Kansas City Chiefs: Who the Franchise Must Split Ties with This Offseason

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIDecember 26, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs: Who the Franchise Must Split Ties with This Offseason

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    The Kansas City Chiefs are one game away from concluding their fourth year with Scott Pioli as the team's general manager. During those four years, the Chiefs have won the AFC West once and finished below .500 the other three times.

    When Pioli took the job in 2009, there was hope that the Chiefs would turn into a powerhouse team. However, that has been far from the case.

    Since 2009, several players and coaches joined the Chiefs to help rebuild the franchise, but they have all been unsuccessful.

    In this slideshow, I will list five people the Chiefs must let go this offseason. As always, post your comments below and add your opinion.

General Manager Scott Pioli

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    Pioli is the first person who deserves the blame for Kansas City's problems the past four years. The Chiefs are closing in on 19 years since they last won a playoff game, unable to capture one under Pioli.

    The biggest reason for that is because of Pioli's draft picks.

    Pioli's best draft pick probably came with the final pick in 2009, when he selected kicker Ryan Succop. You know you're having problems when your most consistent draft pick is your kicker.

    Pioli also went ahead and granted Matt Cassel a long-term contract after playing only one full season in the NFL.

    A majority of Pioli's decisions have hurt the Chiefs, hence why they could finish as the league's worst team in 2012.

Head Coach Romeo Crennel

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    It is hard to figure out what went wrong with Romeo Crennel.

    When the Chiefs fired Todd Haley last year, Crennel was named the interim head coach and had only six days to prepare for a 13-0 Green Bay Packers team. On top of that, he decided to pull Tyler Palko out of his starting spot and made newly acquired quarterback Kyle Orton the team's starter, making it less likely that the Chiefs would beat an unbeaten team with a new quarterback.

    But the Chiefs shocked the Packers. The Chiefs rallied around Crennel and even gave him a Gatorade bath to help celebrate his first win as a Chiefs head coach.

    Today, the feeling toward Crennel is the complete opposite, because many favored the Chiefs to win the AFC West. Although expectations were set very high, they were never met.

    It is Crennel's first year as the head coach, but he's coaching one of the worst Chiefs teams in franchise history. The point differential is the worst in franchise history. The Chiefs have lost nine games by 10 points or more this season.

Quarterback Matt Cassel

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    Matt Cassel had a spectacular 2010 season, throwing 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Unfortunately, those numbers came only once, and Cassel hasn't been able to mimic his 2010 season in 2011 or 2012.

    He turned the ball over 19 times before being pulled as a starter. The Chiefs are better off without Cassel and must search for a new quarterback to take over in 2013.

Quarterback Brady Quinn

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    It's hard to make a case for Brady Quinn as to why he deserves to stay.

    In the nine games he's played this season, he's only thrown a touchdown pass in one game. He's thrown two touchdown passes and eight interceptions this year.

    Quinn attempted to resurrect his career in Kansas City, but it didn't turn out the way he would have liked it to.

Wide Receiver Jon Baldwin

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    With Dwayne Bowe out of action, Jon Baldwin was nowhere to be found when the Chiefs needed him to come through.

    He's currently 21st among all second-year receivers in receptions, after he finished his rookie season 17th out of all of the players in his draft class.

    Critics don't like to do this early, but they can go ahead and label Baldwin a first-round draft bust.