“The Chiefs have been the least competitive team in the NFL in one of the most competitive seasons in league history.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter
GH: One simple sentence that says a lot about the desperate position Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel have placed Clark Hunt’s team in as they flounder on at 2-11. Getting rocked 30-7 in Cleveland might be a new low in a season of record lows.
“Crennel is a winner as man but a loser as a football coach. Forget sentimentality: needs to be fired at year’s end.”
Yael Aboulhalkah, @YaelTAbouhalkah, Twitter
GH: Crennel’s job is unsalvageable – right? Scott Pioli cannot be allowed to hire a third coach in five years, right? The Clarks Xmas present to his fan base will be an active broom with a wide, wide swath.
“This is a group clearly in over its head, overmatched against NFL teams. They call timeout to get the ball back at the end of the first half, only to run out the clock with a draw that everyone back in Kansas City knew was coming. They gave up an accidental 93-yard punt return, missed a short field goal, kicked it off out of bounds and threw jump-ball fade routes to Jamar Newsome (recently promoted from the practice squad) instead of Jonathan Baldwin (the first-round pick two years ago).”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Just reading through that list of ineptitude has to make even the most ardent Chiefs’ fans cringe. It is time to reboot this franchise.
“You can forget that one. Cousins is almost as valuable to Washington as Griffin bc of injuries like today’s.”
Kent Babb, responding to Todd Leabo’s tweet of how good Kirk Cousins, the Redskins backup QB, would look in Chiefs’ colors, Twitter
GH: The Redskins grabbed Cousins in the fourth round after trading up to draft RG3 with the second-overall pick. You could say it was the opposite of how the Chiefs viewed the 2012 draft – one that is proving to have been rich with QB talent. While Babb may believe Cousins offers the Skins valuable insurance, he is even more valuable as trade bait. I expect him to be dealt for some team’s #1 draft pick in 2013.
“[Steve] Tasker just gave me a new line for the times when I say something stupid. My brain pulled a hamstring…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, on the color analyst for the Browns/Chiefs game, Twitter
GH: When you’re 2-10, you don’t get the best TV analysts for your games. My question is why are there so many bad color analysts? With only 16 games a week, I would think the networks could find 16 very talented voices to fill those seats. A few former NFL players make great analysts – but very few. Phil Simms is not good – despite his status. Jon Gruden thinks almost everybody is the best and greatest. Solomon Wilcots is in way over his skis. Dan Dierdorf went from bad to good and is now bad again. Tasker is just a mess of odd words and thoughts. Dan Fouts doesn’t bother me too much. Mike Martz might be the worst NFL analyst working. Troy Aikman does a good job. I can take or leave Brian Billick. Daryl Johnston is also tolerable. Cris Collinsworth ticks off a lot of folks but I like his work. Who do you love or hate?
“Next year the Chiefs cannot make the playoffs if Dwayne Bowe is not on the roster.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Is this true? Looking over the options at wide receiver it appears to be a given – even with an upgrade at quarterback. Jonathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster are two of Pioli’s biggest busts that continue to haunt this team’s offense.
“It is a foregone conclusion that Dwayne Bowe will be gone next year.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Franchise Tag – The Sequel.
“The Chiefs have a huge need for a wide receiver right now.”
Adam Teicher, 810 AM
GH: It seems like this need and the need for a quality quarterback have been a constant part of the Chiefs’ decline during the Herm Edwards-Todd Haley-Romeo Crennel spiral.
“He can say all the right things but Dwayne Bowe is going to go to the highest bidder. The only way Dwayne Bowe comes back to be is obviously if they franchise him or if there is a new general manager who makes a commitment to Dwayne Bowe long term.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
“1: Emotional weekend for Dallas CB Brandon Carr. He joined former Chiefs mates in Austin for funeral of Kansandra Perkins Saturday … 2: Carr then boarded Jerry Jones’ plane+flew to Cin to join Cowboy mates grieving death of LB Jerry Brown, w/NT Josh Brent jailed for it.”
Peter King, @SI_PeterKing, Twitter
“Upset pick of the day —- Colorado over Kansas at the Phog. Love these Buffaloes.”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, just prior to the Buffs game at Allen Fieldhouse, Twitter
GH: Rothstein wasn’t the only hoops expert hinting at an upset win for CU over KU – but he was one of the more entertaining. Read on for is mea culpa on the Jayhawks 90-54 win.
