“We are not going back to the old Kansas City Chiefs. That’s something I refuse to do. I put that on me. … That’s our word: We will not go back to the old Chiefs. We’ve got to do whatever we can to turn this around.”
Brandon Flowers, Chiefs DB, after the Chiefs were drilled 48-3 by Detroit to start the season 0-2, Kansas City Star
GH: The inept play of the 2011 Chiefs is not reminiscent of the “old Chiefs.” Starting the season by being outscored 89-10 is not reminiscent of any former Chiefs’ team. This band of brothers is heading toward a Chiefs’ season not even Frank “Crash” Gansz would find
“This is a disaster beyond belief!”
Richard Baldinger, Metro Sports
“With precisely eight minutes, five seconds left in the first quarter, the Chiefs’ season went from disappointing to hopeless. … The Chiefs got a peek at the post-Charles world against the Lions and it was decidedly hideous.”
Adam Teicher, on Jamaal Charles season-ending knee injury, Kansas City Star
“It always hurts when you lose a player but we feel like we have a lot of depth at that position.”
Ryan Lilja, Chiefs offensive guard, on how the Chiefs will cope with Charles’ injury, 810 AM
GH: Has Lilja peaked into the Chiefs’ huddle since Charles went down? Thomas Jones’ biggest impact on this team will be his fight with Jonathan Baldwin that has him sidelined the last five weeks. Is Tony Temple in shape? I’m only half kidding.
“I know Todd Haley has to say this but they’re not just 0-2 in their first two games. They got annihilated! Something you just don’t see happening in the NFL. This is like a bad college team!”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: The Chiefs are headed to becoming the nightly joke on Letterman and Leno. Getting rolled by 40 every Sunday makes you the laughing stock of the NFL. Scott Todd look absolutely clueless and the rest of the NFL appear very happy to pour it on these two know-it-alls. Read on.
“Not only did the Lions send the woeful Kansas City Chiefs packing with a 48-3 boot in the rear, but general manager Martin Mayhew waved away the Chiefs’ Scott Pioli’s attempt to bury the hatchet just moments after the game. It was Pioli who accused the Lions of tampering before the 2010 season. As the two general managers approached the same elevator at the end of the game Sunday, Pioli called out to Mayhew and extended his right
hand. Mayhew shook his head and turned his back on Pioli. Bygones are certainly
Chris McCosky, The Detroit News
GH: Tampering accusations and Haley shaking his finger in the face of NFL head coaches who dare run up the score on his Chiefs. This Duo of Dumb have turned the NFL against them and their Chiefs. And it is playing out loudly on scoreboards across the league every Sunday.
“We weren’t trying to do anything except win a game.”
Jim Swartz, Lions head coach, when asked about the Lions’ aggressive offensive play calling late in the game despite the big lead, The Detroit News
“This is the NFL. If you want sympathy, go into charity work. They’re not gonna back off. The Chiefs don’t like it but this is pro football. … They’re giving you a chance to man up and stop them.”
Randy Cross, on the Lions continuing to play aggressively on offense through the fourth quarter, CBS
“I hate to use the word ‘given up,’ but they just basically got run over. That really, really concerns me.”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: The question of whether or not the Chiefs quit has been broached for the second week in a row – and it’s only the second week of the season. Coaches who have teams that quit get fired. But can the injuries to key players used as an excuse to keep Haley for another season? I expect Pioli to try and play the bad-luck-injury card on Haley’s behalf once the heat gets turned up to an ass-scorching setting.
“Injuries are part of the NFL. They’re gonna happen.”
Todd Haley, on the Chiefs losing Jamaal Charles in the first quarter of the game in Detroit, Fox 4
“I see a lot of tension. All of us are watching these games and every single Sunday, we don’t see the unity on the sidelines. We don’t see the communication on the sidelines. We see people yelling at each other. Cassel yelling at receivers. Coaches yelling at coaches. All these things that do not create that unified front.”
Danan Hughes, Metro Sports
GH: Teams that get pounded by 40 every week should have some tension on the sideline, in the locker room and in meetings!
“This is what happens when you call those BS (team) meetings! I never went to ‘em! They’ve gotten off course.”
Richard Baldinger, on the Chiefs’ players calling a players-only meeting last Monday following the loss to Buffalo, Metro Sports
“I spent $2,000 on my Chiefs’ season tickets out there (at Arrowhead). I sit in an old-time section, 16th row on the visitors’ side. I can tell you the talk out there amongst the fans is not good. I’m thinking about dumping all of my tickets to the Green Bay fans, the
Steelers’ fans and the Chargers’ fans just to get whatever money I can out of them.”
Caller to Chiefs’ postgame show, 810 AM
GH: Here is why Haley will eventually get canned. Empty seats. Ironic that the fact the Chiefs will play good teams during the second half of the season may keep Arrowhead from looking empty. It just won’t look red.
“This is an absolute train wreck!”
Brad Porter, Metro Sports
“You see other organizations talking about the Super Bowl, we have an organization that jut talks about the playoffs.”
Danan Hughes, Metro Sports
GH: Playoffs? Playoffs? Somebody get Jim Mora here to fill in for Haley’s next presser.
“You could put Andrew Luck on this team and their still not going to be a very good football team. … Who’s are number two, three and four receiver? You still haven’t solved that problem.”
Richard Baldinger, on the surge to “Suck For LucK” in an effort for the Chiefs to draft the Stanford quarterback with the first pick in 2012, KCTV 5
“(Cassel) shouldn’t try and fit (his passes) into a Stafford-sized window. He doesn’t have that kind of arm. A Cassel window is a residential window.”
Randy Cross, after Cassel’s secondinterception, CBS
GH: What did Scott Pioli see in Matt Cassel that convinced him Cassel is worth $60 million as an NFL quarterback? Cassel is a good leader and a tough guy but he just doesn’t have an NFL arm. It was comical to watch him try and match throws with the laser-like wing of Matt Stafford. Cassel is a good guy but he needs more help than The Clarks are willing to buy to be a winner in this league.
“You better be embarrassed why you don’t catch a pass like that!”
Randy Cross, as yet another pass went off the fingers of Dwayne Bowe in the fourth quarter, CBS
GH: Bowe is not the Chiefs most explosive offensive weapon. He does not appear to care.
“We have to make … a bunch of changes here in what we’re doing in order to have a chance to be ready to play this week against San Diego on the road.”
Todd Haley, Kansas City Star
GH: Not the speech you are looking for from your head coach after week two. It appears the bold, brash know-it-all of the preseason has been replaced by the pink-jacket-wearing dough boy who has no idea where to begin to fix the mess he and Pioli have made.
“Watching (Chiefs’ game) at my mom’s. She doesn’t have a radio. 15 yrs on 810… Wonder if she has ever listened. Humbled.”
Kevin Kietzman, Twitter
GH: If you get her a Twitter account I’m sure Nick Wright can hook her up with a link to your podcast, Kevin.
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