[Kansas City.com] Tamba Hali said the losing is getting to him, but that’s nothing new. He said something else irritated him during Sunday’s 22-21 implosion to San Diego – the decisions and play calling of Kansas City’s coaches.
“How we managed the game, I do question that,” said Hali, a third-year defensive end. “Those questions belong to the coaches.”
Hali said the Chiefs outplayed the Chargers. And until San Diego scored two touchdowns in less than a minute and took the lead with 36 seconds to play, it might have been difficult to question Kansas City’s approach. But Hali said coach Herm Edwards and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey shouldn’t have been calling so many pass plays in the second half, when the Chiefs led by as many as 18 points.
Hali said coaches should have called more rushing plays, particularly involving former Pro Bowler Larry Johnson. Instead, Johnson had four carries after halftime, and quarterback Tyler Thigpen passed 10 times. Hali said it was not smart to stop the clock with a three-possession lead.
“If he’s not running the ball,” Hali said, referring to Johnson, “and we’re still passing the ball, and the clock is stopping, these things – you can’t be surprised at times when they happen.”
“I’m not blaming the coaches. I’m saying the (game) management, at times, I feel – I’m speaking for me, not the team – I feel we should be running the ball. I don’t understand. That’s what I’m saying.”