Last week Herm outDicked Dick (Jauron that is), but this week, Raiders coach Tom Cable outHermed Herm.
Chiefs 20, Raiders 13
Finally, Herm “We Won, Right Honey?” Edwards managed to not obliterate a positive Chiefs streak, as Kansas City has now won six in a row in Oakland.
Now, before Herm breaks his arm patting himself on the back, the Chiefs did not win because of anything Herm did. They won in spite of him, by playing hard, and by playing the Raiders.
As fellow columnist Nathan Kent said, “Relax, it’s just the Raiders.” Nathan is right, as Oakland seemed to go out of their way to lose this.
The fake field goal by Oakland was just stunning. My first thought was, did Herm call that play? Apparently Oakland has been practicing this play for two years, and Herm Edwards West (that would be the Raiders’ Braintrust) thought the perfect time to unveil this “Van Halen 3″ level brilliance was against a 1-19 team early in a tied game on 4th & ten. Wow. Let me type that backward for effect, Wow.
Even if Sebastian Janikowski managed to get the toss, he still had to run ten yards. TEN YARDS! A 250 pound kicker was actually expected to outrun, anybody. I would think a better use for this play would be against a league leading opponent in a meaningful game on 4th & short, but what they hell do I know?
What made this worse is that Oakland later passed on a 40-yard field goal on 4th & three because they really need points.
Once again, Herm “I Know What it Takes to Win” Edwards, wasted timeouts. In the 4th quarter, the Raiders had 4th down and were going to go for it, but it looked like they were tired, with their hands on their hips. Luckily Herm called a timeout, giving them time to catch their breath and call a good play. Unfortunately they are the Raiders, and unable to execute a good play and the Chiefs stopped them.
Maurice Leggett Gaffe Watch
#31 Priest Holmes, I mean Maurice Leggett, has been having a gaffe a week that has contributed greatly in the Chiefs losing, but against the Raiders, Maurice finally had a play that helped greatly in the Chiefs winning. Yahhhh! Great job Maurice!
Old, Aged, Veteran Players
In their win over New Orleans, Tampa’s leading rushers were 33-year old Warrick Dunn and 39-year old Jeff Garcia; among its leading tacklers were 33-year old Ronde Barber and 35-year old Derrick Brooks. I guess you can win with old guys, who knew?
Chiefs 31, Bills 54
Herm adds to the record book of Chiefs losing.
Worst start in Chiefs history: 1-10
Most points ever given up by the Chiefs: 54
31-54 BUFF 2008
48-51 @ Sea 1983
17-50 @ Buff 1976
31-49 @ Oak 2000
31-45 @ SD 1967
0-45 PITT 1976
0-45 @ Sea 1984
7-45 @ Pitt 2006
28-45 @ Mia 1994
27-45 @ Den 2003
20-45 @ Minn 2003
22-44 OAK 1967
7-44 @ Clev 1977
10-44 @ Buff 1994
38-41 OAK 1999
7-41 @ Den 2007
(in dealing with the loss)
EDWARDS: “I anticipate they’ll come to work Monday.”
JD: Herm can’t take a definitive stand on anything, can he?
EDWARDS: “We hadn’t had a game like this in a month.”
JD: Most points scored against KC in their history, but for Herm
it’s old hat.
Tony G Sets Another Record
TE Tony Gonzalez registered his 25th career 100-yard receiving game, the highest total by any tight end in NFL history, overtaking Hall of Fame TE Kellen Winslow (24) for sole possession of first place.
JD: Once again, Tony sets another TE record, and once again it gets washed away in a record-setting loss. Thanks Herm!
Maurice Leggett Gaffe Watch
#31 Priest Holmes, I mean Maurice Leggett, fumbled the kickoff against Buffalo. Good job Maurice!
Q: “Blah, blah, blah, something suck-up.”
EDWARDS: “Blah, blah, blah, something stupid.”
JD: “Blah, blah, blah, something I think is witty.”
Q: “Blah, blah, blah, something softball.”
EDWARDS: “Blah, blah, blah, something untrue. Blah, blah, blah, something untrue, something untrue.”
JD: “Blah, blah, blah, something I think is clever.”
Q: Your alma mater, San Diego State, has a head coaching opening and your name pops up. Do you have any comment?
EDWARDS: “I’ve got a college team right now and I’m coaching it.”
JD: Except you’re coaching in the NFL, not college.
Q: Has Clark Hunt communicated with you about the course the franchise has taken with this rebuilding effort?
EDWARDS: “Yeah, we talk all the time. He knows exactly what we’re trying to do. We’re all on the same page. That’s what’s great about this. You have to be on the same page. Everyone signed off on this. We all signed off on this.”
JD: Meaning, it’s everyone’s fault, not just me.
EDWARDS: “This is what we’re going to do. You’ve got have guts to do it and that’s why everyone doesn’t like doing it because it’s hard.”
JD: No, everyone doesn’t like it because it doesn’t work. You don’t need to completely break down a team to start over anymore, just look at Atlanta, Baltimore, Miami and the New York Jets. This is a league of one year turnarounds, yet Herm wants to take three or four.