Big victories for Chiefs fans
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has seen the empty seats, heard the angry fans and watched planes fly over Arrowhead Stadium with signs demanding people be fired.
On Friday Hunt reacted decisively to the fans’ passionate calls for change.
The club parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli, and for good reasons. The fans had lost patience with a top executive who had presided over a team with a dismal 23-41 won-loss record the last four years.
And Hunt hired Andy Reid as the new head coach to replace Romeo Crennel, who was fired earlier this week after a dreadful 2-14 season with the Chiefs in 2012.
Reid will excite much of the Chiefs’ fan base. He led the Philadelphia Eagles to one Super Bowl loss and to the playoffs nine times in 14 years. However, he was less successful over the last three years, with the nadir being this season’s 4-12 record, prompting his firing earlier this week.
NFL owners, executives and coaches often claim the fans don’t control what happens in the front office, on the playing field or when it’s time to draft players.
But give the fans much credit for the housecleaning that just occurred at 1 Arrowhead Drive.
Hunt wants the stadium to be hopping again with happy fans watching a winning team. Friday’s actions won’t guarantee that will happen. The moves, however, will please much of a fan base that deserved to see bold changes.