January 09, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Romeo Crennel (left) speaks to media as he is officially announced as the new Kansas City Chiefs head coach by general manager Scott Pioli at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

KC Fans: Judgement Day Is Finally Here

As the final seconds of the Chiefs 38-3 stomping at the hands of the Denver Broncos came to a close, it brought with it the merciful end to what was the worst season in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs. It was horrible from start to finish. There weren’t enough highlights to even fill a paragraph, let alone a post. The only real solace that fans of this team can take is that change is coming. That change should start today. The question of the day is, will the general manager be part of that change?

By the time the Chiefs and Broncos kicked off Sunday it had already been reported by Jason Cole, Jason LaCanfora, and Jay Glazer that Romeo Crennel would be fired after the season was over. I consider Glazer a safe source to trust, and when you add the others to it I feel confident that Romeo is gone.

Scott Pioli is another story. There were conflicting reports all day Sunday about wether or not Pioli will be retained. Hopefully, by the time some of you are reading this it will have been announced that he is being fired, but one way or another we should know sometime today. Even if we hear nothing, I would take that as a bad sign that Pioli may be staying.

If Pioli is fired then KC fans can enjoy the only upside to being the worst team in the NFL: hope for a new start. A new GM, a new coaching staff, the first overall pick in the NFL draft, and a new franchise QB to lead the team.

If Pioli is retained then all that hope is tainted. The new coach, draft picks, and franchise QB will all be selected by a man that we have no faith in. If Clark Hunt thinks that fans will flock to buy tickets to see a new coach and new QB and forget about all the “Fire Pioli” uproar from this season, I think he is sorely mistaken.

If you are among the few that think retaining Pioli is a good idea, then I encourage you to check out this document of Scott Pioli Facts put together by SaveOurChiefs. Here are a few highlights:

The Chiefs’ record under Scott Pioli (23-42) is the worst of any GM in Chiefs history.

The Chiefs’ record against winning teams under Pioli is just 3-18.

The Chiefs are 0-27 when their opponent scores more than 24 points under Pioli.

There are plenty more, but you get the idea. The Chiefs are not headed in the right direction under Scott Pioli, and keeping him would be a huge mistake. I hope that this post is soon followed by reports that Clark Hunt is cleaning house. Firing Romeo Crennel is a start, but Scott Pioli needs to follow him out the door.

Fingers crossed, at least we’ll know soon!

Thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!

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  • John Frisbee

    Agree with all of the above. Pioli may not really be to blame, but he has to go because he has tainted the water. Chiefs fans will depart in droves rather than return to a Pioli run franchise.

  • micah stephenson

    Well So far Romeo has been fired! I hope Pioli is NEXT!

  • chiefridgy

    It’s hard to believe we’re sitting here talking about a new general manager and head coach and not talking about playoffs…..again

  • tm1946

    As the hours pass and Scott Pioli is still GM, a darkness covers Kansas City. Give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he was doing what the owner wanted in not spending to get the roster better. Maybe he is not as bad a decisionmaker as he seems. Maybe he did not figuratively tell the KC fans to kiss his rear, he was smarter than the entire NFL (“look at my record”).
    The thought of him hiring more NE coaches (he used up all the Cleveland duds), picking god only knows with the first pick, and running a QB like Cassel out again, is unbearable. Not sure Clark has a clue or gives a damn.

  • Nemoi

    Lyle, you’re my favorite AA writer but I have to disagree with you this one time. You have to look at the quarterback(s) who contributed to that record. Yes, Matt Cassel may have been a mistake (that we were all thrilled about) but given a change in that one area and Scott Pioli may be looking like our savior right now.

    • Lyle Graversen

      The two most important spots to fill for a GM are QB and head coach and Pioli has shown no ability to fill those spots. His other free agent signings and draft picks are hit and miss. I just don’t feel comfortable with him picking our coach or QB, hopefully based off Clark’s comments today it sounds like he won’t be.