There is plenty of chatter in Kansas City this morning about Chiefs fans cheering an injured Matt Cassel, but the overall sense from Kansas City media this morning is that the Chiefs seasonis slowly slipping away, regardless of who plays quarterback.
Here is what someKansas City media are saying after the Ravens' sloppy, 9-6 win over the turnover-prone Chiefs onSunday:RANDY COVITZ,Kansas City Star"The Chiefsseason reached its breaking point on Sunday. Reverting to a conservativeoffense not seen since Marv Levys single-wing offense of the early 1980s stillcouldnt keep the Chiefs from turning the ball over. Quarterback Matt Casselhad a hand in four turnovers before leaving the game in the fourth quarter witha head injury...The loss KansasCitys third in three home games this season dropped the Chiefs to 1-4 forthe season and in dire straits of not making the playoffs."KEVIN HASKIN,Topeka Capital-JournalThe B isvirtually silent. The ooooh gets louder every time No. 7 is on the field.Welcome to Arrowhead Stadium and the life of Matt Cassel, who gets targeted byso many boos that it makes you feel like youre at the All-Star game.Oh, there werecheers Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback. They came, senselessly,when he lay still on the turf, his head spinning after delivering a 16-yardcompletion.
The strength ofthe Ravens, as much as anything these days, is how their offense clicks behindJoe Flacco, Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin. Their defense still features Ray Lewisand Ed Reed, but gives up yardage. Did so against the Chiefs, in fact.Points, however,were scarce. That happens with turnovers. And the Chiefs commit them. Inbunches. Four giveaways against the Ravens bumped the KC season total to 19,the highest NFL mark through five games in 15 years. ... The mostinexplicable mistake by KC came within inches of the goal line on the firstpossession of the second half. Called on to sneak the ball in, Cassel lungedleft, but did so without firm grasp of the snap. Soon, the ball squirted intothe end zone and was recovered by Reed, the opportunistic veteran.B-oooooh."MATT LOEDE,chiefsgab.com
"Fans atArrowhead Stadium Sunday chanting Brady, Brady have gotten their wish. Butnot for the reason many felt they would. Chiefs QB MattCassel left Sundays game with the Ravens with a head injury, and the Chiefs fellto the Ravens 9-6 to fall to 1-4 on the season.The effort wasmuch better than last week when they were beaten badly at home by the Chargers,but the bottom line is once again the turnovers killed the team, and it appearsthat the 2012 season is quickly slipping away just five weeks in."SAM MELLINGER,Kansas City Star"The Chiefshave been pathetic already, so thats not the surprising part. And theyvelooked hopeless, so thats not new, either. ... What we see now is a disjointedmess of a football team that was supposed to compete for the division title butis instead sinking toward the bottom of the league, with a head coach unable tomake it stop and an offensive lineman making national headlines for destroyingfans who cheered their quarterbacks injury. If this isnt rock bottom, then wecould all save ourselves some trouble by guzzling Drano. ...
This time, itsRomeo Crennels turn to face charges of incompetence because, honestly, didTodd Haley ever mismanage a game this badly? ...The only thing Crennel appears willing to riskin his game plans is Jamaal Charles future coming off ACL surgery, theChiefs star running back is the only player in the league to go over 30touches twice this season and the result diminished the Ravens risk oflosing.A bizarredecision to punt instead of try for a first down or Hail Mary at the end of thefirst half, more will-breaking penalties and a team presumably coached to valuethe ball instead padding its league lead in turnovers sucked the possibilitiesfrom a game the Chiefs otherwise shouldve won."BILL WILLIAMSON,ESPN.com's AFC West blogger
"On a daywhen some fans paid for a plane to fly over the parking lot, urging the team tofire general manager Scott Pioli and bench Cassel, Cassel did nothing to helpeither his or Piolis cause. Cassel was 9-of-15 for 92 yards. He lost a fumbleat the goal line and threw two interceptions. The Chiefs looked afraid to letCassel pass, and when he did, rarely did anything good happen. Both the teamand Cassel seemed adversely affected by the anti-Cassel sentiment. The time isnow to let him sit and see what Quinn can do."