November 12, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel watches the game as quarterback Matt Cassel (7) walks away during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 16-13, in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

Chiefs Bring Comic Relief To National Television (Again)

There are no moral victories in the NFL.

Don’t talk to me about how well the Chiefs traded with the Steelers on primetime television last night. They wound up losing 16-13 on another costly Cassel turnover in overtime. Kansas City showed signs of life, but they’re still just north of comatose right now. The Chiefs got a stellar performance from their defense on Monday night, but couldn’t capitalize on it. This football team spoiled yet another opportunity to win a big game against a contender.

The Chiefs, at their best on Monday night, proved they can compete with any team in the NFL. They held a brief 10-0 lead over Pittsburgh in the first half. The Chiefs, at their worst on Monday night, proved that not even their best football can stave off their old self-destructive ways. Kansas City was a comedy of errors, on a national stage, again last night. It was like the first week of Last Comic Standing auditions. We saw a brutal and unfortunate series of events. There was the “group celebration” for a defensive touchdown that didn’t count. Then there was Dwayne “Clifford Franklin” Bowe’s case of the dropsies. Or how about the one where rookie Devon Wylie caught a kick 6 yards deep in the endzone and decided to bring it out? The showstopper, of course, was Matt Cassel’s game-sealing interception in overtime.

There comes a point where all you can do is laugh, to keep from crying. There are only so many ways to express frustration in the vernacular of human body language. I think Chiefs fans are fresh out of ways to be visibly disgusted. The facepalm doesn’t do an inexplicable interception justice. Rolling your eyes at missed field goals (inside of 35 yards) isn’t satisfying anymore. As of late, seeing this team beat itself time and again, only elicits laughter. Make no mistake, it’s not funny. I’m sure most of you take no pleasure in watching a fallen football team self-destruct over and over again. That’s not what this is. Laughter’s been called the best medicine, but it’s also a telltale sign that someone is at their wit’s end. At the moment, such is life in Chiefs Kingdom. This team is a joke.

Pioli and company have made a laughingstock out of a talented group of players. In four years under this administration, the Chiefs have become the National Lampoon of the NFL. We’re now having a weekly dialogue about when Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel will be fired. This football team has finally become a national talking point, for all the wrong reasons. Today, few people are talking about Derrick Johnson’s standout 12-tackle performance. No one cares that Justin Houston had 7 tackles of his own (including the sack of Roethlisberger that knocked him out of the game). Neither is there any discussion of Jamaal Charles’ 100 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. The only conversation to be had at the watercooler today, is the one about the collective stink of an organization in the middle of a six-game slide. Problem is, after two nationally-televised losses, those watercoolers are everywhere. Someone in Maine is shaking their head at the Kansas City Chiefs today.

Things don’t figure to get any easier for this team. They have another short week and a Sunday showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals ahead of them. The “Save Our Chiefs” bunch will spearhead a stadium blackout on Sunday. The Chiefs may have to work feverishly to avoid another blackout on television. Brady Quinn was magically cleared to play according to a post-game report from Adam Teicher. He could get the start this weekend, but if he falters he may soon take his place back on the bench. I expect to see a quarterback carousel the rest of the year. Hopefully Stanzi will get a few reps. This is a watershed moment for the organization, may as well see what the kid has. There are but seven games left in this wayward 2012 campaign. There’s little to be gained at this point, but Chiefs’ brass should do some arsenal inventory. A house cleaning is coming and for fans of this organization, that’s no laughing matter.

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • ArrowFan

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

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  • Scott Zupek

    Take Tanney of IR, put Cassel on it. StartEither Tanney or STanzi and let quinn stay the back up. It isn’t out job to fix how the NFL works and the fans shouldnt have to pay for it either. IF BQ didn’t get his chance, write a letter and move on. Give the Chiefs fans some hope!!!

  • yeahexcept

    how soon you forget. before pioli, the same thing was happening, except it was the defense that was made fun of, even by the commish.

