Nov 21, 2011; Foxboro, MA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli on the field prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

How the Chiefs Lose Even During the Bye Week


Let there be no mistake, there is soon to be a reckoning at One Arrowhead Drive. And although I would have seen it begin during the bye week, it will just make the end of the season that much more explosive.

The Eagles are 3-3 and fired their defensive coordinator. With Andy Reid on the hot seat in Philadelphia, he fired Juan Castillo because he believed it was best for his football team. Although no moves have been made in San Diego, general manager A.J. Smith of the 3-3 Chargers stated “ In the next 10 games we will either rally and see a slow, steady rise from the ashes to a division championship — or the beginning of a new era in Chargers’ football.”

But with everyone seemingly on the hot seat in Kansas City, and a bye week on hand, no such changes are being made, and Scott Pioli is making no such comments on his annual bye week pressapalooza. Sure, he’s saying he’s disappointed with how the team has performed, but for a fanbase that smells blood in the water, words will never speak as loud as action.

This lack of any tangible change is a HUGE mistake. The Chiefs are nearly halfway through the season and are arguably the worst team in the NFL. The bye week is the perfect opportunity to make a move that could help out the team for the rest of the season, and it’s a pretty simple solution compared to what, I believe, probably should be done.

Romeo Crennel needs to be relieved of his defensive coordinator duties immediately, and during the bye week is the time to do it.

One could say that Reid is overreacting by firing his DC after only six games, especially with a 3-3 record. But would the Chiefs be overreacting by making a move after six games with a 1-5 record? No. If this team is serious about contending – and to be fair, the AFC West is weak enough where such a hope isn’t completely farfetched – this is the kind of move that should be made. A not-so-subtle wakeup call this franchise dearly needs.

The reason I make this request is not only because of the numerous blowouts suffered by the team so far this season (sure those are disappointing). The reason I say he needs to be relieved of his DC duties is because I think he needs to have some quality time becoming acquainted with how to become a good head coach. And right now, Romeo Crennel is not a good head coach. In fact, he’s looking like the worst head coach in the whole league right now.

The more time Crennel can spend figuring out the whole head coaching thing – when to kick field goals, what “two-possession-ball-game” means, etc. – the better. I mean, head coaches that continuously make Bill Barnwell’s ‘Thank You For Not Coaching’ articles on Grantland (here’s one from last year, and here’s one from this season) usually don’t stick around long.

I’ll be honest, reducing Crennel to only head coaching duties is about the Diet Coke version of what I’d prefer. Scratch that, the Coke Zero version. Right now, I am a disgruntled fan that would like nothing better than Bane to come to Kansas City as the reckoning I spoke about earlier (“Once the Chiefs have secured a top-two pick, you have my permission to resign”). I’m talking about Crennel gone, Pioli gone, Daboll gone, Cassel gone, KC Wolf gone (now you can see how upset I am).  I’m talking about cleaning house; I’m talking about starting over.

Now, let me clarify. Cleaning house is NOT the same as rebuilding. The talent can stay in place, but a new front office and head coaching staff NEEDS to be brought in. I know this team has talent, but it’s clear that talent isn’t being taken advantage of by this coaching staff. Crennel is so bad at being a head coach that none of the defensive success he had with the team in the past should save his job in my opinion. Pioli’s failed implementation of his ideas has left me with no more faith in the tank. And if Pioli gets that extension that was rumored earlier in the week, I am concerned that Arrowhead will be burned to the ground.

But for a 1-5 team at the bye, I would have taken a reduction in Crennel’s role with the Chiefs. Unfortunately, I won’t even get that. And thus, this is how the Chiefs lose even when they don’t play.

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  • ChiefDeberg

    In years past this team has dissapointed me .I’ve been a Chiefs fan since the Bill kenney days,I’ve seen the good,bad and ugly.I think i’m done.Ijust can’t take it anymore.I’m at the point that i really hate being a Chiefs fan.I talked this team up all off season(hard to do,i live in New England).I’m just plain tired of it.

    • wes

      Then jump on the bad wagon. We don’t need fans like you anyways. I can honestly say that if the chiefs never went to the playoffs ever again in my lifetime, I would still be a fan. I’ve been a fan since I was five and would never matter where I lived. Chiefs fan for life.

      • Randy5k

        Thats cool Wes. Very cool.

      • chiefdeberg

        hey hey!! i’ll always be a Chiefs fan!!! Just saying it’s hard living in Patriot’s country when every year high hopes are crushed like a grape,while the freakin Pats are going 14-2 and my co-workers are bithing about those two losses and how freakin awesome King Brady is.

        • sidibe

          We feel your pain, Chiefdeberg. We do.

    • KCMikeG

      Try going back and watching old highlights. They will refresh your passion for the Chiefs and help you to get through the tough times. Don’t give up better days are ahead.

  • Epikwynn

    I to am as upset as you are. My stomach hurts just the same my friend. However, the way you talk about RAC is just plain disrespectful. Im sure hes forgot more about football then most of us will ever know. I do think he should only be our DC tho. I wish we would go hard for Gruden and Geno Smith. I love the new GM new HC new QB idea. I just think that our seasons not sucky because our head coach doesn’t know win to kick field goals. Maybe just maybe its because hes has ZERO trust in his QB and that in it self is having a major impact on our WHOLE team.

