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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Bengals 16, Chiefs 6

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Competing hard for virtually the entire second half of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs ended a miserable season with a whimper.

The Chiefs didn't compete Sunday. They had no chance against a team that finishes the season with a 4-11-1 record.

Things are worse in Kansas City where the Chiefs finished 2-14. The Chiefs had competed hard and blown second-half leads in six of their past nine games. Sunday, though, there was no fight and that could spell the end of Herman Edwards' time in Kansas City.

It may be difficult for Edwards to keep his job. The Carl Peterson era officially ended Sunday and the Chiefs, which have already started sniffing around for potential candidates, will begin the search in earnest. It is unlikely the new general manager will keep Edwards.

Sunday likely also marked the end of the Larry Johnson era in Kansas City. He had just 18 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen, trying to show he is worthy of being the long-term answer, was simply average Sunday, and in his final audition did nothing drastic to help his chances.

After a season of trying hard, there was no fight in a Kansas City team that is about to embark on a major facelift.