Anticipation: A Fanpost

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A Fanpost by stjoechief:

As the pain of the AFC Championship Game starts to fade it is becoming clearer and clearer just how special the Chiefs’ 2018 season has been.  Yes, pretty much all of us were confident the Chiefs were going to their first Super Bowl in 49 years.  No, that isn’t happening.  But what an incredible ride it’s been.  It’s the roller coaster when you’re ten years old:  you get off and jump right back in line to do it again. 

Before the 2017 season—now ancient history written in hieroglyphics—I told everyone around me that my criterion for a successful season was a trip to the AFC Championship Game.  Yeah, that didn’t happen either.  Then the Chiefs fleeced the Washington Name Redacted’s (sorry, but there is one NFL team name that really is a racial epithet and I can’t bring myself to type it; feel free to disagree) in a trade for Alex Smith.  That left Patrick Mahomes, whom I had hoped and prayed the Chiefs would trade up to draft, as the unquestioned starter.  Going into the season I, like everyone else, tempered my expectations.  First year starter, horrific opening schedule, Bob Sutton still the defensive coordinator.  I figured 10-6 and a Wild Card berth would be doing well.  Then Mahomes happened.  Holy smokes, what a talent.  In Week 5, the Chiefs destroyed the supposedly tough Jacksonville Jaguars 30-14 with Mahomes having a “bad game” and went on to 5-0.  I, like many others, started thinking the Super Bowl was a realistic goal.  It was.  It just didn’t come to fruition; this time.

Now meaningful football is over for the 2018 season.  The Patriots going to yet another Super Bowl is the entertainment equivalent of a bowl of Cream o’ Wheat for everyone outside New England.  They’ve been there so many times it’s even boring to root against them.  And the Rams?  Sure, they’re kind of exciting but does anyone really care about them?  They’re based in LA, for crying out loud.  No matter how much the Shield wants to build that market, LA is not the home of passionate football fans.  So there won’t be any meaningful NFL games for over seven months.  But I want to get back on that roller coaster.

I want to see how much better Patrick Mahomes is with a full season of reading NFL defenses.  I want to see more 60 yard bombs from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill.  I want to see if Steve Spagnuolo can improve the defense by 26 total points over the course of the season, because that’s the difference between the 2018 Chiefs and an undefeated season.  I want to see more 60 yard bombs from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill.  I want to see if Kelvin Benjamin can be made into a serviceable tight end.  And did I mention I want to see more 60 yard bombs from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill?  Hell, this line sure is long. I’m sure there will be news about contract extensions and roster moves throughout February.  Then comes free agency, then the draft.  By then Spring will be on our doorsteps and there will be other things to occupy our time.  I’m looking forward to some awesome barbecue articles.  But this is going to be the longest offseason of my life.  Because I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our Chiefs.  Until September we’re left with this: 

Editor’s Note: Yes, I realize that we must now all begrudgingly love Hunt’s Ketchup, but for the sake of continuity, lets just ignore the brand and focus on the ketchup. Oh, and the message.

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Berserker
Berserker

I said last year that I was geeked about going into an offseason where QB isn’t the biggest need. That feeling hasn’t faded one bit. It’s just SOOO refreshing to be able to think about football without that huge friggin “but none of it matters till we have a franchise QB anyhow” cloud hanging over everything. FREEDOOOOOM!!

So this year, do we try to maintain the defensive front that got all the sacks, and reload in the secondary? Or do we try to bring in a true partner/insurance/replacement for Ford and Houston and Jones? And how do we maintain the offense so that half of the roster doesn’t get old and crusty while we’re rebuilding the defense? I love questions like that, and the offseason, because it’s totally about hope for the future. Can’t wait!

Redskins. Never let a stupid word have power over your mind, because then the worst people in the world will have a key to your soul.

Spider
Spider

Just say no to virtue signaling.

SDNativeinTX
SDNativeinTX

the Washington Name Redacted’s (sorry, but there is one NFL team name that really is a racial epithet and I can’t bring myself to type it; feel free to disagree)

I always just referred to them as the “Washington Ethnic Slurs” when I wrote on a site similar to the ‘old place’ for a team that used to play in San Diego…

Tyrone
Tyrone

That chubby kid in the commercial turns into Patrick Bateman when he sees it pouring.
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Tyrone
Tyrone

Super Bowl LIV is perfect for us. If we get the 1 seed in the AFC, I think the divisional round game will be on the 50 year anniversary of Super Bowl IV. Then 3 weeks later, to win the Super Bowl 50 years after our last win? It’s too perfect. It has to happen.

Leaf
Leaf

Suzuka chan approves

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legal_kush
legal_kush

Eh. I posted these criterion early and often this last year:
1. Win the division
2. Win a playoff game in Arrowhead
3. Host the AFCCG

Done.

Now it’s time to work. Junior slump?

MasterChief
MasterChief

Maybe 2018 was his junior slump and he’s going to toss 75 TD’s next season.

SDNativeinTX
SDNativeinTX

A really interesting stat for new-ish QB’s in the NFL — their stats usually improve after 19 starts. Mahomes’ 19th start will be opening day next September. And consider that Brady and Pey-Pey did their 50+ TD seasons well into their careers. We may be in the same position that the 49er fans were in 1982 — just having watched something really special, but able to discern that the best was yet to come.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

I thought it was sophomore slump. If this 2018 season was his sophomore slump I want to see what the junior bounce back will be like.

MasterChief
MasterChief

-Sophomore-

I went to high school once.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

Just once?

legal_kush
legal_kush

You found the egg.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs

Nice write up. Agree with the No name team, btw.
You were way more optimistic than I was to start. I was thinking 8-8 would be a great start for this team. I expected a drop off from Alex, just because of the loss of familiarity. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

stjoechief
stjoechief

LOL I guzzled the Mahomes Kool Aid after Seth’s predraft write up on him. I didn’t expect much if any falloff from Alex but certainly didn’t expect this much of an upgrade in the first year.

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief

Sums it up pretty well. But I will go on record as one of the few who didn’t think we were going to the Super Bowl. Call it a self-defense mechanism, but it was obvious to me that our Achilles heel (defense) would come back to bite us in the end. Being a Chiefs fan has scarred me so this year I didn’t get my hopes up. This isn’t me crowing about being right, it’s just a commentary on how hard it has been to be a fan of this franchise. But now, there is hope. And I hope enough change has been made to shake off these feelings of doubt.

BleedingRedAndGold

Non-Newtonian fluids are always cool.

Team Player
Team Player

Nailed it!