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Joel Thorman
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Joel Thorman

Co-editor of Arrowhead Pride, a Kansas City Chiefs website.

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The Kansas City Chiefs will face the Denver Broncos on Sunday. One team has everything to play for, while the other team has very little to play for.

This question has popped up frequently at the end of recent Chiefs seasons - is it better to win the game and secure momentum heading into the next season or to lose and secure the highest possible draft pick?

Answer - it's always better to win the game. Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has said on numerous occasions that the entire organization needs to adapt a winning mindset. The Chiefs are a young team with many players that have only experienced the Chiefs four, two and three win seasons over the last three years. Some of these players haven't had a chance to taste victory very often and developing that habit is a necessity for a young team.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel called winning "contagious" and said, "I definitely think it's a habit and I definitely think it's a culture, there's a culture to winning."

And what's the downside to winning? Dropping a couple of spots in the NFL Draft. Frankly, I imagine the majority of the Chiefs front office, who is mindful of the financial aspect of the NFL Draft, would prefer to draft 5th than 3rd. The talent dropoff isn't much and Ndamukong Suh, the only "can't miss" prospect in the draft, is all but guaranteed to be gone within the first two picks.

The Chiefs are too young and too impressionable at this point in their rebuild to even consider doing anything but winning. Add that to the fact that they're playing the Broncos, a team they'll face twice every season, and winning the game becomes even more crucial. These Chiefs need to develop a hatred for their division opponents and that can start by knocking their rivals out of the playoffs.

Winning is a habit. It's contagious. You don't get that from worrying about draft position.

By Joel Thorman  |  January 1, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  | Category:  Kansas City Chiefs Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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