Can the Chiefs Return to Early Season Form?

 

 

This season has been a series of performing beyond expectations against some very good teams and way underperforming against rather poor teams. It can be maddening at times. How can we beat the Patriots in New England and lose to the Giants? 

 

We have some top talent at numerous positions, but it seems to be misused. We stopped doing what works and forgot about key players at times. We play conservative when we should be taking a chance or we take chances when the game is tight and we should be running high probability plays.

 

Starting the season 5-0 set an expectation that was pretty high. Then losing 4 of 5 brought questions about the coaching staff, players, and the team overall. Many people were calling for firing coaches and putting Patrick Mahomes in at QB. Those seem like knee jerk reactions and overly extreme. 

 

I have been a proponent of making Andy Reid give up play calling and starting to be a head coach instead. I think it prevents him from keeping a higher level view of the game and making strategic decisions. He should be thinking about types of plays to run and defensive schemes at critical points in the game, but other than that he should be a head coach and not an offensive coordinator.

 

While I look forward to Mahomes playing QB in KC, I think he needs time to get acclimated to the league and Reid’s system. It is a complex offense and requires experience. I think we risk injury and loss of confidence putting him in too soon. That being said, if a game gets out of hand, it might be worth letting him play some to gain some experience when his performance isn’t at issue.

 

Looking at the last 5 games, we haven’t been playing as a team. Sometimes the offense has been OK and sometimes the defense, but this last game all three phases were awful. Based on this, I don’t think it has as much to do with the players as the coaches. Something seems different than the start of the season. Decisions on who is starting and plays being called fall on the coaches. Refusing to make in game adjustments falls on the coaches. 

 

Looking at the game logs for the 10 games, most stats seem to be about the same when you compare the first 5 and last 5 games. There are a couple of exceptions to this though. In the passing game, we were sacked more and had a higher completion percentage in the first 5 than last 5 games. In the rushing game, we had more attempts per game in the first 5 than last 5 games, and most losses we rushed less than 25 times per game. On the defensive side of the ball, sacks were 14 in the first five games and 5 in the last 5. 

 

I am not sure what to make of playing better offense when we are getting sacked more, but that is the correlation. However, the other 3 stats all make sense to me. A better completion percentage adds up to more yards, more first downs, better field position, and more points. More rushing attempts add up to clock control and higher percentage plays (mixing in other plays to keep the defense off balance, of course).  And, more sacks on defense mean more pressure on the QB which leads to them making mistakes. 

 

What has changed to affect completion percentage, rushing attempts, and QB pressures? I would say it has to do with coaching schemes more than anything else. We need to go back to the game plans we used against teams like New England and Philadelphia. Go into the game thinking we are going to lose, so we have nothing to lose. Come out firing away. Let’s start dictating the play and not being reactive. 

 

I don’t see much difference in risking plays late in the game playing catch up from risking some plays early on to get ahead. 

 

All that being said, I am not taking blame away from the players completely. I watched enough replays to know that many players made mistakes. They ranged from dropped balls, missing wide open receivers, missed tackles, and many more. Many of these are the same players that were making plays early in the season, so all I can conclude is the coaches are getting them ready and/or putting them in a position to achieve. Perhaps we call it 80/20, with the players needing to step up the 20. 

 

We are 10 games into the season, sitting 6-4, with a 2 game lead in the AFC West. We have an easy schedule, with 3 of the 6 remaining games against the AFC West. We need to make the most of it and win. While no game is guaranteed (see NY Giants game), we could conceivably win out against these teams. We have 4 of 6 at home, with the 2 away games against the NY Jets and the Denver Broncos. 

 

The coaching staff needs to figure out better prep and game plans. The players need to come in ready to execute. It would be a shame to waste the talent on this team another year.

 

What do you guys think is the problem? How do we get back on track?

 

That’s all for now. Until next week, that’s The Rub!

The Rub!

 

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Frank Leggio is an operations director living in the Columbus, OH area.He has two sons and a couple of Beagles.He was born in Germany, went to high school in KS and college in CO.
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  • berttheclock

    Never thought I would say this, but, the best Chiefs’ news I read from yesterday was not the Revis signing, but, the fact Albert Wilson has returned to practice. Without him, the Chiefs rarely used any motion against the Giants. Plus, Wilson has finally become dependable being a safety valve down field for Smith.

