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Group seeks Pioli's termination, Cassel's benching

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A group of Chiefs fans say they have raised enough money to fly a banner over Arrowhead calling for the firing General Manager Scott Pioli and the benching of quarterback Matt Cassel.

"We deserve better, fire Pioli, bench Cassel," the banner will read, according to Marty McDonald.

The Shawnee native now lives in Arizona. He is working with local fans who will have raised enough money to have the banner flown before the game against the Ravens on Sunday. The hope is to raise enough money to fly the banner at additional games.

McDonald said the idea came out after fans grew upset after watching Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers.

"A lot of us out there are frustrated with the Chiefs under the direction of Scott Pioli," McDonald said. "We need better leadership from top down, better results, stronger consistency. At the end of the day, this is our money being pumped into the franchise."

McDonald said fans expect to compete for a Super Bowl title. The lack of competition at the quarterback has fans' ire. McDonald said the Chiefs should chase after a top-notch quarterback through the draft or free agency.

The group isn't trying to be out and out jerks or rude, but want owner Clark Hunt to realize how unhappy and disappointed the loyal fans are after so many dismal seasons.

"We're going to still be out there and actively lobbying for substantial change," he said. "Maybe the Patriots' way isn't the right way. Maybe the Kansas City way is the best way. Nose to the grindstone, hard work and finding people with good talent."

A Twitter handle of @saveourchiefs has been created along with a Facebook page.

For his part, Cassel shrugged off the criticism on Wednesday. Click here to read what coach Romeo Crennel said earlier in the week about Cassel as starting quarterback.

Cassel said he doesn't have tunnel vision and is working on getting better.

"I know as the quarterback of this team that I've got to do a better job of taking care of the football. That comes first. I take responsibility for that," he said. "It starts with me, like I said, and I'm working each and every day to get better, and I will get better."

Cassel said he's not worried about being benched.

"I don't look over my shoulder. You can't do that as a quarterback. You go out there, you compete each and every day, and you try to get better each and every day," he said. "For me, I don't look over my shoulder. I just go out there and try to play the position."

Cassel described himself as a grinder.

"I try not to focus on what's being said on the outside and I try to focus on how I can get better as a player," he said. "I know there's room for improvement, and I'm going to give everything I can to make those improvements and get better."

He said the team is focused on preventing turnovers on Sunday against the Ravens after six against the Chargers.

Quinn doesn't expect to get into Sunday's game. He emphasized Wednesday that his job continues to be supporting Cassel and the entire team.

"We've got a lot of things that we've got to get better on," Quinn said. "As a whole, as a team, we've got to play better complementary football... We continue to work hard, we continue to support each other and stick in our role."

However, Quinn said he always prepares to be ready to step in as the starter because it's part of his job as backup.

"One of the biggest things you try to do is just take mental reps," Quinn said. "A lot of times you're back there kind of mimicking while the starting quarterback is going through the rep. You're mimicking that rep as well to try to get that timing and sense of rhythm of the offense. Besides that, you're staying after practice, throwing, working on extra things as well."

Crennel wouldn't commit to giving Quinn more snaps in practice this week but he said Cassel knows how he feels.

"Matt is a professional and he takes it to heart," he said. "He understands that we need to get better as a football team and we need to play better. He understands all of that."

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