Chiefs owner defends his team's 'passionate' fans

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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Animosity has been building in Kansas City for years, both over the failure of the Royals to reach the playoffs since 1985 and the Chiefs to win a playoff game since 1993.

One group of tailgaters in a stadium parking lot last Sunday strung up a bed sheet carrying the message that the Chiefs were an "embarrassment." Prior to the game, an airplane towed a banner paid for by fans asking that general manager Scott Pioli gets fired.

"I've been here for eight years, so I know we have real good fans. That's not a big question mark in my head," said linebacker Derrick Johnson, adding that he stood by Winston's comments.

"Playing against Kansas City and playing on Kansas City, we have great fans," said Brady Quinn, who is expected to start in Cassel's place on Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Even now, it's unclear exactly what the small percentage of Chiefs fans were applauding: the injury to Cassel itself, the play that resulted in a first down, the moment that Cassel finally got to his feet or when Quinn took over as quarterback.

Cassel had been struggling all season, and had thrown two interceptions in the game.

"We're trying to make it better," Crennel added. "I got up there a little earlier on Sunday and (the fans) were there in their red, and they were ready to try to help their team, and the team played a competitive game. Was it perfect? It was not perfect. But it was a competitive game, and it kept the fans involved in the hopes they were able to pull out a victory.

"We have to continue to play like that," Crennel said, "to keep the fans cheering for us and supportive of us the way they have been for a long time."