Kansas City Chiefs: Can You Blame Clancy Pendergast?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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About the only thing good about the Kansas City Chiefs' defense this season has been the play of Tamba Hali.

The Chiefs have allowed 30 or more points six times this year. In case you don't know, that's not good!

But can you blame first year defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast? Most of the starting defensive players were already there so at this point, no.

Should we give him another year to hopefully get his guys in there to improve this offense?

Yes. The Chiefs are actually giving up less points on defense than last year, last season the Chiefs were giving up 27.5 pts/game, but this season only 22 pts/game. The Chiefs definitely need to keep Pendergast here.

The major problem is on offense.  This season they are scoring just 17 pts/game.  The average would be even lower if you were to take out the Cleveland game where they somehow scored 34 points.

They have actually improved on defense, but the offense is still bad. The main reason for this is the poor play of the offensive line. Matt Cassel has no time in the pocket and Jamal Charles may be one of the quickest emerging running backs in the NFL, but how good would he be with a good O-line?

Jamal Charles is looking like the next good/great running back of the Chiefs. The Chiefs can maybe draft Russell Okung of Oklahoma State with their top five pick, and then immediately try improving the receiving corp to give Matt Cassel somebody to throw to when he has time in the pocket.

This offense has potential, and head coach Todd Haley is running a system that could work if they had a few more weapons.

Matt Cassel has potential, but with this O-line not even Peyton Manning would survive. Okay, maybe he would.  Peyton is the best QB I have seen in my lifetime.

The Chiefs are like a jigsaw puzzle. They need to find the right pieces and put them together. If we can do that, the Chiefs will be able to get back to the "Glory Days" (going 8-8 in a season).