Kansas City Chiefs: Arrowhead Stadium No Longer a Home-Field Advantage
The Kansas City Chiefs are 14-29 at home since 2007. The Chiefs were 28-12 at home under former head coach Dick Vermeil from 2001 through 2005.
Arrowhead Stadium was the most difficult stadium for opposing teams to play in. The Chiefs were given the upper hand for games at Arrowhead Stadium just for the fact that they were hosting a game and had a hot crowd behind them because of the product on the field. Now, with lack-luster talent on the field, that is no longer the case.
The Kansas City Chiefs are not winning because of the lack of talent on the gridiron and the front office needs to be held accountable.
After former general manager Carl Peterson was let go, Scott Pioli came in as the new general manager and has not lived up to the hype he received after being hired in 2009.
Pioli, who is labeled as a good evaluator of talent, traded for Matt Cassel and signed him to a six-year contract. In his fourth season under center for the Chiefs, what has Cassel proven to show that he is capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL? He is responsible for six touchdowns and committed 10 turnovers in just four games this year.
The fact that Pioli's only attempt to replace Cassel was to go after Peyton Manning shows that he does not want Cassel pulled unless a player with Manning's caliber is available.
Pioli took action to let go of Todd Haley after Week 14 of the 2011 season. In his tenure as the general manager, Pioli is working with his second head coach, Romeo Crennel, and there is no doubt that there is reconsideration in his mind. He won't admit it.
Crennel got away with a big mistake by giving himself the duties of a head coach and defensive coordinator. Clearly, he can't handle both responsibilities at the same time and it is getting in the way of the Chiefs trying to win games.
Come January 2013, it will be 19 years since the Chiefs won their last postseason contest. The fanbase wants to win now.
Sooner or later, Arrowhead Stadium will be a ghost town with no fans in attendance. Sooner or later, Pioli will hear about Kansas City experiencing their second blackout since he joined the franchise in 2009.
On top of that, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has kept quiet throughout the struggling season. The front office needs to be held to higher standards. The Chiefs continue to let Cassel stay on the field.
Although it is unfair to judge a head coach off four games, Crennel has not done anything convincing to show fans that he is a good coach, considering the fact that the Chiefs have never played with the lead once this year.
Pioli has not brought in any big-name players since his hire as the general manager, and Hunt needs to step in and let the front office know that changes will be considered if the football team does not find ways to win.
Fans have been patiently waiting for another Super Bowl win. Come this January, it will be 43 years since their first and only championship victory. Kansas City is desperate for a win and it does not appear that the front office will make any changes with their $63 million quarterback anytime soon.
All fans can do is stop showing up to games and refuse to pay for tickets and parking by not attending any home games. If the front office is not doing anything to make their disgruntled fans happy, Chiefs fans will lose interest in attending games.
It is clear that Pioli does not know how to win. Most of his "key" hirings include former New England Patriots employees, such as Crennel, Cassel, Charlie Weis, Brian Daboll and Anthony Pleasant. Pioli does not know how to win because he can't step outside the box and hire someone he is not familiar with nor will he go after a quarterback in the first round of the draft.
By the time Pioli starts to do that, the Chiefs will start winning.
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