Good morning! I'm back in Jersey this morning after a great time in the midwest. Is it sad to say Sunday's game was enjoyable because we didn't get blown out? Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.
Even At 1-10, Chiefs Don't Lack For Motivation from KC Star
The situation for the Chiefs is complicated by the growing sense of inevitability that their football decision-makers, general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel, will be fired at season's end. It's one thing for players to keep their minds on the task when they believe their coach and general manager might survive the wreckage.
That's hardly guaranteed as the Chiefs are 1-10 for the first time in franchise history. Crennel is concerned enough with the possibility of the players checking out mentally and emotionally that he said he's already addressed the issue with them and would continue to do so.
Chiefs Opt For Conservative Approach In Loss To Broncos, 8th Straight In 1-10 Year from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Coach Romeo Crennel said he stands by his decision to keep kicking field goals rather than attempt several short fourth-downs in a 17-9 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, even though his own players acknowledged it was going to take more than 3s to win.
In short, he approached the game like the Chiefs were 10-1, rather than 1-10.
R.I.P., 2012 Kansas City Chiefs from CBS Sports
What Went Wrong: Hooo, boy. Where do we start? How about the quarterback position, which is, quite clearly, the Chiefs' biggest issue. Matt Cassel was acquired in a trade from the Patriots, and he simply isn't a franchise-level quarterback. There is a ton of talent around him, particularly in the form of Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, and yet the Chiefs can't score. Well, they can score; they just don't do it often, totaling two touchdowns in November.
Chiefs RB Asked Peyton For Autograph After Loss from WBIR.com
Before we pile on Baldinger, let's acknowledge that there's validity in his comments about losing teams smiling and laughing immediately after defeats. Show me a player who doesn't mind losing and I'll show you a loser.
But how is asking for an autograph an hour after the game the same thing as not valuing winning? Jamaal Charles ran for over 100 yards in the game. He appeared to give full effort. The team lost to go 1-10. What's he supposed to do, dress in black for three days, delete everything except Morrissey off his iPod and sit shiva?
Monday Musings: Where Do The Chiefs Find Their Franchise QB? from CBS Sports
The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins landed their franchise passers last spring in Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Barring injury, they won't have to worry about that position for a decade.
The Chiefs? What are their options if they have the first overall pick next spring?
USC's Matt Barkley hasn't played as well as expected. West Virginia's Geno Smith became the chic pick early, but is he a system quarterback? Oklahoma's Landry Jones has put up big numbers, but scouts have cooled on him.
What are the Chiefs to do?
Chin Up, Chiefs Fans from Her Game Life
It's really hard to be optimistic when the Kansas City Chiefs just lost their eighth straight game and became the first team to be mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture, but here's to trying. Here are a few reasons to still cheer for the historically terrible team.
Woody Paige: These Broncos Won't Stop Believin' from The Denver Post
As John Fox always says, the Chiefs' players get paychecks, too. Maybe they shouldn't. They're no good.
But here's the pleasant news: K.C. is the Broncos' final regular-season opponent. That should be declared the homecoming game.
Brad Rock: ESPN Needs Facts From (Duh!) ESPN from The Deseret News
According to Earth911.com, football stadiums across America generate approximately 39 million pounds of junk per year.
And that doesn't even count the Kansas City Chiefs.
Crennel Defends His Conservative Philosophy from FS Kansas City
Four times on Sunday the Chiefs were in Denver territory facing short yardage on fourth down.
Four times the Chiefs and coach Romeo Crennel opted to either kick a field goal or punt.
Not exactly the hey-we-got-nothing-to-lose approach you might expect from a team that was 1-9 and riding a seven-game losing streak coming into the game.
Moving On : Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
Biggest area to fix: Reach the end zone. The Chiefs have scored 15 points in the past two games -- all on field goals. The Chiefs have scored 41 points total in the past four games. They have not scored 20 points in a game since Week 4. It's no secret why they have one win this season.
KCChiefs.com Video: Romeo Crennel