I didn’t record the game, so I can’t recall exactly when the play occurred, but that fourth and short near the end of the half when the Chiefs elected to go for it—and made it—only to have it nullified because some idiot on the Chiefs sideline decided to call a time out, and then elected to punt, was the turning point in the game.
This epitome of the incompetence that has infected this team and killed every opportunity to control the momentum of any game is the best example of why Clark Hunt would be justified to immediately remove Pioli, Crennel and Daboll. Who is in charge here anyway?
The timeout call was followed by a heated exchange between Daboll and Crennel on the sideline. What they were arguing about is merely conjecture—though I suspect Romeo was mad at Daboll for calling the play without consulting him and called the timeout to drive home that point (while all the players stood around wondering WTF).
One thing should be clear to any competent coach in the NFL—Peyton Manning can lead a scoring drive from anywhere on the field, so giving up an opportunity for points against him is just stupid. The play calling for KC’s offense was terrible for the rest of the game. If a play worked well, it was never seen again. If one didn’t work well, we saw variations of it with nauseating regularity. Apparently, Daboll was feeling a little butt-hurt and out to prove to Crennel that he could fuck things up just as well as Romeo any day of the week.
I’m just frustrated because I was actually starting to believe that this team could win a divisional game against the darling of NFL media if they could just keep things rolling the way they were going through the first quarter and a half. The O-linemen were making good blocks. Charles was finding the holes. The short passing game had the Denver LBs off balance…And then, Wham! Incompetence and ineptitude start arguing on the sideline.
Momentum shifts, and the fat lady is heard singing in the background. I think maybe the saddest outcome of this latest fiasco is that I have no more passion left for the Chiefs this year. I feel sympathy for those players who are still trying, and sympathy for my fellow long-suffering fans. But I really don’t care if I don’t see another Chiefs game for the rest of the year (though habit will probably compel me to suffer through them all). Clark, please sweep away this mess with a very broad broom and give us something to hope for again. This is what the bottom looks like.