Answer Bob – 10/12

Andy says: I don’t understand one thing about this labor deal. Why did the Chiefs allow the union to have a meeting in its building? Why wouldn’t they have to get like a union hall or a meeting room at a hotel? Why would Hunt and Pioli allow them to meet under the Chiefs roof? That doesn’t make sense to me.

Bob says: I understand your thoughts on this; it is rather an odd part of this whole process. But under the collective bargaining agreement that remains in force until March 1, 2011, the NFLPA has “the right to conduct three meetings on Club property each year …” It’s Article V, Section 3. The Chiefs don’t have a choice.


Edward says: Seriously we’re blaming Cassel with receivers like this. As for his demeanor what are you guys shrinks? LOL Seriously Manning was pissed the whole game it didn’t stop them from scoring. That has nothing to do with nothing and that’s making excuses for guys who deserve the real blame around here. Let me ask Bob and any other media or fan this question. How much better does anyone think Kyle Orton is compared to Matt Cassel? Not much. But you know who is leading the league in passing? Kyle Orton. You know why? Because he has receivers who get open, catch the football, and get yards after the catch.

El cid makes great points about the same thing I’m saying about the receivers. How is changing QB going to change the fact that right now a rookie tight end is outperforming two veteran receivers? With one being Bowe who needs to step up. He must not realize this is a make or break it year for him. Seriously people how can you bash Cassel, say he can’t throw the ball, get separation from the DB, and catch it too. His job is to deliver the football as accurately as possible. It’s the receivers’ job to catch it bottom line.

Bob says: There’s no question that in this great debate about Matt Cassel we must take into account the players he has to work with. Among the receivers, the Chiefs do not have a No. 1-type catcher. Dwayne Bowe is a No. 2 guy, if that. It’s appearing more and more like Chris Chambers has reached the end of the road; he’s having trouble getting open. Dexter McCluster is an oddity, not an every down player. Cassel needs to improve; there is no doubt about that. But there’s only so far he’s going to be able to go with this group of receivers.


Scotty says: A couple things that I took note of – where’s Arenas on kickoff returns? I can see putting Dex in here and there but he can’t break tackles like Arenas. After watching Dex not produce after the first two returns they should have went back to Arenas. The offense looked tired and sluggish on that last drive. There looked like there was no urgency what so ever. TV crew kept panning over to Cassel before that last drive and he was standing there moping. Shouldn’t he be rallying up the troops and getting them motivated?

Bob says: the major reason that Arenas was not returning kicks was all the snaps he was getting on defense. The Chiefs probably went 50-50 on the 2-4-5 and 2-3-6 defenses they put on the field against the Colts. When they went with six DBs that brought Arenas on to the field, so that was 38 plays at the minimum. There’s no question that on kickoff returns, he’s a better alternative than McCluster. It’s just the opposite on punt returns – that’s where McCluster is better than Arenas.

As for sluggishness, I didn’t see that. I saw a unit that could not get its act together. Don’t fall victim to the TV shot of something and think that’s how things are. Remember, he’s on the screen for about three-four-five seconds; we don’t see the rest of the time. Cassel isn’t afraid to fire up his offensive mates.


el cid says: Cannot argue with the grades, but what is Weis supposed to do? He said he came here to fix the QB. Well does Cassel look fixed to anyone and did Weis realize just how poor Bowe and Chamber would be? So you run the ball and try to get McCluster and Moeaki involved, what else can you do? Haley’s gamble was bush league, special teams won games for us and he took the ball out of their hands. The real grade will be the end of the year. Can the offense get better or is that all there is? Can Crennel keep the defense firing on all cylinders all year? Will Haley allow the special teams to do what they do best or will he outthink them?

Bob says: As the season progresses, it will be up to Weis to find ways to take advantage of what he’s got with Bowe and Chambers. He doesn’t have any choice, because there is nobody that’s going to come to the rescue. That’s what good coaches do – take the talent given them and make something of it in a positive, winning fashion. At some point that might include bringing practice squad WRs Quinten Lawrence and Verran Tucker up to the main roster, just to see if they can add an alternative.

As for Haley’s gambles, I had no problem with the onside kick, but I thought he should have taken the short field goal, rather than going for it on fourth-and-2.


Brandon says: Bob, now that we’ve played four games do you think you could do a write-up about what is wrong with our offense? Is it Cassel? Is it the receivers? Is it the inconsistent running game? Is it Weis’ play calling? I’m sure it’s a mix of all of the above, but what is your opinion of the contribution of each (or other things that you see)?

Bob says: There are those around the Chiefs – like Todd Haley for instance – who would say there’s nothing wrong with the offense, that it’s getting done some of the goals set for them. One of the biggest is not turning the ball over. The Chiefs have four giveaways in four games. That’s a good pace for the season. Not great, but good. I also think the offense will continue to evolve as the season progresses and Weis gets a clearer understanding of what his players can and cannot do. But what we know is right now the biggest problem with the offense is a lack of talent. Chiefs fans will need to stay patient with the offense.


Tim says: Bob, what’s with Chris Chambers? Has he hit the wall and is his career pretty much over? It would seem that WR would be HUGE priority in draft and/or free agency next offseason.

