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Chiefs have plenty of adversity, need more wins

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 5:16 am •  Published: October 12, 2012

Perhaps having a new set of hands under center will give the team a much-needed lift.

Or perhaps getting out of town will do the trick.

"You could say there's desperation, but you have to handle it the right way," Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "At 1-4, you need a win. You need a win, you need one win. You can say desperation, but you can't panic. We have to handle it the right way."

Whoever coined the phrase, "Adversity brings out the best in people," certainly could use the Chiefs this week to tell whether there's any truth to the statement.

"I think adversity, what it does is pull a unit together," said Crennel, who is 27-44 as an NFL head coach. "It doesn't make any difference who's watching or who's looking. The fact that there is adversity that can kind of pull a team together."

Crennel said much of the adversity has been of the Chiefs' own construction.

They've committed 19 turnovers through their first five games, more than any other team at the same point in the season since the 1997 Saints. They've also committed 23 penalties over the past three weeks, including eight for 60 yards in last Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

One of the penalties was a pass interference call against wide receiver Dexter McCluster that wiped out what would have been the go-ahead touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe in the fourth quarter.

Now, the Chiefs are in danger of being out of the playoff race by the middle of October.

Adversity? The Chiefs have plenty of it.

What they need more of is wins.

"I think a team comes together through all sorts of adversity, regardless of what it is," Quinn said this week, shortly after practicing for the first time with the starters. "We're just trying to come together, eliminate turnovers and penalties and try to win a football game."