OTC: Chargers Embarrass Chiefs 37-20 / Is It Enough To Embarrass Clark Hunt Into Action?

“Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, said Sunday: ‘It’s clear my father was the quarterback in forming the AFL, and without him, there wouldn’t have been an AFL.’ There’s a great quote in the book [Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports, by Michael MacCambridge] that sums up Hunt, and his competitiveness and his love of football. Here it is: ‘I can’t separate what part of pro football is business, and what part is personal. I just know it’s very important that I succeed.’ That’s Hunt, in a nutshell.”
Peter King, NFL writer, in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, SI.com
GH: If Lamar Hunt felt it very important that he succeed as pro football owner, just what does his son consider important when it comes to his dad’s franchise? What is Clark Hunt in a nutshell? I would think Clark would be very embarrassed as to where his leadership has placed the Chiefs’ brand in today’s NFL. It sounds from that quote that his father sure would be.

“Pioli may be making the Hunts even richer, but he’s also embarrassing what their father built. What’s that worth?”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter

“There was really nothing positive [in the Chiefs’ 37-20 home loss to the Chargers]. You saw no life in the team. I can’t help myself, guys. I still take it very personal. They’re my team. And I resent those who don’t take it personal.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: How personal do the Chiefs’ players take being embarrassed on an almost weekly basis by their peers? The fans are definitely embarrassed. Former Chiefs like Maas are embarrassed. What will it take for Clark Hunt to become embarrassed enough to change the direction of this franchise?

“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.”
Sam Mellinger, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: The Kansas City Star’s columnist has basically sent the message – fire everybody. Sounds crazy, right? Not to Chiefs’ fans. Read on.

“Now Pioli can whine to Clark & subordinates that it’s personal with Sam [Mellinger], too, as he did about me–instead of realizing his “Process” stinks.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter

“I can’t quit the Chiefs, even from my couch in DC.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: Babb is already in Washington where he will be starting his new career with the Washington Post. But he can’t quit the Chiefs. Geography will eventually win out and Babb will be less invested in what happens at Arrowhead. But that day is not today. Read on.

“If you’re a Chiefs fan, your biggest hope for 2012 is that Clark isn’t like his daddy; won’t let a bad GM fool him into undeserved loyalty.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: Lamar put up with a descending franchise for almost a decade before Clark released Carl Peterson to shop for leather trench coats elsewhere. Loyalty or greed? Loyalty or out of touch? Loyalty or lazy? It takes work to make changes. It takes involvement to understand the problems. I don’t see Clark wanting any part of that kind of work or involvement. He is a thinking man in a working man’s game.

“KC Chiefs: Super Bowl-free for 42 years, but candy-wrapper- and hope-free for only as long as Pioli is running around.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter

“It was a total team effort basically in not playing well. … I don’t understand what happened with the team.”
Romeo Crennel, in his postgame comments following the Chiefs’ 37-20 loss to the Chargers, 610 AM
GH: These comments from Romeo should strike fear in Clark Hunt. The kind of fear that has him looking to hire a new GM and head coach.

“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.”
Sam Mellinger, columnist, Kansas City Star

“We deserve an apology for this nonsense! We were swindled! We deserve an apology from the owner, the general manager and the coach. This is unacceptable! Unacceptable!”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: We were swindled! That might make a good slogan for Kansas City Royals/Chiefs fans everywhere.

“This is the worst we’ve seen of Matt Cassel. Absolutely the worst! His play has desinigrated.”
Richard Baldinger, 610 AM
GH: Was it the worst? Does it matter? Yeah, it was and has been that bad when it comes to Scott Pioli’s $66-million pet.

“I’ve got to do a better job of protecting the football and putting our team in better situations.”
Matt Cassel, in a postgame interview, 810 AM
GH: Cassel has these line memorized for his weekly postgame pressers. Read on.

“I don’t even like [Cassel] in the [postgame] interviews. Matt, have a shot of whiskey before the interview and then go ahead and let ‘er rip! He needs to open up more. I’d like to see my quarterback be a little more emotional after a game like that.”
Richard Baldinger, 610 AM
GH: I am in favor of serving alcohol to the players and media prior to the postgame pressers. It would have to make these conversations more entertaining. The Star’s Randy Covitz might need to chug a fifth of Jack though to get any questions out of him even resembling insightful or engaging.

