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  • However, I think the Kansas City Chiefs are the likely exception to that
  • The problem with the AFC West teams is they have had bad drafts in the past (with the exception of maybe the Chargers) and that has weakened the division in general
  • They could either draft their quarterback of the future or they could bring in someone with some NFL experience
  • They might win games but they definitely aren’t going to be expected to

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      The AFC West division isn’t the strongest division in the league and it’s reasonable to think just about every team in it has a shot at winning it. However, I think the Kansas City Chiefs are the likely exception to that. I remember, way back when, the Chiefs were a legitimate playoff contender. That was when Marty Schottenheimer was their coach and there were a couple of seasons when Joe Montana was their quarterback. The problem with the AFC West teams is they have had bad drafts in the past (with the exception of maybe the Chargers) and that has weakened the division in general.

      In the Chiefs case, their woes can be traced to not only bad drafts but an uncanny effort to hold on to aging players past their prime in the hopes they would suddenly start showing some improvement. So, when those players finally broke down or retired, they really didn’t have anyone on the roster to replace them. The Chiefs are doing the wise thing and starting over from the ground


      up. They made a change at coach and general manager and purged their roster of veterans; they even traded away Tony Gonzalez; their one star.

      That, to me, was a good move. They are sacrificing the present but it gives them an opportunity to bring in new players that can be developed. The fact they are re-building means they aren’t going to be a playoff contender this year; unless there is some sort of surprise coming from Todd Haley and he manages to put together a high scoring offense. So, it’s easy to say not to expect too much from them.

      My biggest concern, however, has to do with the quarterback position. They made a trade for Matt Cassell and gave him a big contract based solely on what he did for the Patriots last season in place of an injured Tom Brady. Let’s think about this for a second. The guy gets a big contract based on 15 starts for a team that went 16-0 the season before simply because he led them to ...


      • a winning record?

        Perhaps he deserves it and, much like Brady, is the real deal and just went undiscovered for quite a few years.

        But, please forgive me if I have my doubts. There’s a big difference between starting (even in relief) for a franchise that knows how to win games regardless of who is starting and going to a franchise that is rebuilding around you. Now, that’s not to say I didn’t like this choice. The way I see it, the Chiefs had a choice.

        They could either draft their quarterback of the future or they could bring in someone with some NFL experience. Of the two, the latter is the smarter choice. But, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be concerned. The quarterback is going to be the most important position when you are rebuilding from the ground up.

        Trading for Cassell has roughly the same risk as drafting a quarterback in the first round. If he’s as good as advertised, it’s a good investment. If he isn’t, then you are going to find

        yourself having to replace him at some point, which, in turn, will slow down the whole rebuilding process. And, truth be told, I’m really not sold on the head coach at this point either.

        Yes, he put together some high powered offenses with the Cardinals. But, Mike Martz did the same as an offensive coordinator too and was a terrible head coach. And, again, the team doesn’t have the same level of talent his last team did. They do, again, play in a weak division and, because of that, I can see this team getting some wins and maybe even improving their record a bit from last season.

        However, I’m not convinced they are going to be able to do enough in one season to show any significant improvement. They might win games but they definitely aren’t going to be expected to. I have a good feeling about this team and think they will improve. But, there’s also that possibility, especially if they made the wrong choice at quarterback, that this team will be picking first overall next season if things go the other way.




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