“Kansas looks like vintage Kansas today. Looks like I’ve got all different flavors of crow to choose from for my next meal. Can’t believe how poorly Colorado has played today. Totally uncharacteristic of this team so far this season. Note to self. Never pick against Kansas at Phog again. Ever.”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, Twitter
“I know I said I definitely would not start [Jabari Brown] so I want to make sure you guys don’t think I’m lying to you. I don’t know yet what we will do. I want it to be a competitive week. We get to bring it back to first day of practice this week. All bets are off. Let’s go compete for playing time.”
Frank Haith, on Jabari Brown, the 6’5 redshirt sophomore shooting guard transfer from Oregon who is expected to be eligible for Mizzou’s next game against South Carolina State, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: Brown is expected to fill the void left by Mike Dixon’s departure – and some expect his presence to vault Mizzou into the national championship talk.
“Not only can he shoot the ball but he can score.”
Frank Haith, 810 AM
GH: That might be one of my favorite coach quotes. We can all shoot it, right? I mean, except that dude from Appalachian State on the free throw line. Check out his “shot” here.
“There’s no greater non-conference game that I’ve been a part of. Walking out of the stadium and seeing it half filled with Illinois fans and half filled with Missouri fans, 22,000 people. It’s just a special, special game. I’m really glad that both administrations have extended it. For our fan base, it’s something to look forward to every year. I do think you can have great rivalries with teams that are not in the same conference. And credit to both universities for keeping that thing alive.”
Frank Haith, 810 AM
GH: Do you think Haith was directing his point toward that school that lies about three hours due west of Columbia? There is a huge difference in MU continuing a rivalry with a school like Illinois that was never a conference foe and continuing their bloodbath with Kansas. But I’d sure like to see the Border War renewed at least on the hardwood.
“[Phil Pressey] could be better. He hasn’t hit his stride yet. I’ve got high expectations for Phil. We’ve got to get back to the level where he’s making guys around him better.”
Frank Haith, when asked by Steven St. John his thoughts on Pressey’s play so far this season, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou has not played like the 12th best team in the country. They may be overrated or maybe Brown makes them a legit Final Four contender. Kansas sure looked the part in taking Colorado down. And what about K-State? Their win at George Washington was not pretty. January will tell us much about our local cagers.
“Getting a lot of anger from KSU fans over Heisman vote and results. Klein had a great year, I had him 2nd. No reason to be upset purple ppl.”
Gabe DeArmond, Twitter
GH: Klein’s third place finish in the Heisman is a tremendous accomplishment for him and Kansas State. I don’t see a negative thing about it. Those who do simply don’t understand how incredibly difficult it is to get to where Klein is and forever will be.
“Iowa State sold out their full allotment of 10,000 Liberty Bowl tickets in less than 72 hours. That’s impressive.”
Sean Callahan, @Sean_Callahan, Twitter
GH: Damn. To play Tulsa [for the second time this season] in Memphis. Those Clones fans are flat dog crazy. I love ‘em.
“I think watching how both coaches approach offense is going to be remarkable to watch.”
Curtis Kitchen, of CurtisKitchenKC.com, on K-State’s date with Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl, 610 AM
GH: This is the one bowl game I cannot miss – not that there are many of them. Watching how Snyder attacks Oregon and how Oregon attacks KSU’s defense is going to be fun. This one might end up in the triple digits.
“That’s the shocker of the silly season to me. It way out-shocked Bielema to Arkansas.”
Dennis Dodd, on Tommy Tuberville leaving Texas Tech for Cincinnati, 810 AM
GH: Lubbock has never looked worse – and that is saying a lot.
“With hirings of Butch & Malzahn, there will be 6 SEC teams running a Spread (UT, Miss, MSU, Mizzou, A&M, Auburn).”
James Crocker, @JamesRCrocker, Twitter
GH: Old Man Football just might have retired.
“A coach once told me ‘show me a good loser and ill show u a loser’… Let’s step back and see if this is what u want your kids to be learning.”
Elvis Fisher, @ElvisFisher72, former Mizzou offensive tackle, Twitter
GH: Here’s hoping Elvis goes into coaching.
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