I will start off by stating the overly obvious: The Chiefs have suffered a glut of injuries to several key players this year. The missing personnel are the difference between our current 4-6 record and dare I say 7-3 potentially. Other teams have injured players as well, but don't suffer the freefall we've seen in KC. I'm going to attempt to draw a real world scenerio with some parallels to the Chiefs situation and let my fellow APer's make up their own minds on how the team is in such dire straits ten games deep into the season.
In the world I live in, people have jobs they do to make a living. For most of us it involves working with a group of people assigned specific tasks to achieve productivity. Within that group there is a specific chain of command. Take for example a factory setting. There are employees assigned to design the product, receive materials, deliver said materials to work stations, create components for further assembly, finish final assembly, package finished product, and finally send it on its way to the final destination. There are various supervisors that oversee each step in the process, as well as quality control to ensure the finished product is the best they can produce. All of these people answer to the plant supervisor.
At the place I work people call in sick and God forbid, take vacation time. What happens to production? Amazingly enough the wheels don't fall off. There are suitable replacements capable of doing the job of the person gone that day. Of course there's a drop in production, but the job gets done. This is due to good work ethic, capable employees and a management staff that recognizes the need for teamwork to quote "git r done".
For some reason, the Chiefs can't "git r done" with their replacements. Is it due to Todd Haley's design? Is it flawed or too complicated to produce? Is it Pioli's fault for not giving Haley quality raw materials to work with? Is it that the workers aren't capable of making the finished product or delivering it? Do the workers just not care enough to do quality work? In my opinion it's time for the plant manager to straighten out this mess before they're all unemployed and the factory moves to Mexico.