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Old 09-30-2012, 07:02 PM  
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Mellinger: Enough’s enough: Clark Hunt must make major changes now

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/30...hunt-must.html

Enough’s enough: Clark Hunt must make major changes now

By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs lost their last bit of reasonable hope in a loss so head-shakingly embarrassing it pushed this season from merely awful to pathetic, and some rich men are going to lose their jobs over this.

They need to, anyway, or else a fan base that deserves better is suffering for no reason. If this season were a meal, you’d send it back. Or end up really sick.

Either way, you wouldn’t go back to the restaurant, and that’s the part that has the legs to create some real change after only a few of the Chiefs’ closest friends stuck around to see the end of an embarrassing 37-20 loss to the Chargers at home on Sunday.

Because this is beyond hope, beyond excuses, beyond any explanation that isn’t a fireable offense for everyone who can be fired. This is gross, and imagining it improving requires a stiff imagination or a stiffer drink.

Romeo Crennel needs to fire Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback, because Cassel is now not only bad but hopeless.

Pioli needs to fire Crennel, because he’s building a convincing case as the worst head coach in the league.

And Clark Hunt needs to fire Pioli, because every stitch of progress with this roster is undermined by fundamental flaws in quarterback, head coach and philosophy that are a direct reflection of the general manager and serve as something like a parking brake on the franchise’s stated goal of winning championships.

The argument to make major changes goes something like this: Crennel is overmatched trying to be head coach and defensive coordinator, and a roster top-heavy with stars but lacking in depth cannot drag a leaking quarterback through today’s pass-happy NFL. Pioli has not earned the right to choose the next quarterback or a third head coach.

The argument to maintain status quo goes something like this: hey, it’s the NFL, and maybe the Chiefs can get really, really, really lucky.

Tickets are already sold for games that are already scheduled, so the Chiefs will go ahead and play out the last three-fourths of a meaningless season, but by now the only drama is whether games will be blacked out, how bad Cassel has to stink before he gets benched, and whether a bumbling product that’s now lost three games by two touchdowns or more will be enough to convince Hunt that his broken franchise needs major fixes.

That win last week in New Orleans felt good for a moment, like a candy bar for that afternoon crash, but we’re going to end up remembering it as empty calories keeping the Chiefs from a higher draft pick – a pick that needs to be made by whomever Hunt hires after he fires Pioli.

Because, enough. We’ve seen enough. The quarterback hand-picked and made apparently untouchable by Pioli’s faith and New England nostalgia has been booed in both stadiums at Truman Sports Complex and now has 10 turnovers in four games.

Pioli’s Chiefs continue to spit into the NFL’s wind, and the franchise’s fans deserve better than to slog through a 19th consecutive season without a playoff win while wasting more productive years from Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe, Justin Houston and the other good players stuck in a slogging Process that might max out at mediocre.

A roster so galvanized 10 months ago by its beloved Romeo is now a stumbling mess, three blowout losses in four tries, only a comeback win over one of the few organizations in football with less direction keeping them from being winless.

Cassel isn’t up to the demands of championship quarterback, and it’s not his fault that his bosses are slow to recognize he’s just good enough to get beat. Crennel is now 27-44 as a head coach, and Pioli still hasn’t been in charge of a playoff win without Tom Brady starting at quarterback.

Four years into what seemed like a great idea at the time, Pioli’s teams have an 0-1 postseason record and are working on a third disaster in four years.

Pioli is on record saying Cassel can be good enough to win a title. Everything he’s done here for four years is based on that belief, and with that evaluation so obviously wrong, there is no way Hunt can responsibly give him the chance to choose the next quarterback.

At this point, the worst thing that can happen is that the Chiefs win enough games to hold off major changes and strive for mediocrity one more year and waste more of the careers of players under long-term control who can be part of the solution.

The good news is it’s hard to imagine them doing even that.

