As I have alluded to before and I will re-emphasize, this team has problems everywhere. I believe it starts with the coaching staff and the buck certainly stops at the front office. The disarray that we witnessed on Sunday made a mediocre, non-passer of a quarterback look like the next big thing.
The option offense, as was demonstrated on Sunday, belongs on Friday nights and Saturdays, not in professional football. The wildcat as a change up can work but only attempting eight passes with two completions is not the pro game.
Romeo Crennel did not have an answer for what was shown on the field for the majority of the game. But that was all that was needed. Matt Cassel couldn't get started because of a terribly inefficient offensive line. Getting sacked four times and hurried on every other play was too much and sustaining a possible season ending throwing hand injury…not good.
A team with a losing record, two weeks in a row, has schooled these Chiefs with no concern at all. The Arrowhead mystique has all but blown away like a tumbleweed in the Kansas wind.
No offense of any substance was displayed. The offensive line looked like it wasn't even there. Every stunt or pull the Chiefs tried was sniffed out and smashed by Elvis Dumervil and company. Champ Bailey barely released on Dwayne Bowe the entire game and just about every receiver dropped the ball. The only play that worked was a perfectly executed play action at the goal line that was almost broken up by the lone Denver linebacker who didn't bite.
Cassel is not a starting quarterback, of that I'm convinced. Bill Muir is not a play caller, of that I'm convinced. Todd Haley is not a head coach, of that I'm convinced. Scott Pioli? Well, Scott Pioli is the highest paid general manager in the NFL but I'm not convinced, yet, that he is capable of putting together a winning combination without the help of Bill Belichick.
Summarizing and analyzing this game is an exercise in futility. I can go into each quarter and pick out each problem but the fact remains is that this team does not need to break down each play and find the problems. When they watch film this week, all they can really do is shake their heads and say "we coulda, shoulda, woulda."
I am all about giving readers that type of article but what this team and this town needs goes beyond an organization that obviously can't get out of its own way.
Speaking of ways, I wrote an article a couple of years ago about the arrival of Pioli and his pedigree. I wrote about the "Patriot Way" and how that would make a difference here in Kansas City if the culture was embraced and the team/organization was ready for that type of change.
I expected Pioli and by default Clark Hunt to embrace that winning culture and grow it here. Well, Arrow-Heads, the change we asked for is a lot of the same we had at the end of the Peterson regime.
One thing Carl Peterson was excellent at was providing this team with tools to win. He paid handsomely for marquee free agents but he was consistent in fielding competitive teams up until the Herm Edwards years.
After witnessing the implementation of the "Patriot Way" at One Arrowhead Drive, all that has occurred seems to be a more secretive organization and a culture of just getting by. That isn't what Belichick, Pioli and Robert Kraft had in New England. That organization was secretive but they won and won big.
Could it have been the proverbial "catching lightning in a bottle" for those years? It's starting to look that way. The NFL has always been a copycat league and this attempt at copying is no different. What appears to have been brilliant work by individuals was really the brilliance of placing those individuals together and harnessing that strength.
The management team that was developed in Foxboro was the right team at the right time.
The attempt at trying to duplicate it here has not worked. They say you can learn by studying history. They say that imitation is the greatest from of flattery. What I think is needed here is to reinvent or perhaps go back to the future and develop a new management philosophy.
The front office, as a team, need to combine efforts and collaborate. Maybe they are already doing that but from my perspective, if they actually are, it's not working.
I believe there is sincere desire to win but they also say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I've observed this team for a long time and was a casual observer since the early 70s.
What I've seen in the last couple of years doesn't measure up to what the entire NFL witnessed at the time of the merger. Those were heady years and the Chiefs of that time are looking at this team today and scratching their heads wondering "Why"? and "How"?
Even those players from the 80s are trying to figure out what happened. The difference is Lamar Hunt is no longer around. I think Clark has done a decent job of handling the transition but it hasn't gone far enough.
Oh, many will argue that we aren't giving the current football administration enough time. We're not giving the coach enough time. Well, folks, I'm here to tell you: Most teams who hire rock star general managers usually see an improvement by the third year. We thought we saw it in the second year. What we saw was a mirage.
Scott Pioli needs to get a hold of this team and the front office. He needs to have them pull up their bootstraps and start working harder.
The goal of winning a Super Bowl with Matt Cassel at the throttle and Todd Haley at the helm is a pipe dream Mr. Pioli. Acknowledge the obvious, make the hard decisions, hire an experienced playoff-caliber head coach and clean the slate of deadwood and then, then I think the Chiefs faithful will be on board, this team will start winning and the Hunt's will consider the move to hire you an unqualified success.
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