    Still have not read anywhere which player has been cut in order to place Revis on the roster.

    The biggest reason I am tepid about Revis is the fact in 2016 the QB ratings for opposing QBs facing him rose to 91.7 per cent from his career record of only 59.3. That once great island of his when he played under Sutton with the Jets became more of a crowded Gilligan’s Island as he needed a lot of over the top help from safeties in 2016. Also, his work in 2015 ended with a concussion.

    • ladner morse

      So… I guess you could say that you are “Thankful” for for Albert Wilson?

      Me too. And after calling for Wilson’s head for years… that’s saying something.

  • berttheclock

    Darrelle Revis went to Aliqippa High School in Aliquippa, PA. Tough town. Tough high school. Mike Ditka went to that same HS. Over the years, such as Frank Ribar, made the boxing team at Duke before being drafted by the Detroit Lions to play OG. Military service ended that. Sean Gilbert was a very tough DT with the Rams where he made the Pro Bowl his first season. Played for various teams for several years. Tommie Campbell was a tough CB with the Titans and Jags before heading off to stardom with the CFL.

    So, what ever happened to Jonathan Baldwin, who went to the same HS, yet, when, he got into a locker room argument with Thomas Jones, he tried to hit Jones with an open hand and broke his own thumb? That gave new meaning to a term used about an inept Laker’s player trying to punch a much larger and fierce foe. The LA Times reporter said the player had moved like a butterfly and stung like a butterfly.

    • berttheclock

      Also, Kupchak swung, er, more of a flick of the wrist, at the back of Malone’s head.

    • ladner morse

      Am I to assume you meant to begin this post with a Revis reference… and then ended it with a Revis reference?

      BTW… the Law did win.

  • berttheclock

    On a limited basis as the KC Star put it, both Hali and Bailey returned to practice along with Wilson. No word about Ford. Speaking of back injuries, the heralded one and done forward for Mizzou has left the team to have season ending back surgery. With Ford missing so much, I wonder if the same thing is headed his way?

  • berttheclock

    Open question. I know everyone is really down and done with Gaines. But, on that last long throw by Manning which was a type of Go For Broke pass play, why did not Sutton have a safety backing up Gaines? Often, I believe Sutton is still mentally back in the days when Revis really was an island to his own. The Chiefs’ corners all need over the top safety help. Last year in Seattle, Sherman was exposed as not being an island when Earl Thomas was hurt. But, speaking of islands, perhaps, Gaines will be dispatched to Elba.

    • berttheclock

      Of course for many fans of the Chiefs, they may prefer him being exiled to Saint Helena, instead. Napoleon did escape from Elba.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Gaines was initially sent to Elba (special teams)…..yes, not far enough….Saint Helena where he can never escape again.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    I have zero idea if the club can regroup and get back to early season form., zero. The stinkin’ giant’s game should have been the springboard, the catalyst, the impetus, the what-has-yous, for KC to get back on track and it was a complete failure from the waterboy all the way up. I’m starting to worry that the team has learned from Reid how to coast when they have a lead.

    p.s. The Revis signing is a no-risk, solid move and I like it. But, (there is always a but with this damn team) blaming the CB position for this losing trend currently happening is weak sauce. Soooo many more things are broken than the Secondary. Revis is a start though, he’s a start.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    Happy Thanksgiving all, I hope everyone is well and you have a great day.

    • HOMER!! Dave

      to you also, bub.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I am off to Reno Nevada in a few hours to visit with my mother-in-law. Lose money and lose my mind all in one sitting. πŸ˜€

      • berttheclock

        Hope all goes well through Donner Pass. Ah, those days of yore taking the gambling buses from the Bay to Reno and back. But, I used to love some of those buffet breakfast doings at one of the major casinos. Made to order eggs with multiple eggs.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          They used to draw people in with those meals, but it isn’t like that anymore, restaurants in Reno casinos aren’t any different than any other restaurant now.
          Remember the $2.99 steak and eggs?

          • berttheclock

            Similar to Vegas. The best buffets used to be when Binyon’s held their poker tournaments.

          • berttheclock

            Another thing changed a few years back. Free comps being given out by department heads. Most casinos went to a computer tracking system which followed the betting habits of players. Unless, the computer showed how much had been bet over time, pit bosses could not give out comps.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    I agree Frank, I think coaching is more of the problem than anything else. I am not a proponent of changing or firing coaches mid-year. Those actions are desperation moves by bad teams, e.g. Oakland and Denver.
    I have never been a fan of Sutton’s style of D and would like to see changes made there before next season and I also believe a new O-line coach would benefit the team.

    • berttheclock

      Funny thing how injuries to key players can cost coaches their jobs. Look at the injuries suffered to defensive backs with the Raiders, yet, somehow, this was the fault of Norton, Jr. Look at the injuries suffered to the O-line and wide outs of the Broncos, yet, it has become the fault of McCoy (Not to mention the fact Elway has not provided him with top notch offensive linemen with the exception of Leary).

      That said, injuries have hurt the D of the Chiefs with Berry out being very costly. Plus, injuries to the O-line has hurt. Yet, I still agree with you about cutting ties with both Sutton and Heck.

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        Injuries are going to happen, they do to every team, every season. Isn’t that part of the job of the coaches to figure out how to overcome those injuries?

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  • PaulFromNorthMo

    I just listened to the Revis interview @ the Star. He mentioned that he’s been talking to the Chiefs all season and that his weight is down from last year. He wouldn’t say what he weighed last year coming off his injury, but when asked how it compared to now, he said “way over”.
    Revis said he is healed up from not only his injury but the wear and tear and so I’m thinking he is ready to step right in and play opposite Peters.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      With that, I have to wonder if they were also in any talks with Antonio Cromartie.
      Cromartie specifically labeled the Chiefs as a team he’d like to help.
      Fun fact…. did you know that Cromartie has more career interceptions than Revis and twice as many pick 6?

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        I do now!!

    • berttheclock

      Has anyone seen who Veach had to cut in order to sign Revis?

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        Nothing has been announced yet that I have read.

        • HOMER!! Dave

          Cam Thomas, it’s been out for a while now.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Thanks i’ve not been staying in touch.

          • HOMER!! Dave

            Oh, they just released him about an hour ago, but that’s an eternity in the twitterverse, lol.

    • berttheclock

      Boomer Esiason , not only questioned his weight with the Jets, but, also, his seemingly lack of work ethic. The Jets did list him at 198, but, you know how teams can fudge on those weights and even heights.

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        It seems as though players weight never changes on the roster listings once they enter the NFL. I just looked at the mothership and the Chiefs have him listed at 189, even though Revis himself said he weighs 208.

    • we can hope.

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        And hope he’s gotten at least part of his island back. I’m hoping even more that he can help Peters grow an island.

        • ladner morse

          … or at least a jetty.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Reserve nose tackle CamThomas has been released by the Chiefs to clear roster room for the recently signed the recently signed Darrelle Revis. https://t.co/JQ1spIS8mS— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) November 23, 2017

  • berttheclock

    Adding Cam Thomas for the one game against the Giants was a good move by Veach. He did manage to have one tackle.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Happy thanksgiving all. My gatherings don’t start till tomorrow, so today will be less turkey and dressing and more turkey sausage and pancakes.

  • best wishes to all this Thanksgiving day.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Thanks, and the same to you and yours!

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Quickie video of new Chiefs CB Darrelle Revis: pic.twitter.com/g0MUVBl8Dt— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) November 23, 2017

  • HOMER!! Dave

    LJ27 cracks me up…

    Been asking if they need help all morning and AS SOON! As I watch Howard the Duck….Now I’m not doing enough.— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) November 23, 2017

  • ladner morse

    So, as the story goes, one jumbo DL, Cam Thomas was put on waivers on this Thanksgiving Day, only ten days after being re-signed by the Chiefs.

    The cost of doing Revis.

    I understand that the Chiefs had to make space for their “new” CB but I thought Thanksgiving Day was a National Holiday… a day off. Not your normal working-class business day.

    Happy Business Day Cam Thomas.

    • berttheclock

      I thought this was the time you were going to aid Alex Smith and DJ in helping to turn on the lights at the Plaza. But, just think, only a few days left before the BIG day of December 23rd when we all can celebrate Festivus Day.

    • berttheclock

      Pat was out of distilled water which she has to use for her sleep mask. As I had forgotten it, we had to go out hunting this AM. Surprisingly, many grocery stores were working half to three quarter days.

      • ladner morse

        You might talk to your Dr. first about doing this… mine said it was a good idea… but put a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide in the water tank each night. My Dr. said it helps to keep the tank sterilized too. Also, be sure and buy the food-grade HP at a health food store.

        It really helps to make me feel refreshed upon awaking… a huge plus as I still continue to struggle with sleep apnea.

    • berttheclock

      However, as to being signed, then, cut, ala Spiller. I am reminded of one year the NY Giants were heading for the SB. The last month of the season, they had two journeymen offensive linemen who were both used as ping pong balls being shuttled on and off the roster.

      • ladner morse

        Can you imagine for one minute how Cam Thomas feels being waived ON Thanksgiving Day? I understand that the NFL can be a cruel task master at times… but isn’t there a time for taking a break from making everything about doing business?

        It’s very distasteful to me… when T-Day is all about the tastes of Life.

        • berttheclock

          Could be worse. In Portland a few years back, there was a local baker. Made excellent bread and had at least 3 outlets in the city. For whatever reason, he suddenly closed one of his stores about this time and never told the staff he was going to do so. Dumped them pre-Christmas. He didn’t even try to disperse the staff to his other stores. To this day, I refuse to buy any of his bread products

  • ladner morse

    So… does this mean his priorities in Life are
    1) Football first, then
    2) Family next???
    .
    https://twitter.com/hill_tyreek/status/933682871415525379

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      With the hole he put himself into prior to entering the NFL, maybe he should place the Chiefs first.

      • HOMER!! Dave

        maybe his family is all crazy like the Griswalds or something.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Spence just DESTROYED the RB on that play. holy smokes!!!

  • HOMER!! Dave

    I’m not sure just how that last pass wasn’t defensive PI. CB never turned for the ball, just blocked the WR out.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      You’d be amazing at the stuff refs let slide when the Chiefs aren’t playing πŸ˜‰

      • HOMER!! Dave

        Haha, very true.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Only one change on #Chiefs injury report, WR Albert Wilson moved from limited to full workout. LB Dee Ford (back) and LB Terrance Smith (concussion) did not practice.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) November 23, 2017

    • HOMER!! Dave

      We’re not missing anything I’m afraid.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        Wilson could be a major help, but aside from that, yeah.

        • HOMER!! Dave

          that was my taek

  • HOMER!! Dave

    I’m finding quite a bit of humor about all of the reactions to Albert Wilson practicing again. Wasn’t so long ago that everyone wanted to run him out of KC. Nothing but love now, lol.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Sorry Buddy, I still don’t want him. What makes him special now is other than Kelce, AW is Chickensmit’s only comfort zone.

      • HOMER!! Dave

        hehe, correct or incorrect as to everyone’s stance on AW’s contributions to the team….still funny.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    is it just me, or does Murray from Minn. run laterally very, very, slowly. It just took him 20 seconds to run 3 feet to the right.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Keenum just duuuuuuROPPED that ball to Rudolph in the endzone. It was a thing of beauty.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      If the two QB’s keep playing the same way they have for the last few games, the Vikings will get more for Keenum in the off-season than the Chiefs will for Smith.

      • HOMER!! Dave

        How old is Keenum? Mid to late 20s or so?

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          About to turn 30.

          • HOMER!! Dave

            phew, so he’s no spring chicken either. I still don’t disagree about your statement though.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Smith hater!!!

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Hehe. πŸ˜€

          • HOMER!! Dave

            I like Smith….just not as much as about 20-30 other guys is all.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Lol

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Smith to Jacksonville would have been a good trade for both teams before this year’s deadline.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          If Smith doesn’t play better the rest of the season. We won’t get much for him. Not like we would have then.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            He was still a hot commodity at this year’s trade deadline, he would have made Jacksonville and legitimate contender this year.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Not sure I agree with that, he isn’t making the Chiefs one.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Smith can execute the play an offensive coordinator calls.
            just now I watched two teams throw touchdowns from deep in the red zone……..when we enter the red zone every call is short of the end zone.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Is it the play call every time, or is it Smith checking down, making the safe toss. On most of those plays, we have receivers in the end zone.
            I have also watched other QB’s throw the ball away on 2nd down with time running out so they can have a chance on third down. Not scramble and waste not only valuable time but time outs.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            To end the first half against the Giants, we were first and 10 at the giants 12……out routes and slant routes are what what was called, not one shot to the end zone.

          • HOMER!! Dave

            they needed Case Keenum, lol.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    KC needs these two guys in the game, and healthy. This is worrisome.

    #Chiefs DL Allen Bailey, who is coming back from knee injury, was limited again today. Same for Tamba Hali, who missed last week’s game.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) November 23, 2017

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Bailey, yes. Hali hasn’t been healthy for years, we just need a viable replacement.

      • HOMER!! Dave

        agreed, a viable replacement in the worst way I’m athinkin’.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Haha, Ian Rappaport out here breaking peep’s hearts and stuff.

    #Vikings QB Case Keenum is out here balling. And the fact that he’s become a legit starter of a very good team means we all know nothing about QB evaluation.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 23, 2017

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Yeah, well, most of us already knew that!!

      • HOMER!! Dave

        lol

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Wow, sideline judge called a PI on that play, but not the one earlier. It’s ridiculous that even in the same game the Refs cannot be consistent.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      That last one resulted in a closer score, ratings you know…..A blowout would possibly cause people to stop watching

      • HOMER!! Dave

        seriously starting to wonder, man.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Well there is five minutes of my life I won’t get back

    • drwillez37

      What happened

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Halftime show, I was just playing.

        • drwillez37

          Oh lol…I thought u was trying to rewatch last week’s game

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Ugh…..no friggin way, I want to forget that one.

        • drwillez37

          I’d only be able to make 5 minutes as well

          • HOMER!! Dave

            I made it to the 3rd qtr. Damn that was a bad, bad, game.

    • HOMER!! Dave

      I had to turn it, that was horrid.

    • HOMER!! Dave

      lol, is it over? I’m afraid to turn it back without knowing.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        You’re safe

        • HOMER!! Dave

          I’m afraid I might dream about it though. That was Freddy Kruger bad.

          • drwillez37

            U guys got me hanging on a thread

          • HOMER!! Dave

            yup, and I ‘m having fun with it too. lol.

    • drwillez37

      What was it??? It sounds awful…I’m watching Dr.Stranglove

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Haha….some pop singer, I was just kidding, he was actually really talented, I’m a classic rock and country music guy though.

        • drwillez37

          Ugh!!! I can’t stand modern music if u can even dare call it music. It’s sad how far the movie and music industry has fallen. It’s like Mariana Trench depths…like out last 5 games!!!

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          I’m one of those guys who listens to Merle Haggard and AC/DC one after the other and it is totally normal..lol

          • drwillez37

            RIP Malcom Young!!!

  • drwillez37

    I’m looking for Welcome back Revis sign ideas for the Jets game next Sunday where ill be present for. Maybe WELCOME BACK in capitals with lower case (home) then a huge arrowhead at the bottom??

  • drwillez37

    I do want to say that very excited about Revis. You know they put him thru the tests and the Jets are basically flipping the bill for him to play for us. It’s a huge win win

    • HOMER!! Dave

      if Revis can even come in as Revis-lite, it will be an upgrade. I’m still just not sure what the hell happened to Mitchell. One week the cat is playing okay, not good, just okay then the next week they bench him.

      • drwillez37

        Remember DAT disapeared a year ago…some weird things happen in KC that we never hear about surprisingly in this day and age

        • drwillez37

          Remember Russell let go with no word to us of why

        • HOMER!! Dave

          difference in DAT though was that not very many people thought he was ever very good. I suppose the same exact thing could be said about Mitchell though, huh?

          • drwillez37

            Or Gaines

          • HOMER!! Dave

            and Gaines….*le sigh*

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Our lack of pass rush would make any secondary look terrible

        • HOMER!! Dave

          they go hand in hand though is my thing. The lack of one negates the other almost completely. What WOULD really help the pass rush is if Sutton might actually send them from time to time, lol. My lord Sutton is adverse to it for some reason.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            True.
            These QBs in today’s game have a couple seconds tops to make a decision, opposing quarterback against us are back there picking and choosing.

          • HOMER!! Dave

            now I’m all sad and chit, remembering.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Lol…Mission accomplished

          • HOMER!! Dave
          • Chiefly Bacon

            I dunno though. Sometimes Sutton sends an all out blitz, and the QB still has like 3.5 seconds.

          • HOMER!! Dave

            I am in no way saying the pass rush is up to par, it is definitely lacking. But Sutton has been sending a true pass rush less and less all year, via the eye test that is. A lot has to happen in order for KC to be true Super Bowl contenders and a reloading of the OLBs, along with an aggressive DC is near the top of the order. The crap offense takes first order though.

        • freshmeat62

          And vice versa!

      • Chiefly Bacon

        I’m guessing Chiefs saw something on Mitchell’s tape, and were watching to see if opposing offenses noticed it. Might be some kind of a tell, or weakness. They’re probably working on fixing it.

        • HOMER!! Dave

          I hope that is/was the case. If they did, at least they didn’t Cooper/Flemming the poor guy then.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Man…I wished Hunt had those kind of holes to run through!

  • drwillez37

    The coaches need to bring back Suicide Sprints for every penalty committed

    • HOMER!! Dave

      murder is frowned upon in the Four States, bub.

      • drwillez37

        I remember those…I’ll tell u one thing we remembered always no yellow flags or Monday afternoon was gonna be hell

  • drwillez37

    What ever became of Morse tipping off defenders to run plays coming

    • HOMER!! Dave

      Reid decided to pass every single time instead.

      • drwillez37

        Lmfao!!!! That brought a very desperate smile to my face

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Vikings looking good.
    I see a Vikings vs Eagles NFCCG

    • HOMER!! Dave

      Vikings ARE looking good, they are consistently scoring in the 20s every week this year also. They might just be for real

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Is Andy Reid calling plays for the Lions right now?

    • HOMER!! Dave

      what happen? Lions misplace their RB?

  • drwillez37

    Did Stafford say travolta??

    • drwillez37

      Yup!!

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Lol

  • HOMER!! Dave

    “Travolta, Travolta” is good for a TD!!!

  • drwillez37

    I wish I had a Qb that threw the ball

  • drwillez37

    Shoulda hiked it

  • drwillez37

    I wonder how much Childress gets to voice his opinions when play calling? Or maybe he deserves a chance to call some

    • berttheclock

      Why? When, he was with the Vikings, he would not allow any QB to try to change a play he had sent in. Plus, he became really upset if Favre threw a pass to anyone he had not included in the first play call.

      • drwillez37

        We might need that kinda direction

  • HOMER!! Dave

    I often have zero problem when players have a case of misspeaking while talking to reporters but Smith right at the 20 second mark here kinda pisses me off. “On the bandwagon”, that’s some hella bull. Most of us have been fans longer than he has been alive, let alone played in KC.

    http://www.kshb.com/sports/football/chiefs/chiefs-return-to-practice-work-to-finish-schedule-strong

    • drwillez37

      Wait…what??

      • HOMER!! Dave

        Smith was talking to the reporters saying how a few weeks ago everyone was on the “bandwagon” with the team, now, not so much.

        • drwillez37

          Maybe he should man up and produce…I’m sorry to Alex but I’m not cheering what he forced us to watch last week…I mean come on..sounds like a cry baby to me, what’s next purposely tanking cause the fans are upset/letdown

          • HOMER!! Dave

            I’m pretty sure that when the words came out of his mouth he recognized that it was probably a poor choice in wording. Smith thinks before he speaks….but he did a poor job of doing so there.

          • drwillez37

            It’s normal to be frustrated we all are. But to attempt to belittle the fans implying we are fair weather is poor choice of thinking. I recall him saying stuff like stop talking about fixing problens and DO IT. Thats what I want to hear from MY teams leader

          • HOMER!! Dave

            well said.

  • drwillez37

    We wouldnt have gotten that call either

  • drwillez37

    Just throw every play…doesn’t work for kc…why not!!!

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Hunt just got awarded extra cool points for his choice in shirts, lol

    Sport your own #TBT Nigerian Nightmare shirt. πŸ› https://t.co/K06M2MM932 pic.twitter.com/nCA2SWwA12— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 23, 2017

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Don’t care what anyone says, I still like Stafford.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Riddick out there dropping F bombs on Turkey day, lol

    • drwillez37

      Oh fuuuudge!!!

  • drwillez37

    Sprints!!!!

  • HOMER!! Dave

    I bought some new brand of pepperjack cheese to go with some sausage to snack on. It’s good, darn good, but I already threw the package away and cannot remember the name. My life is hard.

    • drwillez37

      Boarshead??

      • HOMER!! Dave

        nope. The real problem is that after I discard the packaging, I threw some gelatinous stuff out that was in the fridge. So I ain’t sticking my hands in the can to get the cheese package out. Now I’m all like, “what WAS that stuff I threw out?” lol.

        Just kidding, it was a stew from the other night.

        • drwillez37

          I thought it was coming from the cheese for a second

          • HOMER!! Dave

            lmbo, yuck!

  • HOMER!! Dave

    PFT is getting in on the NFL conspiracy theory thingy…”welcome to the party, pal”

    The non-call defensive pass interference on #Lions Tavon Wilson covering #Vikings Stefon Diggs pic.twitter.com/BVieU8L02u— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 23, 2017

  • drwillez37

    I want to see our defense attack the ball like this

  • HOMER!! Dave

    let’s be entirely honest here….how long does anyone think Smith would have stayed in this pocket? I say about .5 seconds.

    Pressure to sack %:Case Keenum: 4.8%NFL average: 17.6% pic.twitter.com/2kcNhN2t1n— Ryan Smith (@PFF_Smith) November 23, 2017

  • HOMER!! Dave

    how do you get sacked AND get a taunting call!? That was hilarious.

    • drwillez37

      It’s like when a receiver makes a first down jesture when down by multiple possessions, in the last 2 minutes of said game

  • drwillez37

    Wow

  • HOMER!! Dave

    12 men on the field, no wonder that WR was doubled up on.

    • drwillez37

      That play looked fimilar…not on Revis Island!!!! I wish Alex allowed his receivers that kinda respect to make a play

      • HOMER!! Dave

        Smith never throws that pass, never. It’s not in his DNA.

        • drwillez37

          So true…but pm will

          • HOMER!! Dave

            we hope, we hope.

  • drwillez37

    This sucks…poor Matthew

  • HOMER!! Dave

    this game is getting good, and Stafford gets hurt.

  • drwillez37

    He split those defenders like Moses

  • drwillez37

    I want this kinda effort on Sunday

    • HOMER!! Dave

      kind of a short turnaround for these two teams, but I’ll ask, lol.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Keenum can work that pocket.

  • drwillez37

    I don’t know about u guys but the sounds coming thru the tellie are amazing

    • drwillez37

      I love the tuned in

  • HOMER!! Dave

    man, whoever is twittering for PFT is LIVID over the officiating today. They must be about to lose money or something, lol.

    "No team has ever come back from 17 points down to win on Thanksgiving."No team has ever gotten this much help from the officials, either.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 23, 2017

    • drwillez37

      The Raiders have!!!!

      • HOMER!! Dave

        hehe, don’t forget Denver, and NE

        • drwillez37

          True that!!!

  • drwillez37

    I hate to sound like a crazy person but I don’t like the idea of all this A.I. stuff. That robot in Saudi Arabia creeps me the F out!!

    • drwillez37

      Why do we have to name them

      • HOMER!! Dave

        easier than saying, or typing, Xr457Er62 version IX.

  • drwillez37

    A balanced choice of play calling has put the Lions back in this game

  • drwillez37

    That was the Kelce!!!

    • drwillez37

      All he had to do was stand there

  • HOMER!! Dave

    stepped outside for a moment, did I miss anything?

