Banged-Up Chiefs retire not so gracefully!
The K.C. Chiefs have self-destructed. Despite my early season predictions of a revival, they are in danger of sinking.
Local Kansas City newspaper pundits have already buried this season and are concentrating on the college draft next February. By all accounts what was a decent team have self-destructed and sunk.
They appear to be right.
So, where did it all go wrong?
First, the franchise running back, Larry Johnson, is out and has been out for a number of weeks with a mysterious foot injury. Actually, the injury is not so mysterious. You could see his foot change into a hitherto non-existent human configuration live on TV if you are so inclined to watch such horrific footage. I, I regret, can not. Every time the replay shows someone's ankle being mangled, I turn away. Sorry, I'm just too squeamish and have had too many ankle injuries myself.
Larry injury is only mysterious because he doesn't seem to be getting any better. He may not play again this year. This may not be an altogether bad thing – provided he comes back strong. His dyed-in-the-wool dream successor, Priest Holmes, took one too many shots to the head and retired. Can't blame him for that!
Consequence? We have no running game.
Oh, did I mention? We have no offensive line either.
Prudence might dictate that these factors are related, but the commentators who are supposed to know just won't have it. They seem crazily capable of divorcing the two. It remains to be seen if the relationship improves when Johnson returns.
Consequence: the rookie QB has to throw the ball too much and there is functionally no offence.
This is bad. Now the defence has malfunctioned as well. What was the strength of the team is tired and worn out. Recipe: take one offence that can't score and one defence that can't defend and what have you got? Pretty much nothing.
So the local KC press have given up on the team and are busy planning how the team can best benefit from a series of high picks in the draft.
One hopes that the players are going to play for their roster spot next year and surprise someone down the stretch.
The only other area of interest left is whether or not New England can go undefeated throughout the season. I bet not.