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  • There's Always 2013: Kansas City Chiefs



    As with the Lions who were featured yesterday, the Kansas City Chiefs came into the 2012 season expecting a promising campaign. Dumb writers like me ended up thinking that the Chiefs had a good shot at the playoffs. We thought that Matt Cassel only needed an average season. Jamaal Charles certainly wasn't going to hated by Romeo Crennel like he was obviously hated by Haley. Romeo is a players coach. The defense was going to be better. Unfortunately, the season began exactly as it would continue. The offense committed three turnovers in a 40-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

    WHAT WENT WRONG
    It may be shorter to talk about what did not go wrong, but I will try to go into each point a little bit.

    First, the Chiefs made a decision that mirrored a decision made by the Cleveland Browns during the last ten years. That very thought alone should be verboten in all managerial offices around the NFL. Somehow, the Chiefs saw Romeo Crennel as more than a good to great defensive coordinator; they thought he could be a head coach.

    Secondly, the quarterback position has been awful, injured, healed, awful, re-tread and then awful again. Matt Cassel went 1-7 with 6 touchdowns and 12 picks. He was a large reason why the team committed 21 turnovers during the first six games of the season. The best thing that Brady Quinn has done is say this after the worst thing that happened to the team occurred:

    “The one thing people can hopefully try to take away, I guess, is the relationships they have with people,” Quinn said after the Chiefs beat the Panthers 27-21 for their second victory of the season. “I know when it happened, I was sitting and, in my head, thinking what I could have done differently. When you ask someone how they are doing, do you really mean it? When you answer someone back how you are doing, are you really telling the truth?
    “We live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-day basis.”
    Despite having insightful comments in the eye of a horrible situation, Quinn's play on the field has been horrible as well. Quinn has two touchdowns and six picks with a yards per attempt lower than Christian Ponder.

    The turnovers problem alone is something that much more talented teams would not be able to overcome. Today, they sit at a -22 turnover differential, 31st in the league. They had less than three turnovers just once during the first eight games of the season.

    Jamaal Charles is averaging 4.9 yards per carry but still is on pace for under 300 carries. Still, this season will end as the one where he has taken on the largest workload of his career. It is not enough. Dwayne Bowe is the leading pass catcher with 59 catches and just over 800 yards. He was just placed on IR and his tumultuous time in Kansas City may be over.

    Consequently, the team is averaging slightly less than two touchdowns a game (13.9 ppg) and is the worst in point differential along with having the worst points per game average offensively.

    Defensively, that have only 24 sacks this season. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali have 18 of those while the secondary has only seven interceptions. They can't cover after losing Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers has no impressive stats. They can't rush the passer and they cannot create turnovers.

    Time to move on. This is just depressing.

    WHAT CAN BE DONE
    Get a new coach and wait. The team has holes at DT, CB, FS, WR, and QB.

    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Amy's Avatar
      I feel so bad for RAC. I really do. I hoped he'd become BB2 with his second try as a HC. But, I think now that he should stick to DC. Which sucks, I wanted to root for KC in the Super Bowl with RAC as HC.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Man, I struggled with the Chiefs:

      Red
      Nate Eachus
      Brady Quinn
      Ricky Stanzi
      Alex Tanney
      Peyton Hillis
      Terrance Copper
      Steve Maneri
      Jamar Newsome
      Jake O'Connell
      Allen Bailey
      Glenn Dorsey
      Anthony Toribio
      Leon Williams
      Andy Studebaker
      Tyson Jackson
      Travis Daniels
      Abram Elam
      Tysyn Hartman
      Kyle McCarthy

      Yellow
      Matt Cassel
      Jon Baldwin
      Kevin Boss
      Steve Breaston
      Dexter McCluster
      Tony Moeaki
      Martin Rucker
      Russ Hockstein
      Bryan Mattison
      Javier Arenas
      Ropati Pitoitua
      Jerrell Powe
      Shaun Smith
      Corey Greenwood
      Edgar Jones
      Brandon Siler
      Kendrick Lewis
      Neiko Thorpe

      Green
      Jamaal Charles
      Dwayne Bowe
      Jon Asamoah
      Ryan Lilja
      Eric Winston
      Tamba Hali
      Justin Houston
      Derrick Johnson
      Eric Berry
      Brandon Flowers
      Dustin Colquitt
      Thomas Gafford
      Ryan Succop
      Branden Albert

      Developing
      Patrick DiMarco
      Shaun Draughn
      Cyrus Gray
      Josh Bellamy
      Devon Wylie
      Jeff Allen
      Rodney Hudson
      Donald Stephenson
      Dontari Poe
      Jalil Brown
      De'Quan Menzie
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      To me it comes down to one of my favorite NFL bogeymen, Scott Pioli. He has been a disaster both in the draft and culturally. He has almost single-handedly managed to alienate one of the most loyal fan bases in the country.

      Almost four complete years into a tenure in which Pioli demanded and got total control, the man is an unmitigated failure.

      I'm glad to see that the rumors about his demise have started. It's about time.
    1. mkocs6's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Amy View Post
      I feel so bad for RAC. I really do. I hoped he'd become BB2 with his second try as a HC. But, I think now that he should stick to DC. Which sucks, I wanted to root for KC in the Super Bowl with RAC as HC.
      This is already Crennel's second try. [Misread Amy's original comment. Whoops.]

      Honestly, I don't understand how anyone who's watched any football in the last four years could hire Brian Daboll.
    1. Docta's Avatar
      You forgot to list QB as one of their holes. There'll be a fan mutiny if they don't get someone to replace Cassel/Quinn. They don't really need OL help anymore, and Poe has played fine for a rookie. They do need help at both DE spots though.

      For the roster evaluation, Albert definitely belongs in the Green section, and Menzie's just a rookie, so you've got to put him in Developing.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Docta View Post
      They don't really need OL help anymore
      Wow, surprised to read that. Scanning fan comments, they beyotch a lot about a line that can't open holes for Charles or protect the QB du minute.
    1. Docta's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      Wow, surprised to read that. Scanning fan comments, they beyotch a lot about a line that can't open holes for Charles or protect the QB du minute.
      They've been plagued with injuries. Albert has missed a few games due to back spasms and those usually linger. Lilja and Asomoah have also missed some games, so it's forced them to move some guys around. I guess drafting some OL for depth wouldn't hurt.

      Also, KC fans are a little emotional right now. These are the same guys that flew a banner over Arrowhead to get Pioli fired.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      When everybody is healthy the Chiefs have on the best, if not THE best, offensive line in the NFL. Albert has become a top-flight left tackle despite years of complaints that he should be moved to guard, and Winston is as good as they come as far as right tackles currently go. Ryan Lilja is a spectacular fit for their blocking scheme and Jon Asamoah has developed into a great guard to compliment him. And Rodney Hudson, before his early injury, was looking like he was going to fit right in with the rest of these guys upon taking over for Casey Wiegmann.

      The problem, as Doc said, lies in the injuries. Jeff Allen has sucked in his rookie year and Donald Stephenson has been very up and down. But when the starting five is healthy, there aren't many other O-Lines that can compete with them.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Pioli has to go. Bringing in Browns rejects is never a good move.