November 25, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) motions on the line of scrimmage in the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos won 17-9. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Chiefs: Peyton Was Right, I Was Wrong


A real man can admit when he’s wrong.

The Chiefs are now sitting at 1-10 on the year and are consequently in the pole position for the top selection in next April’s NFL Draft. It’s probably time that I copped to speaking out of turn this off-season. I was clearly inebriated when I evaluated this football team over the summer. I made one bad prediction after another. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my prognostication powers leave much to be desired. Peyton Manning clearly knows the Kansas City Chiefs better than I do.

It was Manning who politely declined Kansas City’s offer to visit during the open free agency period. Apparently, he saw something he didn’t like about this organization. Chiefs fans mostly laughed at his decision to join the Denver Broncos, but it appears that he was spot on. The Chiefs are in the basement with the worst record in the NFL. The Broncos are running away with the AFC West and need just two more wins to seal the division. How is it even possible that Manning saw this coming without ever having visited Kansas City, but the powers that be at One Arrowhead Drive were caught unawares?

Denver beat Kansas City 17-9 in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Chiefs have now lost eight straight. Brady Quinn got the start, but didn’t do much to help the offense. Aside from Jamaal Charles’ 107 rushing yards, the Chiefs didn’t get much else accomplished offensively. Ryan Succop was the only Chiefs player to account for any points on Sunday afternoon. That comes as no real surprise, as there hasn’t been an offensive touchdown in the last eleven quarters of football. The Chiefs defense had a better day, but still buckled at inopportune times. Manning faced consistent pressure, but made plays when he had to. The Broncos failed to score 30 points for the first time over their six-game win streak, but 17 points were all Denver needed to improve to 8-3.

I’m not going to waste time telling you what you already know about this franchise. The Chiefs stink to the high heavens. Manning could smell it from his South Florida home. How will future Chiefs targets perceive the organization? Given my aforementioned prediction pitfalls, I probably shouldn’t suggest that we’ll be in the market for a head coach this off-season (though I think we will be).

Several teams are likely to be looking for a new head coach in 2013. I won’t try to handicap those teams right now, but I can’t imagine that Kansas City will be most attractive option no matter who has a head coaching vacancy. Then again, the Chiefs have a talented core of young players and are staring down the barrel of the first overall pick. I guess it all comes down to who’ll hire the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. If Scott Pioli is retained, the odds of snaring one of the top head coaching candidates available are likely to be longer.

I hope I’m wrong, again, about how difficult this process will be. Fan circles are chomping at the bit for a Jon Gruden or an Andy Reid. I’m not sure that either of them could co-exist with Pioli though. A full house cleaning may be required for this franchise to obtain the best available parts once the season is over. Clark, get the Pine-Sol ready. You couldn’t fool Peyton Manning and there’s a very good chance someone else may get a whiff of the stench here in Kansas City. There hasn’t been a move made yet and I suspect there won’t be until the Chiefs’ 2012 campaign is over. Like everyone else, I’m hoping those dominoes start to fall immediately after the Chiefs close the season up against the same Denver Broncos team in late December. In the meantime, Killa Cam’s coming to town for what he hopes will be a get-well game in the house the Chiefs haven’t protected all season long. The Panthers stink too though so we may be in for a cripple fight.

Until next time, Addicts!

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

    I like Andy Reid. I think if he is the hire, you end up with Geno Smith at QB. Which I’d be fine with. So far, I think Geno has a higher ceiling than Barkley and Reid’s system would be a good fit to take advantage of what Smith does well.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I could wrap my head around Andy Reid. Reid AND Smith would be a coup. Reid has a nose for good defensive coaches as well so that side of the ball would get the right attention. #signmeup

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

    Also, I don’t know how far off we were with our evaluation of the team. Chiefs are reminding me a lot of the 49ers in Singletary’s last year. Talented team with horrible coaching. It can be turned around.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      San Fran circa 2010? IDK. That team had great defensive depth.

  • Andres Garcia

    What? I’m sorry… how many turnover did Matt Causeless have?

