By now it’s common knowledge that football season is just a few weeks away. The KC Chiefs are coming off an 11-5 record and a playoff appearance in the 2013 season. It was quite the magical season for a team who just one year prior held the worst record in the NFL.
All of this got me to thinking how rocky things have been for the KC Chiefs in the past few years. Sure, all teams go through the motions, but the Chiefs’ past few seasons have been flat out bizarre.
Take the 2011 season for example. The team was coming off of a 10-6 record, an AFC West title, and a playoff berth. Fans expected the team to fare pretty well in 2011 considering the division wasn’t the strongest at the time. The Chargers were no longer the team they had been, the Broncos didn’t have Peyton Manning yet, and the Raiders were… Well, the Raiders.
Sounded like the Chiefs’ season to take control, right? Right, only no. The entire 2011 season was one giant roller coaster for Kansas City. The first two games saw the Chiefs getting blown out 89-10, and before we knew it, the team was 0-3.
Kansas City then won four games in a row (including the amazing Halloween Monday Night Football game, which will be a favorite of mine for a long time) and started to pump the fans up again.
The rest of the season continued to be a strange one. Right when fans were getting excited about being back in the playoff hunt, the team lost their next four games (two of which were blowouts).
Some of the craziness to the 2011 season was the fact that Matt Cassel ended up on injured reserve, which brought in Tyler Palko. Palko sucked, as I once mentioned in my quarterback rankings. Kyle Orton was brought in and won two games during his three starts, including an exciting win against the undefeated Green Bay Packers.
As up and down as the 2011 season was, the Chiefs somehow were only a field goal away from advancing to the playoffs. Bizarre, huh?
To continue on the Kansas City Chiefs roller coaster ride, we go to the 2012 season. The 2012 season hardly had any ups to be honest. The Chiefs were awful and ended the season as the worst team in the league.
A horrible season leads to a lot of changes for a team. After ending the 2012 season with a 2-14 and the worst NFL record that year, the Chiefs held the first overall pick in the draft, got a new franchise quarterback in Alex Smith, a new head coach in Andy Reid, and a new general manager in John Dorsey. A new start essentially.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t think the Chiefs would be a playoff team in 2013. I thought maybe 9-7 at best, but boy was I glad to be proven wrong. Even though some games didn’t go too great, the Chiefs were only blown out once (and that’s if you consider losing by 16 points to be a blowout).
The weird part about 2013 for me was how the defense played fantastic football in the first half of the season and the offense was bad. Fast forward to after the bye week where things changed and it was the other way around. It was as if both sides of the ball couldn’t play well at the same time and it was a huge downer.
Imagine what the Chiefs could have accomplished last year had the offense and defense both been able to play their best games at the same time. The home games against the Broncos and Chargers both could have been wins, which might have meant a possible AFC West title and not having to shake off one of the worst playoff destructions ever.
Maybe this is all just me rambling on about nothing, but I felt it was worth trying to get a point across.
So what should Chiefs fans expect for 2014? The best answer is that anything can happen so don’t be too quick to get too confident or too down on your team. Anything can happen in the NFL
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