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Douche Baggins
09-28-2010, 03:49 PM
This is awesome. Feels pretty good.

http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2010/9/27/1715747/the-end-of-the-dark-ages

In the immortal words of Joe Namath on that painfully repeated NFL Network commercial, "We did it...We did it." Fans that stuck with the Chiefs through these last three seasons have paid their dues and can now sit back and enjoy relevancy once again. We have seen mountaintop (or maybe in this case, mountainbottom) and it was pretty bleak. Ten wins in three seasons (or more specifically. a 3-30 stretch from '07-'09) is enough to turn off even the most devoted of fans. I ask, though, does it not make it all the sweeter? Is success really that enjoyable without the proper context of what failure feels like?

For example, ask a Colts fan how much fun the regular season is nowadays. It's more of a process and a waiting period for the playoffs for them. It's like preseason. So I'd like to personally (Dirkally) dedicate this 3-0 start to those fans that stayed loyal to the Chiefs, who gutted out the tenures of Eddie Drummond, Lance Long, Rocky Boiman, and Mike Goff and games like the 2007 13-10 OT loss to the Jets (maybe the worst played game ever), giving up 54 points to the (now unemployed) Trent Edwards led Bills in 2008, and last year's 44-13 home defeat to the hated Broncos (which I don't even remember). Enjoy everything all this week, all bye week, and all season because the Chiefs are back, and most likely here to stay for a while.

The great part about our situation is that the players have gone, and are going, through much of the same things that us, the fans, are. We have this young nucleus of talent that has all gone through the growing pains of the last three seasons together and are now growing up together. Together. And we have Scott Pioli to thank for a lot of that, but we also have to give a secondary thank you to Dr. Herman Edwards for that 2008 draft class (Dorsey, Albert, Flowers, Charles, Carr- Wowza). Combine that with the quickest impacting draft class I HAVE EVER SEEN (Berry, McCluster, Arenas, Moeaki, Lewis), and you might be looking at the most young talent on any team in the league. They seem to all like playing together and seem to feed off each other's energy, which is a unique quality that most great teams have.

And it's all happened so unbelievably quickly, that it's hard to remember just how disjointed our team looked at times last year. We went from a faint resemblance of an NFL team to what will be one of three remaining undefeated teams after tonight (KC, Pitt, GB/Chi).

If anybody out there still doubts how important coaching in the NFL is, then they need to closely examine what the Chiefs have been doing this year. Todd Haley took his lumps last year, but he painted Mike Singletary's face white yesterday in the 31-3 victory (wait, they scored a TD?). He embarrassed Singletary by taking advantage of his old school beliefs with a little new age strategery. He played mind games with him on a 4th and 1 before, surprisingly, just going for it (get that man a Guinness!) and converting easily. His next move was a surprise onside kick that would've worked to perfection if not for an offsides penalty. Haley then capped it off with a Wildcat reverse flea-flicker executed beautifully. Checkmate!

People have criticized him for his use of the JamaAL/Tom Jones duet this year, but I'd say the #1 rushing offense in the NFL is proof of proper management (he's clearly saving Charles so he can last the whole season while feeding the workhorse that is Jonesy). Haley has grown up as an NFL coach at the same rate as his young nucleus of players. Like a perfect storm.

That paragraph was supposed to include some Romeo Crennel love, but instead, he'll have to get his own, along with the rest of the defense, the most surprising phase of the 2010 Chiefs. Obviously, Colonel Crennel has been the biggest difference maker, but the defensive line has been the most improved aspect of the defense. Ball grabbin' Shaun Smith might be my new favorite player (Check this), and might be in the process of taking Tyson Jackson's job too (more about Smith than Jackson). Ron Edwards seems like a new player and is much improved. Wallace Gilberry is a quarterback pressure waiting to happen. And, Glenn Dorsey, well, he's the best player on the line (hopefully a few years away from Seymour territory).

We absolutely owned the line against the 49ers on both sides of the ball (rushing yards 207-43 in KC's favor) against a team with a top 5 fantasy Running Back along with (what was) the #6 rushing defense. Oh yea, and Brandon Flowers is playing at a rate of one outstanding play per game (he is Pro Bowl bound). But, the ring leader is Crennel, who has formed this near identical personnel grouping into the #2 scoring defense in the NFL.

The only thing that hasn't gone our way so far this year is the positioning of the bye week. Why why why can we not get back on the field next week? Can we just challenge another team on a bye to a pickup game to keep our momentum going? The Chiefs face their two toughest games of the year once returning from the bye, at Indianapolis and then at Houston. Nobody will be picking the Chiefs in either contest. But, this just in, the Chiefs haven't been favored in any of their three victories yet this year! If they can come away with a split from those two games, they will be good to go with the next seven games (Jac, Buff, @Oak, @Den, Zona, @Sea, Den) all very winnable.

