Nasrani Reflects on the Season

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A Fanpost by Nasrani:

Whew… that was a heck of a ride last night. Watching that game was thrilling. I was hoping for a different outcome, obviously, and I think we all were. But that game was still exciting. I can remember thinking, especially after the Pats came out to a rolling start, that it wasn’t going to be pretty and we were in for a shellacking. I was wrong, and I’m definitely glad I was wrong. That game… wow. One for the ages.

As I reflect back on this season, I feel like I should be eating some crow. A lot of crow. I can remember not being completely sold on Patrick Mahomes, not thinking he’d be this good this early in his career.

“But you should see his college tape,” people told me. “The kid can play.”

“Good in college does not necessarily mean good in the pros,” I answered. I figured the Kid would be good, but great? No. (Admittedly today is the first time I’m watching said college tape; I’ve got Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech 2016 – also known as Mayfield vs. Mahomes – in the background as I write this.)

In the spring of 2017 I was working with a guy who went to Texas Tech with Mahomes (though he didn’t know PM2 personally), and he seemed excited that we had drafted him.

“He was taken in the first round,” my colleague told me. “That should count for something.”

“Ryan Leaf was as well,” I answered. “And we see how that panned out.” (Incidentally, whatever happened to Ryan Leaf?)

The Kid has brought us the most exciting offense I’ve ever seen, and I was watching the second incarnation of the Greatest Show on Turf. Like our 2003 team, this team’s defense was – by and large – lackluster. That’s not to say it was without its pieces – Charvarius Ward has shocked us all and has gotten steadily better since we put him in, Chris Jones continues to do good things, and Ford and Houston both tore it up most of the year. But it seems like the Chiefs can never balance a stellar offense with a stellar defense (Martyball notwithstanding).

Controversy reared its ugly head this season, with the Kareem Hunt debacle coming to light. I won’t comment on what he did, or on the league’s actions or team’s actions and whether they were the right move. Suffice it to say that it would be rough for any team in such a setting. But the 2018 Chiefs showed that we are not just any team, and bounced back after the Hunt incident, traveling to Oakland and beating the Raiders, all but cementing our hold on the AFC West for a third straight year. The committee of Williams, Williams, and Ware stepped up and (particularly in the case of Damien Williams) surprised us all – okay, maybe not all of us, but it surprised me. Damien is exciting to watch, and I look forward to seeing him again.

Problems were not just limited to the team. Ongoing incidents with the brass at ArrowheadPride, long a hangout for Chiefs fans and a place where one could talk about everything from dancing Asian girls to existentialist philosophy, caused Fist, Tony, Tony II, the Wizard, and others to branch off and form a different site, one where the fans rule the roost and freedom of speech still abounds. Thank you guys for making this site, and for its surprising growth over the span of, what, two months?

This season was one for the ages, with an offense that set all kinds of records. Patrick Mahomes of course became the youngest QB to throw for 5,000,000,000 yards and 50 TDs, and only one of two to ever do it. Travis Kelce became the greatest tight end in football. Tyreek Hill showed once again that he can outstrip even the fastest cheetahs. Chris Conley caught a TD pass on a wild scrambling toss from Mahomes against the 49ers (here’s hoping Conley comes back again next season).

Last night’s game was not what we hoped, obviously. But it took Hillary Swank – uh, Tom Brady – and the Patriots dynasty five quarters to beat us, and even then the result could have been far different if we had won the coin toss. I think that despite all the finger-pointing and blame, ultimately the difference last night boils down to experience: the one thing nobody gets until just after it’s needed. The Patriots have been in the postseason since the fall of the Roman Empire, and in the AFC Championship Game since the end of World War II, while the Chiefs really haven’t. None of the players who were part of that team 25 years ago are still playing (of course). Ours is a young team, while I’m pretty sure Tom Brady is Methuselah (the same one mentioned in the Old Testament) and Bill Belichick is probably Cain.

