Last week I brought up the idea that the Chiefs offensive line needed to take some blame for Kansas City’s bad start. Their response was to pave the way for an NFL record eight rushing touchdowns, and not allow a sack to a defense that had 20 going into the game.
In order to help our boys defeat Indianapolis, I would now like to direct my ire at Dante Hall, Johnnie Morton & Eddie Kennison.
Dante’s play this year has to be categorized as lack-luster at best. I realize that the opposing kickers are doing everything they can to prevent him from big returns, but even on the few chances he has gotten Dante has looked hesitant.
Dante’s best returns almost always begin with him charging aggressively straight up the field. The hole might not be there yet, but he has to trust his wedge guys to create one for him, and then explode through it. I have seen way too much East/West running, and not nearly enough North/South.
Memo to Johnnie & Eddie: Catch a touchdown pass for crying out loud!
In the Chiefs first six games, the receivers have exactly one touchdown reception, and the one is by the fourth receiver, Chris Horn. Morton has really showed some fire the last two games, but he must start getting in the end zone in order to make this a complete offense.
I’m also convinced that if Johnnie starts getting some touchdowns, Eddie will also. I say this because I’ve noticed that Kennison likes to do whatever Morton does.
Last Sunday, Johnnie made a catch for a first down, and emphatically spiked the ball. Sure enough, a few plays later, Eddie made a catch that moved the chains and did the same thing. Last year, Morton used the worm as his touchdown celebration, and Kennison copied his move at least once that I recall.
Hopefully my criticism (not to mention the Colts last ranked pass defense) will be just what these guys need to get them into the end zone.
Priest-O-Meter 2004 projections:
1840 rushing yards & 29 TD’s