October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans show their opinion of quarterback Matt Cassel (7) during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Why (Chiefs) Fans Should Never Root For Losses


I’m feeling refreshed after being spared from another Chiefs’ loss this past weekend. It’s cheap, I know. They didn’t lose because they didn’t play, but when your favorite team is 1-5, you’ll enjoy avoiding a loss any way you can.

The entire organization was under a microscope all last week. It’s been rumored that Scott Pioli’s job may be in jeopardy. We’ve also heard reports that Dwayne Bowe is demanding a trade. A healthy Matt Cassel has been supplanted by Brady Quinn. These are all symptoms that everything’s in disarray at One Arrowhead Drive. Fans are fed up and are taking matters into their own hands. Several social networking campaigns have been mounted to create an organizational tipping point. One of the most common memes in fan circles is the idea that the best thing for this franchise is to lose all of its remaining games. Doing so would put the Chiefs in position to find their quarterback-of-the-future in next year’s NFL Draft. Last year it was “Suck for Luck”. This year it’s either “Blow For Barkley”, “Give Up for Geno”, or “Tank for Tyler”. Tyler Bray or Wilson for the record, not the Chiefs’ failed former third-round draft pick. Notice I didn’t mention “Lose for Landry” in the aforementioned company (I want no parts of him).

What I’m about to say may rub some fan circles the wrong way, but I’ve been here before. I survived the first article I wrote about Matt Cassel, and I was certain that would get me run out of town on a rail. You’re reading this, so I survived. Call me the Gloria Gaynor of the Gridiron Gallery.

Okay, I’m going to stop stalling now. Here goes nothing.

*Ahem*

Kansas City Chiefs fans should NEVER root for losses.

You’re still here? Good, let’s continue. I hope you’ll hear me out.

Reason #1: It’s counter-intuitive

As fans, we’re naturally inclined to cheer for this football team. How does one suddenly start celebrating turnovers, missed field goals, and being gashed by an opposing offense? My love for this franchise won’t allow me to. In Game 3, when the Saints stretched their lead to 18 points, I know you were screaming at the TV as you watched Jamaal Charles break a run for a 91-yard touchdown. Those are the moments we live for as fans. You mean to tell me you’re going to stare blankly into the television set the next time he takes one to the house? That’s nonsense and the both of us know it. You can continue to root for this franchise while you also demand that they get back on the right track. Those two things are not mutually exclusive.

Reason #2: The Pride Factor

There’s no good way to convince NFL players to lay down and look to the future. The league is comprised of professional and prideful men. Men on the field, along the sideline, and in the booth. Losing seems to be a foregone conclusion in Kansas City anymore, but players certainly aren’t happy about it. Chiefs players want to win. Prolonged futility for future possibilities isn’t persuasive. The NFL’s life expectancy is 5 years. These athletes are one hit away from never seeing the field again.

Reason #3: Players have options

The last thing the Chiefs’ front office wants is to create compelling reasons for players, with little time left on their contracts, to lose hope. Does anyone think Dwayne Bowe would prefer to be patient with Kansas City over, say, joining Tom Brady in New England? He’s reportedly demanding a trade. None of us know how true those reports are, but it’s clear he’s had his fill of this failed franchise. Bowe’s only been part of one winning season since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2007. The “maybe next year” mantra will only play for so long with this team’s star players. Selling the future will be much tougher if the Chiefs’ brass can’t retain the core of this football team. You can only backfill so much talent on an annual basis. If players start defecting to escape the stench, we could be staring at another multiple-year rebuilding project.

Reason #4: It’s a half-measure

The immediate return on an awful NFL season is a premium draft pick. Teams from the previous year with the poorest records are slotted on a worst-to-first basis (the lowest draft pick is awarded to the team that wins the Superbowl). Having one of the first ten picks in next April’s draft will put a team in great position to select a quarterback. We’ll have to wait and see who declares, but the early mocks have as many as three quarterbacks being taken in the top 10. When the draft rolls around, about six months from now, it will have been 30 years since the last time the Chiefs drafted a quarterback in the first round. It’s a well known secret that every man, woman, child, and dog who roots for this franchise wants said franchise to draft an elite quarterback prospect.

Losing will put the Chiefs in position, but without the right man in charge (who shares the desire for an elite quarterback prospect) we could very well wind up with another #1 along the defensive line. That would add insult to injury and pin the tail on the point I’ve been trying to make throughout the article. Is Tyson Jackson not the clearest example of why having a top pick can be a dangerous thing, in the wrong hands? Scott Pioli has never used an early draft pick on a quarterback. If he’s still here in the spring, are you sure the losses you rooted for will have the desired effect? Be careful what you wish for. Star Lotulelei may be a valued customer at Gates & Sons this time next year.

