Ok, I think I’ve had all I can handle. I found myself sitting in Arrowhead this past Sunday just getting more and more curious about how this one was going to be blown. Yes, the game went pretty much to script, and it was the same old script as it has been every freakin week this season. It was a close game all the way through and the defense was getting shredded left and right. The Chiefs offense was getting tons of yards but not putting the nail in the other team’s coffin. In the end the Chiefs blew enough chances and lost another close game to a team that they should have beaten.
Trent Green had another good game but had a HUGE turnover in the fourth quarter that allowed the Chargers to kick the game winning field goal.
Derrick Blaylock played well and scored two touchdowns, but it was not a game to remember in any way.
Larry Johnson got some nice playing time in this game and showed some good things running with the ball, but his catching talent was revealed and was not very good at all. Trent Green did not throw the best passes to him on his first two chances, but if you get two hands on the ball you should bring it in, he did finally catch one that was delivered right between his numbers. Larry Johnson also showed that when it comes to his pass blocking, he is still very much a rookie.
Johnnie Morton and Eddie Kennison had a few catches but were basically useless and meaningless.
Tony Gonzalez had a good game, but was again getting the usual no calls on the mugging he was going through on the field.
The defense was in it’s usual giving mood all day again, allowing San Diego quarterback Drew Brees to pass on them like they were cardboard cutouts just standing there taking up room.
The defense did a good job limiting Tomlinson to very few rushing yards, but I think we are all smart enough to realize that it was more due to his not being 100% healthy.
How bad was the defense this time? The one highlight in the game for the defense was a hit from Dexter (I lost my starting job on a horrible defense) McCleon on Antonio Gates. Wooo freakin hoo.
I know I’m not alone in this feeling, but if there are not many, many cuts or just plain released players after this season I will be very disappointed.
Coaches should not be spared either, defense or offense, there is plenty of blame to go around.
I think Gunther Cunningham and Al Saunders should keep their jobs and be involved as much as possible on what players are kept and let go on their sides of the ball. Each of them should also have a say on who the other assistant coaches are on the team.
Dick Vermiel needs to swallow his pride and set his loyalty level much lower, stop being afraid of hurting a friends feelings and do what’s right for the team instead. Players who are kept on this team need to realize that they will be on a short leash next season, and are in no way in a comfort zone, they need to be going 100% all of the time, and should never change that.
Last, but in no way least is “King” Carl Peterson. This off-season is one that will either bring him up and out from the pits of the Chiefs fans minds, or throw the last pile of dirt over a mostly full grave that he has dug for himself.
Carl Peterson needs to finally act like a General Manager who wants to win a Super Bowl more than he wants to make another million dollars to pad his bank account.
Go get the best free agents we can possibly get and draft the best college players available in the draft. Carl needs to fix one of the worst defenses in the NFL for the past few years that he has helped create. Carl needs to make the moves needed that most of the NFL General Managers make all the time to “IMPROVE” their respective teams. He needs to stop coming up with useless reasons for raising ticket and parking prices every year, and instead come up with ways to get better coaching and player talent in this franchise. Going from first to worst in the AFC West is horrible, because it’s not a very good division at all, and the man in charge needs to be held accountable.
All in all folks the Chiefs front office needs to thank their lucky stars that the Chiefs last two home games are against the Broncos and Raiders, because even with these two bitter rivals coming to town in December, there are going to be a lot of empty seats at Arrowhead. If it were any other team in the NFL, Arrowhead would have to go with the retro look it sported in the 80′s, half empty.
Like I stated last week, I am a die-hard fan and will be with the Chiefs forever, but even for me, the Chiefs games at Arrowhead have given me more of a worried feeling about what’s going to happen, rather than a confident feeling.
Beat the Raiders, and let’s do something good for a while.