This writer is a fair weather Kansas City Chiefs fan. But even mildly interested folks like myself are embarrassed again this year. The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the most potent offenses of this decade. Today we are watching a three quarterback rotation that no other team employs – Does Coach Herm Edwards understand that the pre-season is over?
The north west Missouri news media is having a hey Herm day; the local bloggers are blogging; and some of us are just spitting mad. (don’t you like that imagery – spitting mad – it is an old cliche but it is just so appropriately conveys anger.) We watched most of the game today and every time the cameras panned around to the Head Coach – Herm – we just winced. We cannot imagine what the die-hard Chiefs friends are doing right now.
So it is just a game, right. No big deal, right. Wrong! The NFL is the single biggest sporting franchise in the history of man. (We like to say that – the history of man). But seriously – this is big business. The Kansas City Chiefs were founded by none other than Lamar Hunt – one of the early organizers of the AFL and the man who coined the phrase “Super Bowl.” Now someone like Herm Edwards carries the mantle of a once proud team.
Kansas City and Jackson County have invested many millions of dollars supporting the Chiefs – the taxpayers have a stake in this. Arrowhead Stadium is beginning a three year ba-zillion dollar renovation. Larma Hunt passed away this year. His son Clark Hunt has take over football operations. The Hunt family is putting up 175 million dollars for the Arrowhead renovation – but are the Chiefs merely a weekend hobby of the Hunt Family?
Herm is famous for a quote, “We play to win the game.” Coach Herm has been granted the blessing of great talent on his team. Even with some of the best in the game and he could not generate any offense. The problem is not with the talent on the team – the problem is focused directly on the Coach – and the General Manager – know locally as King Carl.
Here he is:
His team consistently looks to the local taxpayers to subsidize their operation with sophisticated stadium upgrades. The fans purchase the NFL/Chiefs licensed apparel and other paraphernalia. We buy their outrageously priced tickets, and we have kept every seat in that stadium warm for the past 17 years. We pay $21 just to park our car. We have a right to expect a playoff caliber team. We have a right to expect a commitment to excellence! We should expect, at the very least, professional football.
At least we have something to look at while the team implodes: