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InChiefsHell
09-10-2007, 01:51 PM
BARNES: A Fan's Reaction
Sep 10, 2007, 1:40:10 PM by Jim Barnes

I canít remember the last time I was ready to write off the Chiefsí season after opening day (the 1980ís donítí count because we wrote them off before the first game).

But Iím about ready to punt after Sundayís debacle in Houston.

It was a bad omen when I pulled up my NFL Sunday ticket and found it didnít work. Nothing like having to deal with Direct TV anytime, much less 15 minutes before the game. That miraculously got fixed. Quickly. This is good, I thought to myself.

Then Eddie Kennison injured his hamstring right out of the gate. The offense moved down the field, ate up clock, and I was feeling great. It stalled and we got introduced to our new kicker, who struggled in a pre-season thatís not supposed to mean anything. Right, I said, as he shoved a 30-yarder nowhere near the goalposts.

I got no better after that as all Chiefs fans know. We saw fumbles, dropped balls, bad snaps, quarterback sacks, interceptions, stupid penalties, not enough patience to get a ground game going, and thatís as good as it got. Iím not a football genius, but the pass plays on second down seemed to always leave us in a third-down hole.

Why did they do that? Does anyone on the coaching staff think the pre-season didnít mean anything now?

Now I know why I enjoyed ďHard KnocksĒ so much. We didnít have to watch the offense on the field. We got to know the players some, and we got to watch the coaches strut their stuff. But we didnít have to watch that offense play football.

We must give the defense props Ė darn good job considering they were on the field all day. Or at least that was the impression. By the end of the game the defense looked gassed. But Derrick Johnson was everywhere. There was push up the middle. And Donnie Edwards was wearing red and gold again.

The defense only allowed 13 points, and usually that can get you a win. But not with that offense. How could an offensive machine that terrorized defenses just two years ago be reduced to this so quickly? This offense is offensive.

As putrid as the defense was during the Vermeil years, the offense holds similar promise under Herman Edwards.

As I watched the Bears and the Chargers afterward, I could only grimace at the thought of these Chiefs playing in Chicago next weekend. They couldnít score a touchdown against Houston. Itís highly conceivable that they wonít score a touchdown again next week. Two games. No touchdowns.

Were there bright spots? A few. With the absence of Eddie Kennison, it would appear that Dwayne Bowe will have to come into his own sooner than later. We saw some flashes of that with a great catch and some yards after the catch. And Samie Parker caught the damned ball.

But Damon Huard didnít look like the quarterback we saw last year. Larry Johnson isnít Larry Johnson yet. And the offensive line didnít do much to dispel what the pundits have been saying all year.

If the coaching staff honestly believes that this unit can get better, then theyíll leave it intact during the weeks to come. But if they know major improvement isnít in the works, then it will be time for Brodie Croyle. Please.

Better to lose a season so quickly if it can pay dividends down the road.

Like most Chiefs fans, Iíve spent the past several months in that purgatory called the offseason. I follow every move. I look for Chiefs stories everywhere. Iím like a kid on Christmas Eve the night before the first game.

This Sunday Chiefs fans looked under the tree. They got squat.

And because weíre avid fans, weíll be watching and praying for a miracle at Soldier Field next Sunday. Weíre fans, and we canít help it.

But thereís just more doubt after one game than there should be. So, so early to have to say: Here we go again.

Weíve just experienced as fans a version of Hard Knocks that is all our own.

So much for the theory that CP controls the content of that site...

htismaqe
09-10-2007, 01:54 PM
That's our own IdahoJim.

tk13
09-10-2007, 01:56 PM
When Jim's writing articles like that, you know we're screwed. He's one of the most optimistic people out there.

DaneMcCloud
09-10-2007, 01:57 PM
Wow, great piece, Jim!

Did Carl read it before it went up? :p

InChiefsHell
09-10-2007, 01:58 PM
OH, he's one of our guys? Well, no damn wonder it was so well written and insightful...:clap:

ChiefsFan4Life
09-10-2007, 02:00 PM
What is the link from the Chiefs' website? I'm looking on there and can't find it

Chief Chief
09-10-2007, 02:07 PM
It got on the site 'cuz it gave some props to Derrick Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, & Samie Parker...and warned fans in advance to not expect any TDs from our team in Week 2 (which helps to prevent a lynching mob from instantaneously forming and going after CP).

ROYC75
09-10-2007, 02:28 PM
Nice work Jim........ to the point. Wonder if the coaching and front office will get it ?

Crashride
09-10-2007, 02:33 PM
the sky is falling threads have turned into articles after week 1

Smed1065
09-10-2007, 02:34 PM
http://kcchiefs.com/news/2007/09/10/barnes_a_fans_reaction/

TEX
09-10-2007, 02:41 PM
The defense only allowed 13 points, and usually that can get you a win. But not with that offense. How could an offensive machine that terrorized defenses just two years ago be reduced to this so quickly? This offense is offensive.

As putrid as the defense was during the Vermeil years, the offense holds similar promise under Herman Edwards.
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Said that the second Herm was hired. I just figured it would take longer to reach this point. :shake:

Lzen
09-10-2007, 03:07 PM
Fixed it.

This Sunday Chiefs fans looked under the tree. They got a lump of coal .

King_Chief_Fan
09-10-2007, 04:10 PM
The defense only allowed 13 points, and usually that can get you a win. But not with that offense. How could an offensive machine that terrorized defenses just two years ago be reduced to this so quickly? This offense is offensive.

As putrid as the defense was during the Vermeil years, the offense holds similar promise under Herman Edwards.
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Said that the second Herm was hired. I just figured it would take longer to reach this point. :shake:

ah yes........Herm the offense killer (his own)
At least he met one objective...not playing like an arena team