The Chiefs Are Dying But Not Dead

If you came here for an in-depth, numbers-based analysis on why the Chiefs suck, you’re in the wrong place this week. This is going to be a purely subjective, knee-jerk explanation of why they suck.

For those that don’t know me, I live and work as a journalist in the Republic of Georgia. The game ended at about 1 a.m. my time and today Georgians are going to the polls in the most competitive elections in this small country’s long history. So I sort of have my hands full.

Nonetheless, I also represent the voice of Chiefs nation as the official Chiefs superfan for the fantastic ESPN Football Today podcast. I send them my thoughts on the game and they are periodically read to the Internet. Below is what I sent them today.

What can been said about the Chiefs in the wake of their third blowout loss this season? They’re hard to watch.

I try not to fly off the handle, but there is mounting evidence for a number of unhappy conclusions about the Chiefs.



1.) We have the worst coach in the NFL.

The Chiefs have now looked totally unprepared in the first half of three out of four of their games. Obviously, committing a stunning six turnovers is a problem of execution, not play-calling, but the head coach has a lot to do with the team’s focus and composure going into the games. Our players have looked like deer in headlights most of the season across all three phases. The Chiefs actually failed to kick an extra point yesterday. Wrap your head around that. Despite the fact that Romeo Crennel is certainly a brilliant defensive mind, our defense has been the worst in the league.

Worse, Crennel has continued to pursue pathetically vanilla game plans, even when down by multiple TDs, and honestly he seems content to put a few points on the board and lose by just 17 points or so at home. Everything about this team reminds me of the Mike Singletary 49ers, except we don’t go out and hit anyone in the mouth.

When the players come out playing lackadaisical and look defeated in the first half, you need a leader to shout at some people and get them fired up to play. We do not have any such leader on our coaching staff. As much as Todd Haley rubbed people the wrong way, at least he looked like he cared our opponents were mopping the floor with his team.


2.) Despite its talent, this is a fundamentally flawed team

The Chiefs were built to play stout defense, be productive with the run and have a QB who can keep the game under control. The problem with this model is that there is extremely little margin for error, and when things start going wrong, it all goes wrong. Also, Matt Cassel is not Alex Smith. Up until this point, I bought into the idea that as long as the run game and defense were clicking, we could count on Cassel to manage his end. The problem — other than the fact that the defense has been horrendous — is that, in reality our entire offensive scheme is based around hiding him. He stares down receivers, he’s inaccurate and he takes a lot of sacks. Every Chiefs fan holds his/her breath when Cassel is counted on to make a third-down throw, and despite having the top running back and top-ranked running game in the league, we still can’t make up for his ineptitude.



3.) Oddly enough, we could still come back in the division fight

Every team in this division has shown inconsistency, and the Chiefs defense has its moments where it is able to lock down halves — just not games. The second half of our schedule is extremely soft and the Chiefs have shown flashes on offense. If we can put together a complete game, we can probably beat anyone in the league. But right now, there’s no team in the league that I can’t imagine them losing to. The fan base and even the KC Star columnists are clamoring for the Chiefs to intentionally tank the season to get a high-round draft pick to use on a quarterback in the next draft, but that’s just stupid. Not only will there be a lot less teams drafting QBs next year, you can still find good quarterbacks in the teens and 20s — Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and Dan Marino, just to name a few.



4.) This could be the end of Pioli

It appears that Pioli has now whiffed on two head coaches and has committed serious money and a second-round pick to a bad quarterback who he has protected from any competition for his job over the past four years. All of the team’s best players — Tamba Hali, Jamaal Charles, Brandon Flowers, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Albert etc. — were drafted before he got here, and are peaking right now. His first-round picks are Tyson Jackson, Eric Berry, Jonathan Baldwin and Dontari Poe. None have made a major impact. Still I would not rejoice at his departure, because it means total rebuilding and Chiefs nation is exhausted from starting from scratch over and over again.

I would not be surprised if neither Crennel nor Cassel are on the field by the end of the season. If that’s the case, Pioli is cooked.

What do you guys think about picking up David Garrard?

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  • samoanChief

    both romeo and cassel should start packing asap!!! you fools are killing me how much more of this are we going to take..thinking of watching a seahawks game instead….

    • kc_chiefa816

      i thought the same thing… seahawks are a good team with a lot of competition on the team and they play fast and tough

  • Chiefswatch

    Man o man one loss and everyone jumps off the Cassel turd train. Hopefully this pressure is FINALLY felt and we draft a QB. WHERE YOU AT GOODING??

