This roster has plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, which makes it so much more painful to see Kansas City colossally fail on the field. And Crennel deserves his share of the blame for this miserable product Chiefs fans are subjected to each week.
But I don’t believe the problem is Crennel, at least not directly. Crennel is a defensive coach, and a good one at that. He’s also a player’s coach; he repeatedly gets the most out of middling talent such as Shaun Smith and Amon Gordon. His team rallied for him to get the head coaching job last year after the Chiefs fired Todd Haley.
On the other the hand the Kansas City Chiefs could undergo more change than ever before next season. Their 1-7 record has all but turned the fanbase against the front office and coaches. Somehow they have taken a talented roster and turned into a league-wide laughingstock. At the heart of the firestorm are GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel. Most expect unless the team makes an improbable turn around over the last eight games, the entire Chiefs brass will get the axe along with a number of players including quarterback Matt Cassel. One name many haven’t considered in wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. He has quietly put together a Pro Bowl season in terms of stats and could ride that wave out of town. His contract expires next year and the Chiefs may not have any reasons to convince him to stay. That means receiver-needy teams like the Dolphins can stand ready.
We’re at the point in the NFL season in which teams’ true ability levels are becoming evident, and it’s a somewhat unusual year in that the league doesn’t have a consensus number-one team. Atlanta has the best record, but they’ve won a few games against inferior competition that they easily could have lost; the Texans have looked tremendous in six of their seven games, but got shellacked by Green Bay; the Packers, 49ers, Giants, and Bears have all had bad losses. However, one thing is completely clear, and that’s the league’s worst team, the current epitome of a Bad Franchise in professional football: the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs are one of three one-win squads in the NFL right now, alongside the Panthers and the Jaguars. What sets them apart, though, is the degree to which they have lost those seven games. Other than a three-point defeat by the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City has lost by 16, 18, 17, 28, and 10. And most of those games weren’t even that close: 28 of KC’s 120 points have come in garbage time.
Even after blowing out the Kansas City Chiefs, fans will be speculating who will be the next head coach for the San Diego Chargers. People have bad Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden at the top of their lists for years. Now you can add a new name to that list – the NFL is voiding Saints head coach Sean Payton’s contact that he signed in September 2011, allowing him to be a free agent at the end of the year.
That is SEAN PAYTON! He will be the biggest name on the market. Last season everyone wanted to see where Peyton Manning would land, this coming season everyone will want to see where Sean Payton ends up. Could we have both of them in the AFC West?
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen