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Old 11-15-2005, 05:54 AM  
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Posted on Tue, Nov. 15, 2005



CHIEFS STILL COMMITTED TO AIR ATTACK


Passing judgment

KC determined to throw as well as it is running the ball

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star


The Chiefs mashed the Buffalo Bills for 150 rushing yards Sunday by using Larry Johnson as a bludgeon against a soft run defense.

At the same time, they committed four turnovers in the passing game in large part because of continuing problems in protecting quarterback Trent Green.

In light of this — and the fact that left tackle Willie Roaf is unlikely to play in Sunday night’s game in Houston — the sensible thing would seem to be to load up Johnson again and watch him work against another porous rushing defense.

To the Chiefs, the prudent thing is to stay the course.

“The thing you don’t do is panic,” coach Dick Vermeil said. “Even as bad as we are, we’re the ninth-ranked offense in the NFL. The trouble is, you keep looking at what we were. We’re not that. We’ll get some of that back.

“You don’t panic, but you’d better adjust. Can we do a better job of adjusting to our problem? Yes we can. The other thing is, the people who have had some problems will continue to get better. There are a lot of snaps in there where things are done awfully well. We know we can run the ball. We’ve got to be able to throw the ball.”

The Chiefs scored only three points in the loss in Buffalo, the first time they failed to reach double-digits since a shutout loss in Oakland to finish the 2002 season. Green was sacked six times, which combined with the turnovers rendered the passing game useless.

While the game was an extreme for the Chiefs’ offense, they’ve struggled most of the season in the passing game. Green was sacked 13 times in the last three weeks.

He’s on pace to go down 41 times, highest total for the Chiefs since 1992.

That’s just counting the sacks, and not the hurries that force bad throws and turnovers. Tackles Jordan Black and John Welbourn are failing in pass blocking and may be playing out of position. Each may be better suited to play guard.

But the Chiefs are determined to keep trying.

“You’re going to have bad days,” tight end Jason Dunn said. “That’s how it comes. You just have to put it behind you. The same if you have a great day. Things happen and everyone wants to blow it up, expose it like maybe it’s not the same type of deal we’ve had before. I don’t think it’s that extreme. It was a bad day at the office. We’ve had a couple of them this year.

“Even though we’ve had some days on offense, it’s nothing to really be concerned about because we do have good players. Let’s get the ball in the players’ hands and let them make plays. Tony Gonzalez, Trent Green, Larry Johnson, Eddie Kennison, Dante Hall. You stick with what works. You can’t jump ship just because something bad happens.”

The Chiefs had a chance to help their beleaguered line in Buffalo by jumping to a sizable lead. That would have taken a lot of pressure off, but the Chiefs scored only three points despite having the ball on the Bills’ side of the field on each of their first five possessions.

“The first thing we can do is stay out of the 2-minute offense,” Vermeil said. “The biggest breakdowns in pass protection were in the last 9 minutes of the game when we went no-huddle. Those were the glaring problems. In the first half, we had a sack and a pressure. We were doing OK. Then we got into the have-to-throw the ball, down-by-11, sit-back-there-and-throw-every-time (mode). Then we had problems. It magnified the problem and makes it seem like you had problems the entire game.

“That’s No. 1. On third down, we just haven’t been doing a real good job. Most of it comes from the time it takes for third-down things to develop.”

The 1-8 Texans are last in the league in run defense, allowing 153 yards per game. Their average of 4.8 yards allowed per carry is worse than every team except Buffalo.

Five players have topped 100 yards against Houston, meaning Johnson should have another big game.
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Old 11-15-2005, 05:58 AM   #2
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Passing is not a bad idea. We cannot afford to be one-dimensional.

But we have to go with shorter drops and quicker release plays, lest Green get killed. Teams are unloading on Green and having no problem getting to him. Therefore, we have to use that against them. More screens and slants, please.

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Old 11-15-2005, 07:07 AM   #3
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we still need to take shots down field but stay with the run. if LJ is going good the play action pass should open up.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:08 AM   #4
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We CAN afford to be one dimensional as long as we're playing teams that can't stop us. You see what 2 dimensional got us last Sunday. 3 int's and a fumble.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:13 AM   #5
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We CAN afford to be one dimensional as long as we're playing teams that can't stop us. You see what 2 dimensional got us last Sunday. 3 int's and a fumble.
I don't agree...what I saw on Sunday was LJ get worn out in the first half racking up 100+ yards.

We have to pass some; mostly shorter stuff to save Green from medical retirement, but still, once in a while, air it out to keep the DBs honest.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:25 AM   #6
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We over established the run in the first half. Warrior 5 is right, and I'll add: screw the screen, throw the short slant-in. Then, that will open it up for either running off-tackle or throwing long along the sideline.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:31 AM   #7
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:32 AM   #8
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Yep. The offense has to be adjusted to compensate for our busted up line. Can't run max protect all the time because our receivers aren't that good. Need to run short drop stuff, set up play action with the run and use that for the deep stuff.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:38 AM   #9
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Passing is not a bad idea. We cannot afford to be one-dimensional.

But we have to go with shorter drops and quicker release plays, lest Green get killed. Teams are unloading on Green and having no problem getting to him. Therefore, we have to use that against them. More screens and slants, please.

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This is true. Until we can protect Trent better the Long pass will have to be placed on the back burner.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:58 AM   #10
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The problem also rests with our recievers; they are not getting open quicky. Abandoning the downfield passing game will only make it worse as defenses can play the short stuff even tighter, jump routes, etc. Also, without a downfield passing game, teams have not reason to keep a safety deep, making the running game that much harder. So you have to keep the downfield game active. You don't have to do it every passing down, but you do have to keep it a viable threat. Do it with playaction passes, provide extra protection, and stay away from obvious passing downs. First and second down have to be successful if we are going to avoid getting Trent killed.
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Old 11-15-2005, 08:12 AM   #11
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i love watching a passing team but i also know you have to be able to run the ball. i just dont want to be martyball again.
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We missed Priest Holmes in that game. Regardless of how well LJ ran, he got wore out.

If we still had Holmes, we could have ran 45 times like we did against Miami and we would have won that game.
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In the first half, we had a sack and a pressure. We were doing OK. Then we got into the have-to-throw the ball, down-by-11, sit-back-there-and-throw-every-time (mode). Then we had problems.
So my question is...when we got past the 50 on our first 5 possessions of the game, and the pass protection was okay at that point, why couldn't we score?
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Passing is not a bad idea. We cannot afford to be one-dimensional.

But we have to go with shorter drops and quicker release plays, lest Green get killed. Teams are unloading on Green and having no problem getting to him. Therefore, we have to use that against them. More screens and slants, please.

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We did that successfully until Green started throwing it for grabs. Sunday's debacle is mainly a result of Trent Green losing his cool when he has to throw in heavy wind. It seems lame, but I think it's true. Trent Green's worst games as a Chief come when it is windy.

I think the offense will be okay, especially when we get Jordan Black out of there.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:40 AM   #15
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The problem with Green is a complete and utter lack of pass blocking.

Green’s crappy performance is a direct result of the OL’s ineptitude.

Cause and effect.

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