But then again, who could blame Muir. Palko neither has the arm strength or the confidence in his game to beat a team like the Patriots on the road. He threw a hat trick of interceptions and was off target when he tried to throw the ball down the field.
In time, his accuracy might change, but Palko isn't the answer. There's also no guarantee Palko's backup, Ricky Stanzi, will be any better. The problem with this team is that the issues run deeper than the quarterback position.
So what's next?
We say the same thing every week. Right now the Kansas City Chiefs aren't a good football team and they aren't well coached. General manager Scott Pioli has much work to do to fix things in Kansas City. So why not start now? With Matt Cassel on injured reserve, the Chiefs aren't going to get any better.
At some point as the losses continue to mount, Pioli must do something about Todd Haley. It's clear that he's not reaching his players and Pioli's reputation is taking a huge hit every day he continues to stand by his head coach. In returning to New England on Monday, he has to be wondering if he made the right decision leaving the Patriots to come to the Chiefs. I maintain he did.
The good news is he can fix what's wrong on this football team. But it will require some swift choices.
First, he has to admit he made some mistakes building this team. Then, take solace in the fact that really none of them were franchise killers. Sure, it set the team back, but those mistakes can be overcome.
Still the buck stops at his desk and going forward, with six games left, he has to wrestle with what's best for this football team now and in the future.
He has to admit, even with the horrific season-ending injuries to some of last year's Pro Bowl players, that the coaching staff needs to be overhauled. After another blowout loss, it's inevitable.
With names such as Marty Schottenheimer, Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher, Brian Billick and Jon Gruden available for hire, Pioli has to land himself a veteran coach. That would allow him to go back to scouting, much like he did in New England where he and Bill Belichick won three Super Bowls together.
With a veteran head coach in hand in Kansas City, Pioli can concentrate on building a championship team instead of worrying about what went wrong this season.
But if Pioli doesn't act swiftly and decisively, then that train of mediocrity will continue to deplete the interest of the fan base. And when that happens, it won't matter what Pioli does to fix things.
What Pioli saw on Monday night was a team on offense that has scored just a single touchdown in the last three games, a defense that just doesn't have the horses to sack opposing quarterbacks on a consistent basis and a coaching staff that isn't working in unison. Without major change, the franchise tailspin will linger.
So why not do the inevitable, and shake things up now?
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