“Daboll doesn’t believe in [Cassel]. Romeo doesn’t believe him in. We saw that last week [in New Orleans] and we saw it again this week.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: How could they believe in Cassel? He’s a nice guy who doesn’t possess the arm or the poise to play winning football behind a mediocre offense. Some QBs lift their team. Cassel sinks it.

“Tom Brady’s made a lot of people a lot of money.”
Todd Leabo, on the Patriots’ quarterback being the real reason for New England’s success and not the many coaches and front office people who happened to be with the Patriots at the time, 810 AM
GH: I love the simplicity and accuracy of Leabo’s quote. How many millionaires has Tom Brady created? The Chiefs are littered with them.

“The Chargers did things here Sunday they seemingly haven’t done since they were a twinkle in Barron Hilton’s eye. They made plays. They made a lot of them. They got the Chiefs to turn the ball over six times. They jumped to a 20-0 lead in the alligator’s mouth that is Arrowhead Stadium.”
Nick Canepa, columnist, San Diego Tribune
GH: The “alligator’s mouth” is about to morph into the earthworm – where Chiefs’ fans burrow into their homes and disappear for the winter.

“They were up 20-0 midway through the second quarter when Kansas City tailback Jamaal ‘You Think Ryan Mathews is a Fumbler?’ ”
Nick Canepa, columnist, San Diego Tribune
GH: We had almost forgotten why Charles’ touches were limited in his early years with the Chiefs. Sunday afternoon he reminded us. He is a remarkable talent but he carries the ball as lightly as he cuts.

“The Chargers’ offense had one of its worst third quarters in memory. Three possessions, three three-and-outs, minus-one yard total offense. Coach Norv Turner’s play calling went oatmeal and predictable. But the Chiefs kept their bungling ways…”
Nick Canepa, columnist, San Diego Tribune
GH: And still the Chiefs were down 37-13 before they scored a garbage TD pass to Dwayne Bowe on what might have been Cassel’s worst pass of the day. The AFC West looks awful. So awful that the Chiefs might still win it. Yeah, I just wrote that.

“If my experience with [Pioli] is any indication, Scott Pioli will spend hours [Monday] reading/sharing media reports that defend him. … He’s a stooge with misplaced priorities. I recognized that early on and it just annoys me.””
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: So what will he do the other 23 hours and 50 minutes?

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58 Responses to OTC: Chargers Embarrass Chiefs 37-20 / Is It Enough To Embarrass Clark Hunt Into Action?

  1. Gary Patterson says:

    Lamar lost nearly everything in that silver bid. The chiefs were the one property that kept him afloat. The only commodity more bankable than oil and precious metals are hopeful fans.

  2. harley says:

    spying on longtime employees…phone taps…this is not how lamar would run this
    ship. Lamar may be dead and clark who was in his dad’s shadow for so long
    wating to get the inheritance check has got to be embarrassed.
    I do know that in dallas the hunts are looked down upon and don’t like the
    comparison between them and jerry jones. Jerry runs dallas and the hunts
    have always hatted the national attention jerry would get.
    Clark is about money. This guy never worked a day in his life. So as long as
    the money comes in he’s happy. If he lived here and had to face he heat
    he would be on top of this team day in and day out.
    doesn’t matter…all these same comments will be going on next year..and the
    next year…and the next year after that.

  3. BlackJack says:

    Thank god for Sporting KC. At least we have one winning, entertaining franchise in this town. We sure as hell aren’t getting it from the other two bungling, Ringling Bros. circus acts of the other sports teams. Until I see some eveidence that the Cheifs/Royals ownership is serious about winning and puts a professional product on the field, I will continue to not support those teams financially, or emotionally.

    Oh, I will watch on TV now and then, at least as long as I feel I am getting entertainment value, but I have learned to have a quick trigger on the remote.

  4. KC KID says:

    I don’t watch Sporting KC so all I have is my 2 loser hometown teams to waste my time with. I am a season ticket holder to both of these sorry ass franchises. The Royals currently hold the longest streak in the 4 professional sports of not going to the playoffs.
    The Chiefs have not won a playoff game in 8000 days.
    Greg- Is the sports complex really built on an Indian Graveyard? We are a jinxed town.