The Royals are the only team that really matters these days around Kansas City.
Still, I can’t help but wonder what in the world has happened at Arrowhead. The Chiefs were picked by many to finally dethrone the perennial AFC West Champion, Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning, despite a career low QBR, has lead the Broncos to a 6 and 0 record.
This city was pumped as the Royals were coasting into the postseason by winning their first division crown in 30 years. There was a belief that the Chiefs would be good enough to win a playoff game for the first time in 22 years. The stage was set for an early showdown with the Donkeys in the second game of the season.
The Chiefs outplayed Denver for 59 minutes. They were clearly the better team that night. It’s still painful the way that game ended with the Chiefs gagging away what appeared to be a certain victory. They still haven’t recovered from that fateful night in September.
This football team is a complete mess. The finger pointing has begun, and it could get ugly. There’s a saying, “The fish rots from the head down.” Andy Reid is the face of this franchise. That’s where the blame begins. He’s calling the shots. John Dorsey wears the title of GM, but he’s really more like a player personnel director. Dorsey has already screwed up two of the Chiefs drafts since taking over from Scott Pioli.
This marks the 3rd year of this new regime. Things are expected to click in year three in the NFL. We have the same head coach, the same QB, and the same coordinators. Since an opening season win at Houston, the Chiefs have lost five straight games. They’re dead in the water. The season is lost. The team is running on fumes.
Andy Reid continues to call the plays. It’s a disaster. He needs to surrender the play calling duties and devote more attention to overseeing the entire team.
The offensive line is one of the worst in the league. Alex Smith is on pace to be sacked more times than any QB in franchise history.
The Chiefs owner, Clark Hunt, has no easy way out of this one. He’s paying Reid $7.5 million dollars a year. This is the same amount Bill Belichick makes at New England after winning four Super Bowls. Speaking of Super Bowls, Denver has been to three of them since the Chiefs last won a playoff game in 1993. The Chiefs are on their 7th head coach and 3rd general manager since winning a playoff game.
Reid and his staff were the toast of this city only two years ago after leading the Chiefs to the playoffs in his first season as head coach. Now, the 57-year-old coach is under siege, and the season is not even half over.
The Chiefs can only hope the Royals continue to take this city by storm. That’s the only way of escaping the wrath of the so-called Chiefs Kingdom.