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Tribal Warfare
01-12-2011, 04:09 AM
Chiefs confident in growth despite way the season ended (http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/11/2578023/chiefs-confident-in-growth-despite.html)
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

The 2010 Chiefs season can be a difficult thing to define. The Chiefs through 15 games had every reason to feel good about themselves by winning 10 games and clinching their first AFC West championship since 2003.

Their last two games, including their playoff defeat to Baltimore, proved they still have many things to do before the Chiefs reach their ultimate desired destination.

Coach Todd Haley indicated the way the season finished, with back-to-back 20-plus-point losses at Arrowhead Stadium, didn’t shake his confidence in what the Chiefs are trying to build.

“It’s a cumulative grade,” Haley said. “We’re in that evaluation process. There’s a lot of work to be done. It’s very critical that we get it right. As I’ve said multiple times, you can’t fill all the holes. You’ve got to continue to do the things we’ve done up to this point: bring in competition in as many spots as possible because competition is the key in my opinion. Good competition is the key to players pushing themselves to the maximum and to developing our team.

“If we just keep doing that, we’ll keep getting better.”

The Chiefs made unquestioned progress this season. By winning 10 games, they matched their total from the previous three seasons combined. They had many young players develop to the point that the Chiefs will be able to count on them for several years.

But the nagging fact is that the Chiefs struggled against the better teams on their schedule. In the final month alone, the Chiefs lost to San Diego, Oakland and Baltimore by a combined score of 92-17.

Haley spent much of last offseason touting the way the Chiefs finished the 2009 season — with a blowout win over Denver — would help them make progress in 2010.

Perhaps he was right. The Chiefs opened this season 3-0 and led the AFC West from start to finish.

But Haley dismissed the thought that this season’s last two games, as bad as the Chiefs were, would drag them down in an opposite manner heading into next season.

“It’s a totally different situation,” he said. “When you win four games, you’re building and developing in a little different way. This year, progress was much more clear or easier to see.

“The ship is moving and it’s moving at a good clip. Now you just have to continue doing the things you know have to be done.”

The Chiefs also had difficulty competing in AFC West games. They were just 2-4, third best in the division behind Oakland and San Diego.

The Chiefs finished four games behind the Raiders in divisional games but two games better overall because Oakland went 0-6 in games outside the AFC West.

“You have to win games in your division,” Haley said. “We showed you can get into the postseason without doing it, but that’s not the way we’d like it to occur because your safest way or your most efficient way to get into the postseason is to beat your division opponents.

“We’ve got to learn and understand how critical those games are to your placement, your seeding, your overall chances of being a successful team in the postseason. We need to get better. We’re not there yet.

“It’s clear the Oakland Raiders were a better team than they were the year before. San Diego is a good team. They’ve been there and they were coming fast at the end. They put themselves in a situation they couldn’t overcome but they’re a good team and I don’t see that changing a whole lot.

“Denver is in a little bit of transition now but obviously a dangerous, dangerous team. They had a tough year but I see (the Broncos) doing nothing but going up.”

The Chiefs played four games during the regular season in which they were outrushed by their opponent. All four came against AFC West competition. Baltimore then pulled the feat in the playoff game.

But Haley indicated the Chiefs wouldn’t build with the sole purpose of trying to match up better with the Raiders or Chargers or any of the other more physical teams on their schedule.

“I’m a big believer that you just have to continue the growth,” he said. “You have to continue to bring in good football players and if you do that … you’ll win games. If you get too caught up in trying to match up specifically for teams, you have a chance to run into a wall and that can be very dangerous.”

Wallcrawler
01-12-2011, 04:21 AM
If the Chiefs draft as well this year as they did last time, you have to believe that they get better.

Wasted drafts and the front office asleep at the wheel in free agency for years put is in the shape we got into in the years following the meltdown in 1998. Its been a rough stretch.

