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  • Tim Crone: Chiefs must get back to 'Midwest mentality'

  • Kansas City fans, sportswriters and talk-show hosts all seem to have an opinion about the dismal Chiefs season. Blame has been placed on the coaches, quarterback, lack of effort, poor drafts, etc. Endless discussions have gone on for the past two months.

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  • Kansas City fans, sportswriters and talk-show hosts all seem to have an opinion about the dismal Chiefs season. Blame has been placed on the coaches, quarterback, lack of effort, poor drafts, etc. Endless discussions have gone on for the past two months.
    Most likely, all of these reasons hold some truth for the demise of a good, solid NFL franchise. I have kept game stats for all home games for the television stations for the past 26 years. It has given me the opportunity to be present in the press box for media discussions and to watch the power brokers of the team work and react every game day. I’ve seen all of the good and bad years. The NFL is a dog-eat-dog business that demands success.
    Beginning two and a half years ago, I began to have a growing concern about the Chiefs organization.
    The culture began to change – not just on the field of play, but among the fans in the parking lot and the people working at the stadium, like ticket takers, security, etc. The organization decided to place all of their eggs into a new basket, the New England way. It’s not unusual for any business to copy a successful business model. The problem is that the new regime does not appear to have an understanding of the existing culture.
    The Kansas City Chiefs team is a Midwest team with Midwest fans who have a Midwest mentality. It is in the heart of America, which is quite different from the East and West coasts. Midwesterners like people who are good to people, work hard, and bring their “A” game to work every day.
    Conversely, Midwesterners are not likely to take kindly to outsiders coming in with all the answers and with criticism of all that has come before with the team. Kansas City-area fans are salt of the Earth people who do not accept arrogance and a holier-than-thou attitude from people who never proved that they had any answers at all.
    A big-shot attitude shoved down the throats of the Kansas City fans simply won’t fly! They won’t tolerate anyone from the East Coast or anywhere else setting tailgate rules and regulations. They’re tired of eating “potty sandwiches” from the owner and general manager. Midwesterners remember where they came from and expect some basics: great effort, a solid team philosophy and organization leaders who do not blow smoke and who will allow them to enjoy their love of Chiefs football the way they always have.
    Winning has a way of making a lot of things go away but the organization needs to understand the culture and expectations of their Midwestern fan base.
    n If Kansas State makes it to the national championship game, Miami will learn all about the Midwest mentality!  
    Page 2 of 2 - n Missouri still can make a bowl appearance. They have a real shot to beat  Tennessee and Syracuse.  
    n The Northwest-Missouri Western game will be a classic this week.  
    n My quote this week is from the English essayist, William Hazlett, “Where  you cannot drive you can always persuade. A gentle word, a kind look, a  good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a secret  pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an  individual but you cannot make him respect you.” The Chiefs organization should take heed.
     
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