Another record setting 18 point blown lead, another spineless coaching decision and King Carl “resigns” 18 games early. What a great time to be a Chiefs fan. Thanks Herm!
Chiefs 21, Chargers 22
The Chiefs blew an 18 point “second half lead” for the first time in Chiefs history. Not to be confused with the record setting 21 point blown “regular lead” against Tampa, this was only 18 points.
EDWARDS: “21 points, Whoa, that’s a lot of points.”
JD: Yes it is Herm.
The Chiefs had 3rd and 1 at the Chargers 16-yard line, threw incomplete (no run?), and promptly missed a field goal. Herm the Spineless gets rewarded for his cowardice by kicking on 4th and 1. Way to put your team in position to win Herm!
TAMBA HALI: “How we managed the game, I do question that. Those questions belong to the coaches.”
JD: And just who is in charge of managing the game? Must be King Carl’s fault!
HALI: “If he’s not running the ball (referring to Larry 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.”
JD: That’s ok Tamba, I’ll be happy to blame the coaches for you. Attention Mr. Hunt, game management is the responsibility of the HEAD COACH. Don’t let him tell you otherwise.
Once again, no offensive second half points for the Chiefs for the umpteenth game this season. That sounds like poor halftime adjustments. Mr. Hunt, halftime adjustments are the responsibility of the HEAD COACH.
For all this talk about the “spread” offense, the Chiefs appear to be right where they were LAST YEAR. The last three games, the Chiefs have averaged about 12.3 offensive points per game. This is bad.
13 points at Oakland
10 points at Denver
14 points against San Diego
This is not improvement. How many points have the Chiefs defense scored in the last three weeks? Let’s take a look.
7 points at Oakland
7 points at Denver
7 points against San Diego
The Chiefs defense is scoring almost as much as the Chiefs offense. This is bad. Mr. Hunt, when you’ve had two different offensive coordinators and four different starting quarterbacks in three years and you STILL have a bad offense, that is the responsibility of the HEAD COACH.
Q: Three 4th and 1′s, do you regret not going for it?
JD: And now you are 2-12.
EDWARDS: “You’ve got to be able to close the game out on both sides of the ball. We didn’t do that. That’s a tough one. In 30 years, I’ve never lost one like that.”
JD: You’ve been saying that a lot this year haven’t you? As a matter of fact, two weeks ago, you said this:
EDWARDS: “We hadn’t had a game like this in a month.” (talking about giving up 54 points against Buffalo)
JD: Most points scored against KC in their history, but for Herm it’s old hat. Just like blowing 18 point leads.
Speaking of the great Buffalo Bills, since running up the score on the Chiefs by continually passing with their starters still in the game with a sizable lead, the Bills scored a whopping six points against the 49ers and Dolphins combined and have now lost three games in a row.
Averaging 5-yards a carry on their last couple of drives and holding a four point lead, Dick Jauron opts to pass on 2nd and five with less than three minutes to play. The Bills promptly fumble the ball for a winning Jets touchdown. Good job Buffalo!
Chiefs 17, Broncos 24
The Chiefs lost their 8th game in a row at Denver, and they are 4-21 overall the last 25 years. Oops, I forgot! Herm is REBUILDING! Rebuilding is that magic word that wipes away silly little things like, INCOMPETENT COACHING DECISIONS, and oh, I don’t know, LOSING!
I take it all back. I’m happy we lost to Denver. Again. It’s ok, after all, we’re REBUILDING.
(The preceding sentence was made possible by a grant from SARCASM.)
Q: A new GM is coming in and new GM’s often want to bring in their own guy. You seem to have the owner in your corner and he said publicly he supports what you’re doing. Do you think you will have to sell a new GM on what you’ve done or does Clark do it?
EDWARDS: “I think that will be something Clark and the new GM will talk about. I’m not going to sell him on anything. I don’t think I have to. I’m going to be what I am and I’m going to coach the team the way I coach them. I think we all agree that this is the right direction to go. That’s why we chose to do this last year. Did we think it was going to be this painful? No. But I think we all agree that it’s the right direction and we’re going to stay on this course after this season and the years to follow. We’re all on the same page. That’s great. We’re not going to change the direction of this organization.”
JD: And since the direction of this team is weekly record-setting losing, get used to a long 2009 season if this clown is retained.
Q: You’ve done all the hard work and made all the hard decisions. Do you feel you’re going to have to make the case why you should see it through?
JD: You know, we can hear the question better if you would please remove your head from Herm’s ass before asking.
EDWARDS: “You do the best job you can possibly do with what you’re dealt with. You don’t worry about anything else. I’ve never lived my life any other way. You take it head on and you go as hard as you can.”
JD: Unless it’s 4th and 1, of course.
Q: What kind of inspiration does the Miami turnaround provide for other teams?
JD: If we fire our head coach, we might be good next year too!
EDWARDS: “I think that’s what the league is about if you get the right pieces. What they’ve done is they’ve gone out and got some veteran guys – they’re a veteran team for the most part. I think the key was the quarterback. That kind of got them over the hump, in my opinion.”
JD: That and actually scoring a second half point.
Q: How do you keep the players’ mindset with all this off-the-field chaos: Tony Gonzalez’s wanting a trade and LJ’s legal troubles? Now this.
EDWARDS: “They find a way to focus. Our staff does a good job despite all the things that have happened to this football team including the injuries. They found a way to combat that and I’m pretty sure tomorrow after everyone has asked them all the questions it’ll be gone and then we’ll be focused the rest of the week. They’ve done a good job with that all year.”
JD: Second 18 point blown lead of the year, you’re right, you DO do a good job!
Q: Would you have liked to start (rebuilding) earlier?
EDWARDS: “That doesn’t matter – early or later it started. You can’t look back at the past.”
JD: You can’t look back at the past? Are you freakin kidding me? You, Herm “It’s All Dick Vermeil’s Fault” Edwards, are actually telling us NOT to look back at the past. Unbelievable.
EDWARDS: “That’s like looking at games you lost by one point. It doesn’t matter. We’re talking about the future and where we’re headed.”
JD: I like how he throws in there, “games you lost by one point”. No, no, don’t look at those, we might find a coaching decision is to blame, so PLEASE, don’t look at those. And don’t look at the other ten losses either. Or the twelve losses from last year.
Q: Do you think you’re going to be the coach of this team next year?
EDWARDS: “I’m coaching it. That’s my opinion.”
JD: Well, your coaching skills definitely are a matter of opinion.
EDWARDS: “For me, it’s real simple. It’s my faith. If you live by faith and not by sight you’ll be fine. I think most people want to live the other way, they want to see it first. I don’t see it that way. I live by faith and I do the right things for the right reasons and things always work out.”
JD: Herm’s “3-Speak” returns. Maybe deep down Herm knows he’s fired at the end of the year.
Q: Do you think it was a mistake not to start the rebuilding program earlier?
EDWARDS: “I’ll put it this way: I don’t look back. I don’t have time. When you look back you get to make excuses. I don’t live my life making excuses.”
JD: And Herm the Liar returns. If you listen to Herm, he has NEVER made a mistake EVER, yet no one in the media has the balls to call him out on it. Excuses are Herm’s middle name. Well, that and “21 Points”.
Q: The effort has been pretty admirable. With last week’s loss being so devastating do you risk losing the team these last couple of games?
EDWARDS: “We asked that question after the first San Diego game and we came back pretty good.”
JD: Came back pretty good? You lost two games in a row and gave up 84 points. I’d hate to see what happens when you DON’T come back good.
Carl Peterson “Resigns”
I almost forgot, King Carl quit. This was long overdue, but I’m not too excited about it right now. It doesn’t make a difference if Herm “We were Good During the Bye Week” Edwards comes back next year. I’ve never seen Carl blow his time outs or punt on 4th and one. I’ll address King Carl more at some other point.