Making sense of the Chiefs' mess. Well, trying to, anyway.
The Kansas City Star
The plan is to have more in the column that will post later today, particularly about Eric Winston and the fans, but for now here I hope you read this morning’s column on the Chiefs’ awful dilemma about becoming the Browns.
Anyway, about that game…
+ Jamaal Charles is being used like a rented mule, two years after the Chiefs went to great lengths to limit his usage and one year after ACL surgery. There have been three times this season a running back has been given 30 or more carries, and Charles is two of them.
That’s great for the Chiefs’ now — he is absolutely their best chance to win — but rotten for their tomorrow. A losing season is turning into a lost one, but what’s worse is if Romeo Crennel burns out Charles’ effectiveness chasing his own job security in a lost season.
+ Speaking of Romeo, he gave a completely non-sense answer when asked why he decided to punt instead of try for a first down or a Hail Mary with 12 seconds left in the first half. Essentially, Romeo said he wasn’t willing to take the risk because any time you snap the ball there’s a risk of something bad happening.
Apparently, in Romeo’s world, snapping the ball 15 yards back to the punter is immune from this risk.
+ Brady Quinn stinks as a quarterback, and I feel confident in saying that because as I wrote in Sunday’s column he’s played behind Derek Anderson, Charlie Frye, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton in his career.
But after he came in, it was nice to see a Chiefs quarterback able to throw the ball down field with some velocity.
Been a while.
+ So the Chiefs’ defense held the league’s No. 2 offense to nine points — Baltimore’s first game without a TD since 2009, by the way — and just 298 yards of total offense and, for the effort, get to pretend this was a team loss instead of one effectively guaranteed by an overmatched head coach coming up with a gameplan designed primarily to limit the impact of the overmatched quarterback who he refused to go away from.
If the guys on that defense really don’t feel like they got jobbed out of what would’ve been a crucial victory, they have a remarkable ability to compartmentalize frustration.
+ We have a contractor over to do some work on the house, and it turns out he had Chiefs season tickets for so long they were $15 per game when he first signed up.
He gave them up three years ago.
“It wasn’t the losing,” he said. “We just weren’t having fun. The Chiefs organization just choked the fun out of tailgating.”