I believe this team needs an elite quarterback to take the next step in the NFL. The supporting cast he’ll be surrounded by can give him the help he’ll need to turn this team into a contender. If we have the right general manager in the War Room come April, we won’t need to pile up losses. That general manager will understand the need to have a franchise quarterback in the NFL. I suspect he’ll also do whatever it takes to acquire one. That’s what we should all be rooting for — the right leadership. Losing might expedite a separation of employment for the wrong leadership, but it won’t guarantee us that a better general manager will succeed Scott Pioli. The only thing that will create the kind of change we all want to see is better decision making, on a consistent basis, at the top of the organization. Clark Hunt has to identify and obtain the right general manager. The right general manager has to find the right head coach and the right quarterback for this team. When all of that happens, the Kansas City Chiefs will be headed in the right direction.

Root for new leadership, not losses. Losses don’t always constitute better decisions. The Chiefs lost 26 games in the last two years of Carl Peterson’s administration. We wound up with Scott Pioli. Get the picture? I’m sure all of this will be unconvincing to some of you. I’m okay with that. Do what you have to do, but for the love of all that is holy, please don’t root for the Chiefs to lose this coming Sunday. That’s just uncivilized. Death to the silver and blech!

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • chiefridgy

    GO CHIEFS!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Exactly!

  • tm1946

    The whole point being a fan is to suport their team. Losing is not supportive. Enough said.
    Wonder if the Chiefs are listening? Is Quinn enough to shut the fans up? Will there be other changes after the season ends? Will there be butts in seats with a few wins by Quinn? On and on but is this move “good enough” for fans?

    • chiefsfan4life

      “The whole point of being a fan is to support the team”

      To that I say the whole point of being a team is to win.

      They aren’t doing their job, why should we do ours? I’m not a fairweather fan ive been obsessed with the chiefs since i was a kid, but at some point enough is enough

  • lackofcharacter

    If you cheer for the team to lose or hope that they finish last to get a good draft pick; then you’re NOT a FAN. You’re a bottom-feeder and no matter how you justify rooting to lose, you’re the real loser. Fake “fan”. I’d have zero respect for a fellow fan that said they hoped the team would lose. I’d ask them,” are you just frustrated or do you mean that?” Thats your line in the sand so becareful of letting your emotions get the best of you. I think that says a lot about the character of a person and how others will view them.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Don’t fault their motivation though. Ultmately, the people rooting for losses want change. We ALL want change though. It’s the technique that’s problematic.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Disagree. A fan is entitled to enjoy their football however they want it. Realizing that it takes a losing season to get a high draft pick and thus a franchise QB doesn’t make someone a “bottom feeder” in my eyes.

      Don’t blame anyone for cheering for the Chiefs no matter what, either. What I am saying is, don’t worry about how other people enjoy their Chiefs football.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Everyone’s entitled to either root for or against the franchise. I certainly don’t want to impose on anyone’s rights. I was merely trying to make a case as to why rooting against the Chiefs won’t make the constructive difference people think it will. We were here in 2009. We lost a ton of games the year prior. We were awarded a Top 5 pick. The GM was fired. A new GM was brought in. That GM didn’t believe he needed to start his administration with an elite QB prospect. We wound up with Tyson Jackson and Matt Cassel. All of those losses changed nothing in the end because the organization continued to make bad decisions.
        All I’m suggesting is that there’s another piece to consider. The larger piece. The one that TRULY affects change. Good decision making.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/M7T7OBG3TJKSQ26BOABK66CAPI Bruce

          So if the Chiefs got rid of PIoli and Crennell that wouldn’t be real change. Do you have any faith in Pioli to make good decisions?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That depends on what happens next. Was Pioli real change from the Peterson administration? It’s great to remove the wrong man for the job, but unless you replace him with the right man for the job…I’m not sure it matters.

    • Danny W

      The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years. If your not routing for change especially via way of a franchise quarterback when the team has lost 4 of 6 games by an average of over 18 points and you can add another 3 games if you want to look at the preseason which we clearly should, then I would question your passion for the team. If you don’t CARE if the team you love wins or loses then you clearly aren’t routing for a championship and your not the voice of most any fan. The formula in place isn’t a winning formula.
      We haven’t lost close games barring the Ravens debacle. The Saints at one point were up on us by 18 points. Try and have some foresight Sir. Has this current team or coach shown you anything that gives you hope that they have comeback written all over them? The coach keeps saying he doesn’t know what is happening! It’s painfully obvious to me and everyone else doesn’t either.
      Dick Gannon isn’t waiting in the wings over at One Arrowhead Drive Sir. This team is headed down a slippery path the evidence is there. A high draft pick and a potential first round Quarterback to play at an elite level for years is a cheer for hope in your team that you are a fan of when it’s pretty obvious it’s headed there anyways. I hope we rip off the next 10 but the evidence is right in front of your face if you will open your eyes and look at it. This club has packed it in.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Why do people keep conflating a refusal to root for losses with not caring about this team’s future? That’s ridiculous.

