OK, first off nobody's REALLY deserting their favorite team, least of all Chiefs fans. I mean seriously, Kansas City is a team that started the season with nine ... NINE ... consecutive wins. That coming on the heels of a tragic (in more ways than just football) 2-12 season a year ago. Yup. The Chiefs rose from the depths of despair and gave their legion of fans such hope it was ... well, we all knew the bubble would burst sooner or later, What we didn't know was just how messy it would get when it DID, and boy what a mess. The Chiefs have now lost 3 straight, and it hasn't been pretty, to say the least. Oh, there's good news to be sure: the chances of the Chiefs still making the playoffs is ridiculously good. Then too, even more hope for the next few years to come, as the team has been resurrected thanks to HC Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey. But, a loss hurts, and for Chiefs fans the last three have been as painful as it gets.
To be sure, there's been plenty of finger pointing by Chiefs fans of late, mostly at QB Alex Smith, on occasion at the Secondary (Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps and even Eric Berry) not to mention quite a bit in the past at WR Dwayne Bowe and RT Eric Fisher. Not even Andy Reid is immune. But no matter where the fault lies, the Chiefs rise and fall as a team, supportive of each other and supported by at least a good majority of their fans. Oh, one could always point the finger of blame at Fate for allowing both LB's Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to be injured. The team will certainly be hard at work this week, picking up the pieces and preparing for this week's game with the Redskins and our old foe Mike Shanahan.
As of now, perhaps the best Chiefs fans can hope for is a resurrection to at least some semblance of play like the Chiefs showed earlier in the season. Confident, hard-hitting, fast-paced in-your-face defense and a slow, methodical, efficient offense that grinds out the yards and eats up the clock. It could happen, and Chiefs fans do have hope. After all, the defense still has heart-and-soul leader Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs also have Jamaal Charles, and as long as he's on the team, it seems like anything's possible (yeah, he's just THAT good). As my friend Andy Dufresne would say: hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good
thing ever dies ... for Chiefs fans, at least, that's always true.
Here's hoping for a fun, hard-hitting and inury-free game on Sunday. Ask as many questions as you'd like, you'll get plenty of answers from knowledgeable Chiefs fans who, unlike me, actually know football and facts about the team. No doubt we'll have questions about RG3 and the Redskins as the week passes. Chiefs vs Redskins and I can't wait.