After seven games of the 2012 NFL season, the Chiefs are tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers for the worst record in the league. Both have eyes toward 2013.
At 1-6, and a Thursday night showdown at San Diego awaiting this struggling franchise, Kansas City finds itself in some deep waters. The organization at the top has been unwilling to give the fans what they want, Scott Pioli's job.
They continue to believe in a Head Coach, who in short order, has lost the ability to bring together a band of talented players. Instead, he's led a group of underachievers into the 2013 NFL Quarterback Draft sweepstakes.
Seriously, I'm getting tired of bashing Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Thankfully both will be gone at years end. Honestly if I had the power, I'd hand them both the boot after Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders. But with the short week ahead, what's the point.
And as badly as that makes sense to do right now, until Chairman of the Board, Clark Hunt, makes a decision about Pioli, nothing is going to change in Kansas City. And until that day comes for Chiefs fans, nothing else can be addressed for 2013.
Fair or not Pioli is the ultimate scapegoat. But with two road games ahead and the planned ‘Black Sunday' campaign on November 18th in Kansas City against the Bengals, Hunt has ample time to save his reputation and begin the healing process with the fan base by dumping his overpaid General Manager.
On Sunday, the energetic crowd did their part. They cheered, stayed in their seats until the beginning of the fourth quarter and they didn't boo Matt Cassel, when he came in for the injured Brady Quinn.
And if all that wasn't enough for Hunt to act, I'm not sure they'll be any change between now and the end of the season.
On the field, it's clear after Sunday's loss, the blame doesn't fall on the feet of Cassel. Considering the interior of his offensive line was woeful, he did his best to lead KC's offense. But he took a beating.
Defensively the Chiefs are paper thin at cornerback and that's not something the Chiefs can solve prior to Tuesday's trade deadline. Nor can they solve their anemic pass rushing abilities. For two games now, both Justin Houston and Tamba Hali in particular, who is killing this unit with his one-dimensional ability, have been unable to put any pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
No matter what I say there is only one conclusion, this team just isn't very good and it's not going to get better any time soon. And should they miraculously turn things around in November and December, they'll lose the chance to draft either Barkley or Smith.
Sadly, that's how far this once proud original AFL franchise has fallen into the abyss.
In all my years supporting and bleeding Chiefs red, I've never seen apathy this low in the non-season ticket holder crowd that apprise most of the Chiefs fan base. Nor have I ever seen a team this talented, continue to lose on Sunday because of generic game plans and a lack of execution by the players.
But that's the state of the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs. It's the one that ownership continues to support. And until further notice, this franchise continues to accept losing, mediocrity and an unwillingness to spend the mighty dollars to stop the bleeding.
And MONEY is the only cure that's left on the table that can get the Chiefs off life support and put them back on the road to recovery in time to save the 2013 season.
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