Kansas City Chiefs: Winners and Losers from Week 6
The defense looked horrible yet again, while the offense proved that they will never become respectable without a true quarterback under center.
All five Kansas City losses have come by 17 points or more in 2012 and there doesn't seem to be any hope in sight.
Fan displeasure with the organization is at a new high. With a reported contract extension offered to general manager Scott Pioli, it seems like it will only get worse when the Chiefs play at home against Oakland after the Week 7 bye.
Loser: Brady Quinn
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Kansas City fans were excited to see someone else under center, but that all changed when the game actually started and they were reminded that happened to be Brady Quinn.
Quinn never looked comfortable from the start and finished with a pedestrian 180 yards passing.
The former Notre Dame star wasn't aided by the ridiculously conservative game plan put together by offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
No vertical passes were thrown in this game, and the Tampa Bay defense knew they were dealing with a limited quarterback.
Whenever Quinn did try and move the ball down field, he surely looked like a quarterback who hadn't started a game in over two years.
Winner: Any Defense That Has to Play the Kansas City Quarterbacks
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The Chiefs' offense has been extremely generous in 2012.
They lead the league in turnovers and quarterback play has been the main culprit for the offensive futility. Brady Quinn added to the problem in today's loss to Tampa Bay.
Quinn was intercepted twice, which brings the total number of Kansas city quarterback turnovers to a staggering 17 in six games.
As long as Kansas City is giving the ball away at this rate, they cannot expect to remain competitive in games.
Loser: Dwayne Bowe
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Dwayne Bowe has played like a man on a mission this season and he has done so without any competent quarterback play.
It has been a common theme for the LSU product during his career as a Chief but Bowe was nearly an invisible man today.
To be fair, he was playing with a brand new quarterback.
Bowe finished with three catches for 21 yards and he seemed to lack the passion and fight that he has brought to the Kansas City offense this season.
The Chiefs' front office still needs to get him locked up long term, but Bowe is going to have to put up better effort than this to earn a big payday.
Winner: Justin Houston
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Linebacker Justin Houston has emerged as one the new young AFC pass rushers since the second half of last season.
Houston has six sacks on the season and he intercepted a pass today, all while being a disruptive force in this losing effort.
Tamba Hali has combined with Houston to create a very nice pass rush at times this season for Kansas City, but the defense needs to find a way to be more consistent.
Loser: The Kansas City Secondary
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The effectiveness of Eric Berry remains an issue, and the Kansas City secondary is hurting tremendously.
Berry is still recovering from major knee surgery. He doesn't seem to be the same player that he was in his rookie season.
The rest of the secondary is not helping the issue and Brandon Flowers got burned on a number of occasions by the Buccaneers receivers today.
Returning free safety Kendrick Lewis came back from injury today against Tampa Bay, but that didn't stop Josh Freeman from passing for 328 yards and three touchdowns.
The secondary has become the most glaring weakness on this defense, and the Chiefs will not win until it is fixed.
Winner: Derrick Johnson
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The Kansas City linebackers appear to be the only defensive players giving maximum effort this year and Derrick Johnson is a huge part of that.
Johnson had a breakout year in 2011 when made the All-Pro team. He has continued his stellar play and today was no exception.
Johnson had 10 tackles against Tampa Bay which puts him on pace to total over 160 stops in 2012.
He has been a real bright spot in what has otherwise been a dismal season.
Loser: Romeo Crennel and the Entire Coaching Staff
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For the second consecutive season, Kansas City has started the season completely unprepared to play NFL football.
The Chiefs lost their first two games in 2011 by a total score of 89-10.
Romeo Crennel was not the head coach during last season's sluggish start, but he was on the staff, and the defensive struggles have been a common theme throughout.
In 2012, the blowouts are becoming more frequent.
For the fifth time in six games Kansas City lost by more the 17 points, and this kind of performance is a direct reflection of coaching and leadership.
Loser: The Fans
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It has been twenty years since this once proud franchise has won a playoff game, and there seems to be no end of this futility in sight.
Owner Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli seem content with placing a mediocre product on the field, while overcharging their loyal fan base for tickets and parking.
Add that to the fact that this franchise has had a total of two starting caliber quarterbacks under center in that same time frame and it has given berth to a large group of very disheartened fans.
Kansas City fans can show their displeasure by not attending home games or buying merchandise, but the Arrowhead faithful have had a hard time doing that.
Chiefs' brass could fix the situation simply by putting the keys to the franchise in the hands of a young, able quarterback for the first time in team history.
It will be interesting to see which one happens first.