Nov 1, 2012; San Diego CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Steve Maneri (87), coach Romeo Crennel (center) and quarterback Matt Cassel (7) react during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Chiefs 31-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Monday Morning Armchair Addict: Coaches and QBs


Hello, Addicts, I have to say that a Sunday with no depressing Chiefs loss was pretty nice. With the embarrassment of the San Diego loss in the rearview mirror and the ensuing loss to the Steelers still a week away, I have a chance to vent some general Chiefs-related thoughts at you. I’ve once again decided to “borrow” my format from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback (which is a must-read) and present you with a variety of topics.

Here we go……

* I now believe that Clark Hunt will wait to fire anyone until the end of the season. Friday or Saturday was the perfect time to make a move since it would have given the Chiefs extra time to get their new coach/GM up and running with almost a week and a half between games. If Clark wouldn’t make a move after a nationally televised embarrassment like we saw on Thursday night, I don’t think it will happen any time soon. I just hope that he doesn’t wait too long on the new GM. Clark needs to fire Pioli before the season is over so that the new GM can hire his coach before all the best candidates are scooped up. That’s what happened when Pioli was hired.

* I think Scott Pioli is a coward for not firing Romeo Crennel after the Chargers game. It’s clear that Romeo doesn’t have the Chiefs ready to play from an emotional or strategic standpoint. With Pioli’s job on the line he doesn’t want to have to admit that he screwed up again with his coaching hire only eight games into Romeo’s official tenure. Much like his insistence on sticking with Cassel, his decision to keep Romeo has more to do with him not wanting to admit he made a mistake than it does with doing what is best for the Chiefs. This is absolutely a fireable offense.

* If I was ranking the Chiefs head coaches since Marty left, I think I would go Vermeil, Haley, Edwards, Cunningham, and then Romeo. It’s a pretty pathetic group overall, but here’s my thinking. Vermeil had the best overall record and the Chiefs had a 13-3 season under him. His offense was amazing. Haley was absolutely crazy, his preseason plan last year was a disaster, and his offensive coordinator situation was even worse. That having been said, it’s clear that his ability to push players and hold them accountable is sorely missed this season. If he’s learned his lesson on not going “off his rocker” quite so much I think he could still be a good NFL head coach if given another chance. Edwards was a mess but I respect his ability to spot talent. At least he left the roster with a lot of future Pro Bowlers. Cunningham was just as crazy as Haley, but without the results. Then we have Romeo, who has shown no ability to motivate, lead, or devise a winning game plan whatsoever. At this point I can’t think of one positive quality that he brings to the Chiefs as a head coach.

* Question: If Clark Hunt had backed Todd Haley in the Haley/Pioli feud and fired Pioli last season instead, would the Chiefs be better off right now?

* I’m not a diehard K-State fan, but I have watched a few of their games this year and I’ve come away very jealous of how well coached they are. That team never comes out not ready to play. Even more impressive is how the coaching staff makes adjustments as the game goes on. K-State rarely blows a team out early on, instead they feel the other team out. They see what they are doing well and what they are struggling with and then the coaching staff adjusts what they are doing to stop them and take advantage of their holes. The result is a team that usually dominates in the second half. The KC coaches haven’t figured out how to do this. I REALLY hope that the staff next year can motivate, game plan, and make adjustments in-game. This year’s staff is 0 for 3 in those departments.

* I’ve begun turning my attention to the first round QB prospects for next year’s NFL draft as a way to get my mind off this year’s team. As excited about Geno Smith as I was a month ago, I am equally concerned now. I’ve mentioned before that I felt like he just accepted defeat in the K-State game and sulked around on the sideline. What really worries me though is his numbers the last three games. He started the year against a Division II school and four Division I teams that had an average defensive ranking of 82.5. In those games he averaged 399 yards, 81.4 percent completion percentage, 9.8 YPA, with 24 TDs and zero INTs. However, since then he’s played three teams that have an average defensive ranking of 25.3 and has averaged 227 yards, 58.5 percent completion percentage, 4.8 YPA, with five TDs and three INTs. 227 yards/game, 58.5 percent, and 4.8 YPA in a pass-heavy college spread offense with two NFL caliber WRs is REALLY bad. If he can’t put up better numbers than that against good college defenses, then what is he going to do against NFL caliber ones?

