Benitez needed a flying start at Stamford Bridge.
A useful draw against Manchester City was followed by a disappointing 0-0 with Fulham. In the new manager's third match, Chelsea were completely outdone by a resilient West Ham outfit.
The Spaniard has accumulated two points from a possible nine so far. For comparison, Harry Redknapp has totalled two from six at winless QPR.
A fair amount of Chelsea fans have made it clear: Benitez isn't welcome at the club.
This anger must be overcome with results.
The former Liverpool boss needs to stamp his authority on a side that is lacking direction—perhaps by bringing in another striker or snatching Romelu Lukaku back from his loan at West Brom.
The European champions need a plan B that doesn't rely on a single goalscorer.
Ultimately, Roman Abramovich must give Benitez time, just like he should have done with Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo.
While it's dangerous to tempt fate, Benitez has already admitted he is wary of the sack (via FOX Sports).
This fear doesn't create profitable working conditions.