“That’s my fear – that Romeo Crennel is a ‘yes guy’ for Scott Pioli and he won’t fight for his guys [like losing Brandon Carr to free agency]. You can’t tell me Romeo Crennel could looked at this defense and said, ‘I’m fine in the secondary, Scott. Let [Brandon Carr] go.’ Romeo Crennel, desperate to be a head coach, likely said, ‘Look, whatever you give me I’ll coach.’ ”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Whoa. That is a strong statement from Petro. How I would love to hear him ask Crennel that same query at Tuesday’s press conference. I thought the same thing of Gunther Cunningham, another Chiefs’ defensive coordinator who rose to the title of Chiefs’ head coach under Carl Peterson. Gunther’s refusal to buck his GM eventually helped get him fired. If Petro’s assumption is true, Romeo should find himself coaching linebackers in Detroit come January.
“You guys know how I feel about Romeo Crennel. I don’t think he’s this great head coach. He’s got to do a complete overhaul not only physically but mentally with this football team. … Maybe he won’t get fired but holy crap! If it all goes south it will be heaped on his shoulders.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
“The NFL is about your head coach and your quarterback – and the Chiefs are middle of the pack with both. Go bold or go home. They’re trying; it’s just not working here.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
“What I didn’t like is [Jamaal Charles] saying, ‘We have to learn how to win games.’ Learn how to win games? What? How long you been playing football?”
Jayice Pearson, on comments made by the Chiefs’ running back on Monday afternoon, 610 AM
“Wrap yourself in a blanket of denial if you want, believing that Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers will be back soon to fix all the Chiefs’ problems, but the coaching staff is one night into watching what amounts to a horror film of a game tape from a 40-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday that is surely telling them otherwise.”
Sam Mellinger, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: Mellinger is typically slow to lay blame or scream, “Fire!” But one game into the Chiefs’ 2012 season, he is clearing his throat and making his way toward the exits. It is a bold move for him as a columnist and one I believe he needs to take.
“Four seasons now — that’s how long Chiefs fans have been waiting for the ‘real’ [Matt] Cassel to reveal himself. Is he the fiery leader with pinpoint accuracy and a calm temperament the Chiefs will need if a Super Bowl is a legitimate possibility? Or he is the panicked, erratic passer who stares down receivers and forces throws into coverage? The answer is that he is both, and on days like Sunday, that just isn’t good enough.”
Kent Babb, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: Babb has only a few weeks left as a Kansas City Star columnist. He is headed east to be a feature writer for the Washington Post. Why waste those precious few columns asking but not answering middling pabulum that any nine-year-old Chiefs’ fan can spew? I want Babb to grab some oily rags from a dark closet inside 18th & Grand, wrap them around a tightly twisted Sunday edition and light that torch with words and opinions that scorch his departure with a memorable path none will forget. It is not too late, Kent. Your future and legacy await.
“Jesus Chris the guy is a shit show… I can’t believe I let him fool me again for 15 minutes.”
Lazlo, @lazlothebuzz, after Cassel threw a pass directly into the shin of an onrushing Falcon defender, Twitter
GH: If Babb is looking for some edgy column ideas, The Church of Lazlo might not be a bad place to frequent.
“We are four years into [Scott Pioli’s] regime and they have not been able to find the talent that they think warrants the spending.”
Soren Petro, on reports that the Chiefs rank second in the NFL to room under the salary cap, 810 AM
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But as I sit here and look at it, for years people screamed about all Carl Peterson cared about was going 9-7, 8-8, 10-6, keeping alive the hope that this team might be good, while never bottoming out and padding the bottom line. Except in the Carl Peterson years with Lamar Hunt as the owner, they spent right up to and over the cap.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: There are few things Petro enjoys bearing more than Carl Peterson’s jock. I find it rather ridiculous that he chooses to continue to prop up King Carl as if he was somehow wronged by the Kansas City media and fans who grew to detest him. Petro would benefit from his own advice to Romeo – being a yes man is not an attractive or productive look.
“You better at least make it look like you’re trying.”
Jayice Pearson, on Scott Pioli’s work as the Chiefs’ GM, 610 AM
“I’ll wave the checkered flag. This team isn’t winning a playoff game. … They played as well as they could play on offense for a half [against Atlanta] and they still got destroyed.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: It is a bit early to write off the Chiefs or anoint the Broncos. The NFL season has a way of drawing the lost sheep back to the fold and those who have run off to hide as well.
“They just gave up [late in the fourth quarter]! They just ran the ball. When is that ever acceptable? They quit! They gave up already!”
Jayice Pearson, as the Chiefs went with some of their bench players after the score appeared to get out of hand, 810 AM
GH: Did the Chiefs give up when the score was 40-17 with almost 11 minutes left in the game? Their fans sure did. In the fourth quarter, Arrowhead looked emptier than The Clark’s trophy case.
“That’s another example I think of just trying to answer a question without really saying anything. And really what you’re saying is not good. I don’t think he realized the boxed answers that he’s given.”
Jayice Pearson, on Jamaal Charles saying the Chiefs need to learn how to win games, 610 AM
GH: The amount of irony in this statement from Jayice could replace one of the twin towers.
“Totally classless act by Tony Gonzalez dunking the ball at Kansas City. Hypocritical. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I love the Kansas City fans. Now eat this! – Gonzalez.”
Dennis Dodd, @dennisdoddcbs, on the former Chiefs’ tight end dunking after his TD catch, Twitter
GH: The Arrowhead crowd booed the dunk – those who remained. Read on.
“You’ve got to be kiddng…What was wrong with that????”
Danny Clinkscale, responding to Dodd’s tweet about Gonzo’s dunk, Twitter
GH: I would say from my completely unscientific survey of the local media that Clink’s take on the dunk was shared by most. I didn’t get too worked up about it. That what Gonzo do.
“Nothing makes you feel like a bigger idiot than walking out after a Chiefs blowout that you spent hundreds of dollars to attend.”
GH: Other than incidents that involved a woman, I would have to concur.
“You saw he’s wearing the Chiefs’ jersey. He’s from Kansas City. He’s taking the Chiefs.”
Curt Menefee, on Shawnee South’s own Rob Riggle being the only prognosticator on Fox to pick the Chiefs over the Falcons, Fox
GH: Riggle’s debut on Fox’s NFL pregame show was just as anticipated – he was hilarious. I’m looking forward to watching him have fun at the expense of Bradshaw, Long and Johnson this season.
“Now what they are doing this year across the NFL is they’re showing these replays, these close calls, to the crowd in the stadium. I’m sure the officials aren’t real excited about that.”
Joe Buck, Fox
GH: The empty stadium seats finally forced the NFL to show in-stadium replays of controversial plays. The fans have the power to change the game. Everything moves because of money.
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