    • Danny W

      He will come around here when Cassel is gone and start dogging Cassel like he hated him all along just like he did when Haley got canned.

      • Chiefswatch

        Yea at least Micah came back and boarded what is now a cruise liner. Gooding is hiding of course like a little pansy troll.

        • Danny W

          LOL. I guess his optimism beyond reality as he calls just isn’t working right now. I feel bad for the dude he’s got a twisted complex.

  • Ganjamancer

    1 loss? Are you nuts? This is 4 straight years of bad QB play. Wake up!

    • Chiefswatch

      i agree completely. just commenting that last week everyone was posting that it isnt Cassel, or that Cassel is good enough. Hell we have even had to stomach article after article of “Cassel is good enough” or “Cassel is not the problem” blah blah blah. One game though, one game and EVERYONE has changed their minds. I have steered the Anti Cassel ship man, ask anyone lol.

      • Danny W

        There are many captains on the Cassel is bs boat. I’ve taken several turns driving the boat. It’s nice to have as many other captains around as possible. I agree that we were lambasted on AA by many writers spouting Cassel is good enough maybe to convince themselves? Micah, or MikeG? I don’t know. You and I have been singing the same song and dance now for years.

        • Chiefswatch

          Yes I forget how often I get drunk and pass out cruising that ship.

    • AKChieffan

      everyone is forgetting the 2012 season started with the preseason and looked at that record combined with the regular season. Remember Cassel played a lot of those minutes, because he looked so bad. I still can hear some of the Chiefs saying he looking good, dillutional and hopeful fans!

  • Trey Pilliard

    I was a supporter for Cassel. But after terrible play and do I dare say a very wide open Dwayne Bowe that he missed. The chiefs are a quarterback away from being great.

  • ArrowFan

    Who ever is writing up the game plans that say to turn the ball over to the opposing team needs to be fired. Stop the turn overs and our team becomes competitive now.

  • Brett Keck

    I dont want Romeo to neccesarily leave the team. I would definately prefer he slide back into just being a defensive coordinator. His problem as a head coach is that hes too nice. He doesnt have what it take to break his foot off the he players’ asses which is exactly what needs to be done. Then take it out and beat them in the head with it. Cassel? Yea im done with him. I mean even Orton was an upgrade. Not a large upgrade. But atleast he was more than a game managing quarterback that cat manage the game. But he was let go> Him and Brandon Carr were let go. And from reading the tweets from the players they really like him. Which is all on Pioli. The six turnovers and the poor excecution is also his fault because of the coaches he has put together. We probably wont get a new quarterback until the offseason but a leader is needed now. I wish they would hire just an insane chiefs fan. Someone. If that happens ill volunteer. Just fly me up from Florida and ill be there C.Hunt.

    • Kyle Waggener

      I really don’t think that either Orton or Carr wanted to stay with the Chiefs. The speech that Orton made at the end of last season really sounded like he had no intention of staying with the Chiefs at all. Carr has said many times that his lifelong dream was to play for the Cowboys which was his favorite team growing up. I don’t think we had a real shot at either player. Remember signing a player is a two way street. The player has to want to play for you too. You don’t just keep a guy because you want to.

  • sidibe

    I love the idea of Garrard.

    I like Crennel, would love to see him stay as DC but know that’s probably not possible.

    Crennel has to go. This team is POORLY coached. Bottom line. I agree with you that while insane, and I don’t want him back, Haley could at least light a fire under his guys. Crennel seems unable to do that.

    I think Pioli has to go too. We tried to get Manning. We looked at Jeff Fisher. The latter said he stayed away because of Pioli. I suspect this is true of the former as well. Pioli is a liability to the org.

  • BWrangler

    Cowher! Cowher! Cowher!


    I was all in…….until your very last sentence. David Garrard? Really? With all due respect, how in the world do you feel that this is even a band-aid for the Chiefs? Give the ball to Quinn and see what we have with him. The only chance he had when he was drafted was to start for a team that was 2 and 14 the previous year. If and when he falls flat, at least we can look forward to a really high draft pick. That may be the only way to keep the Kansas City faithful more than slightly interested. Say that the team wins 6 games. They go nowhere and now have to trade multiple picks to finally get their franchise QB. But, in the end, if Crennel and Pioli are still employed by the Chiefs, it won’t matter. And addressing that, I just don’t see Hunt cleaning house and having to pay contracts for one to three years for his GM and coaching staff. With Hunt, it’s going to be the bottom line.

  • Danny W

    The Chiefs aren’t dead but their on a 9 count and the ref is half way to 10.