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Fans voice frustrations with Chiefs

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Most Chiefs fans will tell you Thursday night's loss against the Chargers was embarrassing, but now a group is upping their game to send a message to the team's owners.

It's a movement that was born out of frustration by fans upset over the Chiefs' dismal season and what they call a lack of leadership by General Manager Scott Pioli, who they want gone.

The numbers don't lie; in fact they're brutally honest. Thursday night's final score of 31-13 with the Chiefs getting thrashed by the Chargers. For many die-hard Chiefs fans, it was the final straw.

"Under Scott Pioli's leadership of the 57 games that we've had, we've lost by 14 points or more in 19 of those games and the fans are tired of the constant blowout losses," said Marty McDonald, founder of the group Save Our Chiefs, in a phone interview.

After watching the Chiefs lose game after game this season, McDonald and a few other fans formed the group Save Our Chiefs, which quickly racked up hundreds of followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook. The group even put their sorrow to music with a music video as well as flew a banner over Arrowhead Stadium in October demanding Pioli be fired.

Now the group has launched a blackout, literally. They're asking fans to wear black to the Nov. 18 home game, preferably the shirts they're selling.

"We want to show management that we're very unhappy with the direction of the team and the franchise," McDonald said.

Group member Eric Grannel was wearing the Blackout Arrowhead shirt when KCTV5's Dave Jordan spoke with him via Skype Friday afternoon.

"It's not a bunch of angry people lashing out , wanting to cause harm or damage. It's a bunch of heartbroken fans who have put up with mediocrity and outright failure," Grannel said.

It's a movement members plan to continue until a change is made.

"If you keep the current leadership in, you're going to have more fans completely turned off and it's not by what we do, it's by what the Chiefs organization does," McDonald said.

The group is selling Blackout Arrowhead T-shirts and, at the end of the season, they plan to donate any money from the sale of the shirts to the Boys and Girls Club of Kansas City.

There are also groups that have formed to promote positivity and support for the Chiefs. One such group is called Save Our Fans and the other group says they support the Chiefs, the fans and the BIAA. They said they want to bring back positive attention to the Kansas City Chiefs and its fan base as well as renew the fan spirit and to let games be a fan experience The groups started as backlash over fans cheering after quarterback Matt Cassel's concussion.

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