Ours is a young team, and we’re only trending upward. As Mitch Holthus said last night after Damien William’s first touchdown run in the 4th quarter, “And the Chiefs are back in the thick of it, baby!” (Also, if anyone has access to that particular radio call, that was awesome and if at all possible, could you share it?)

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SPI Chief
SPI Chief

Great to hear from you Nasrani! But I can’t bring myself to read your article….I hope it will give me hope tomorrow, until then……

Berserker
Berserker

Ok, so in the spirit of mea culpas, I’ll just say… I WAS TOTALLY RIGHT ABOUT MAHOMES er, sorry about that, couldn’t help it, it’s like the words dicktyped themselves. Anyhow, things I was wrong about in August…

Dee Ford. I was sure there was no way no how he would play out the entire season, considering his history of missing games. I still think that if we sign him to a big contract, there’s about a 80/20 chance that he’d never play more than 12 games in a season ever again. But still, for this season, I was totally wrong about him, so…there.

Run defense. I was not concerned about it at all. Figured all you run-defense freaks were just Chicken Littling all over the place for no reason. But now, well, I STILL think pass defense is more important than run defense. But I now believe that run defense does have some worth, too. And that’s as far as I’ll go with that.

MasterChief
MasterChief

I can appreciate honest self-reflection.

What you were wrong on wasn’t that far out. There were good arguments for both.

I also thought our run defense would improve a lot after watching Hitchens’ highlights from Dallas, although I was worried about not having someone like DJ in there.

I am not sure what I posted at the other place, but I was telling people 11-5 with a playoff appearance. Once I witnessed the preseason, I thought 8-8 might be more likely, strictly due to the terrible defense we saw in the preseason. I’m glad I was wrong about our record.

Like you, I was also right about Patrick Mahomes. After studying his college reel, the 2017 preseason of him, and the Denver game, I was absolutely convinced he would be amazing. I never thought he’d throw 50 TD’s to 12 INT’s though!

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

Andy – called REX RYAN – keep you ego in check
it’s about winning NOW

Rex would get the same players to 15th
He might replace a few to get to 15th

a FIERY/AZZ KCIKING/SWAG- D COACH IS WHAT THE D NEEDS
Who dislikes the Pats & knows who to call D & make in game – revisions – not just at halftime

ChiefsF8hful
ChiefsF8hful

My question is, if we fire Sutton, who are we going to replace him with?

backbone313
backbone313

There is another hott assistant somewhere… anywhere… there has to be… right?

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack

Steve Spagnuolo’s name has been thrown around

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

PLENTY of qualified – college & pro waiting…..look at the O side of the ball. All the NFL owners want these young college or part of existing NFL team with high powered O teams – as HC.

If it was me…
I would look at college or NFL teams that have a history of D – Ravens or Rex Ryan or TBD (come to mind)

This is CLARK HUNT & ANDY RIED JOB – TO VET THE CANDIDATES

BoJest
BoJest

What college is it that seems to put out tough defensive players? Iowa? Maybe try to get their DC or HC if he worked up from DC.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

Yes – the game PASSED BILLY bob Sutton by

unlike Andy – growing on O plans
Billy Bob is using plays that REX RYAN & rex dad designed 10 to 20 years ago

Panzer85
Panzer85

How much do you think we could get Tony Romo for??

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs

My cat?

NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan

NHChiefsfan reflects on the season: It was failure and a waste.

Berserker
Berserker

It was also the first season the Chiefs have had a true elite franchise QB.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs

This is the most painful part…we got THAT close.. And wasted a magical year. What if this was an aberration, and we never see anything close to 50 TDs again? What if he regresses into a serviceable but unspectacular QB? And we wasted his best year? Nothing is certain. Marino only got to one SB. Luck hasn’t sniffed one yet. Gotta grab it whiles it’s there.

