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Old 11-17-2008, 12:00 AM  
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Whitlock: Chiefs putting the L in loser

Chiefs putting the L in loser
By JASON WHITLOCK
The Kansas City Star


* Saints 30, Chiefs 20 | photo gallery with postgame audio from coach Herm Edwards

Philosopher Bill Parcells popularized the football theory that a team is exactly what its record says it is.

That makes our Kansas City Chiefs losers — losers approaching historic dimensions.

Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs ran their futility streak to 18 of their last 19, falling to the New Orleans Saints 30-20.

For those of you who prefer to take comfort in the mitigating circumstances, there was the usual assortment.

•The refs stole four points from the home team, denying Larry Johnson a 1-yard TD plunge and forcing the Chiefs to settle for a field goal.

•Because of injuries, Kansas City played with about half of its defensive starters.

•Midseason acquisition/bright spot Mark Bradley dropped a critical third-down pass in the fourth quarter, killing a would-be game-tying TD drive.

Yeah, like a lot of Kansas City’s losses the last two seasons, the Chiefs coulda, shoulda, woulda won had the right breaks fallen their way.

But the truth is that from Nov. 4, 2007, until the moment you read these words, the 1-18 Chiefs have been the worst team in professional football — worse than the 2-17 Detroit Lions.

L-O-S-E-R-S.

One of life’s most difficult challenges is accepting people (or things) you love for who they are rather than what you want them to be. It’s a challenge most of us fail to the delight of divorce lawyers, therapists and booty calls.

We foolishly think if we love just a little bit harder, for a little bit longer, things will change for the better.

I woke up Sunday morning convinced things could only get better for the Chiefs. Surely they would beat the Saints, who came to town without Reggie Bush and in a disappointing funk of their own.

When Tyler Thigpen’s third-and-2 dart bounced off Bradley’s chest, I conceded the obvious: Losers find a way to lose.

I knew Kansas City’s defense wouldn’t hold. I figured the Saints would at least march into field-goal range and make it a two-score game.

“There’s a saying, ‘Losing breeds losing, and success breeds success,’ ” Chiefs safety Jon McGraw explained. “The losing definitely wears on you.”

The Chiefs are worn out. They have no reason to believe anymore. They came into Sunday’s game realizing they needed to score 30 points to protect their injury-ravaged defense. They had Larry Johnson in the backfield after a one-month sabbatical for conduct detrimental to common decency and sense.

The Saints had given up 30-plus points in their three previous games.

It didn’t matter. KC’s offense regressed. Thigpen connected on just half of his 38 passes. Twice when the Chiefs sniffed the goal line, he misfired on fade passes to Dwayne Bowe. Thigpen badly underthrew Bradley on a deep ball that should have been a 55-yard TD. Instead, it was a 31-yard, falling catch that led to a 21-yard field goal.

Thigpen is Kansas City’s backup quarterback of the future. Like Brodie Croyle, Thigpen is miscast as a starter. As a starter, he’s good enough to get the Chiefs beat.

Again, we can talk about mitigating circumstances — his youth, inexperience, suspect line and occasional questionable play-calling.

The truth is he is exactly what his 0-5 record says he is. And so are the Chiefs.

We’re witnessing the worst stretch of Kansas City football in franchise history. From Nov. 13, 1977, to Nov. 19, 1978, the Chiefs won two of 19 games.

L-O-S-E-R-S.

That’s not fun to write. I’ve had a front press-row seat to most of the recent losses. As much as I’d like to see The Artist Formerly Known as King Carl dethroned, I much prefer to write about the Chiefs when they’re winning, the games are significant and you’re engaged and passionate.

The losing makes us all look and feel like losers. Plus, we have no guarantee this patch of wretchedness will usher in change we can believe in.

The Dolphins were the last team to lose 18 of 19. Their run of futility ended in mid-September this season and was sparked by Parcells’ ascension to the head of the organization.

The Hunt family responded to their late-1970s ineffectiveness by waiting another decade before hiring Carl Peterson.

You can’t force a loser to change.

