No matter what they do, the Kansas City Chiefs cannot seem to turn the corner. The players practice hard. The talent is on the roster. But no matter what they try, each and every week turns into the same result: another mark in the loss column. This season they are winless at home and the team's latest performance against the Bengals offers no hope for the future.
"It's frustrating. We're all frustrated," said quarterback Matt Cassel. "I'm sure the fans are frustrated. Everybody in this building is frustrated. We don't want to go out and perform like that. We don't want to lose like that. We want to be competitive and win games.
"We not only want to do it for ourselves, we want to do it for the fans. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to do that this season."
Cornerback Brandon Flowers says he remembers when Arrowhead was a place that opponents feared coming to.
"Being here the playoff year, we only lost one game at Arrowhead," said Flowers. "If you don't go out there and execute, that's going to happen. We just can't come out here saying, ‘We play in Arrowhead so we're going to get a victory.' At the end of the day, we've got to win. It's as simple as that."
For a new free agent signing like offensive tackle Eric Winston, it's been a frustrating first season in Kansas City with the consistent losing. Yet it's hard for any player to figure out what is wrong with the team.
"It's been a tough season," said Winston. "I can't say that turnovers killed us. Obviously, we had the one turnover that caused some points. But, we've got to do our job. We've got to move the ball. We've got to run the ball. We've got to protect."