If you want to be a Super Bowl champion, you have to be willing to overcome a variety of obstacles. For the Kansas City Chiefs, they have to endure a rough September, October and November, before the 2015 schedule turns in their favor in the month of December.
When the NFL sentenced the Chiefs to three home games until Winter arrives, Head Coach, Andy Reid and General Manager, John Dorsey, had to be shocked. The fact Arrowhead won’t see her fourth home game until the end of November, and brutal road contests at Houston, Green Bay, Cincinnati, London and stops within the AFC West, had to leave them a little miffed.
However, neither man is going to back down from a fight and the Chiefs brass understand they’re already in 2015 survival mode. That means for Reid and Dorsey they better hit their stride in the upcoming draft and pluck some playmakers.
With ten picks, more if the team moves All Pro Linebacker Justin Houston, Dorsey has to take a peak at the schedule and wonder if he should alter his draft board. In years past, Dorsey has chosen to reshape the roster with future starters not players that can make an impact to begin the regular season in their rookie campaigns.
In the last two years, Dorsey plucked first round talents, Dee Ford and Eric Fisher. Both took their lumps their rookie seasons and their productivity on the field was sub par. With four picks combined in rounds one, two and three, Dorsey could bend his draft process by trying to find more NFL ready players.
However, to do so Dorsey might have to alter his draft board. To me, that’s a risky business. The Chiefs were handed a bad lot by the NFL schedule makers but Dorsey has to remain calm, stay true to his board and hope the timetable speeds up naturally, not forced out of desperation, with the players he drafted.
During his tenure in Green Bay that’s exactly the approach his boss, Ted Thompson, executed to perfection for the Packers. He found NFL ready players that needed a little seasoning but generally they all found spots on the field. As the General Manger in Kansas City, Dorsey needs to take the same approach with each of his ten draft picks this year.
I’ve maintained the 2015 NFL Draft is key to the Chiefs fortunes in 2016 and beyond. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that regardless of how the schedule lottery pans out for the Chiefs, Dorsey and Reid just need to take whatever their draft picks give them on the field this year and be happy. If any of them step up, it’s simply a bonus.
To win a Super Bowl, you have to beat good teams. The Chiefs will face plenty of them in 2015. As usual the players on the field and the coaches on the sidelines will determine the total number of wins and losses.
That means nobody can panic in the war room next weekend.
However, in taking that approach, Dorsey and his staff better bridge the gap in signing Linebacker, Justin Houston, to a long-term deal. Because they’re going to need their superstar sack master out of the gate to be focused, happy and rich.
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