COMMENTARY: Chiefs – So Now What?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — So now what? The Chiefs finish the season with 2 wins and 14 loses, and what was supposed to be a celebration of 50 years of NFL football in Kansas City, has turned into a franchise nightmare and a league embarrassment. And if you’re Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt, you have to take some of the responsibility and also take some action.
It’s the feeling of this sports reporter that head coach Romeo Crennel is gone, fired… as soon as tomorrow if not already. And the only thing saving GM Scott Pioli right now is the fact that Hunt genuinely likes him. But his record as a general manager in Kansas City leaves alot to be desired… A LOT.
Four years, one division title with one playoff game, which happened to be a home loss by more than 3 touchdowns. He’s hired two head coaches, neither has worked out. One he fired mid-season, the other lasted one full season along with a handful of games from another. The Chiefs had eight different pro bowl players in that time span, but only one of them was drafted by Pioli.
On top of all that, in this season that was supposed to be a 50 year celebration, the franchise has a definite disconnect with its fan base, and the community. And we’re not just talking about ticket sales. Win or lose for the most part over the last 20 years plus, this football team has been fun to watch, fun to cheer, fun to cover. Now, it’s none of those.
Four seasons with Scott Pioli as General Manager and now 3 last place finishes. Something’s got to give, something’s got to change. The ultimate responsibility lies with ownership. So Clark Hunt, in some ways, this is just like the start of a football game… and you’ve won the coin toss.