        • Danny W

          I honestly don’t know. I get that people think differently than I do. I know my wiring is different than some. I love this team just as much as anyone though. I don’t necessarily route for my team to lose. I sure as hell didn’t start the season that way. To me it seems we are on a losing path and that unless drastic changes are made to counter act this negative path we are going to be in the running for a top tier quarterback. That I can get excited about. When we’re being blown out by teams like the Bucs though I just can’t rationalize this team winning out. My rationale is this; 6 games in with 10 left and it looks like we’re going to keep losing so find something positive to look forward to. If we win I cheer, but in the back of my mind I think, it’s counter productive to getting a quarterback of the future with out costing us future picks. How you could say that logic is so flawed that I’m some how not a fan is the kind of logic I had back when I was a naive fifteen year old that some how through my hope I could will a football team to perform.
          I remember telling my cousin a long while back that I hoped Eric Warfield was going to get benched and he told me I should route for him and stand behind him wether he was good or not because he had a Chiefs uni on. To me thats twisted. To him I was twisted, but he knows that I’m a fan. Sometimes I think those are just Trolls just trying to get an emotional response.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M7T7OBG3TJKSQ26BOABK66CAPI Bruce

      Oh thank you for letting us know who is a “real fan”. Every team has a few you can illuminate us with their definition of a real fan. It’s hardly a lack of character to want this team to be relevant and as long as Pioli, Cassel and Crenell are in place that won’t happen.Some real fans are tired of year after year of futility.

  • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

    2 games back with 10 games left on the schedule, 5 within the division and 2 against the Broncos, and “fans” are already rooting for the Chiefs to lose every game. Pathetic. It’s no wonder some of these morons rooted for an injury.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Is that you, Eric Winston? Don’t paint Chiefs Kingdom with such a broad brush.

      • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

        What broad brush? I clearly said “some”.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          You also said “fans” without such a clarification. Fair enough though. I now know you lump all Chiefs fans into the same category.

  • ArrowFan

    Wins will vault this team up the power rankings faster than a rocket, as well more loses will send us spiraling into the worst season ever.

  • metalchief

    you’ve got a point, i’ve started watching the chiefs in ’07 i’ve been a fan team since and i’ll never give on them and i live in oklahoma surrounded by dallas cowboys and oakland raiders fans that give me crap each AND EVERYDAY because i’m a chiefs so have i thought about giving up? yes…but i haven’t each and every sunday i pick up the pieces from last weeks loss and have hopes for a win only to watch them shatter once again. never the less, i love this team i’ll be a chiefs fan til the day i die and even in death i’ll be a chiefs fan!!!! we still don’t know too much about quinn and what he can bring to the table and we still have a chance to win the west…..it isn’t over til it’s over!!! GO CHIEFS!!!! CRUSH THE FAIDERS!!!!

  • tommyhawk

    Spot on, Stacy! i get as disgusted as the next Chief’s fan, but i can’t root against them. You’re right, one interception, one sack or a big play from our offense is like lightening in a bottle – it’s the best! Also, if you could somehow root for and be pleased by disaster, who can say what happens in the draft – its a crap shoot. Number ones go down in flames and irrelevant becomes relevant.

  • Danny W

    Stacey.
    You have made some solid points here and they are pretty pragmatic. I route for the star players it’s what keeps me watching every Sunday like I do. I don’t get angry when were down by a touchdown and it’s obvious your team quits on themselves though and I do put all of that on the leadership. If the team is down by more than two scores they aren’t equipped to comeback and it’s like they know it so they reign it in. There is no inspiration anywhere to be found on this team. The coaches should answer for it. The GM should answer for it. I’d like to see the team reel off 10 wins on into the Super Bowl Sir. The evidence for me hasn’t shown it’s going to go that way though. It started in Preseason and everyone wanted to ignore it. Now it’s bleeding over into the regular season and still no changes to the management have been made. We switched the quarterback but thats been three years over due. I’m emotionally tapped out over this ball club. I expect them to lose because they’ve shown me nothing else this season, or most of last. We don’t lose close games. We get beat up. So my emotion is apathetic. The hope I get is in Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson, and Matt Barkley. The way it’s looking right now we will be in the running for them next year so why ruin our shot now? Why mortgage our future and give the farm for a kid over an 8-8 season? It makes more sense to stay the course, and route for the stars, and if (when) the Chiefs lose like they will, we have something to look forward to. Some hope is better than being numb in my opinion. I just don’t see this club doing anything this year.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M7T7OBG3TJKSQ26BOABK66CAPI Bruce

    Then I hope you are happy with many more years of Cassel and Pioli. May your football season be filled with .500 teams. I bet Washington and Indy fans are real happy their teams sucked and were able to get franchise QB’s. Players that will insure that they are relevant for the next 10-15 years. Because Hunt hired a moron who chose Jackson doesn’t mean that a top pick won’t be worthwhile. Hunt has to step up and hire a real GM. Unfortunately we can’t fire the owner but a decent QB can give this franchise hope. Only an idiot would think this franchise has hope at this point.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Washington has RGIII because they have leadership in place that believes in having an elite quarterback prospect. They made a move to go and get him. Which is the point I tried to make in the article. We need a guy willing to make that decision. A premium pick would help, but it’s not required. Just having a premium pick doesn’t solve anything. You have to be a good steward of those picks. How many of them has Detroit had over the last 10 years?

      The idea that you can’t continue to root for the team AND want to see wholesale change is silly. Those two things are NOT mutually exclusive.