Ah, yes. December, the month of irrelevancy for Chiefs fans. It's a good thing that this time of year is monopolized by family and friends because Chiefs fans would simply die of heartbreak if they didn't have loved ones to fall back on about now. Can you feel the defeat? It's like a freezing wind blowing on exposed skin. This franchise and fan base hasn't been this demoralized since...well, maybe never. Frank Ganz was bad but I'm not sure the expectations for him were nearly as high as those that so many misguided fans held for Romeo. I hate it.
Even Ganz was able to win 4 games in each of his two seasons. Do you realize that prior to the RAC debacle, only Paul Wiggin and Herm Edwards have ever authored 2 win seasons? Marv Levy was even able to win three games of a 9 game schedule with replacement players during the players strike. If Romeo's Chiefs lose out, this team that was supposed to go deep in the playoffs (that was a nasty joke perpetrated on the fans) will instead cement itself as one of the worst Chiefs teams in history. As in one of only three teams to ever win only 2 games. That makes them in the bottom five and a half percent of Chiefs seasons. Romeo will also set his own record (one that I hope is never broken) as a Chiefs HC. The point differential this season is currently -172. Will it hit 200? I think there is a chance. What ever it winds up, it will dwarf it's closest competitor.
I know, Romeo still has two chances to get a win and prevent matching the worst record ever recorded by this team, but looking at how the team has been performing what do you think the odds are that it'll happen? Our last two games are versus two teams still trying to round out the playoff experience this season. If the season ended today, Indy would be in. The bad news for the Chiefs is that Indy could still get knocked out so they'll be playing hard. These Chiefs don't know how to play hard. Playing hard left with Todd Haley.
Denver is still trying to get that first round bye. If they do it this weekend with a win, they may slow it down for the finale vs. the Chiefs. If not, look out for a no holds barred embarrassment that will cement Denver's bye. I don't think this team can even beat a Peytonless Bronco team right now. I was suspect of Peyton's return. I was so wrong about that, that you could drive a truck between where I was and reality. Mr. Football had something to prove and he's doing it. My hat is off. Can you feel me?
What pisses me off the most is that is didn't have to be this way. It was painfully obvious to me that when you promote a guy to HC that up until that point had a W-L record in the NFL as HC of 24-40, and you go out and actually recruit (I still can't believe this) an OC who, up until that point had a W-L record as an OC in the NFL of 16-32, that the aforementioned 'plan' (term used very loosely) was a prescription for disaster. What a surprise. It actually happened.
This was what started the Wet Blanket Chronicles of Aiken_Drum the Unbeliever to begin with. Let me tell you that feeling a disaster like this coming and then watching it actually unfold is painful. Just as painful as the feeling of having the rug jerked out from under you. I will have to do some carpentry work once this season is over. Somehow the wall behind my TV has become pitted, scratched and down right distressed with dents from objects thrown at the TV without the actual desire to destroy the damn thing. Week after week it kept smiling at me with that big multicolored eye as it delivered just one more nail in the coffin of hope.
There is no excuse for the most recent shabby loss to the Raiders, much as there is no excuse for what has been perpetrated on this franchise this season. This team has now entered the realm of the ridiculous. We have reached the point at which, when you see a terrible play, you laugh. You laugh because you expected it to be a terrible play and what just happened on the field confirmed for you something that you just can't believe. Something that just shouldn't be. If you didn't smirk and laugh about it, it would bring even the hardest of hard core fan to tears (or at least watery eyes for all you tough guys).
MNChiefs fan says he's irritated. One reason he was in such a self admitted state was because I was right about this season going in the tank. I share that irritation and I'll go further into full aggravation. I'm aggravated that Jason Whitlock and now quite a few of the KC media were right about Pioli being an ego maniac. In my mind, Pioli is the single biggest contributor to the debacle that is now the Kansas City Chiefs. He's been calling the shots for nearly four years and if you look just at the front and back ends of that timeline, we are exactly the same team that we began as if you give any credence to Bill Parcell's famous line--"You are what your record says you are".
I come here to AP (desirous of seeing the one post telling of severed relationship between the team and a trio of under achievers that we all know) and I see commentors say things like, "Oh, the defense was good today", or "if we just had a QB we could be dangerous". Seriously? Folks, I don't know about you, but if your team has only won twice in a season that is just about over, the only way to see that result is by looking down. Into the abyss, because that is where your team has gone. In the Chiefs case, they are very nearly so deep as to be out of sight. This team has wandered that abyss for forty years already, surfacing a couple of times to see the light of day only to sink right back into that same hole.
I've also seen fans continue to cling to the idea that somehow this team is just loaded with talent. Really? I guess that is why there is a constant discussion going on about whether or not our defensive line was a bust that can't control the run, whether or not our O line has improved based on their inconsistent play (leading to one starting QB with a concussion and one with rib injuries that may prevent him from playing), and some fans that are even thinking we need to replace somewhere between 10 and 14 starters. If there is talent on this team outside of a (very) few bright spots, it certainly hasn't shown up during games. I will agree with this though, whether the talent is there or not is nearly impossible to discern right now because the coaching and management are so poor. Until that gets changed, there is no sense tuning into games unless you like watching that new TV situation-comedy "The Romeo Crennel Show".
Surely (we hope and pray) Clark sees the error that has caused this plight? We've been waiting for some kind of movement now for at least four weeks (I've been waiting since last December but there has been no early bird discount). For something. Anything. For God's sake Clark, move a finger...blink...hello?
Now the growing concern is, will Clark Hunt make changes or will he simply abandon this team to yet another year of the Pioli Plague? Why has nothing been done publicly? Why are Pioli/Crennel/Daboll still contributing to the demise of this team as it sinks into the cesspool of flounderville? Jesus, I feel like I could chew nails and spit bullets with the angst I have over what Clark's decision will be. It's very aggravating to watch crap like what happened in that recent shutout and then see those in charge go merrily on, tearing down just a little bit more of a once proud franchise with every destructive step they take. I could tear a phone book in half with just a portion of my aggravation.
So the question remains. Are we witnessing the biggest mistake ever made in Chiefs history? Will Clark swing and miss on Pioli? Thinking back there is only one thing I can think of that was worse. I won't say it, I'll just close with it's picture. Please Clark, say it ain't so.