The Kansas City Chiefs' 2011 season is quickly becoming an abject disaster. The sight of coach Todd Haley and QB Matt Cassel getting into it on the sidelines presents wonderful symbolism for the debate that is sure to ensue regarding who is to blame for the Chiefs' failure.
Classically, it is those two positions that are given all of the credit or all of the criticism when things go wrong.
If anything is certain, it is that things are wrong in Kansas City.
The tale of the tape for both combatants in this fight is relatively light in terms of accolades. Haley was the offensive coordinator of a very impressive Arizona Cardinals team that almost upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. Cassel was the brilliant backup who stepped in for the league's biggest star in New England and won 11 games only to miss the playoffs that year.
So who ya got?
Once they both arrived in Kansas City, they achieved their goal of reaching the playoffs in their second year and prospects seemed bright.
However, the obvious deficiencies with the team that were hidden by their stellar rushing attack last year are being brought to light.
The Chiefs are not the only team to have faced serious injury this season, but when injury strikes and the team starts to fail, it reveals one of two things—and neither is good for Haley.
Who goes first?
It usually means that either the team has no depth whatsoever, or the coaching is not good enough to help the next man up succeed.
It would seem that both of those situations are true in Kansas City, and at last check, it wasn't up to Cassel to draft or coach backup players in case of injury.
At one point a coach was able to take Cassel and turn him into one of the most productive quarterbacks in the NFL for a season.
In fact, some people have even said that if Josh McDaniels had been reunited with Cassel in Denver, they both might have made a comfortable living there.
That speculation aside, it is Haley's job to have the entire Chiefs team ready to play, including Cassel. If this slide continues in Kansas City, look for Cassel to be the last man standing and Haley to be out of work.