If he didn’t have a job when you met him, if her cell phone blew up all night the first time you slept over, don’t act surprised that you’re paying his bills and she’s hiding text messages a year later.

We love a loser.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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Great article as usual Shitlock.............
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:05 AM   #3
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Thought this was kind of a weak effort. But it's nice to see we agree on the fraudulent play of Tyler Thigpen.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:07 AM   #4
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One of life’s most difficult challenges is accepting people (or things) you love for who they are rather than what you want them to be. It’s a challenge most of us fail to the delight of divorce lawyers, therapists and booty calls.

We foolishly think if we love just a little bit harder, for a little bit longer, things will change for the better.
Exactly.

Finally an article I'd pay $0.50 for.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:40 AM   #5
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Thought this was kind of a weak effort. But it's nice to see we agree on the fraudulent play of Tyler Thigpen.
I'm starting to think you're trashing him because quarterbacks end up being the opposite of what you declare them be and you want him to succeed.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:44 AM   #6
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I'm starting to think you're trashing him because quarterbacks end up being the opposite of what you declare them be and you want him to succeed.
Your statement really isn't accurate. I declared Huard terrible in training camp this year. I declared him better than anyone believed he was in 2006. I was right on both counts.

I never, ever said Croyle was going to pan out, but I was correct that he could play quarterback in this league. He's just too injury prone.

As for Thigpen, I have no confidence that he can be "the guy." I want every Chiefs player to succeed but will go apeshit if he starts next year with no real second option.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:45 AM   #7
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:50 AM   #8
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I'm starting to believe that Claythan isn't a chiefs fan and if he is, the worst one in history.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:55 AM   #9
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I'm starting to believe that Claythan isn't a chiefs fan and if he is, the worst one in history.
I get less and less joy out of Chiefs games with each passing Sunday. They are generally managed by a man I regard as incompetent, they are coached by a man I lost complete faith in, they are quarterbacked by a man I have no confidence in.

About the only excitement I get out of Chiefs games these days is watching Dwayne Bowe do his thing. I was glad to see Larry back, though. He always excites me.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:56 AM   #10
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I think that's a fair perspective.

Is there no chance you could spare throwing out the baby with the bathwater, though?
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:05 AM   #11
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Your statement really isn't accurate. I declared Huard terrible in training camp this year. I declared him better than anyone believed he was in 2006. I was right on both counts.

I never, ever said Croyle was going to pan out, but I was correct that he could play quarterback in this league. He's just too injury prone.

As for Thigpen, I have no confidence that he can be "the guy." I want every Chiefs player to succeed but will go apeshit if he starts next year with no real second option.
Thigpen has shown more than Croyle EVER did, healthy or not. Croyle looked like shit throwing intermediate passes his whole career college and pro. I have never had an ounce of confidence in him. The best thing about this season is the Chiefs giving up on him once and for all.

I'm not sold on Thigpen as the future but he has played well enough to stay on the roster next year. We definately still need to bring in another QB or two and have a competition.

If you think you were right about being a good QB you are ****ing delusional.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:08 AM   #12
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Croyle looked like shit throwing intermediate passes his whole career college and pro.
That's not really true. Not at all. I think Croyle was by far better at making downfield throws. His accuracy was certainly in a completely different league.

Anyway, let's all shut the **** up about Croyle. It's honestly getting tiring. I've moved on.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:10 AM   #13
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I get less and less joy out of Chiefs games with each passing Sunday. They are generally managed by a man I regard as incompetent, they are coached by a man I lost complete faith in, they are quarterbacked by a man I have no confidence in.

About the only excitement I get out of Chiefs games these days is watching Dwayne Bowe do his thing. I was glad to see Larry back, though. He always excites me.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:23 AM   #14
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:39 AM   #15
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Thought this was kind of a weak effort. But it's nice to see we agree on the fraudulent play of Tyler Thigpen.
You can't hang that all on the kid. He's been the reason we have been in each of the last 4 games. Thigpen is more than the KC Back up of the future. He might not be the decade long permanent solution, but he's shown a ton of promise in a bleak situation.
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