  • drwillez37

    If ur gonna throw a timeout why not throw the challenge

  • drwillez37

    Ouch

  • HOMER!! Dave

    that o-lineman just destroyed that defender.

    • drwillez37

      Must be nice

  • drwillez37

    I say Andy Reid better game plan for the cover 2 pull his head out of that menu hiding inside his playsheet

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Trouble is, cover 2 beaters are out routes, mid in-routes and deep post routes. Smith doesn’t like to throw any of those routes, so you can call the routes, but if your QB won’t pull the trigger, you’ll still wind up with a check down offense.

      • drwillez37

        Better get ready to run that ball

        • Chiefly Bacon

          Teams are gonna load the box and key on Kareem Hunt. What I would do, if I were Reid, is run a ton of heavy sets. Bring in two extra OL and a FB. Try to create mismatches in the run game, but sprinkle Hill into those formations some for PA deep shots or jet sweeps.

  • drwillez37

    That was like watching Murray not make the int

  • drwillez37

    So who gets cut for revis?

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Cam Thomas was cut.

      • drwillez37

        Thank u

  • berttheclock

    This win by the Vikings proves, once again, that a solid defense and running attack can win in the NFL without a World Beating All Mighty Savior QBOTF. You build your team in the trenches, not at QB!

    Plus, their best wide out was an UDFA who was waived, then, picked back up for their PS. Dorsey could have claimed Thielen back in 2013. Every GM in the league except whomever led the Vikings blew that one.

  • drwillez37

    Thank god for Butkicker

  • drwillez37

    Whats with the Chargers kicking situation.that’s ugly

  • drwillez37

    I wish we had Kenan Allen

    • ladner morse

      was thinking the same thing watching him play…3rd rounder in 2013 n could easily have been a Chief

  • Chiefly Bacon

    The Chargers backup kicker missed the practice net… pic.twitter.com/jUpyGcO6QL— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 23, 2017

    • HOMER!! Dave

      that’s an awesome case of the yips right there, awesome.

    • drwillez37

      I saw that. ..I’m not sure which one of u guys said this but…things could be so much wrose in KC…as we all have been subject to that before

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      That there’s funny!

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Case Keenum: college air raid QBJared Goff: college air raid QB— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) November 23, 2017

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Pat Mahomes. College air raid QB.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    That was an awesome throw by Rivers to Williams, and eerily similar to a throw that we witnessed earlier today but it was made by Stafford. Smith doesn’t take that throw, he just doesn’t.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    again, more PFF “grades” that I don’t like…but it’s about time the bigger organizations realize that Kelce IS the better TE as of right now.

    The highest graded TEs in 2017 pic.twitter.com/8GppOWWXgS— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 23, 2017

  • HOMER!! Dave

    #Chargers bandwagon about to get real full.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) November 24, 2017

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Always viewed the Chargers as more of threat than the Raiders, or Broncos, but I though having a new head coach would hold them back this year. I guess it did to start, but they’re looking better every game.

      • HOMER!! Dave

        my thing is this…no team in the AFC West should have been a threat to KC at this point. 5 years into this thing with the nucleus veritably retained and playing against 3 teams with serious infrastructure questions. The AFC West should have been child’s play for KC this year but here we are with more questions in year 5 than we had in year 1 of this regime. It’s silly.

  • HOMER!! Dave

    truthiness right her’…..

    This Revis thing is cool and all but if Alex Smith continues to play like he did vs Pitt, Dallas, and Giants, none of this will matter.— Andre de Souza (@Knightwolfbr) November 22, 2017

  • HOMER!! Dave

    MOAR truthiness!!!!

    Say whatever you want about the Chargers but last time I checked they haven’t beaten The Chiefs in:1426 days204 weeks46 months— @Chiefs, I wanna be the Drum Leader! (@Kevo_Bevo) November 24, 2017

  • HOMER!! Dave

    Haha, I luvs it…

    Nailed it. 🎯#NYGvsWAS pic.twitter.com/ZF6J652xUz— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 2017

  • HOMER!! Dave

    This is my new favorite player @BunkiePerkins pic.twitter.com/tNb8rBAP3r— 40-17 (@ChadAllenKriete) November 24, 2017

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