* Finally, after spending some time on YouTube looking at the college QBs, I stumbled across some post game interviews that got me thinking. The Chiefs are a HORRIBLE football team. Assuming the Chiefs do draft a first-round QB, they are probably going to go through some struggles as this team tries to break free of its losing ways. So KC is going to need a QB that can handle losing, handle adversity, and really lead this team. So I’ll leave you with a video I put together showing all three first-round QB prospects after key losses this season. You can judge for yourself who you would like leading your favorite team.

Tags: Geno Smith Kansas City Chiefs Matt Barkley Romeo Crennel Scott Pioli Tyler Wilson

  • Daego3

    i think your way off about Smith. i’m not sure if i’d take him over the other 2, but i didn’t see anything any different than the way Brady, Belichick and other professionals conduct themselves in post-game (losing) interviews. He’s frustrated and being asked border-line rude questions after big loss. He’s young and will continue to grow but understands how to give direct, non-condescending answers that can’t be twisted by the media. The lack of emotion and readiness to move on is the way of winners. Just ask Brady

  • ladner morse

    That’s an interesting take on Tyler Wilson. I like the way he responded too. However, I’m like all three QBs but, don’t think any of them is as good as RGIII or Andrew Luck.

    I like the way Matt Barkley was ticked off after his loss but, I don’t think you can compare a response like his after a national championship loss to a mid-season loss that WVU had to Texas Tech or even a game Tyler Wilson didn’t even play in. That’s got to have it’s own level of frustration for Wilson.

    I’m a fan of all three quarterbacks and would be glad to see the Chiefs take any one of them. Let the transition begin.

    • Danny W

      What Laddie said. ^

    • ArrowFan

      How is that the Colts have hit the winning lottery ticket now twice? It is just our luck that there will be no Luck or RGIII this next year.

  • Jonathan Aldridge

    I still think Geno is the best choice. these guys are in college. of course they are gonna have a bit of an attitude in their press conferences. i am a little worried about geno lately, but they are facing the hardest part of their schedule. cut these guys some slack.

  • SlickGoldie

    I think you completely missed the boat on Geno Smith’s comments. He sat up there and addressed all the ridiculous questions and took responsibility for the loss, put it on himself, and said he needed to improve. What more do you want from the kid? So he had an edge while answering some snot-nosed podunk reporter…so what? He had an edge but still was man enough to take it head on and accept blame, not sulk like Barkley, or call out him teammates like Wilson when he didn’t even play.

    You couldn’t be more wrong on this one.

    • Jonathan Aldridge

      agreed.

  • ArrowFan

    It is hard to pick right now. After watching just the games this last week I’m now leaning at Barkley, he was clutch on high pressure third downs this weekend. And the comparison needs to be taken with a grain of salt as well, but I love the video.

    • Jonathan Aldridge

      ya its close. gonna take some hard thinking this offseason. and the chiefs pick collin klein! lol

  • http://twitter.com/Razorbackintime Razorbackintime

    I don’t understand why Geno is even in the conversation anymore. He has played mediocre football and at times bad football. Everthing is dink and dunk and he has yet to consistently make big throws. Not that Tyler Wilson has played amazingly, but Tyler Wilson is playing under the worst coach in the SEC maybe the worst in DI football. Their team got screwed by the last coach and yet he still goes out there plays hard. He plays a pro style offense and he is comfortable in the pocket. Barkley’s arm strength scares me. I fear that at the next level this will really play out poorly. He is far more mobile that Wilson. I think the the choice may make itself clearer at the Combine. For now someone make a good argument against Wilson. I have yet to really hear one.

  • jimfromkcj

    First of all, I would exclude Barkly on arm strength alone. As to Tyler and Geno, I really don’t want a QB who has any tendency to run the ball. It seems to me that guys who are good at running the ball will do it a lot more than I would like to see. I cringe when I see a QB getting into open space with the ball. One big hit and you have lost your QB, perhaps for the entire year. So I would be inclined to go with Tyler if I absolutely had to pick a QB. But I am leaning towards biting the bullit and getting extra draft picks for Bowe and Berry and some other players who have been playing sub par and continue playing that way the rest of the year and using those draft picks to restock the roster with some youngsters who are gung ho and want to succeed in the NFL. Of course this would depend on Pioli’s getting the axe, as I wouldn’t trust him to ever get a draft right.