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Chiefs Fans' Frustration , Anger Grow With Each Loss from KC Star
The expletives were flying as fans filed out of Arrowhead Stadium in the wake of yet another blowout defeat for the Chiefs.
Most of what the more vocal spectators spewed in the wake of Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Chargers wasn't fit for print, but suffice to say that the parking lot was awash in the frustration of another near-perfect autumn afternoon wasted.
Before he could even be asked the question, Romeo Crennel tried to head off the controversy. He said Matt Cassel would be the Chiefs' starting quarterback for next Sunday's game against Baltimore at Arrowhead Stadium.
But the combination of Cassel's lousy play in Sunday's 37-20 loss to San Diego at Arrowhead - he threw three first-half interceptions as the Chiefs fell behind 27-6 - and Crennel's less-than-enthusiastic defense of Cassel guaranteed that the issue won't be so easily dismissed.
The Chiefs lost their last bit of reasonable hope in a loss so head-shakingly embarrassing it pushed this season from merely awful to pathetic, and some rich men are going to lose their jobs over this.
They need to, anyway, or else a fan base that deserves better is suffering for no reason. If this season were a meal, you'd send it back. Or end up really sick.
Either way, you wouldn't go back to the restaurant, and that's the part that has the legs to create some real change after only a few of the Chiefs' closest friends stuck around to see the end of an embarrassing 37-20 loss to the Chargers at home on Sunday.
Chiefs' Turnover Problems Get Worse from KC Star
This is the formula that best describes the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.
Minus-13 = 1-3.
By turning the ball over six times and taking it away just once in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs plummeted to minus-13 in turnover differential for the season and dropped into last place in the AFC West with a 1-3 record.
Chiefs Can't Complete Comeback; Fall To Chargers In Divisional Matchup from The Mothership
The storyline coming into the matchup was a tale of two very different teams. The Chiefs were returning from an impressive hard fought overtime victory in New Orleans, while San Diego was licking their wounds after facing the undefeated Falcons and putting only a field goal on the board in the loss.
However, today, despite the aura of a packed house at Arrowhead and Will Shields name along with 41 other Ring of Honor members being unveiled at pregame on Alumni weekend, the Chiefs found themselves in an uphill battle right from start as they gave up 17 points early.
Ex-Chiefs Stick It To Their Former Team from KC Star
Nearly a year after his botched handling of a routine snap gave the Chiefs a Halloween night victory in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium, Rivers led the Chargers to a 37-20 laugher that had red-clad fans bolting for the exits early in the second half.
"It's rare to see Arrowhead empty like that at the end of a game," Rivers said with a smile. "We know how hard it is to come in here and win. We had lost the last two times here."
A week ago, Jamaal Charles had a game for the ages, rolling up numbers that put him in the same company with the great Jim Brown.
On Sunday, Charles felt more like Charlie Brown on the football field after losing two fumbles in the first four times he handled the ball in the Chiefs' 37-20 loss to San Diego.
Postgame Notes: Chiefs vs. Chargers from The Mothership
Cassel Passing Leader in First Four Games: With 251 passing yards today, QB Matt Cassel has accumulated 1,058 passing yards in the first four games of the season. That mark ranks him first in franchise history for most passing yards during the first four games of the season. He breaks QB Joe Montana's record of 1,054 yards in the first four games of the 1994 season.
Is it time to make a quarterback change?
Yes. Sometimes a team needs something to shake it up. The Chiefs have yet to hold a lead in regulation (the defense is equally at fault), and maybe the offense can get a spark from a change. It's hard to believe a quarterback controversy will have a negative effect on a 1-3 team. Certainly, Brady Quinn can't do worse than what we've seen from Matt Cassel.
"You never imagine that you're going to be in the Ring of Honor, Hall of Fame or anything like that," said Shields, who also is on the ballot for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. "You just go out and play every week. It's really cool to say your name in the same breath as some of the great players like Willie Lanier and Emmitt Thomas that are up there on that ring."
Chiefs' Defense Finds Itself In Another Early Hole from KC Star
For the third time in four games, the Chiefs allowed an opponent to score a touchdown on its opening possession. For the fourth time in four games, their defense played much of the game facing a seemingly overwhelming deficit.
Chargers Use 6 turnovers To Beat Chiefs 37-20 from The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The San Diego Chargers no doubt remembered their last trip to Arrowhead Stadium, back on Halloween night last season, when they gave away a game to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Well, considered the favor returned.
Matt Cassel did his part by throwing three first-half interceptions Sunday. Jamaal Charles helped out by losing a pair of fumbles. Even backup running back Shaun Draughn coughed it up once.
Chargers Get Six Turnovers, Crush Chiefs from CBS Sports
Norv Turner was asked Sunday whether he could remember facing a more generous opponent, and the Chargers coach sifted through more than three decades worth of memories in vain.
"I can't," Turner said finally. "I'm sure we have at some point."
The Chargers certainly took advantage of their hospitable hosts. The Kansas City Chiefs committed six turnovers, five of them in the first half, and San Diego rolled to a 37-20 victory and sole possession of first place in the AFC West.
Is It Time To Replace Matt Cassel? from ESPN
My mailbag was flooded by Kansas City fans demanding Cassel's benching Sunday, and I'm sure the subject will be the main course for columnists and talk radio in the Heartland in the wake of an embarrassing offensive showing by the Chiefs in a 37-20 defeat to San Diego on Sunday.
Expect pressure on Cassel to grow until he is either removed as the team's quarterback or the team decides to move away from him after the season.
Time to Bail On Pioli Experiment from FOX Sports
During an ugly, turnover-laced game Sunday, the Chargers' 37-20 dismantling of the Chiefs crystallized just how bad of a football team Kansas City has become. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw three picks, Jamaal Charles coughed up two fumbles, Shaun Draughn added another for good measure and the Chiefs dropped to 1-3.
The Scott Pioli era, so well received a few years ago, now teeters toward a different status: That of a failed experiment.
Is Chiefs' 1-3 Start Cassel's Fault? Not Entirely from FS Kansas City
"It's not just one person," left tackle Branden Albert snarled. "So don't put the whole thing on Matt."
We won't. Nor should you. After all, boats made of cardboard aren't built for long treks through the choppier waters of the AFC West. The Chiefs are leaking in so many places right now, it's not funny. They're averaging nearly four turnovers per game (15 in four tilts). They're coming out of the weekend with a team turnover ratio of minus-13. They've given up 13 sacks, or more than three per contest. Their extra-point snaps sail high; whenever they've actually forced the opposition to punt, they've allowed an average of 20 yards a return. They've been outscored, 41-6, in the first quarter.
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chargers 37, Chiefs 20
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Game 4 Highlights
NFL.com Video: San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Highlights
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Matt Cassel
KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Hall Of Fame: Will Shields