After last season, fans had high hopes. After just one game things have changed.
Can my beloved Chiefs save their season? Not many believe they can. Look, the injuries to Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry are huge blows. Moeaki can be replaced with Leonard Pope. He’s not as talented, but he’s a serviceable replacement. Pope proved that Sunday. Sure, Pope couldn’t pull down a touchdown pass, but he looked good. Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe need to step up in this time if need. Jamaal Charles needs to invoke the spirit of Keshawn Johnson and demand the damn ball. The offense will be alright. I think they can put together a solid 20 points per game, so that means the defense will need to step up.
The Chiefs defense hasn’t been anything to write home about for years. It’s time for guys like Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson to put on their big boy pants and play like men. Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr need to become the shut down corners Kansas City fans wanted them to become. Derrick Johnson needs to keep raising his level of play. Tamba Hali needs to keep playing hard and hit the quarterback. Kelly Gregg needs to be the run stopper he was in Baltimore. As for replacing Berry, it’s not likely. He was on the field for every defensive play the Chiefs had last season. You can’t replace that. Jon McGraw has no business having an NFL job. He’s always out of position and can’t make a big play. Is there anyone on the street who could fill Berry’s shoes? Probably not.
So, is the Chiefs season over one game into the season? Can Todd Haley rally the troops and right the ship? It will be interesting to see. After yesterday, I was sickened. Could what Chiefs fans witnessed yesterday really be the 2011 Kansas City Chiefs? I hope not. I can stomach a losing season, but to get embarrassed week in and week out will be hard to stomach.
Haley and company, the ball is in your court. You may be hearing it from the fans, and rightfully so, but Chiefs Nation hasn’t given up yet. We will fight for our team as long as they keep fighting.