Monday, December 21, 2009

Chiefs: Has the Defense Appeared on a Milk Carton Yet?

I was thinking about stealing the headline from Yahoo Sports...

In an unexpected offense fest, the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Cleveland Browns 41-34. Matt Cassel had his first 300+ yard passing game, and Jamal Charles ran for 154 yards. However, the Kansas City defense could not stop the Browns rushing game, and gave up two kick off returns for touchdowns to the Browns. The Chiefs tied the game up with 2:26 left in the game and the defense could not stop the Browns from scoring again. The offense just fell short of the tie and possible OT, when Cassel's last pass bounced off the goal posts.

I don't expect Ryan Succop to be a great tackler but he was one of six Chiefs to have a chance to bring down Cribbs during his first TD run back. (Kansas City Star)
Jerome Harrison bust through the line for a 28 yard TD run with :52 left in the game. Harrison had 286 yards rushing, breaking Jim Brown's Browns team record. (Kansas City Star)
This game was a game the Chiefs could win. The Browns were one dimensional: Brady Quinn, the Browns QB, is looking more and more like a bust. He had two interceptions, was 10/17 for a mere 66 yards. He gained 39 yards running the ball! While the Chiefs gave up those two long returns for TD to Joshua Cribbs, they did get one TD back when the long snapper for the Browns surprised his punter with an early and terrible snap and the Chiefs recovered the ball in the end zone for the score. But they could not stop the run! For the third week in a row, the Chiefs gave up over 300 yards rushing, and the Browns averaged a ridiculous 7.2 yards per carry. Defense is clearly a problem; the coaching does not seem to be working, and sticking players geared to a 4-3 defense into the 3-4 set is definitely not working. A long year is winding to a close...

It wasn't classic football, but it was entertaining, and played in nice weather for the few fans who showed up at Arrowhead yesterday. (Kansas City Star)

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