  • John Sherwin

    With all the 3 and outs in the 2nd half, I couldn’t help but laugh. When you have one win, conservative play calling is hilarious! Nothing like watching someone ( meaning the coaches) think that what they’re doing matters…..such a knee slapper. Even funnier, was the image of Pioli in the skybox on the phone, like that guy has any friends who’d call him! Must have been a wrong number……just pure comedy!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’ll never understand conservative playcalling EVER. On either side of the ball. Teams that win…attack.

  • tm1946

    Sunday, there are $9.00 tickets available for chiefs-Bengals game. Take you family, experience the NFL, flyovers, all of it and dancers too.

  • Shannon Thompson

    Call me a homer if you want, but I found myself asking people at work what the score was, something I NEVER do on game days. Reason being, I wanted to judge if it was watcable. I stand by my Chiefs, however life has stresses of its own, I figure If the Chiefs stink it up like they have been, I’ll save me a few hours and do something else. I did end up watching this game, it was kinda wierd, I was emotionless throughout the whole thing, just thinking when will it start. Its kinda funny how Crennel says he is going to pull anyone who turns the ball over, and Cassel finally does on the last f’n play!

    • PunjabiPete

      I think I finally see what the “naysayers” are saying… I don’t wholeheartedly agree, but I think I can see what they are saying. We should never have to “stand by” a crap team like this for this long. How can you support Matt Cassel , who is like that girlfriend that keeps cheating on you, but she’s kind of hot and says all the right things, and every time you trust her, you come home to another dude balls deep in her? How can you “stand by” what looks like the Benny Hill show every day on the turf while the other team tries to play some football without snickering or laughing outright in our pathetic faces? How long are we going to see that “d’oh! Better luck next time” shrug from most of our players? Why NOT let Ricky Stanzi go in and stink us into a 1st round pick? What if he goes out there and absolutely tears it up? Why is it our defense shows up or our offense shows up but NEVER at the same time? I am finding it harder and harder to argue against these very valid points. I am not ready to concede to this way of thinking, because for me that way leads to apathy and not caring anymore and I can’t bring myself to not care, but I understand it now, I think.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I still stand by this team.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Speaking as a Chargers’ fan, I saw that KC has talent–lots of it. Okay, Cassel threw an interception, but Chargers know a lot about those. It has to be a management problem because seriously, KC was playing pretty well. At least that is what I think.

  • Stefanie Smith

    You could see KC players were trying.

  • Priest4Prez

    I watched the game last night with a Steeler’s buddy; to which he said to me” Gezzz man, have Cheifs been this hard to watch all year?” “Worse” I said. At least they held our attention till overtime right? We all felt that Cassel turnover in the bottom of our guts as the game got closer to crunch time….sigh. Sad days

  • drtold

    Meh,” I do not think it is funny. I do not believe that the quarterbacks in this years draft are as good as the quarterbacks in last years draft. Why could we not lose it all last year. This stinks.

    • KCMikeG

      Yeah! Thanks to RAC and his improving defense who really made the difference much more than Orton but you can thank him too unless you are too disappointed that he wanted to settle for being a back up in Dallas. I think you are right about the QB’s last year over this. Seems there is no way we won’t go for one in the with our 1st pick. So will it be the high risk/reward of Geno Smith or the safer conventional QB in Barkley. Is this Luck vs RGIII? Look how those have worked out and does that influence your pick?

  • tc-sting

    KC offense is one dimensional and bad. We completed 7 pass plays. And tried for a lot more. We had so many 3 and outs in the 2nd half I lost count. Sure it was rainy but Leftwich did just as well that night and only played half a game.

    KC defense looked good but its artificial. The night was cold and wet from constant rain and this favors defenses a lot. Big Ben went down and out with an injury leaving Pit to use a QB with similar poise as Cassel.

    We got nothing. The score appeared close but these two teams could not be farther apart.

  • BurtGummer44

    I knew as soon as it happened that was probably not a fumble, yet all those idiots celebrated in the end zone for what seemed like hours. How can you be a professional football player yet have such little awareness and knowledge of the game? To me that the most embarrassing part………….these guys are not professionals. A professional knows his craft inside and out, and that was an huge display of amateurism.