More Chiefs Dot-ConnectingMay 11th, 2014
Two years ago there were few franchises in a downward spiral worse than the Chiefs’. Their general manager, though he drafted well, had alienated just about everyone in the front office with his brazen Nixonian paranoid ways. That’s OK if you win, but once the losses start, you are doomed and Scott Pioli was.
Then the team began to disintegrate so much and so badly and a player committed suicide at the team’s facility. It was ugly.
So too last year was for the Bucs, between the MRSA and the leaky, sleepy Rip Van Freeman stunts. The Bucs didn’t have a Plumbers-mentality in the front office but seemed to have one in lower levels. Thankfully, no one went as far as to off themselves, but like Clark Hunt did with the Chiefs after the 2012 season, Team Glazer cleaned house, bringing in a coach who knew how to get a team to the playoffs.
So after this weekend’s draft with the Bucs loading up on offensive playmakers, the comparisons to the Chiefs popped up again, this time by Pete Damilatis of Pro Football Focus.
@PFF_Pete: I said in Nov that the Bucs could have a Chiefs-like turnaround w a new QB & coach. Feel really confident about that after this offseason.
That could happen but here is the key thing to remember: The Chiefs had a decent if not good offensive line. Right now, the offensive line of the Bucs is razor-thin. Yeah, it would help if Carl Nicks returns at guard but that’s like gambling on the weather in the Midwest. Actually, gambling on the weather in the Midwest could probably get you better odds than the return of Carl Nicks.
Another thing to consider: The AFC West is pretty much a two-team division. The NFC South is much stronger.