Now that the bulk of the offseason—as it relates to player acquisitions—is almost complete, it is time for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs to concede that quarterback Matt Cassel will again lead the team for the 2012 season.
After missing out on the Peyton Manning sweepstakes and seeing the Chiefs do nothing in the way of getting their hands on a young franchise quarterback, the fans' patience is starting to wear thin.
The entire Kansas City fanbase—including the lowly Royals—have been deprived of success for years. The fans see the Chiefs as the quickest way to reverse those fortunes, and the common belief is that Cassel isn't capable of leading the charge.
Whether Cassel is viewed solely on his performance with the Chiefs or is being undermined by the endless fascination of organizations trying to find their own version of Andrew Luck, it seems his days in Kansas City may already be numbered.
Cassel's first season with the Chiefs (2009) was shaky, but was followed it up with his best season as a pro, throwing for 3,116 yards, 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. And we are all too familiar with how the 2011 season unfolded for the entire organization?
Can Cassel change the minds of the fans or is he wedged in a no-win situation?
If Sunday's smattering of boos directed towards him during Major League Baseball's Celebrity Softball Game (part of the All-Star festivities) are any indication of how he is revered in Kansas City, it is obvious that he is not a wanted man.
General manager Scott Pioli has done a tremendous job of preparing the Chiefs—on paper—for great success this season; that included providing Cassel with all the tools to shed the negative image cast upon him. But with the Kansas City fans as starved as they are for a playoff victory (18 seasons and counting), even a postseason win simply won't be good enough at this point.
It is clear that Cassel has endured a less-than-ideal tenure in Kansas City. In spite of that though, fans are ready with the guillotine regardless of the results in 2012.