    • fedup

      Great, now that we have your approval we should be fine. Ego much. Last I checked RAC doesn’t need u to dfend him. CHECK HIS RECORD!

      • wes

        We don’t need a history lesson dude. Everybody pretty much has the same opinion.

  • chiefridgy

    It’s sad but true.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    Put Crennel at DC and find a HC, like Cowher. If they can’t get Cowher, leave Crennel at HC and get Castillo for DC. I’m not all to “happy” with Crennel at HC. I’ve how bad he his at HC but he’s good at DC. But they do need to “CLEAN THE HOUSE” and get rid of the “nanny” (Cassel). You’re right about the talent. But I agree with you….they won’t do anything to fix it, they are gonna lose on the bye week too.

  • AKChieffan

    Well stated, I have been saying this since week 2 of the season. Pioli blunders are like a stone being dropped in the water, the ripples can be felt through the whole team and community. Thus, you have a team that media had high expectations and failed, or to even show a competitiveness side. Talented player are jumpinng ship, Carr and now trade rumors about Bowe wanting out, Waters, and I am sure you all name others. Orton even though he wasn’t the answer, but was a step up from Cassel was able to leave. 2 hand picked head coaches that failed.
    If Pioli sticks around I would hope he could fix his blunders. I like the idea of Cowher or Gruden as a head coach. Crennel needs to be let go and retire, so he might ponder the reasons he wasn’t a good head coaches where he was at. Beisdes you can’t have the stigma of his losing attitude and flavor around to linger.
    The power struggles I am sure the head coaches have is tremendous in dealing with Pioli and his ego. If would be hard to work with a man, that believe it his way or the highway. Haley had his hands tied, and I am sure the fustration is the reason we saw ugly moments in his demeaner. I am sure we all had bosses that said to do this way even though you disagreed and had valid reason in you thoughts, but had to do it their way. Then you catch all the flack for when it fails, and the blame is on your shoulder for the world to see. I bet if you looked deep into that relationship Haley fought tooth and nail with Poili about this team. Poili didn’t want I guy with thoughts how to improve, who should play and what players to draft, so he hired a puppet, Crennel.

    • Larry Devore

      let the door hit Bowe in the butt on the way out. he’s flaky and doesn’t give everything he’s got

  • mr_football

    All the chiefs need is a real quarterback…and a defendsive coordinator

    • tm1946

      And a HC and a talent evaluator and some scouts and depth almost across the board and a whole bunch of Chief FAs to resign. But after 4 years of Pioli plan what can you expect.

      • AKChieffan

        Well put…

  • TweakerG

    I don’t even want RAC as DC. I’m sick of this bend but don’t break defense. RAC is too old. This is a passing league. We need to worry about stopping that not the run first. I want a scary defense.

    • Larry Devore

      at least keep him until after he faces manning, he seems to fluster manning

  • pau

    The difference I have noticed about Crennel from this season and previous seasons as coordinater is a lack of emotion and animation. When he signaled the defensive plays he would motion with his arms and direct the defence into position with confidence. As the head coach I havent noticed the same intensity.

  • anythingsbetter

    GENO SMITH: Okay full disclosure, I’m NOT a college football fan. [to me its a huge waste of time without a playoff system.] I digress. That being said I didn’t follow Gino Smith much. Infact I’ve only seen the last 2 games, Texas tech and K state, both of which I was NOT impressed with Geno. I don’t like his articulation. He’s no Cam newton or RG3 thats for sure. I guess thats fine bcuz i’m not looking for him to give any speeches anytime soon. All though, history has shown that prototypical QB doesn’t excel in the NFL. Maybe Geno isn’t just a flash. I’ve seen he is more of a pocket guy not just legs like Michael Vick. Given the state of things in Kansas City, even though Geno Smith hasn’t been impressve in these last 2 games, I’LL STILL BE GLAD IF KC TAKES HIM #1. I’d rather cheer for a “vince young” bust [if geno craps out] then have a “backup” qb as the QB in KC. Atleast it means the chiefs are trying to get a QB. Here’s hoping for a QB in the upcoming draft!!!

    • tm1946

      Cannot argue, I have no clue about Geno. Besides I am hoping for some changes after the season ends. Maybe GM and HC, then the replacements need the guy that suits their style of play. If Pioli stays, then Crennel and Cassel will also, hope not.
      A little clue, bye weekend and what Hunt and his team do? Ran Pioli out for a little damage control….that is all. Wait that is not correct, they brought in kicker, punter, and deep snapper for a look-see. I suspect we do not matter all that much and Hunt and his cronies are going to be there for a long time.

  • Chris turner

    Lets all face it Clark Hunt is one of the worst owners in the NFL.I just don’t believe he cares about us fans and certainly he doesn’t care about winning. As long as his pockets keep getting richer by us fans hes not going to do anything. A real owner would Find Scott Piolis performance as general manager UNACCEPTABLE and would of fired him.I’m afraid that the atmosphere of losing and losing a lot at arrowhead is going to turn the Chiefs into the old Detroit Lions.where you just have no hope as a fan.
    We should do the mock funeral for pioli outside Arrowhead Stadium. Like the Lions fans did for Matt Millen.That got the attention of ownership and a change was made.