When you think about it, this about the worst position a team can put its fans in: hoping for a season so bad it forces changes. Here comes Hunt’s chance to show Chiefs fans he shares their disgust in an underperforming team and won’t accept failure.

Your move, Clark.

To reach Sam Mellinger, call 816-234-4365, send e-mail to smellinger@kcstar.com or follow twitter.com/mellinger. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:51 PM   #106
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I understand your anger but I was trying to be realistic.

There's no way cHunt fires everyone this week.
No need.

In fact, fire no one until Week 17.

Then tell them all to get the **** out.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:52 PM   #107
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I understand your anger but I was trying to be realistic.

There's no way cHunt fires everyone this week.
He should. And ftr I'm not even angry. I'm resigned to the fact that we are going yo have to suck and suck good to do what needs to happen.

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Old 09-30-2012, 08:54 PM   #108
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Add Eliot Wolf to the list as well.

It sure wouldn't hurt to have his father as a consultant, either.
This.

Eliot Wolf is recognized in Green Bay as a real talent and they worked their asses off to make sure he stayed there when McKenzie went to the Raiders.

The guy knows smaller market football that needs to cater to the the fan base and his dad was one of the more successful football GM's in recent history.

He's only 30/31, but I'm ready for some fresh blood in this joint.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #109
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He should. And ftr I'm not even angry. I'm resigned to the fact that we are going yo have to suck and suck good to do what needs to happen.

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Yeah, Geno Smith would be a amazing in a Chiefs uni. As would have RGIII or Matt Ryan. Or Dan Marino. Or...

Ah, **** it.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:56 PM   #110
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He is our defender of truth and justice.

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Old 09-30-2012, 08:56 PM   #111
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Personally unless Pioli does something to break the law or embrass the franchise in someway other than on the football field I wouldn't give him the axe until December 31, 2012.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:57 PM   #112
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Have you guys thought about what REALLY ****ing sucks?

Not only did a certain Stanford QB **** over the Colts and win two Super Bowls in Denver, he ****ed over the Chiefs by signing Manning.

It's a AMAZING to me that ONE CHOICE can make such a gigantic difference in the future of a franchise.

We're going on ****ing 30 years of Elway ****ing the Chiefs. and with no end in sight.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:57 PM   #113
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Honestly all we need to do is replace Pioli. A new GM will most assuredly can Crennel and Cassel.
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Yeah, Geno Smith would be a amazing in a Chiefs uni. As would have RGIII or Matt Ryan. Or Dan Marino. Or...

Ah, **** it.
I was all in on RG3 also.

I just don't see how anyone who can see and most blind people can't tell what Cassel is...
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:57 PM   #115
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Eh, Manning was never coming here anyway. Scott ****ed that up, too.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:58 PM   #116
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One and Fifteeno for Geno.

Let these worthless pricks all keep their jobs until the end of the season.

The team is really putting in a solid effort to be horrible.

I see no other reason to let them do anything but continue to get shellacked every week so there is absolute justification for a total house cleaning and the opportunity to get a real QB in Kansas City - finally.



A total suckitude of the 2012 season virtually ensures this.

Tank this sucker hard.
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I just don't see how anyone who can see and most blind people can't tell what Cassel is...
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Honestly, all this proves is that Pioli is a ****ing uncreative, untalented, Peter-Principled puppet that has only risen to his rank through nepotism and ass kissing.

Nice legacy, Fatboy.
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Personally unless Pioli does something to break the law or embrass the franchise in someway other than on the football field I wouldn't give him the axe until December 31, 2012.
They won't fire the GM midseason. It would accomplish nothing. If he is fired it will be at the end of the season.
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Personally unless Pioli does something to break the law or embrass the franchise in someway other than on the football field I wouldn't give him the axe until December 31, 2012.
I'm inclined to fire him on Dec. 20, just in case.
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One and Fifteeno for Geno.

Let these worthless pricks all keep their jobs until the end of the season.
Play like BS for GS.
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