Disconnect with Fans Grows Deeper in Kansas City, and More AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystNovember 19, 2012

Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans hold up signs to fire general manager Scott Pioli (not shown) in the second half of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

The fanbases of 1-9 teams are never happy, but the anger rarely reaches a fever pitch as quickly as it has in Kansas City. The fans are angry that they’ve been promised a superior product and have instead been given a product so inferior that it’s not even worth watching.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says there is a growing disconnect between the team and its fans. Mellinger cites the Save Our Chiefs movement and its organization of a blackout on Sunday, fans wearing paper bags on their heads, fans taking shots at the team from beyond the grave and fans passing the time in the stands by making and flying paper airplanes.

It’s ugly.

Owner Clark Hunt can no longer ignore the growing disconnect between a loyal and devoted fanbase and his team. The fans were promised wins when Scott Pioli was hired, and the Chiefs believed they had the pieces to compete in the AFC West in 2012. The reality: The Chiefs have only rarely been competitive at all.

With every embarrassing loss, the disconnect between the fans and the team grows. It’s understandable that Hunt would like to wait until the offseason to make any decisions, but he can no longer afford to wait. With every passing week, Hunt risks fracturing the already contentious relationship with the fans that attend the games and buy tickets.

Chiefs fans are voicing their displeasure, and that’s the first step. The next step is staying home on Sundays, then not renewing season tickets and, finally, not caring about their once beloved team at all. It’s happened to great fanbases in other cities, and Hunt needs to act now before it’s too late.


More news from around the AFC West…


Kansas City

Chiefs star Jamaal Charles believes that Crennel deserves multiple years to turn the franchise around, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star has a complete story on the blackout of Arrowhead.



Brandon Stokley is enjoying a comeback season, according to the Denver Post.

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post says Von Miller is giving Peyton Manning a run for his money as the Broncos’ best player.



Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle says Marcel Reece silenced his doubters with 193 yards on Sunday.

Owner Mark Davis sounded off after the game, and Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times has the complete interview transcript.


San Diego

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says the Chargers are an offensive mess put together by general manager A.J. Smith.

In contrast, the defense did what it could do to help the Chargers beat Manning, according to Acee.