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shaneo69
11-23-2004, 06:58 PM
GRETZ: Gruesome Replay
Nov 23, 2004, 11:12:34 AM by Bob Gretz


In front of a national television audience the Chiefs showed Americaís football fans why they are 3-7 and the NFLís biggest disappointment in the 2004 season.

While the rest of the country may not have been up-to-date on what the Chiefs problems have been, the Monday night script was as familiar to Chiefs fans as that of a Seinfeld episode thatís been seen dozens of times: red zone and fourth quarter problems on offense; allowing big plays on defense, thanks to secondary problems and poor tackling.

Do that against bad teams like Tampa Bay and New Orleans, and itís pretty darn hard to win a game. Pull the same stunt against the NFLís best team, and thereís no chance.

How impressive the New England Patriots were in their visit to Arrowhead. The details of this game will be forgotten quickly by Bill Belichick and his team; it was just another step in their drive to a third Super Bowl in four years. Theyíve now won 24 of their last 25 games. That happens when you are talented and mentally tough, i.e. able to win on the road, in a hostile environment, without your starting cornerbacks.

The Patriots came in with a patchwork secondary to face one of the best passing offenses in the NFL. Yes, they did give up 353 yards in the air, but they harassed Trent Green all night with the pass rush, sacking him four times, including the final offensive play of the game for the Chiefs. Richard Seymour gets all the attention on the Patriots defensive line, but the other end, Ty Warren had the game of his life, as he spent most of the evening several steps into the Chiefs backfield.

Without Priest Holmes, the Chiefs running game ground to a halt, as Derrick Blaylock ran for just 58 yards on 19 carries. Blaylock broke just one long run, a 14-yarder. The Chiefs are now 1-3 in games where Holmes has not played over the last three seasons.

Offensively, Tom Brady sliced and diced the dicey Chiefs secondary for 315 yards. The Chiefs gave up a 48-yard completion to tight end Daniel Graham, where rather than throw his arms around the receiver and bring him down, LB Kawika Mitchell pushed him down the field another 15 yards trying to swat at the football. There was a 46-yarder to David Patten, who beat young corner Julian Battle not because of his speed, but because Battle never learns from his mistakes. Just two plays earlier, Battle had looked too early for the ball, running 10 to 15 yards with his eye on the ball and not his man. Only because Brady under threw the pass to Patten did it fall incomplete. But, two plays later, Brady went back to the same pass and Battle made the same mistake.

That fourth and last sack of Green was the third week in a row the offense has ended their hopes of a fourth-quarter comeback with Green on the ground. Hereís the final possession, after the Chiefs took over at their own 32-yard line with 99 seconds to play and no timeouts:

1st Down-Incomplete to Kennison
2nd Down-Incomplete to Blaylock
3rd Down-Complete to Dante Hall for four yards
4th Down-Sacked by Willie McGinest for minus 10 yards.

Thatís four plays, minus-six yards and another ďLĒ. After the game, Green talked about the Patriots in glowing terms:

ďI understand better now why they are 9-1 and why theyíve had such a long streak Ö they play such a great team game. Their offense is solid, doesnít make a lot of mistakes. Their defense is solid; they donít make a lot of mistakes. Special teams are solid. Just across the board they are a solid team and they do a lot of things very well. They play very well together as a team. Each phase helping out the other phase. They play smart. Give them credit Ö they really do work well together.Ē

Left unsaid in Greenís commentary was this: the Chiefs are very definitely not the New England Patriots.

memyselfI
11-23-2004, 07:02 PM
GRETZ: Gruesome Replay
Nov 23, 2004, 11:12:34 AM by Bob Gretz


In front of a national television audience the Chiefs showed Americaís football fans why they are 3-7 and the NFLís biggest disappointment in the 2004 season.

While the rest of the country may not have been up-to-date on what the Chiefs problems have been, the Monday night script was as familiar to Chiefs fans as that of a Seinfeld episode thatís been seen dozens of times: red zone and fourth quarter problems on offense; allowing big plays on defense, thanks to secondary problems and poor tackling.

Do that against bad teams like Tampa Bay and New Orleans, and itís pretty darn hard to win a game. Pull the same stunt against the NFLís best team, and thereís no chance.

That fourth and last sack of Green was the third week in a row the offense has ended their hopes of a fourth-quarter comeback with Green on the ground. Hereís the final possession, after the Chiefs took over at their own 32-yard line with 99 seconds to play and no timeouts:



but, but, but the DEFENSE sucks. I was told last week that is all that matters... :rolleyes:

That being said, nice to see Gretz has FINALLY pulled his head out of King Carl's azz.

shaneo69
11-23-2004, 07:07 PM
Those sacks at the end of the games are the least of the Chiefs' worries. In desperation time, bad things usually happen, see Peyton Manning's INT against us at the end of the Indy game. You can't be in the position every week of trying to come from behind in the final two minutes. A lot of bad things happened before the game-ending sack to put us in the desperate situation at the end.

Count Alex's Losses
11-23-2004, 07:24 PM
but, but, but the DEFENSE sucks. I was told last week that is all that matters... :rolleyes:

That being said, nice to see Gretz has FINALLY pulled his head out of King Carl's azz.

The defense DOES suck. This entire TEAM sucks. Shitty D and an O that chokes.

TEX
11-23-2004, 07:28 PM
Those sacks at the end of the games are the least of the Chiefs' worries. In desperation time, bad things usually happen, see Peyton Manning's INT against us at the end of the Indy game. You can't be in the position every week of trying to come from behind in the final two minutes. A lot of bad things happened before the game-ending sack to put us in the desperate situation at the end.

I agree but the RT position has been KILLING us all season as Welbourn and Bober consistently get beat at the worst possible times. We really miss John Tait. Having said that, he was NOT worth the $$$ that it would have cost to keep him from the Bears, but IMO he was worth being franchised, especially when you consider that we still have, what would amount to being almost his whole salary under the cap. I'm wondering if it was in his contract that he couldn't be franchised? .. :shake:

memyselfI
11-23-2004, 07:37 PM
Those sacks at the end of the games are the least of the Chiefs' worries. In desperation time, bad things usually happen, see Peyton Manning's INT against us at the end of the Indy game. You can't be in the position every week of trying to come from behind in the final two minutes. A lot of bad things happened before the game-ending sack to put us in the desperate situation at the end.

the difference between this season and last is the Chiefs were finding ways of beating bad teams instead of wasting opportunities the last few minutes of the game like they are this season.

Count Alex's Losses
11-23-2004, 07:40 PM
the difference between this season and last is the Chiefs were finding ways of beating bad teams instead of wasting opportunities the last few minutes of the game like they are this season.

Bingo. And to be fair the D is also not playing as well as it did during the 9-0 streak.

CHIEF4EVER
11-23-2004, 07:43 PM
Bingo. And to be fair the D is also not playing as well as it did during the 9-0 streak.

In other news this just in. It has been reported through a governmental source that the United States has successfully landed a man on the moon. Film at 11.

memyselfI
11-23-2004, 07:43 PM
Bingo. And to be fair the D is also not playing as well as it did during the 9-0 streak.

Agreed, but EVERYONE knew the D was bad last year and the only thing the Chiefs did to 'fix' it was to bring in a coach they'd run out of town four years ago...

so the fact that the offense is doing more poorly than they were last season should not be ignored simply because the "D" is a known failure.