It's Time For a Change in Kansas City

Matt BrowningContributor ISeptember 18, 2008

While it was logical to assume the Kansas City Chiefs would likely struggle in 2008 due to their vast inexperience, one of the games on the schedule where a win seemed possible was week two against the Raiders. If last Sunday’s 23-8 drubbing at the hands of their AFC rival is any indication, then the four to six win season that seemed like a fair prediction is a distant memory.


Can anybody say the 1976 Buccaneers?


That’s probably getting a little carried away because the parity driven NFL gives every team a chance to win at least one game. But looking at KC’s schedule, where are the wins?


This weekend in Atlanta could be one, but the Falcons are going to feed Michael Turner the ball and we all saw what Darren McFadden did against the Chiefs porous tackling. Maybe Miami at home or Cincinnati on the road or maybe the Chiefs play up to an opponent and they upset somebody?


But it doesn’t really matter how many games this team wins. This organization needs a fresh start, beginning with the firing of general manager Carl Peterson and coach Herman Edwards.


Yes, this is a total flip-flop from the opinions given before the season, but it’s become extremely apparent that both Peterson and Edwards are in over their heads for this “youth movement.”


Trying to find strengths on this team is next to impossible. None of the rookies have really stood out, although tackle Brandon Albert and running back Jamal Charles played okay in New England week one.


The weaknesses are misconstrued at this time because of how young this team is. Most every position has a player that really hasn’t had much NFL experience. There is one area however, that needs to be addressed.


Brodie Croyle may have what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but we’ll never know because he can’t stay healthy to do it.


There will be two or three franchise caliber quarterbacks that will go early in next April’s draft. It’s time a player like that puts on a red and gold uniform.


When it’s all said and done however, Peterson and Edwards have to be held responsible for the demise of the Kansas City Chiefs. This youth movement is a slap in the face to Chiefs fans.


Peterson has always taken pride in being able to put a competitive product on the field, which meant people in the stadium, which meant money for the franchise.


But what happens at the end of this year when nobody shows up to watch a league bottom feeder? Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt will have no other choice but to fire Peterson and Edwards and bring in a new regime.


So, in a sense, the Chiefs may be like the ’76 Bucs. They’ll have young, inexperienced players next season to go along with a potentially brand new coaching staff.


Let’s just hope that the zero wins don’t precede it.