At halftime of the Cleveland Browns game Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel was asked what’s wrong with the offense. His response sums up an entire season, and defines who the Kansas City Chiefs are in 2012. For context, here is a recap of the Chiefs 1st half possessions:
- 1 Play, 80 Yards, Touchdown
- 10 Plays, 71 Yards, Missed FG (1/1 3rd Downs)
- 8 Plays, 26 Yards, Punt (0/1 3rd Down)
- 7 Plays, 23 Yards, Punt (0/1 3rd Down)
- 5 Plays, 2 Yards, Punt (0/1 3rd Down)
- 5 Plays, 19 Yards, Punt (0/1 3rd Down)
- 1 Play, End of Quarter
Let’s augment with this year’s rankings:
- Scoring: 31st
- Yards per game: 22nd
- Passing: 31st
- Rushing: 5th
- 3rd Down Conversions: 21st
- Give/take: 32nd
Any team in the NFL must be in the top 10 to have a realistic chance in today’s league. There are teams that can drop
slightly below this mark if the other side of the ball is in the top 5. We have neither.
As a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs for 25 years, I have seen the glory days of Marty-ball. These days were defined by tough defense and a conservative offense. It was frustrating much of the time, but it got the job done with regular postseason appearances.
We graduated to the days of the “Greatest Show on Turf, Part 2″ with Dick Vermeil. The offense was fantastic, excluding year one, with four consecutive years of top-5 offenses and three as either the best or second best in the league. Unfortunately, those years didn’t garner much success due to the other side of the ball being in the bottom 15 every year. What great teams have is balance, and consistency on both sides of the ball.
On Sunday, when asked what needed to happen to get the offense going Romeo Crennel said, ”The offense is fine.” Romeo’s comment made me mad. I actually yelled at the radio. Anyone else doing that lately?
Yes, we have a quarterback problem. Yes, we have many other holes to fill. We have depth issues and injury issues. But the issue that is at the heart of the problem, is our coach. Why would the offense want to be better when our coach thinks they’re “fine.” This after a 1/5 3rd down conversion rate. Yes, yards looked good in the first half, but take out the three big plays, and yards were non-existent.
I know I am in a minority here, but I think Scott Pioli deserves more time, even though RAC is his coach. Kansas City is a
promising team, with lots of talent. But when the coach thinks 31st in scoring is “fine”, that’s what needs to be changed.
“The offense is fine,” defines our team, and our problems.