The Chiefs brass, General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid, have to make some very difficult decisions in the next couple of days. Do they go for it in 2014 and retain some of their high priced talent and draft for areas of need? Perhaps they'll do the opposite path and trade some veterans and garner more picks for a real run in 2015.
Either way it's a tough choice and one that could push the Chiefs out of the first round Thursday night. If that's indeed the case, some of the 3,000 in attendance for the teams draft party might be upset.
But they shouldn't be at all.
Last year the Chiefs played the entire season with house money. Though they had a relatively easy schedule until they reached November and December, the team won 11 games primarily on their 9-0 hot start.
Now that's history and a daunting season lays ahead for this franchise. The Denver Broncos loaded up on defense in the off-season, and if the Chiefs were wise, they'd dump some of there over priced, underachieving talent on that side of the ball and begin the rebuild now. It might be time to blow up the entire defense and rebuilding beginning this weekend.
Leading up to the draft the Chiefs had been rumored to be shopping Safety Eric Berry, Linebacker, Tamba Hali and Cornerback, Brandon Flowers. Combined, they should be able to garner Kansas City somewhere between four and five draft picks.
Its safe to say at this point along with that trio Wide Receiver, Dwayne Bowe, likely will be cut at the end of this year. The above mentioned players all have big money contracts and cutting them would significantly give the Chiefs cap space to become major players in free agency in 2015.
We have no idea what Dorsey and Reid are really thinking but it's safe to assume they have to believe this franchise is still in the rebuilding phase. In fact, if that's truly the case, they should consider trading anyone but the untouchables, Running Back Jamaal Charles and Linebacker, Justin Houston.
With the Chiefs rumored to be eying a quarterback in round one and contract talks with Alex Smith, are sitting in a tenuous state, it's not hard to believe Reid won't grab one of the top quarterbacks on Thursday night should any of them fall to the 23rd spot.
Again I' not fortuneteller but I'm realistic. I've always believed the reclamation project Dorsey and Reid inherited was going to take two years before fans saw the fruits of their efforts to re-build the entire 53-man roster into AFC championship material. Further, it would take that long to remove the losing mentality we all saw in last year's post-season disaster at Indianapolis.
So that begs the question, are the Chiefs willing to put up a white flag in 2014? Even further is it wise to do so? And lastly, what message does that send within the locker room?
Well none of the should matter because if the Chiefs are going to be relevant once Peyton Manning retires from the Broncos, they best be ready to rise to the occasion to take over the AFC West. Right now they don't have the right attitude or culture residing on their entire roster to do just that.
Looking ahead to this weekend, there are enough playmakers to replace some of the purging that could take place between now and June 1st.
In fact, I argue with depth at multiple positions of need for the Chiefs, it's likely they can find solid contributors in 2014 and beyond between now and Saturday. However, having more picks by trading away some veterans who have enormous salaries (or further don't fit that winning mentality you need to compete every snap in the NFL) the Chiefs can take the next step into their rebuilding plan by being bold and cutting their losses now.
I for one don't want to see the White Flag rising tall over Arrowhead this season. But if it's halfway up the poll and the team is competitive, I'm all for exercising the inevitable of a real roster purge and using this season as the big step this franchise must take to move forward.
Most, if not all, of the players I mentioned may not be on the roster in 2015 because, as I stated, they either make too much money or they aren't the playmakers this team can rely upon in big games. If that's the case, it's best to find their replacements now.
For me and the fan base, that's probably the only question the Chiefs should be addressing between now and the end of the 2014 NFL draft.
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Win now or shoot for 2015?
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