The Chiefs have played nearly 500 minutes over eight games and overtime, and so far they have yet to hold the lead in regulation for a single second.
That’s the startling reality for a team picked by some to win the AFC West this season.
There have been devastating injuries to key players, including concussions to both quarterbacks. Their top wide receiver held out during training camp, their star running back has had games where he’s received only five carries, and a defensive-minded head coach can’t seem to get a defense full of first-round draft picks to stop much of anything.
The result is a 1-7 record that has led to fans paying for banners to fly over the stadium pleading for the general manager to be fired, and an organized protest on tap for an upcoming home game in which fans are planning to come dressed in black.
“It’s tough, because I don’t think I’ve ever been part of this exact scenario,” said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who got his first NFL job with the New York Giants in 1981.
Crennel compared this year’s version of the Chiefs to the 1983 Giants, who went 3-12-1.
“That was no fun, because we were doing some of the things that cause you to lose,” Crennel said on a conference call Friday. “This team is doing some of those things.”