Chiefs vs. Broncos: Clark Hunt Needs to Take Out the Garbage

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystDecember 31, 2012

December 23, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt walks on the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The season is over. The Chiefs finished 2-14 and secured the right to the No. 1 overall pick on Sunday by basically quitting in Denver and losing 38-3. There were probably greater displays of effort in the Pro Bowl last year. I say probably because no one watches it.

It’s been that ugly in Kansas City this season, the kind of football that no one wants to watch. Sunday’s game might have been the most despicable effort, as the players were clearly dreaming about their offseason vacations and not football. The Broncos are a good team, but the Chiefs didn’t even show up.

After yet another pathetic display, Clark Hunt has to do something that few trust-fund babies ever have to do: take out the garbage. That includes general manager Scott Pioli, his mountain of candy wrappers and head coach Romeo Crennel. Crennel knows that he has no business retaining his job—firing the head coach is a given when a franchise only wins two game.

You might say that the 2012 season in Kansas City has been garbage, rubbish, trash. You might say that the Chiefs were hot garbage, a dumpster fire or a steaming pile of you-know-what this season. Pioli knows that a piece of trash doesn’t just magically appear; someone is responsible. Pioli is responsible for this garbage, and there’s really no escaping that fact.

If Pioli is retained as general manager, as was reported by, Hunt would be allowing him to use Crennel as a scapegoat. No good head coaches will want to come to Kansas City knowing that even the slightest disappointment could send them packing. No quality candidate would want to coach under a general manager on his third hire and last chance.

The Chiefs set records in 2012 that no franchise wants to own. There are records and stats that only make fans cringe. Heck, there are stats in every game the Chiefs have played that make the fans cringe. The Chiefs had 119 yards of offense on Sunday against the Broncos, with just 26 net passing yards. It doesn’t get worse than that.

Derrick Johnson forced a fumble that Brandon Flowers scooped up and returned 64 yards, and that’s the only reason why the Chiefs got three points on Sunday. You’d really have to dig to find another positive play.  That’s bad.

The Chiefs didn’t turn the ball over, but they had the ball for only about 22 minutes of the game because the Broncos were using players like Lance Ball and Jacob Hester to eat the clock. The Broncos’ rag-tag combination of running backs averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

Hunt would be making a huge mistake if he continued to lean on Pioli to rebuild the Chiefs. The Chiefs were a 2-14 team four years ago when Pioli took over, and things haven’t improved since. In fact, the Chiefs are probably worse.

Maybe someone could tell Mr. Hunt that the garbage only stinks more if it’s allowed to marinate at the bottom of a trash can. Maybe he’s not familiar.