By Lucas McMillan
By any measure, the Chiefs are having a horrendous season. They are 1-10 and have only scored 161 points while allowing opposing teams to run up 301. In a game earlier this year against the Raiders, Jamaal Charles only got five carries. Head coach Romeo Crennel later said he didn’t know how it happened. That’s right, the head coach wasn’t sure how Charles received so few carries in a game.
It’s the kind of year that inspired the following tweet from KC fan @ShooterMcGavin_ on Twitter: “BREAKING: More moves in college football: The Kansas City Chiefs will be joining the Big 10 in 2013.” Matt Cassel, after being knocked out of a game with an injury, was cheered by his home crowd… for being hurt. Things are going sour in Kansas City, and fast. It’s that kind of year for the Chiefs, who could be heading for a historic blow-up at season’s end.
When a team struggles this mightily, it isn’t uncommon to see a changing of the guard. However, the Chiefs could see a changing of, well, just about everything. Crennel is almost certainly gone, and quarterback Matt Cassel also seems a likely casualty of 2012’s miserable campaign. The team’s lone offensive bright spot, running back Jamaal Charles, is getting angry at his team’s play, and it isn’t hard to see why.
“We’re frustrated every week. Every time we get a loss, it’s frustrating,” Charles said. “I don’t know when it’s going to stop, but hopefully we can did deep down in our souls and find a way to get out of this.”
However, the biggest casualty of the Chiefs’ offseason will likely be general manager Scott Pioli. The team brought him in from the New England Patriots four years ago to right the ship, but the Chiefs have not achieved the kind of gaudy results they expected when they hired one of the Pats’ draft masterminds.
In his fourth year as the team’s GM and fourth year of quarterback Matt Cassel, whom Pioli imported from New England, things appear to be ripping apart at the seams. The fact of the matter is this: Pioli was Bill Belichick’s vice president of player personnel, and benefited tremendously from the association.
The Chiefs hired him based not so much on his reputation but on the reputation of the Patriots’ organization as a whole. It’s safe to say that they were sold a false bill of goods.
Outside of a few impact players on the defense side of the ball like Tamba Hali and Eric Berry, and Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on the offense, Pioli has done alarmingly little to boost the Chiefs through the draft. He is, by all accounts, an autocratic ruler with almost complete control over personnel decisions.
As Pioli is about to find out, the problem with that approach is that all of the responsibility also leads to all of the blame. The Chiefs could and should wipe the slate clean this offseason. Whoever inherits the team will most likely have a number one overall pick and several talented and promising skill position players.
However, the 2013 Chiefs will look very different from the pitiful 2012 version. If the Chiefs’ ownership does what they should, you won’t see the head coach, quarterback or GM in the building next season.
Lucas McMillan is a writer for FootballSchedule.me. To checkout the week-by-week Chiefs Schedule as well as the latest NFL and college football news, visit Football Schedule. Follow Football Schedule on Facebook and Twitter @FBSchedule.