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Tribal Warfare
10-18-2010, 10:44 PM
Chiefs defense looks to bounce back after bad day (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/18/2327732/chiefs-defense-looks-to-bounce.html)
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

Had the recent past not been so horrible, the Chiefs could afford to look at their meltdown in the second half of Sunday’s 35-31 loss at Houston as just one bad day.

The reality is that allowing the Texans a touchdown on each of their last four possessions opened some sores the Chiefs hoped were healed. In the fourth quarter alone, the Chiefs allowed more points — 21 — than they had in any of their first four full games of the season.

They were so bad that it’s natural to wonder whether the first four games were a mirage and whether the days of horrendous defense are back. The answer could come as soon as their next game Sunday against Jacksonville at Arrowhead Stadium.

“You’re going to have some losses you don’t like and aren’t fun and are difficult,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. “The important thing is that good teams don’t let those losses be a stumbling block. They allow them to be a springboard to bigger and better things and improvement.”

The Chiefs went to Houston with a markedly improved defense that had carried them to a 3-1 record. The Chiefs were superior in almost every significant defensive statistical category, most notably points allowed. At the time, they had allowed fewer than 15 points per game.

They maintained that into the second half in Houston, where they led 21-7 midway through the third quarter before they collapsed.

“At that point, you would have felt pretty good about how the defense had played,” Haley said. “Midway through the third quarter, I think you would say that we were doing things the way you had to do them.

“They made a couple of great plays, we didn’t make a couple of plays we could have made, and then it became a shootout pretty quickly before I think guys really understood what had occurred.”

The Chiefs played so well on defense through the first four games that they seemed beyond such a nightmare. A defensive stand near their goal line saved their win against San Diego. They shut out Cleveland in the second half the next week.

Then they held the 49ers without a touchdown until the final moments before frustrating Indianapolis and holding one of the league’s highest-scoring teams to 19 points.

The Chiefs added the first 37 minutes of the Houston game to that list.

“I don’t think there’s anybody beyond that,” Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel said. “This is pro football. They’re going to make plays, and there are going to be times when (no) defense is beyond that. You can play bad, and unfortunately you’ve got to stand up to it after the game, own up to it and get better, and know that how you played last week or the week before has no bearing on how we’re going to play against Jacksonville.”

Perhaps the Chiefs will bounce back. They don’t play against another team that like Houston is currently in the top in the league in scoring until they get a rematch against the Chargers in San Diego in two months.

That part of this is a relief. But the Chiefs won’t find total bliss until they prove to themselves that their sorry recent history is indeed just that.

“When you have explosive players like (the Texans) have, things can happen that can hurt you,” Haley said.

“They’re capable of making plays even when you do things the way you have to do them. This Andre Johnson, I don’t know if there’s anybody better than him. He’s a big-time receiver.

“I’ve got to take my hat off to them. That is a good offense, maybe the best offense we’ll see.”

ILikeBigTiddys
10-18-2010, 11:18 PM
Hopefully they're pissed off next week

googlegoogle
10-18-2010, 11:31 PM
Rich Baldinger said that Dorsey and the linebackers had bad games.


what the hell happened?

Douche Baggins
10-18-2010, 11:35 PM
My source said the Chiefs were looking to give up even more points rather than bounce back.

QuikSsurfer
10-18-2010, 11:44 PM
Vrabel had a single tackle... K. Lewis was out..
Is Studebaker even seeing the field much? Anyone notice?

I would be very, very disappointed if our D gave up 21 points to the Jags.

WhitiE
10-19-2010, 06:27 AM
Vrabel had a single tackle... K. Lewis was out..
Is Studebaker even seeing the field much? Anyone notice?

I would be very, very disappointed if our D gave up 21 points to the Jags.

i know he made a nice one armed tackle on a guy. brought him down by his jersey.

PhillyChiefFan
10-19-2010, 06:37 AM
i know he made a nice one armed tackle on a guy. brought him down by his jersey.

That was the tackle of the game. I hope he gets more playing time

Hog Farmer
10-19-2010, 07:36 AM
They kept Hali off Schaub. That is why they beat us.

InChiefsHell
10-19-2010, 08:49 AM
Dorsey was beastly early on...then like the rest of the Defense he seemed to disappear. The announcers for the game were jizzing their pants over his play early on.

InChiefsHell
10-19-2010, 08:50 AM
They kept Hali off Schaub. That is why they beat us.

I was surprised at the lack of pass rush. Except for the one sack up the middle, Shaub was pretty comfy all day.

ElGringo
10-19-2010, 09:00 AM
Looking for a big rebound game this week. I expect the D to be strict. A shutout would be nice and entirely possible.

milkman
10-19-2010, 10:15 AM
Vrabel had a single tackle... K. Lewis was out..
Is Studebaker even seeing the field much? Anyone notice?

I would be very, very disappointed if our D gave up 21 points to the Jags.

Studebaker was on the field quite a bit in the second half.

Except for that one handed tackle, he was virtually invisible.

LaChapelle
10-19-2010, 10:57 AM
DJ has outstanding balance
he's a motherfucking cat