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Old 10-07-2012, 09:12 PM  
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Mellinger:Crennel’s bad decisions key to latest Chiefs debacle

Crennel’s bad decisions key to latest Chiefs debacle
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs have been pathetic already, so that’s not the surprising part. And they’ve looked hopeless, so that’s not new, either.

What we see now is worse, somehow, a bit further from respectability than even fans calling the team an “embarrassment” on a sign in the parking lot, or demanding the general manager be fired on a banner flown over the stadium before the game.

What we see now is a disjointed mess of a football team that was supposed to compete for the division title but is instead sinking toward the bottom of the league, with a head coach unable to make it stop and an offensive lineman making national headlines for destroying fans who cheered their quarterback’s injury.

If this isn’t rock bottom, then we could all save ourselves some trouble by guzzling Drano.

Because in losing 9-6 to the Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, the Chiefs missed what even folks on the payroll have to admit is probably their last chance to salvage the season. Instead, the Chiefs dunked their fans’ heads even deeper under water.

This time, it’s Romeo Crennel’s turn to face charges of incompetence because, honestly, did Todd Haley ever mismanage a game this badly?

A defense-first man by nature, and still the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator, Crennel blew a fabulous performance against the league’s No. 2 offense because he couldn’t get anything else right.

The only thing Crennel appears willing to risk in his game plans is Jamaal Charles’ future — coming off ACL surgery, the Chiefs’ star running back is the only player in the league to go over 30 touches twice this season — and the result diminished the Ravens’ risk of losing.

A bizarre decision to punt instead of try for a first down or Hail Mary at the end of the first half, more will-breaking penalties and a team presumably coached to value the ball instead padding its league lead in turnovers sucked the possibilities from a game the Chiefs otherwise should’ve won.

Even by Kansas City standards, the idea of losing at home while rushing for 214 yards and outgaining one of the league’s premier offenses is extreme. But Crennel pulled it off by showing appropriately little faith in Cassel — but refusing to bench him.

The decision was no longer Crennel’s after Cassel got hurt in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late. Cassel threw two interceptions — including one into heavy coverage to Dwayne Bowe while Steve Maneri didn’t have a defender within 10 yards — and fumbled the snap on a quarterback sneak at the goal line. Damage done.

Spirit squashed.

Crennel might be the only coach in NFL history to be so loyal to a game-manager quarterback who has 13 turnovers in five games.

“No,” Crennel said when I asked after the game if he considered benching Cassel before the injury.

This is a problem, especially after Crennel talked openly last week of giving backup Brady Quinn a chance if Cassel continued to falter. Quinn has been behind Charlie Frye, Ken Dorsey and Derek Anderson in his career, so we’re not talking about Len Dawson here, but at some point a coach needs to be willing to make a change.

For Crennel, that point didn’t come until he had no other choice.

He is instead the coach of a team that can’t quit a quarterback who both averages nearly three turnovers a game and provides such minimal playmaking that the entire game plan centers on minimizing Cassel’s impact.

Crennel is a smart man and one of the most respected defensive coordinators in recent league history. But when the Chiefs promoted him to head coach, the team’s decision-makers made the behind-the-scenes case that Crennel’s 24-40 record in Cleveland was more a reflection of a dysfunctional franchise than the man’s ability.

Five games into the season, and Chiefs fans are left with this disheartening dilemma: Crennel really is that bad of a coach, or the Chiefs are now as dysfunctional as the Browns.

Actually, after a 12th loss in their last 15 games and a group of players and fans who share a strong mutual distaste for each other, it’s pretty clear that the worse of those two possibilities is now Kansas City’s sad reality.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:46 PM   #76
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Okay, okay.

But what if Cassel had a stringy beard and wore a table cloth on his head? What then?

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:46 PM   #77
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same offensive line that knocked the QB out

same offensive line that just cried about the fan base and threw them under the bus

yeah Pioli acquired them. Thanks
Cassel took 47 sacks in NE and 42 in KC his first season.

The fault doesn't lie with the offensive line.

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:47 PM   #78
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Other than Millen, has a fanbase ever declared all-out war with the GM and owner?
I'm pretty sure we're the first fanbase to draft our own Declaration of Independence!
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:52 PM   #79
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This is great. The revolution is underway and now gaining national attention. We won't stand for this steaming pile of crap any longer.

Don't back down now...don't cow-tow to the loyalty police. WE are the loyal ones, because we're willing to go through whatever it takes to change this franchise.
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Well, I for one, regret that we only have one quarterback to give to the neurologist.

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Cassel took 47 sacks in NE and 42 in KC his first season.

The fault doesn't lie with the offensive line.

Dumbass.
Through five games I believe his sack rate is higher than ever, despite playing behind the 5th ranked pass blocking OL.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:58 PM   #82
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heh

I remember being told by some dumbasses here that Herm wasn't REALLY that great of a drafter.

****ing idiots.
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Cassel took 47 sacks in NE and 42 in KC his first season.

The fault doesn't lie with the offensive line.

Dumbass.
Yep, beat me to it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:00 PM   #84
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heh

I remember being told by some dumbasses here that Herm wasn't REALLY that great of a drafter.

****ing idiots.
Herm wasn't. He was a mindless toad turd.

Kuharich, however, was another story.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:01 PM   #85
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heh

I remember being told by some dumbasses here that Herm wasn't REALLY that great of a drafter.

****ing idiots.
I wouldn't mind having him back as a player personnel guy.
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heh

I remember being told by some dumbasses here that Herm wasn't REALLY that great of a drafter.

****ing idiots.
That's because Herm isn't a drafter, he was a coach. And a shitty one to boot.
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Herm wasn't. He was a mindless toad turd.

Kuharich, however, was another story.

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We've been down this road before. Kuharich was never a good drafter. Ask the Saints. And before you start trying to name great players he drafted for the Saints, as I said, we've been down that road before.

Herm was very much a part of those drafts.
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I wouldn't mind having him back as a player personnel guy.
He could probably use the sleep.

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We've been down this road before. Kuharich was never a good drafter. Ask the Saints. And before you start trying to name great players he drafted for the Saints, as I said, we've been down that road before.

Herm was very much a part of those drafts.
We are at loggerheads, Mr. TheGuardian.

I, on the side of facts and truth, and you on the side of ... well ... roid rage and origami zoo animals.

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Herm wasn't. He was a mindless toad turd.

Kuharich, however, was another story.

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Hunt should have just promoted him.
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