Mass Confusion

That's really all that can be said. On a balmy afternoon Sunday in Tampa, these Kansas City Chiefs are in a total state of confusion. I don't think I've seen such a total lack of cohesiveness in my 20+ years of observation of this team.

Without a doubt, the play calling was nothing short of inept. The defense allowed a mediocre quarterback to have his way. 38-10…Seriously?

I'm sorry but I can't describe this effort as anything less than the zenith of the capability of this team, this season. I really don't believe the Chiefs will win another game unless it is handed to them. Romeo Crennel is not the right captain for this ship and it's magnified every time this team takes the field.

Brian Daboll has no right being an offensive coordinator in this league. The talent that takes the field every Sunday is beholden to the ability of the offensive play caller to call an inspired offense. Daboll is not that person.

Crennel has the pedigree to call an inspired defense AND he has the talent to do it. Unfortunately, he is the head coach and has to (or should) be able to marshal the entire team effort. That hasn't happened in six games.

Fundamentally, this team has the goods. You have (until today) the league leading rusher. You have a receiver capable of world class performance. You have role players that can take care of business but you don't have the quarterback or the coaching staff to take it to the next level.

Brady Quinn could possibly make the next jump in performance if given the nod, but I'm not sure the Crennel staff can make that happen. Scott Pioli will be pushing for Matt Cassel's return and I can tell you, in no uncertain terms, that a decision like that could mean the end of Pioli's tenure as the general manager for the Chiefs by the end of the season.

If I'm Clark Hunt, I have to ask myself realistically, is Scott Pioli the right man to manage the future of my NFL franchise? The Hunt family professional sports enterprise's marquee property is losing its luster. If this team continues to lose, and I have no optimistic delusion that they will win, then Hunt has to go back to the drawing board.

Mark Donovan is the right choice to run the business-side. He is a solid manager who knows what it takes to run a successful business. His issue falls to the generator of that business. Football operations. Can Pioli guarantee a product capable of producing the revenue needed to provide a profit for the Hunt's? Not likely based on the current product on the field.

I have tendency to relate things to dollars and cents. Or more accurately, dollars and sense. I've seen this team's run as the premier franchise of the NFL under Lamar Hunt and Carl Peterson and I've now seen it turned into the butt of jokes for the elite factions of the NFL. I can't see Clark allowing the lack of production to continue.

Clark is a businessman and the Hunt family has a deep reputation for running profitable enterprises. Will he stand by and watch this product become a bastion of helplessness? A product so devoid of the basic sense of competiveness that all other comers will look at the Chiefs as a virtual pushover?

Right now…today….I believe that Hunt will make sure he doesn't make an enemy of Kansas City fans. His father knew the score as it relates to this city and he persevered even through the tough times of the late 70's and through the 80's.

I think that Hunt has the best interests of his team at heart and by extension, Kansas City. We'll see what the next few weeks have to offer but the bye week may be a breather for everyone. I'm not optimistic about the Chiefs chances against the Raiders but there may be enough emotion lingering for it to be at least a game.

Hope springs eternal and I'm a believer at heart…for now.


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