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A Pithy Analysis of Exposure
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On November 11, 2010 @ 11:32 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled
The Oakland Raiders exposed the Kansas City Chiefs. They shut down the #1 running offense in the NFL. They pressured the Chiefs in the second half to surrender big plays on defense. They forced turnovers. They ran the ball successfully, and they passed the ball successfully. Their offense scored whenever they needed to, and eventually won the game. And they did it in front of a sold-out home crowd.
I am sad to admit, and I may speak with some disgust, that the Kansas City Chiefs revealed many of the tendencies of the Chiefs of ole’. The same old non-tackling Chiefs, the same old impotent offense, the same old defense that gives up big plays in the second half, and the same old stupid mistakes, penalties, and dropped balls. Furthermore, the coaching was even a bit off, specifically Mr. Romeo Crennell, and Mr. Steve Hoffman. Defense and special teams had a tough afternoon, but it was ultimately a total team loss.
Chief fans, you may not want to admit it, but this loss was so bad that it covered every color in the spectrum, as it relates to the 2010 Chiefs. Against the Raiders on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs displayed the violet color of losing a hefty division lead that may also relinquish any playoff hopes. They advertised the blue color of having the #1 running offense stuffed to a mere 85 yards total for Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. They exposed the cyan color of a some-timey quarterback, with receivers that continually drop balls. They presented the green color of a run stopping defense that couldn’t stop the run. They revealed the yellow color of a young defensive backfield that played in its first big division game, on the road, and that had all the ingredients of a playoff contest. They showcased the orange color of a special teams unit with a severe lack of discipline. And finally, they exhibited the red color of a coaching staff that has become frazzled in the second half of every big game this season.
Dwayne Bowe was pathetic, and continues to drop passes. His career is being defined as a player that consistently drops career influencing passes. Verran Tucker filled in as the “go-to” receiver for the Chiefs. Matt Cassel gives a great effort every game, however he persistently unveils his lack of ability to win a game in the 4th quarter. And although Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers and Derrick Johnson all played great, the defense was yet again unable to make basic tackles. Brandon Carr reverted back to his old tendencies of getting burnt by no-named wide receivers. It was despicable to watch our defensive lineman run around like the keystone cops chasing a quarterback, only to have the quarterback get a pass off down field for a completion. I am sick of watching the Kansas City Chiefs give up enough points in the second half of a big game, and go on to lose that game in foolish fashion.
Let this be my tirade, let me vent, let me share my feelings with other Chiefs fans. Please, forgive me for my impatience, but I want a good Chiefs team and I want it now!
Can it be explained how the Chiefs explosive offense can get the ball first in overtime, and then go three and out? It can only be explained as a total team failure; coaches and players. Also, how do you explain a defense giving up the biggest play of the game on the very first play that the opponent touches the ball in overtime? It too can only be explained as a total team failure; coaches and players. There appears to be a consistent trend of being incapable of winning OR finishing the big game during its second half. I wrote an article about it when we were 2-0 called, “Focus, Finish.” I instructed that Chiefs fans not get too excited, and that we must stay focused on the task of winning the division, and finish each game with mounds of effort.
The Chiefs had 12 penalties for 100 yards, an interception thrown inside the redzone during the closing seconds of the first half, lost a fumble, went 3-15 on third down, gave up a kick return for a touchdown by Jacoby Ford, as well as 148 receiving yards to someone named Jacoby Ford. Jacoby Ford? A wide receiver that has caught more passes, and had more receiving yards against the Chiefs than he has had total in eight previous games this season. The Chiefs also gave up more rushing yards to Darren McFadden (89) than they have any other rusher thus far this season.
The 2010 Chiefs are beginning to “moon walk” themselves out of playoff contention. Notwithstanding, the remaining games on the Chiefs schedule are getting bigger and bigger. Albeit, we must pull ourselves together, fans, coaches and players, and fight like hell until January 2, 2011, the last game of the 2010-2011 NFL Season. And the rematch at home against the Oakland Raiders.
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