CRAIG GLAZER CALLS THE SUPER BOWL AND REVIEWS THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!!!
TKC NOTE: Our pal Craig Glazer calls the remainder of the NFL season and then gives his advice to the Kansas City Cheifs.
Summary of 2013 Chiefs
The best quote I’ve heard about the Chiefs goes like this: ‘Last year they were the best of the worst, this year, they were the worst of the best.’ That’s a fair statement.
Andy Reid, new head coach, do I think he should be coach of the year in the NFL? Sorry Chiefs fans, that award probably goes to Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers. Granted, both teams lost in the playoffs but the Panthers defeated some serious opponents like the Seattle Seahawks and the Chiefs really had no victory on their resume that was impressive. More importantly, the first half of the season you could make a strong argument that Andy was doing a good job during the first half of the season when the Chiefs went 9 and 0. The Panthers by season’s end were one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL while the Chiefs were one of the worst. You can’t escape the fact that the Chiefs went 2 and 6 the last half of the season making them one of the worst teams.
The end of season collapse of Chiefs playoff teams is now a recurring theme. Lest we forget the 2003 Dick Vermeil team that also went 9 and 0 to become one of the worst teams in the NFL by the seasons end. Who can forget Todd Haley’s 2010 Western Division Champion who limped into the Playoffs as the worst team? There can be no argument about this one.
The good news about the Chiefs, Alex Smith has proven to be a rock solid starting quarterback. With Smith, you finally have someone to build your team around. Clearly you will have to draft two or three receivers in the first seven rounds of the Draft as we have none. Jamaal Charles is an outstanding running back but the pounding he is taking will likely shorten his career. We need to find his replacement as well. The offensive line has improved but also needs a top-notch tight end as we have none.
Offense is Andy Reid’s strength; the Chiefs with a few additions could have one of the best offenses in the AFC next year. Bad News. The Chiefs defense continues to be one of the worst in football. Our secondary is so over-rated I don’t know where to begin. Our defense has no leadership. Clearly it’s split between Derek Johnson and Tamba Hali.
As sports analyst Bill Maas has said, ‘losing the big leads the Chiefs have had lately simply shows a lack of desire and commitment to finishing, no leadership.’ I agree. Pretending we have five All-Pros on the defense is ridiculous, I don’t think we have one. If I had to name two outstanding players on the defense, it would clearly be Tamba or Derek. What would I do? Bob Sutton, the Defensive Coordinator, needs to be terminated for doing a terrible job. How can you keep a guy like this when the second half of the season your defense was ranked number 32? The biggest line of BS on this year’s Chiefs defense is that they had the ‘sack attack’. Both Tamba’s and Justin Houston’s sacks came in the early part of the season, after game 6 that came to a halt. We also need a linebacker who can get to the quarterback,, as of now we have none. The number one reason our defense fell apart in the second half of the season is that they put no pressure on the quarterback.
Next Season: If Andy Reid and the Chiefs are going to be an ascending playoff team, they must reach the playoffs again next year. Sneaking into the playoffs once every four or five years means you are just an also-ran with a weak schedule. Next year our boys get to face the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco ‘49’ers, Denver twice, Chargers twice, and oh, yeah, the New England Patriots. How’s that sound? Here’s how it sounds to me, without major changes on the defense and a couple new, good receivers and the Chiefs will be lucky to be 8 and 8.
It really irritates me that they named 8 of these guys to the Pro Bowl and a couple more after the Super Bowl teams have been decided. It just blows their heads up and gives this team false hope. I think Andy Reid needs to make a strong statement soon by trading ineffective players like Eric Berry, cutting Kendrick Lewis, and I would try and trade Dwayne Bowe but nobody would take him unless we could trick Todd Haley in Pittsburgh into it.
Conclusion on 2013 season: Another fakeout. It was fun to be able to go week to week and watch meaningful games all year. On the other hand, it was painful to see our Chiefs limp to the playoffs again with the hopes of winning one game, which they couldn’t manage.
New England Patriots (+11) over Denver teased with San Francisco (+9 ½) over Seattle.
PS: I think New England and the Niners may win outright. Enjoy the Super Bowl. Follow me on Twitter @KCKingofSting.