It’s the bowl season in college football, that special time of year when the exploits of student athletes are on display for the profits of corporations. It’s also the time of year when pro teams either start looking at the immediate future (playoffs) or the distant future (the draft).
The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs were never going to sniff the playoffs this year so in essence both teams have been building for next year and beyond long before this season began. But that’s nothing new for these two bitter rivals as both have been hitting the reset button often over the course of the last decade.
For the Chiefs it would appear as if they’re headed down the road paved by the Raiders. After this season Kansas City could be cleaning house starting with maligned GM Scott Pioli. From there roster changes are a certainty as the Chiefs will in all likelihood close the book on the failed Matt Cassel era.
For the Raiders it’s year one of yet another reboot. With first year GM Reggie McKenzie and rookie head coach Dennis Allen already in place it’s been a year of roster turmoil for the Silver and Black. More than half of the roster from last season is gone and plenty of in-season moves have made for a real revolving door in Oakland. And there is the promise of plenty more personnel moves once the offseason hits.
Hard to believe two years ago the Chiefs were the top team in the AFC West and the Raiders were nipping at their heels. Things have gone south in a hurry for both with this season being rock bottom…hopefully.
This Sunday the Rebuilding Bowl will take place in Oakland with the loser taking one step closer to earning the top pick in the 2013 draft. Of course that’s not exactly a great prize for the (un)lucky winner. Unlike previous drafts including last year’s quarterback bonanza there is no marquee player capable of turning the tide of a franchise seemingly over night.
But when it comes to Raiders-Chiefs bragging rights are always the priority. How much there is to brag of beating one of the NFL bottom dwellers is a matter of opinion. What’s fact is the sad state of these two struggling franchises. No telling what the future holds but at this point that’s all there is to look forward to.