Professionally my job is to go into companies/organizations and analyze issues to determine their proximal, causal, distal problems (fancy words that maybe Pioli and Hunt will hear and understand) so assessing the issue at One Arrowhead is not complicated for me. In fact the Chiefs have the #2 problem I encounter (#1 is too much overhead..not our problem), which is bad executive decision making due to (redacted per Chiefs policy).
First, let me address Winston's allegation that the fans booed Cassel's injury directly. That is wholly untrue and it is escalating an already emotional situation in our community detracting from our core issues. No one was cheering for the injury itself. Everyone likes Cassel as a person, so let me get to my point. The injury was the necessary "change agent" to accomplish what our executive (Pioli and Hunt) and management (Crennel and Daboll) teams needed to right the season and organization and they failed to take action in a timely manner. Fans have been painfully aware this change was required as their lack of confidence was transparent to all, even if they could not articulate it correctly at the time and "booed" Cassel instead of cheering Quinn. The (perhaps temporary) benching of Cassel to dispel the obvious confidence and execution issues on the QB, players and fans. Their frustration of not being heard and dealing with the emotional consequences of years of systematic abuse (neglect is abuse) all to placate the ego of Scott Pioli who has struggled mightily without the umbrella of a Kraft family pocketbook, a HOF head coach and HOF QB in Tom Brady. Executive decisions are hardest because they must be made devoid of emotion (for those of you who hate Romney.. you should rethink you position on him if you want Cassel replaced because job security for Cassel and the success of the organization are typically disparate goals of an organization in flux). But that is a conversation for another thread..
Chiefs fans cheered because it has been painfully obvious for two years (especially in preseason) that Cassel was not even capable of being the "game manager QB" which was the floor expectation when Pioli gave him $60 million dollars. They cheered because fate had finally forced the decision that Hunt, Pioli, Crennel and Daboll (the management hierarchy who cannot escape the responsibility) failed to act in a timely or more glaringly decisive manner. Cassel has been so bad that it became glaringly obvious they spent a painstaking amount of time and squandered the single best performance I have seen from my beloved Chiefs in years to minimize Cassel's impact on the game. Even with the bare minimum of responsibility Cassel failed at his meager task. Now the reason this typically happens is that everyone involved has abandoned confidence even on a play-by-play basis. Every time Cassel touches the ball we wait for bad things to happen.. this slows our players mentally and makes our opponents play harder to create opportunities which they have received in a bounty worthy of Thanksgiving.
As much as I like Matt, Romeo and even Clark (only cause he grew up in pictures next to Lamar who I LOVE so he gets a pass for now) this change needed to be made and that is on Pioli. Pioli FAILED (for several potential reasons: i.e. lack of the ability to negotiate terms with players, for promises he made to Clark about cost controls, for arrogance in not realizing his investment to Cassel would accomplish corporate objectives, decision not to utilize salary cap dollars until we reached a certain win level (then failed to reach that level with Cassel) etc.) but my findings do not allow me to blame others when it is this man’s primary function (our proximal cause, if you will)
The Chiefs team yesterday showed me one of the greatest and gutsiest performances I have seen in 40+ years of being a Chief fan. I have ridden through the dark times before and I cherished the Stram, Schottenheimer and Vermeil eras. We have an impasse at the executive level. Since we can’t "boo" them directly we unfortunately "booed" Matt Cassel at the wrong time and place. Matt please forgive us.. but Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt.. pay attention. It is your failures who incurred our wrath.. it is our loyalty, commitment and sacrifice that provides your organization its healthy profit margin. For what you have not spent in dollars on players, you have spent in the "good will" of the fans. Professional organizations covet nothing more than this "good will" to fill seats, luxury boxes and attract players. This is your line in the sand and you are now put on notice.