It's that time of year again, and there's not much better than FOOTBALL!! except for a good, old-fashioned, down and dirty rivalry like the Chiefs and Raiders (or Raiders and Chiefs, if you prefer). One of the best and most heated rivalries in all of sports, this one's for real, and it's always fun, at least for one team (you know, the winning team, but that's for later in the week). Meanwhile, it's time for our fun and friendly weekly "Ask A Chiefs Fan" episode, and this year, unlike last season, Chiefs fans have something to cheer about.
"How are the Chiefs doing it?" you might ask, and it would be a fabulous question to ask except that it's not really that simple to answer, mainly because the Chiefs are doing a myriad of things differently this year than they have in the past, starting with ...
Yup. Amazing the difference one guy can make, especially when it's at the most important position on the field (I know, right? who'da thunk it!). Raiders fans know full well the difference between, say, a Flynn as opposed to Pryor. Chiefs fans will tell that Alex Smith is the antithesis of Matt Cassel: he doesn't panic, he doesn't turn the ball over, he doesn't curl up in a ball and fall down like limp asparagus when the rush is on. Instead, Smith patiently watches the Defense and will bide his time, waiting for the right moment in the game to unleash that one pass, that one play, that can turn the tide of a game. He'll take off running if he has to, but mainly he takes care of the football instead of turning it over, something that Cassel never understood how to do. That's why Chiefs fans have promoted Smith from his initial moniker of "Game Manager" to ...
**Editor's Note: Smith has been promoted again, in some circles, to Regional Game Supervisor, but this has yet to be approved by Big Red Reid.
The Top Brass
No discussion of the team's success this year can be serious without mention both Andy Reid and John Dorsey. The "Dynamic Duo" have turned the team around in every way imaginable: Reid with his leadership and game planning (along with his coaching staff, especially DC Bob Sutton) and Dorsey by bringing in not only Smith, but numerous others who have already made major contributions to the team. I mean seriously, our top TWO Tight Ends have been out and our THIRD string guy, Sean McGrath, steps in plays like a bearded version of TonyG. Dwayne Bowe seeing double coverage on every play? No worries, newcomer Donnie Avery steps it up to be the team's leading receiver.
"But what about Jamaal Charles? Dude, the guy's barely hitting 50-75 ypg on the ground, that's way below what a good RB should do!" Yeah well, thing is ... Charles is catching those little screens and flares and picking up yet another 50-75 ypg on a consistent basis, so as an all-around back he's more than earned his paycheck.
Seriously. If you haven't heard about the KC Defense this season then you've been vacationing on another planet for far too long. Up front we have Dontari Poe, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, each of whom recorded a sack against the Titans. Who you gonna double team, right? TJax and DJ and yeah, that Brandon Flowers guy and oh yeah, newcomer Seah Smith and holdover Alvin Bailey and more newcomers and a few more holdovers and The Sutton Effect and the next thing you know the Chiefs are 5-0 and winning games by an average of 2 TD's and right now they OWN the 4th Quarter. Smoke & Mirrors? Maybe, but I prefer tho think of it as lots of talent, a boatload of hard work and some excellent planning by the DC in charge of it all.
Will it continue? Nobody knows, but Chiefs fans are certainly enjoying the ride thus far. There's simply no way that any one person (aside from Nigerian Nightmare) can answer all of your questions, but I'm sure you'll have many to ask in the days and hours leading up to the the start of this year's first big rivalry game. Raiders-Chiefs. There's only one. Questions, questions: you've got 'em, fire at Will ...
***Editor's Note: Will's the one on the right, aim high.