  • drake

    if you think anybody will come here while pioli is here you are crazy. peyton manning is the first example of somebody who smelled that pioli stink and then the heartbreaker was that jeff fischer wouldnt even talk to us because pioli is affliated with this organization. pioli cost KC manning and fischer and brought in romeo and matt cassel again hahahahah. heres an idea: i would take mike vick for 2 years till johnny football comes up to draft!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I said as much, but I think that will only apply to veteran HC’s like Reid and/or Gruden. I doubt a Chip Kelly would care about Pioli being retained. He just wants a shot. So while I’d prefer an experienced guy, I could live with Geno Smith, Chip Kelly, and Scott Pioli.

      • Jim Harper

        I could live with that too, but would prefer to get Geno Smith, Chip Kelly, and just about anybody else for GM. If Clark is truly concerned about the money then we may have to live with Pioli another year. At least I think he has another year left on his contract. However, I really do not think this team gets turned around until Pioli is gone. Any coaches coming in are not going to be willing to do that if they think Pioli is leaving because then they become part of the old regime, and most GM’s want to pick their HC.

    • TAZMOSIS

      I was all in….until you brought up Vick and Manziel. Vick is done, and we know nothing yet about “Johhny Football”. Yeah, he looked good this year, and brought a lot of excitement to A&M, but let’s not get carried away. Let’s see how he grows into the position, both physically and mentally. As for Vick, this guy has been over-hyped since he came into the NFL. He has absolutely no chance of being successful in a starting role.

  • TAZMOSIS

    I look at both Andy Reid and Romeo Crennel in much the same light. Both guys have talented rosters that were expected to win and get to the playoffs. Reid had maybe the best chance of the two just because everyone thought that Michael Vick would be the man at QB. Well. that didn’t work out anymore than it did in Vick’s entire career. As for the Chiefs. Romeo started out with no real starting QB, and the rest of the team wasn’t strong enough to make up the shortfalls. As to the qualifications of both coaches, it is apparent that Andy Reid is the far better coach, just based on his production. Andy’s problem is that he has just been in Philly much too long. And, he put way too much faith in Vick. Crennel has finally proven that he is just not a head coach. He may be a really good DC, but I think it is time for Romeo to move on. At 65, he can still get hired by one of the remaining 31 teams who need a qualified DC, and he certainly fits that description. I think that Reid would be a great fit for the Chie,fs provided that the team gets the right GM. He doesn’t ask to be the decision maker on personnel, and he can bring a new, young QB to a point that the Chiefs are in dire need of. Hunt needs to make a statement, both verbally and by action, as in getting rid of Pioli and Crennel asap. But, I really don’t expect that to happen before season’s end. Hunt has to show his fans and the rest of the NFL that the current path of the Chiefs will no longer be tolerated, not in the front office, the coaching staff or the players. Everyone, including the owner, is accountable, and Hunt needs to make that point, loud and clear.

    • Chris

      Hunt is loyal to money above all else. We need to boycott the stadium instead having a ‘blackout’. One game without fans would be all it would take. It would be all over the news and there would finally be action. If we keep going Clark is still making money. Fire Piloi!

  • calciomoti

    I love it…a cripple fight!!!

  • adam sherman

    Geno > Barkley.

    If we draft any other QB this off-season I might go lose my sh@#.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I wouldn’t cry in my beer if they took Barkley or Bray instead.

  • ArrowFan

    IDK if we trade QB’s with Dumbver regardless of coaching I don’t think it is to much of a stretch to say our records would switch as well.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That kind of goes without saying. Manning’s one of the absolute best to ever play the game. The coach be damned.

    • kxmars

      It’s a nice thought, but I don’t agree. Denver won a playoff game last year with freaking Tebow of all people. That goes to show how good the rest of that team was last year. Their D carried them a long way, and they’re even better this year. Add Manning, a healthy Dumerville, and an improved Von Miller to the mix and they’re one of the best in the league. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see them win the SB.

      • Chris

        I respectfully disagree with you. Have you watched the Colts this year? There isn’t a more important position in football than QB. It’s a game of inches…better throw here, shorter 3rd down, one more td here…it all adds up.

      • ArrowFan

        If we both had Manning Sunday who wins? I say us by like 3 scores.

      • ArrowFan

        So did ours and they beat a Pittsburgh team we nearly beat with Palko at QB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nico.marquez.98 Nico Marquez

    jason babin just cut by eagles i think its a no brainer we got to pick this guy up

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