Plus, what if what we saw yesterday was a better representation of what the Chiefs really are, and the first two games were just examples of them winning games while not playing their best (a sure sign of a good team)? Regardless, the Chiefs are relevant once again, and while that carries some value for the casual fans out there, it has an indescribable value to those of us that have stuck around through it all.

Pestilence
09-28-2010, 03:51 PM
Dirkally?

Douche Baggins
09-28-2010, 03:51 PM
The poster's name is HisDirkness.

DMAC
09-28-2010, 03:56 PM
Eddie Drummond :facepalm:

I think that was the mountainbottom.

Pioli Zombie
09-28-2010, 03:58 PM
Not bad. Not bad at all,GoChiefs.

Mr. Arrowhead
09-28-2010, 04:06 PM
wow i remember people getting excited around her because we signed Eddie freaking drummond

ElGringo
09-28-2010, 04:49 PM
I have to say it feels good to say yes, I stuck with the team. Once they start really competing for the playoffs (and dare I say the big game), I know fans will start crawling out of the woodworks. While we could then bitch and harp about them being bandwagoners, I will just take pride in the fact that I was here through it all.

Psyko Tek
09-28-2010, 04:57 PM
so do us die hards all get a patch for our jackets or decal for our rides

CHIEFS FAN
'06 -'10
STFU
n00b

Dave Lane
09-28-2010, 05:01 PM
Anyone that survived the Herm Edwards tenure deserves a a frikken medal.

WhitiE
09-28-2010, 05:17 PM
Anyone that survived the Herm Edwards tenure deserves a a frikken medal.

this

Gonzo
09-28-2010, 05:27 PM
so do us die hards all get a patch for our jackets or decal for our rides

CHIEFS FAN
'06 -'10
STFU
n00b
Nope, we get an 8x10 signed glossy from Okoye.
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mikey23545
09-28-2010, 05:40 PM
Anyone that survived the Herm Edwards tenure deserves a a frikken medal.

Oh FFS...I have been a Chiefs fan since the late 60's. Survive the 1970's and 1980's then you can do some whining, boy...

Pioli Zombie
09-28-2010, 05:52 PM
One of the cool things when you've had a bad team for a long time and they start to win is moving from the Gus Johnsons and Don Criquis announcing your games. It'll be reeaaally cool to sometime soon having Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling a Chiefs game? Maybe the Indy game.

LOCOChief
09-28-2010, 05:57 PM
80's were tough, my dad stuck it out game in, game out but I couldn't hang. I was probably a 50%er until I could afford to buy my own tickets and by then we were winning again.

PGM
09-28-2010, 05:57 PM
I like Gus, but listening to Criqui's corpse call a game is painful.

Shogun
09-28-2010, 05:58 PM
Ive always been a Chiefs fan as long as I can remember, even through the losing years, it was just always fun to sit and watch with my dad and my brother, I didn't really care that we were losing, but I know now that it feels much better to win and succeed, I havent felt like this since the 03' season.

Sweet Daddy Hate
09-28-2010, 06:11 PM
"Ball grabbin' Shaun Smith may be my favorite new player"

ROFL

kysirsoze
09-28-2010, 06:20 PM
Oh FFS...I have been a Chiefs fan since the late 60's. Survive the 1970's and 1980's then you can do some whining, boy...

Yeah, I'll just go back and be born earlier. My bad.


P.S. At least you've seen them win (or even play in) a SB.

milkman
09-28-2010, 06:24 PM
Ive always been a Chiefs fan as long as I can remember, even through the losing years, it was just always fun to sit and watch with my dad and my brother, I didn't really care that we were losing, but I know now that it feels much better to win and succeed, I havent felt like this since the 03' season.

Quite frankly, as much as I hated Marty when he was still with the Browns, and have hated him since, I haven't felt this good about a Chiefs start to the season since '89.

I never believed that '03 team, or any of Dicks' teams, would win anything, ever.

And while I didn't think Marty had Claythan's chance in a cathouse to win anything significant, after years of losing, it did feel good to actually have a team that could compete week in and week out.

tyler360
09-28-2010, 06:35 PM
I forgot about Drummond.

He made Bobby Wade look good on punt returns last year.

Such bad memories.

Dave Lane
09-28-2010, 07:45 PM
Oh FFS...I have been a Chiefs fan since the late 60's. Survive the 1970's and 1980's then you can do some whining, boy...

Been there done that. Really I guess the 70s / 80s were less hard on me because I had no expectations other than a crap football team. Actually kinda like the Royals. To see the Chiefs become relevant and fun and then to see our high flying offense run into a ditch and see herm come bumble-****ing up everything that had been accomplished hit me even harder.