What's gone wrong for Chiefs?

Inept QB play and turnover problems have doomed Kansas City this year

Originally Published: November 11, 2012
By Sam Monson | Pro Football Focus
Matt CasselAP Photo/Bill WippertIt's been a long season for Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite a roster with some talent, the Kansas City Chiefs are limping into their "Monday Night Football" encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers with only one win under their belts. They sit at the bottom of the AFC West and already are looking firmly toward next season, just trying to play for pride and the future at this point.

The Chiefs were a team many considered a sleeper in the AFC West before the season started. What has gone wrong this season, and where do their troubles lie?

Problems at quarterback

Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the biggest hole they have on the roster is the most important position a team needs to fill in today's NFL: quarterback. A great quarterback can cover almost all ills, but a bad one can create flaws where there shouldn't be any. Whether it is Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn taking snaps, the Chiefs have had a major problem at the quarterback position this year. Each player's base statistics speak for themselves, but the problems run deeper than that because they haven't even played in a game-managing capacity that might let the Chiefs scrape by.

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