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Examiner
  • Stephen Brown: A must-win but not time to panic – yet

  • Absolutely!

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  • Absolutely!
    Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli hasn’t wavered from his coach or the team he assembled for the 2012 NFL season.
    “Absolutely he is,” Pioli said when asked if he thinks Romeo Crennel is doing a good job. “I think he’s doing a good job. I really do.”
    I shouldn’t be asking if Crennel’s the right guy two games into the regular season, but I am. A lousy start gets questions. Even Pioli told the media he didn’t expect what we’ve seen out of the Chiefs.
    “We’re certainly digging a hole, but it’s not something we can’t get out of,” Pioli said. “Everyone within the organization is disappointed in the results so far. We’re all surprised because I don’t think any one of us went into the season thinking we would be 0-2. I don’t think any of us anticipated that.”
    Pioli needed to say something. Something is better than nothing, but like Crennel, Pioli isn’t panicking over the Chiefs’ 0-2 start.
    “If anyone of us knew what the answer was, we wouldn’t be sitting where we’re sitting right now. But I also don’t think it’s the end of the world. We have 14 games left. We’re certainly digging a hole, but it’s not something we can’t get out of.”
    Fans aren’t looking for panic, but fans do want a sense of urgency. Pioli missed it; it’s not the 0-2 start, but about the bigger picture. Fans have been through several losing seasons – they’re tired of it. Crennel’s answers haven’t sent a clear message whether he senses that or not.
    “I would like to win, definitely,” said Romeo Crennel when asked if the game against the Saints was a must-win. “I don’t know if it’s a must-win. I know we will try to look at it as a must-win because we want to win it, but we’re not going to fall off the earth if we lose it.”
    Huh? The Chiefs aren’t 2-0; the Chiefs are 0-2. If the Saints aren’t a must-win, then I don’t know what is. Just three teams have made the playoffs since 1990 starting 0-3.
    “Attitudes like that may be where the losing is stemming from,” a fan said in response to Crennel. “Didn’t expect that from RAC! That’s where a turnaround doesn’t happen or even seem possible!”
    Fans aren’t into sensationalism; fans are passionate about the Chiefs. It’s important that the Chiefs see the difference. The Chiefs don’t need fans asking if buying season tickets is the right thing to do.
    The Chiefs have to win, need to win and got to win. That’s what fans want Crennel saying.
    Page 2 of 3 - CHIEFS NEED TO BELIEVE: Is belief a problem for the Chiefs?
    “You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing, you’ve got to believe in the work you’re doing and you’ve got to believe in how you’re doing it,” offensive tackle Eric Winston said. “It’s easy at times like this to panic or to say to do something different or let’s try this or let’s do that, but I think as leaders you’ve got to put your nose down and get back to the grind.”
    You have to believe in yourself first before you can believe in each other.
    “I can say we never lost focus,” linebacker Justin Houston said. “But I feel like when Derrick Johnson says, ‘Look in the mirror,’ each guy did not play perfect for the past two games. Everybody’s making mistakes, so instead of pointing fingers at everyone else, each guy needs to look at themselves to fix the problem.”
    Crennel’s motto is togetherness. Why? Was it a neat idea or was Crennel onto something? Did RAC already sense what fans are seeing? That his team lacked consistency? In 2010 it was “Chiefs will,” but pride of ownership falls on the player. It doesn’t come from sayings; catch phrases are for fans.
    I wanted a quicker start, but it’s not over for the Chiefs, I think the Chiefs can still pull it from the ditch. There’s definitely a lot of searching going on in the Chiefs’ locker room.
    THE SAINTS: There’s hope; the numbers show that the Chiefs and New Orleans Saints are closely matched Sunday.
    Defensively, both Kansas City and the Saints are tied for last in the NFL by giving up 37.5 points per game. The Saints are last in the NFL by allowing 461 total yards a game; Chiefs are tied for 21st, allowing 377.5.
    Surprisingly, Kansas City leads the AFC in offensive yards per game with 408 – fifth best in the NFL. The Saints are third in the NFL with 422 total yards per game, Drew Brees throws for 325 yards per game, third best in the NFL.
    On paper, the two are similar, but oddsmakers have the Chiefs losing by double digits. Talking to linebacker Derrick Johnson, he said it’s simple, the Chiefs can fix it by winning.
    “The only way to answer the question on better is we got to get better to win,” Johnson said. “We have to, that’s the only way to improve is to get better. These last two weeks messing up has resulted in a touchdown, it’s been like that these last two weeks. Teams win, not individuals. We have to play as a team. We feel terrible this is happening; we don’t like it for our fans. Winning cures everything. We’ll fix it – we will.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Yes it does. Johnson said “have to win,” and fans like hearing that. I know I do.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
     
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