’m okay with for now. Maybe the biggest thing i see missing is pride. They need to get some.:chiefs2:

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I know a lot of people think I will except nothing less than Geno. Here is another guy that I would love the Chiefs to consider if they don’t take a QB first round.

Check out the throw at the 3-minute mark. Very impressive. Also at 4:45. Guy has a live arm and is very accurate on the run.

This guy would definitely need some talent around him, but his ceiling is much higher than that of Cassel or Quinn.

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So the last superbowls are Tom Brady-3, Big Ben-2, Eli-2, Drew Brees 1, Aaron rogers-1, Peyton-1.

So lets take a look at the qb dafts since 2002 and only the top 3.

2002 2003
David Carr-1 Carson Palmer-1
Joey Harrington-3 Byron Leftwich-7
Patrick Ramsey-32 Kyle Boeller-19

2004 2005
Eli Manning-1 Alex Smith-1
Phillip Rivers-4 Aaron Rodgers-24
Big Ben-11 Jason Campbell-25
Matt Schuab (rnd 3)

2006 2007
Vince Young-3 Jamarcus Russel-1
Matt Leinart-10 Brady Quinn-22
Jay Cutler-11 Kevin Kolb-Rnd 2

2008 2009
Matt Ryan-3 Matt Stafford-1
J Flacco-18 Mark Sanchez-5
Brian Brohm-25 Josh Freeman-17

2010 2011
Sam Bradford-1 Cam Newton-1
Tim Tebow-25 Jake Locker-8
Jimmy Clausen-Rnd 2 B Gabbert-10

The 2011 draft had a lot of qbs we took Stanzi and passed on Daulton, Kaepernick, Ryan Mallett. Then we have the 2012 draft

Andrew Luck-1
RGIII-2
R Tannehill-8
Brandon Weeden
Russel Wilson
Brock Osweiler
Kirk Cousisn
Nick Foles

Looking at the list its more important for the front office to know when there is talent available. 2011 and 2012 we could have pulled the trigger and didn’t. But yeah lets just grab the highest rated qb because he’s the highest rated qb. I don’t know what the stats are but looking at the list its pretty freaking low to have success.

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