We've got some GOOD young players on this team. Berry, Carr, Flowers, Hali, even Derrick Johnson has come on. Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Tony Moeaki, I mean weve got a good core of players here.

If the Chiefs can successfully build on that with another solid draft, and maybe a key pickup in free agency, this is going to be a scary team going forward.

Easy 6
01-12-2011, 05:17 AM
As I’ve said multiple times, you can’t fill all the holes.

Rex Ryan & his wife disagree.

InChiefsHell
01-12-2011, 06:39 AM
The biggest worry and question mark is Matt Cassel. I understand he had legit issues in season one. This year he was bad, then very good, then horrible. The last two games threw everything into question all over again. If we don't have a legit backup plan (which right now we don't) then we'll have to be on pins and needles for another season. If Cassel sucks next year and we have to get another QB (say...in the draft) we'll have a couple of seasons of development for that player...all the while our young roster is getting older.

The chances for the Chiefs ALL hang on Cassel being the QB we saw in mid-season, not the POS that ended the year. It sucks that after two seasons, we still don't know what we really have at the QB position.

FAX
01-12-2011, 06:44 AM
The biggest worry and question mark is Matt Cassel. I understand he had legit issues in season one. This year he was bad, then very good, then horrible. The last two games threw everything into question all over again. If we don't have a legit backup plan (which right now we don't) then we'll have to be on pins and needles for another season. If Cassel sucks next year and we have to get another QB (say...in the draft) we'll have a couple of seasons of development for that player...all the while our young roster is getting older.

The chances for the Chiefs ALL hang on Cassel being the QB we saw in mid-season, not the POS that ended the year. It sucks that after two seasons, we still don't know what we really have at the QB position.

Exactly so, Mr. InChiefsHell.

I don't see how Haley and Pioli can stand it. The inconsistency, I mean. It appears to me that Haley would prefer nominal, consistent play over the roller coaster performances that Cassel strings together. He's going to be forced into a decision this off-season, I think. So are Pioli and Clark. My hope is that Cassel agrees to restructure and we bring in some competition at the position.

It's like that old Mexican proverb; "When the soup tastes like somebody took a crap in it, check to see which pot you used."

FAX

Hydrae
01-12-2011, 07:17 AM
The Chiefs finished four games behind the Raiders in divisional games but two games better overall because Oakland went 0-6 in games outside the AFC West.

Try 2-8, they did play a full 16 game schedule, not just 12 games.

The ship is moving and it’s moving at a good clip.

Proof that Todd reads CP.

To tha ship quickly, it is moving already!

Reerun_KC
01-12-2011, 07:22 AM
The biggest worry and question mark is Matt Cassel. I understand he had legit issues in season one. This year he was bad, then very good, then horrible. The last two games threw everything into question all over again. If we don't have a legit backup plan (which right now we don't) then we'll have to be on pins and needles for another season. If Cassel sucks next year and we have to get another QB (say...in the draft) we'll have a couple of seasons of development for that player...all the while our young roster is getting older.

The chances for the Chiefs ALL hang on Cassel being the QB we saw in mid-season, not the POS that ended the year. It sucks that after two seasons, we still don't know what we really have at the QB position.

All we know is that Matt will get the roster bonues and will be the QB for the Chiefs for at least 3 more years...

Warrior5
01-12-2011, 09:14 AM
Thread summary for time-challenged CPers:

It sucks that after two seasons, we still don't know what we really have at the QB position. Sadly true.

All we know is that Matt will get the roster bonues and will be the QB for the Chiefs for at least 3 more years... True.

My hope is that Cassel agrees to restructure and we bring in some competition at the position. This.

Reerun_KC
01-12-2011, 10:25 AM
Matt Cassel or not, I am stoked about the future of this team...

talastan
01-12-2011, 10:37 AM
How often did Pioli draft a late round QB despite having Bledsoe and the emergence of Pioli. If the FO is serious about competition at all positions we need to consider that regardless of Cassel's play this season and regardless of the record; if a decent QB pick comes along take him.