Maw423
Maw423

That’s a beyond defeatist attitude. This team made it to the conference championship game. If anything short of the superb owl is a waste, why even bother being a fan of the sport?
There’s an infinite number of what ifs we can all throw out for the future. If there’s any waste, its putting too much faith in any of them.

Maw423
Maw423

Very well said. What a ride it has been.

EAFOX
EAFOX

Sounds like Andy is giving serious thought to firing Bob Sutton – oh let the rumors be true.

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack

NFL.com reporting that KC is considering changes to defensive coaching staff. Looks like Sutton is on the hot seat

starry1
starry1

Fired yet?

NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan

Considering? Hot seat? Really? He ought to be fired and locked in a fucking torture chamber.

KCChef
KCChef

NFLN Hinting @ Changes to the DC In KC !!! … This Is Not A Drill !!! … Don’t put away your New Years’ Party Goods Yet !!! … : )

ChiefsF8hful
ChiefsF8hful

Ryan Leaf has been in and out of rehab and jail since failing to make it in the NFL. He is persona non grata in Minnesota.

StramtoReid
StramtoReid

Sometimes you just need to rage, and get out of your system. I have been a Chiefs, Kings, Royals, and MU fan, so i am used to the pain.

I know we need to fix the defense, we need to protect our 300 million dollar investment at QB. The last two weeks he has been hit in the knees.
We need to get bigger and stronger in the middle of the O- line, we need to have a power running game if we need it, and a west coast offense too.

On defense, when we sell out to stop the run, they pass on us. When we sell out to stop the pass, they run on us. We need hybrid players that is good against the run and the pass.

I believe what made the Patriots great, the built a team that can match up against everybody. It seems Veach is building a team where players specializes in a certain area, when you have an elite QB on the field, they can exploit you personnel.

I understand peoples concerns about the D.C., But, even if we get a new D C., i still have concerns about Veach.

starry1
starry1

I have major concerns about Veach as well, but that shouldn’t stop Sutton leaving. Let him retire or flat out fire him, but he has to go. Now.

NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan

As long as our DC sucks I cannot make an accurate assessment on Veach’s moves. But just from what I could see Veachs moves have been solid. Ward, Williams × 3, Lucas, Nnadi, Watts, DOD have all been solid players.

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack

Yes. Every GM has their duds, you can’t hit on everyone. It’s his first year and he made some mistakes. The Chiefs got to the AFCCG and were as close as possible to winning the damn thing.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

If we can somehow keep the front five together and replace Rags and Hitch either through the draft or FA I don’t see anyone being able to run on use like they did the last two years. Get a few quality CB’s and a safety or two and this defense could be a top ten defense again. If we somehow pull that off I just don’t see anyone being able to beat the Chiefs.

Tyrone
Tyrone

I’m all in for using our first round pick on one of those fast ILBs that can actually cover tight ends and RBs and make tackles before guys get 8 yards downfield. After that use our 2 seconds on CB and Safety, then pretty much BPA after that.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Great article. I’m glad this place is here, and articles that this can put a smile on my face today!

backbone313
backbone313

I can handle being defeated at home by the GOAT Tom Brady and the reigning AFC Champions. They are who we thought they were.

I can handle losing a coin flip on IT.

I can handle coming up short on Offense.

I ABSOLUTELY can not handle a player lining up offsides as bad as Dee Ford did. His 1st job on every play since he 1st strapped on a helmet, was not to line up offsides. It was not a rocky tack call, just a completely ignorant offsides.

I see zero reason to hand that fool any sort of contract that makes him a top half player at his position.

Tyrone
Tyrone

I have a feeling he’s now goimg to get paid somewhere else.

Unless he really sacks up, owns the mistake, and decides he wants to come back here and make amends.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Chiefsfan115
Chiefsfan115

How can you ever make up for keeping the Chiefs out of the Super Bowl?

Dee Ford scoots back 6 inches, and the game is over.

Tyrone
Tyrone

Excellently put