Buying or Selling Kansas City Chiefs as NFL's Worst Team

Jeremy SickelContributor IIINovember 2, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 01:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by linebacker Donald Butler #56 and cornerback Marcus Gilchrist #38 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 1, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The 1-7 Kansas City Chiefs are now riding a five-game losing streak, fresh off Thursday night's 31-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

It's hard to imagine that a team with as much talent as the Chiefs currently sits with the league's worst record and also possesses the largest point differential at minus-107. But the question of whether or not Kansas City is the NFL's worst team is surprisingly justifiable at this point.

The answer is simple: The Chiefs currently are the league's most pitiful franchise.

Aside from the running game—which actually has only produced 295 yards in the last three games—the Chiefs have very little going for them in the way of positives this season.

Starting with the areas not quantifiable with statistics, Kansas City lacks leadership—from the front office all the way down to the 53rd man on the roster.

Owner Clarke Hunt is out of touch with this franchise, general manager Scott Pioli is distastefully arrogant and unwilling to admit his shortcomings, Romeo Crennel doesn't have a clue what is going on and the team doesn't possess a starting-caliber NFL quarterback.

As for what is taking place on the field, it gets even worse. The Chiefs have yet to possess a lead at any point this season.

It has to be difficult for an offensive coordinator to follow through with a game plan if a team is forced to constantly make in-game adjustments. But Brian Daboll has yet to prove why he should even have a job in this league.

The Chiefs offense has turned the ball over 29 times through eight games and is averaging 357.5 yards per game—not necessarily a bad total, but most of that has come with the games out of reach.

While the execution has been pathetic, Daboll's play-calling is just as laughable.

Neither Cassel nor Brady Quinn—who replaced the Chiefs starter after going down during Week 5's 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a concussion—has been able to lead this team.

Kansas City must select a quarterback with its first-round pick in the upcoming draft.

As for the other side of the ball, Crennel is in over his head, taking on double duty as head coach and defensive coordinator. Whether it's the players not carrying out their responsibilities or not being put in place to make plays, allowing 30 points per game will never get the job done.

The Chiefs defense is littered with guys selected  high in the draft, but expectations aren't being met.

That falls on coaching and management—either for not being able to develop these players properly or mis-evaluating their talent in the first place. The same goes for the offensive side of the ball.

At least the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers have shown a little fight during their struggles in 2012.

The Chiefs have shown nothing.

With no one willing to step up and demand better results, the remaining nine games will only further prove Kansas City's status as the league's cellar-dwellers in 2012.


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