Yep, this is where we are in 2012. Once again rooting for a team with nothing left to play for like its 2006 all over again…or 2008, or 2007…you get the idea.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
Two years ago the Raiders and Chiefs met late in the season with a chance at AFC West supremacy on the line. This Sunday they’ll meet with nothing more than the hope of avoiding a last place finish at stake.
For the Chiefs it’s another rebuilding effort with the Scott Pioli era failing to meet expectations. The same might be said for the Raiders and Reggie McKenzie.
Just where these two franchises go from here is a mystery. As mentioned previously it wasn’t that long ago that both were working their way back up to being the class of the AFC West. What has happened in such a short period of time that both are once again dueling for the right to be at the bottom of the division?
There are no easy answers only a long list of costly mistakes made by the front office and coaching staff. Both teams have talent on both sides of the ball. Both teams have failed to get the most of their talent. Both teams have handed out ridiculous contracts to players that are barely worth the league minimum. Above all else both franchises have cultivated an environment of failure.
I cannot speak for the Chiefs but for the Raiders we all know the woes. Something tells me it is very similar in Missouri. Constant coaching changes, bad contracts, poor development of draftees and a lack of vision have made for another meeting between two rivals with only bragging rights on the line. Problem is there is nothing to brag about by one team beating the other. Either way it’s a last place battle with the winner in the regular season becoming the loser on draft day.