Cleveland Letdown

Cleveland Letdown

After what transpired in Kansas City the last eight days, one can't be too critical of the Chiefs performance in Cleveland on Sunday. But with rumors the team could make a shift at General Manager, the facts are still the facts – change is still needed.

To be honest, I never thought the Kansas City Chiefs would be able to follow up on their perfect performance last weekend against Carolina and win at Cleveland on Sunday. In reality, it was just too tall of an order for this franchise.

Still, when Jamaal Charles opened the game with an electrifying touchdown run, I had hope that maybe Kansas City would be up for the challenge of back-to-back wins. But in short order, it became clear this wasn't going to be their day.

After going up 7-0, the Browns scored 30 straight points to stave off the best of intentions by the Chiefs. Still you have to give Cleveland credit too because they made the plays after the Charles run and the Chiefs, on both sides of the ball, didn't make any.

So what are we as fans left to think?

All this loss shows is that the Chiefs are no better now than they were before their spirited victory a week ago. What we saw on Sunday at Cleveland was a team that looked disorganized on both sides of the ball and one that wasn't coached very well either.

For all his efforts a week ago, Head Coach Romeo Crennel, didn't seem to have the same energy on Sunday. And that's not an insult. It was expected. He pulled every bit of his heart and experience to get his team ready this week but it fell short.

And now all that plagued this team prior to last weekends victory has returned.

The future of Crennel is still very much in doubt and so is the future of General Manager, Scott Pioli. On Sunday, there was internet speculation that former Indianapolis Colts General Manager, Bill Polian, could be in line to supplant Pioli should he get the ouster by Chiefs Chairman, Clark Hunt, at seasons end.

And realistically you'd have to think that's likely going to happen. Because despite the fact our collective hearts were pulled out of our chest the last eight days, the Chiefs are just 2-10 on the season and remain in the hunt for the top overall draft pick in April. And that's no accident.

What we witnessed on Sunday against Cleveland was a Chiefs team that still needs a young quarterback to helm the future, a more athletic offensive line, a solid pass rushing defensive end and another go to wide receiver.

And that's just where they need to start after Clark Hunt decides on the future of both Crennel and Pioli.

I really don't want to be insensitive to anyone within the Chiefs organization but based on what we all saw on Sunday, this team is no better right now - than it was with last weeks emotional win under their belt.

All I can conclude is that this organization has to swallow the immense pain and sadness that has fallen around them the last week and Clark Hunt must make decisions that will insure a future of Chiefs football that will bring pride and a championship mentality back to Kansas City.

And hiring Bill Polian would be a darn good start.


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