The Kansas City Chiefs are terrible
The Kansas City Chiefs haven't exactly been a model franchise for some time now. After all, the once-storied team hasn't won a playoff game since January, 1994. But this season, like 2003, was supposed to be a breakthrough year. I suppose in a sense it has been. The 2012 Chiefs have broken through to become the single most embarrassing abomination to ever step foot on an NFL field.
If you've watched any of their games -- bless your heart -- then you have seen the terrible play calling, lack of effort, needless celebrations, dropped passes and bad penalties. You've seen the deplorable play calling and the questionable personnel decisions. If you haven't watched the Chiefs, then look at the stats, they don't lie.
At 1-7, Kansas City has not led in regulation this season. That is unmatched in the modern NFL. The Chiefs have turned the ball over 29 times in 8 games, and are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the league with a minus-20 turnover differential.
This isn't how it should have gone. This is a team loaded with talent. Jamaal Charles is as good a running back as there is in the NFL. The defense should be solid with two good pass rushers in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, a run-stuffing middle linebacker in Derrick Johnson and a talented secondary led by shutdown cornerback Brandon Flowers. Oh, and did I mention the three top-11 picks starting on the defensive line?
Those picks might be a good place to start with the issues. Scott Pioli, the Chiefs' general manager and former architect of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots teams, has not put together a winning team with a winning coach staff or a winning mentality. His drafts have been failures. Glenn Dorsey (who was placed on IR today) was picked 5th overall. Sure, he was a 3-technique tackle in college who is being asked to play 5-technique in the pros, but he is a bust. Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick, is a failure. The jury is still out on this year's first rounder, Dontari Poe.
Pioli has failed to get a franchise quarterback to Kansas City, instead he put the team, and his checkbook, in the hands of Matt Cassel. That hasn't gone well, to say the least. The Chiefs do not have a victory from a quarterback that they drafted since Todd Blackledge. He was drafted in 30 years ago. That is unprecedented.
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Unfortunately, the issues don't stop there. Pioli brought in Todd Haley to coach the Chiefs and that was nothing short of a train wreck. No doubt Haley, who was fired in 2011, will have a chip on his shoulder as he leads Pittsburgh's offense against the Chiefs tonight on Monday Night Football.
Now Pioli has tweedle dee and tweedle dum operating the football team. Head Coach Romeo Crennel (and his 27-48 career winning percentage) fired himself as the team's defensive coordinator this week. Meanwhile offensive coordinator Brian Daboll manages to find new ways not to put the ball in the hands of Charles week-in and week-out.
What do most of the talented, successful Chiefs have in common? They were Chiefs before Pioli was around. Let's consider some of Pioli's personnel decisions. Despite ample cap space, Pioli let cornerback Brandon Carr, who had started every game since he was drafted as a Chief, walk this offseason and replaced him with Stanford Routt for $18 million over three years. Routt was cut this week.
We already touched on Dorsey and Jackson, but how about wasting a first-round pick on Jon Baldwin, who is a bust of a wide receiver playing across the field from Dwayne Bowe, the stud Pioli won't sign to a long-term deal?
I could go on, but you get the point. So do Chiefs fans. Fans have flown banners over the stadium calling for Pioli's job, and now there is a group called SaveOurChiefs, which has about 72,000 followers on Twitter, which isn't that much less than the 118,000 or so followers on the team's official account. The group also has an active Facebook page with almost 13,000 likes and a YouTube channel.
Certainly, the comedy of errors that is Chiefs football will continue with a blowout loss tonight. The question is when the Scott Pioli comedy will end.