“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans. We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today. At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”
Bud Adams, 89-year-old owner of the Titans, after his team was mauled 51-20 by the Bears, The Tennessean
GH: When you are 89 years old, the filter comes off. Are we going to have to wait until the Chiefs’ Clark Hunt reaches his octogenarian stage for him to display some passion for winning in the NFL?
“Those people who are being hard on Clark Hunt forget that he got out the checkbook for the guy everybody said was the best [GM prospect].”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: We all applauded Clark when he signed Pioli. But four years and an embarrassment of a franchise later we all look like fools. So we’re all supposed to continue to be fools? Maas has consistently and publicly stood up for Clark as the heat is being turned up on the Chiefs’ owner. It makes me wonder if Maas expects a future role with this organization once the Candy Man gets canned.
“I just can’t be flying up there to see that happen.”
Bud Adams, after leaving the Titans’ LP Field in the third quarter of the Titans’ embarrassing loss, The Tennessean
GH: Chiefs’ fans have been witness to similar thrashing this season at almost every game. Bud has a lot invested in his team but his financial losses aren’t going to alter his monthly budget. You can’t say the same for a lot of Chiefs’ fans.
“If a team underperforms, I’m the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches. It starts with me. If we don’t finish this season the way (we) should, then what needs to happen will happen. Sure, it starts with me, I’m the head coach.”
Mike Munchak, the Titans’ second-year head coach, The Tennessean
GH: That sounds a lot different than a Romeo, “I’m not sure what happened,” postgame comment.
“Now you’re playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically, but now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season.”
Mike Shanahan, Washington’s head coach, after his Skins lost 21-13 to Carolina to fall to 3-6, Washington Post
GH: Shanahan is being panned by the media and the talking heads for “giving up” on the season – despite saying, “Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically…” I see Shanahan’s comments as a challenge to his team – a very public one. I don’t know of a Rat yet who gives up halfway to the cheese.
“Peyton Manning in 2012: 5-3, 2,404 passing yards… Andrew Luck in 2012: 5-3, 2,404 passing yards. What a stat by @ESPNStatsInfo.”
Linda Cohn, @lindacohn, Twitter
GH: Would the Colts have taken Soren Petro’s offer of five number one picks in last year’s NFL draft for Luck? I wish the Chiefs would have tried.
“What would YOU ask #Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel? Tweet me some good questions for tomorrow’s midday presser.”
Jeff Rosen, KC Star sports editor, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: My ten questions for Romeo…add yours below in the Comments section.
1) Is the animosity being shown by Chiefs’ fans similar to what you experienced in your last season at Cleveland?
2) Is the quarterback the single most important variable in winning games in the NFL? If not, what is?
3) Have you seen Geno Smith and Matt Barkley play? If not, why not? Pioli says he has not, isn’t that a dereliction of his duty to evaluate personnel for the draft?
4) Is the Chiefs’ roster simply not very good? At 1-7, it appears we all were wildly optimistic about this team’s talent.
5) Did you make a mistake in accepting the head coaching position? You have exceled as a DC but have now failed miserably as a head coach twice.
6) How do you plan to turn around the attitude of a 1-7 team that has appeared to underachieve in almost every game?
7) Washington’s Mike Shanahan has stated he’ll use the remainder of their season to evaluate players and see who wants to remain on the team. Have you given up as well? If not, wouldn’t it be better to prepare for 2013 then try to win a few games in 2012?
8) Can you lead this Chiefs’ team to the playoffs in 2013? How?
9) Just how bad is Ricky Stanzi? He’s worse than Tyler Palko, right?
10) With half the season remaining, what would be a realistic goal for the number of wins your team can attain?
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