“We suck as a team right now. We’ve got to find our way, find our role and do better as a team.”
Jamaal Charles, while talking to Mitch Holthus Monday night, 810 AM
GH: Pioli, Romeo and The Clarks could learn much from Jamaal on how to address their fan base.
“This [Chiefs] team does not seem to be playing for the jersey, for the logo on the side of the helmet. This culture of paranoia and anxiety has crept down to the players.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: It is merely mid-September, but the ominous gray clouds of a long winter are already locked in place over Arrowhead as they were last season after only two games. Whose fault is it that the Chiefs are no more than a member of the NFL but not a player in this proud league? Opinions on that answer abound. Read on.
“Crennel began defending himself this week and deflecting blame for his team’s two embarrassing, blowout losses — and intimating that the fault lies not on coaches’ shoulders, but with the players.”
Kent Babb, Kansas City Star
GH: Babb offers this opinion based on Crennel stating, ‘If [the players] do their jobs the way they are supposed to do it, then we’ll be able to make the plays.” I don’t consider Babb’s assumption to be much of a leap. Crennel appears to be pointing his finger at his players with this comment. Romeo is not alone in pointing that direction. Read on.
“That was just a pitiful performance [against Buffalo] in all three phases. My goodness, embarrassing. Derek Johnson played a horrible game. While watching the tape, I saw more errors than good plays. Tamba Hali, I thought he would show up emotionally at least. Basically, he was unheard from throughout the game as well. I would not put this [loss] on the coaches. It was totally 100% on the players.”
Danan Hughes, former Chiefs’ player, 610 AM
GH: Few are questioning the talent that Scott Pioli has assembled on this Chiefs’ roster. We can all assume that Kansas City has at least as much talent as their competition in the AFC West. But Hughes just called out two of the Chiefs’ All-Pro-type players. These are Chiefs-drafted veterans in the prime of their careers. When your best players don’t execute and don’t make plays, something is very wrong with how they are being coached.
“I think the [Chiefs’] talent was overrated from the beginning. … We need 22 starters!”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: Okay, so I guess there are some who do not believe the Chiefs have the talent to compete. But know this; Jayice Pearson, as a co-host on 610 Sports’ The Big Show, might be the unhappiest, most pessimistic and downright grumpiest voice Kansas City sports talk radio has been introduced to since Conrad Dobler. There is a reason so few ex-athletes make good radio sports talk show hosts. They can’t handle dealing with non-athletes.
“I have calmed down [since the Chiefs’ loss] because I was quite perturbed.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
GH: Vernier has been in town for what, a couple of months? So all of a sudden he’s built up all this incredible angst about the Chiefs’ woes? Who does he thinks is buying his line of Wisconsin cheese? JoPo was famous for this when he first arrived in Kansas City – writing as if he grew up in the shadows of Arthur Bryant’s and Municipal Stadium on Brooklyn Ave. Vernier needs to be himself and allow his passion for the local teams to grow or wane naturally. Fake radio is bad radio – every time.
“No one knows yet if Crennel can prove, in his second stint as a head coach, that he can handle this job. But now that he’s in crisis mode, his words suggest he’s in over his head. … He also doesn’t seem to have the self-awareness necessary to identify an obvious weakness in the defense — and strip himself of coordinator duties and focus only on being the head coach. Coaches make this mistake all the time, and it almost always costs them.”
Kent Babb, Kansas City Star
GH: On Monday Babb called for the Chiefs’ GM’s job. On Wednesday he went after the head coach. The Chiefs will likely look at Babb’s last two columns as an attack from a soon-to-be-departed columnist whom they believe was a Haley sympathizer. That is the easy viewpoint. The correct perspective is to promote one of the Chiefs’ defensive assistants to defensive coordinator and tell Romeo he has until the bye week to get his team to play competitive football.
“A couple of plays in the game I thought they quit – and that’s sad to say.”
Danan Hughes, 610 AM
GH: This is not a drunk postgame caller saying the Chiefs quit. Hughes know quitters in the NFL when he sees quitters.
“I didn’t see anybody on offense quit out there.”
Eric Winston, Chiefs’ offensive tackle, 610 AM
GH: Unfortunately, Winston was not asked about the Chiefs’ defense and special teams.
“It’s been proven time and time again that there’s not a direct correlation between spending cap dollars and winning. There’s not.”
Scott Pioli, Kansas City Star
GH: This is why I have so little hope that Pioli can pull this franchise out of its death spiral of a free fall. He responds to criticism with excuses. He has shown no ability to be allowed to be seen as flawed. Great leaders adjust to their personnel, their environment and their competition. Pioli would rather play the role of the persecuted prince.
Gary Pinkel: “No one has ever questioned James Franklin’s competiveness.”
Kevin Kietzman: “I’m not questioning that. That’s not what the question’s about.”
GH: Kietzman spent much of his four-hour show on Tuesday questioning the Mizzou quarterback’s competitiveness, his heart, his commitment to his team and even whether or not James Franklin was playing the right sport. All of these are fine topics for his show and make for entertaining radio. But when Kietzman was confronted by Pinkel as to where he was going with his line of questioning, and pointedly told no one has questioned Franklin’s competitiveness, Kietzman ran from his own words. I was not at all surprised.
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