KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24: Linebackers Rolando McClain #55 and Kamerion Wimbley #96 of the Oakland Raiders tackle running back Jackie Battle #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs after a short gain during the second half on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Oakland defeated Kansas City 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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If the Chiefs had done a better job of defending Tim Tebow the last time they played against him, they would still be alive for a playoff spot.
The Chiefs couldn't adequately handle Tebow, who this season has stepped in as Denver's full-time starter, in a 17-10 loss in mid-November at Arrowhead Stadium. As a result, the 6-9 Chiefs have been eliminated from the playoff race, while the 8-7 Broncos would win the AFC West by beating the Chiefs on Sunday in Denver.
Chiefs Get Second Chance At Tebow from KC Star
The Chiefs aren't your typical team swimming circles through coaching uncertainty. The roster is in need of upgrades at several positions, but the Chiefs aren't a team that needs a new head coach to hit the reset button.
Kansas City has come a long way since it last changed head coaches following the 2008 season. The Chiefs had won just 10 games in three seasons and were in need of a complete overhaul.
In 2012, the Chiefs won't need an overhaul. They'll need a tune-up.
Several Things To Consider As Week 17 Begins from The Mothership
Going for the victory means the Chiefs will not shuffle their lineup to accommodate any young players who could benefit from some playing time. The Chiefs will go with Kyle Orton at quarterback Sunday and rookie Ricky Stanzi will again be the backup. Crennel said the only way Stanzi would play is if Orton is is injured during the game.
Red Zone: Playing To Win The Game from KC Star
Q: There's been three quarterbacks this year and not much scoring with any of them. Does that tell you the Chiefs need a new quarterback or do you have to start taking a look at the playbook and doing some revamping?
CRENNEL: "It's never one guy in this business. It's always part of the team effort, and we were able to get down into the red zone four times, we just weren't able to produce. Now, we had an opportunity because we ended up dropping a ball in the end zone that would have made a difference, and then we followed that up with an interception, which was uncharacteristic. I think we might have tried to force that one a little bit.
Q&A With Romeo Crennel 12/26 from The Mothership
The Chiefs no longer care whether it's the Broncos or Raiders who win the division as long as the Broncos don't win Sunday's game.
"We get to play a team who came in here and beat us," linebacker Tamba Hali said. "If you're not motivated to play week in and week out, you shouldn't play in this league. We're very motivated to get out on the field and prove ourselves again. Our only focus is to beat the Denver Broncos."
Chiefs Still Motivated To Win from KC Star
He knows the Chiefs squandered a chance to play for the playoffs in an overtime loss to Oakland on Saturday. He realizes that he might be coaching for his job Sunday against Denver.
He also understands the frustration that fans are experiencing as an ugly season draws to a close.
Crennel is willing to acknowledge all of that and more, which makes it easy to believe him when he says with resolution that Kansas City won't lay down despite the playoffs being out of reach.
Broncos Have Plenty To Earn, Chiefs Not So Much When Division Rivals Meet Sunday In Denver from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have been eliminated from playoff contention, it's time to look ahead. Let's take an early look at the Chiefs' draft needs:
Likely drafting range: 10-15
Top draft needs: Offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, safety.
Early Draft Look: Chiefs from ESPN