Think about this: The Royals haven't played in 25 days, finished their season like dogs, and still have two wins since the Chiefs' last victory.
The Chiefs have been a fireable offense for Crennel and Pioli, but now the team is bad enough that the men in charge might think about apologizing when they're fired.
This is an all-time level of pathetic, bad enough that fans are paying to fly banners mocking the team over the stadium, and incompetent enough that fans are already wearing paper bags and plan on coming to the next game dressed in mourning. At least one fan wrote to the team demanding his tickets be refunded - and they were.
This is the team Pioli has spent four offseasons and four drafts building.
Much has been said - both on the record and off - about how bad the Chiefs were when Pioli was hired, and only some of it is exaggerated. They won two games the year before, and the coach Pioli hired famously told the players he inherited that he could win two games with 22 guys off the street. Well, the Chiefs still haven't won two games this season with the presumed “Right 53” guys that Pioli has spent four years accumulating.
He has talked so much about changing the Chiefs' losing culture, but really, he's just updated it.
Hunt hasn't said a word publicly about any of this, which is being taken by some fans as a sign of detachment. That perception is understandable, but also wrong.
Hunt is listening to angry fans, responding to some personally, inviting a few to lunch . and at least one for a two-hour meeting in his office. He talked publicly during last year's bye week. His silence now may be frustrating, but indications are that it's purposeful.
A source distanced the team from a report of an extension for Pioli, remember, and if Hunt says anything publicly now, he's going to be asked about his faith in Pioli. At the very least, that appears to be a question he's not willing to answer at the moment.
Hunt hired and has supported Pioli. Nearly everybody thought it was the best hire the Chiefs could make at the time. Hunt wants to believe in Pioli. Hunt wants to build a franchise like the Steelers, the NFL's model of consistency, and firing a GM after four seasons is a rotten way to do it.
But this team is pathetic enough he may not have a choice.