Chiefs Fans in Mourning, What Can Be Done to Resurrect Franchise from Here?

Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 18, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  A general view of the stadium as the fans observe the national anthem as the Baltimore Ravens prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.. The Ravens defeated the Chiefs 30-7.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Kansas City Chiefs fans have found a new way to showcase their distaste for the current state of the franchise.

Rather than utilizing the traditional "paper bags" or frequent booing philosophy, Chiefs fans showed up to Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals wearing black clothing.

Lots of fans at Arrowhead Stadium dressed in black for #Chiefs vs #Bengals. Supposed to be in mourning for franchise.…

— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) November 18, 2012

Seeing fans in mourning of the Chiefs 1-8 record and general direction has to send some sort of message to the organization. The Arrowhead faithful are known as some of the best and most die-hard fans in the league. If they are willing to showcase such a sign of discontent then things clearly need to change.

So, where does Kansas City go from here and how can this franchise be resurrected?

The good thing for the Chiefs is that there are ample building blocks already in place. The defense has young and talented playmakers in Eric Berry, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Brandon Flowers and Derrick Johnson.

These are players most teams would love to have and when combined with running back Jamaal Charles the framework is clearly in place for Kansas City to start over properly, and start over they must.

Having a quarterback battle between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn is really not much of a battle at all. Kansas City must find a new direction to take at QB this offseason. Spending another season with Cassel under center would only delay the rebuilding process even further.

Head coach Romeo Crennel must be removed and replaced with someone that knows how to motivate his players. There is a general lack of intensity and emotion elicited by the Chiefs this season and that is a direct reflection on the man roaming the sidelines. Crennel has now failed at two head coaching stops (Chiefs and Browns) and continues to prove he is best suited in a coordinator role.

However, the biggest change that is needed may be behind the scenes. GM Scott Pioli has been pulling the strings in KC the last few years and is the man that put all his chips in the Cassel basket.

Pioli must be held accountable for that failed action as well as numerous others. Recently letting go of Stanford Routt appeared to be an attempt to throw something at the board and seeing if it stuck. Not the approach Kansas City needs right now.

Kansas City may find solace in the fact that most of the AFC West is in a state of transition. The San Diego Chargers also need to find a new direction and the Oakland Raiders perennially underachieve.

Kansas City has the type of pieces already in place and great fanbase that can draw interest from free agents and coaches alike. The Chiefs just need to be smarter with their decisions and make good use of the NFL Draft.

Realizing that the Chiefs need to again start over may frustrate fans, but this is not a complete reset. Talent is oozing out of the Kansas City roster, it just needs to be handled properly.