Bob says: I would have to agree with you on WR being an off-season priority next year. They need several. They need someone to stretch the field vertically and they need more options to stretch the field horizontally. With Chambers, it’s hard to tell if he’s hit the age wall, or if he’s trying to play with an injury. He missed a couple practices weeks ago, and maybe that problem is something that continues. Since the club provides no specific information, it’s impossible to rule out that possibility. But there’s no question he’s having trouble getting open. I don’t sense defenses spending more resources to cover Chambers.

7 Responses to “Answer Bob – 10/12”

  • October 12, 2010  - Michael says:

    One thing the Chiefs could do to help the offense and Cassel is to be a little less predictable. They want to be known as a running team, that’s fine, and I think they’ve established that. I also know they were playing it pretty close to the vest against Indy for obvious reasons.

    But,when you don’t throw it very much and the QB misfires a couple times and the receivers drop a few, it’s big. Constantly making your QB throw out of third and longs makes it tough, too. Cassel will then face the big rush and have to get the ball out in a hurry, with little time to look at options.

    At times the Chiefs need to go against type and throw it around a bit on first or second down. Spread the defense out and go fast, almost like a two minute drill. They seem to play better when they’re running their plays faster anyway. I almost think they would benefit by taking a quarter out to throw it all over the yard against Houston. Throwing it to Bowe, Moeaki, McCluster and Charles are their best options. I don’t know what’s wrong with Chambers. I watched him running the last game and he still looks fast enough, but whatever it is they can’t wait much longer. If his wheels are coming off, someone else has to go in. Copper, like the last game? No, got to go to Horne, and like Bob said, maybe even Tucker and Lawrence. Maybe make an offer for Cotchery of the Jets, or someone like that.

    I don’t really have too many bad things to say about Cassel, given his mandate to take care of the ball, the lack of attempts he gets and recievers dropping balls. When he just plain dropped it out of his hand against Inday, though, that was just weird. Anyway, my biggest complaint with him still is lack of movement in the pocket. Weiss has got to get him to move up in the pocket or slide to the sides to buy more time. Another option is rolling him out more. I think he can do that pretty good.

    KC has got a good team this year, Weiss is an excellent coordinator. I think he’ll get it humming running and passing as the year goes on.

  • October 13, 2010  - Edward says:

    Agreed Micheal. I heard Trent Dilfer say the same thing on the Monday Night Football telecast. He said its tough on a quarterback when the only time he gets to throw is on 3rd and long. I agree we need to come out early in games throwing the football. Let’s try get Bowe and Mcluster going early on in the game to build that confidence up in the first half. Also good point speed the game up. Cassel and the receivers seem to respond better when the tempo is faster. I noticed that last yr when Haley was calling the plays. I think it’s time Haley reaches over to Weis and try to get more involved in helping Weis in play selection because fans or media haven’t been mentioning it, but his play calling hasn’t been that good so far.

  • October 13, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    I’m sure Haley will say there is nothing wrong. I know that things have gotten a lot better since last year. For one, Cassel isn’t spending as much time being sacked. The O-line is much improved and it helps to have a running attack. BUT… we don’t score many points. We Cassel is accurate, the receivers seem to drop the ball, when the receivers are wide open, Cassel either missed the read or throws an uncatchable ball. I know that’s exaggerating, but that’s what it seems like.

    Like someone mentioned before, it seems like we can get two facets of our team working at a time, but never three. Probably why we haven’t been to the superbowl in so long.

  • October 13, 2010  - Clarence says:

    Bob, as usual, I enjoy your columns and appreciate your contribution to the Chief’s nation. However, I must disagree with you, Edward, Michael, and a few others concerning where the blame lies for the Chief’s poor offensive performance. I record all of the Chief’s games and watch them several times (I’m retired), even when I’m able to use my season tickets. I also watch portions, and sometimes all, of other NFL games via Sunday Ticket and the networks. This being said, yours and others comments about the lack of performance by our WRs is in error, IMO. In reviewing the games, I see good QBs get the ball to receivers who are no more open than the Chief’s receivers. I see highly rated receivers drop balls just as much as the Chief’s receivers in similar situations. What I haven’t seen is good QBs miss as many receivers as Matt Cassel, even when not under duress. I agree that the play calling overall has been lacking, but believe that a lot of it is probably due to Cassel’s lack of ability. Cassel too often has tunnel vision, he stares down his primary receiver, he doesn’t adjust his throws to the situation, and is not a consistently accurate passer. Based on what I see, some of the drops are as a result of poorly thrown balls. To date, Cassel represents the type of player that Haley has often stated that he doesn’t want….an up and down one. I’ve tried to be patient with Cassel, but that patience is diminishing.

  • October 13, 2010  - Nate says:

    Clarence I agree with you. I am also retired and watch the tape of the complete game at least 3 times. While it’s true that Bowe’s drops are totally unacceptable, Cassel too often can’t seem to go through his reads and see the reciever that is open. On the 4th down at Indy that he threw into the end zone, that pass had no chance, the reciever was surrounded with defensive players, while the fullback Castille had slipped out of the backfield and was wide open over the middle and would have had a touchdown. And as Clarence has said,When Cassel does find an open reciever he too often throws wide or high.

  • October 13, 2010  - Edward says:

    LOL seriously guy apparently everyone is so focused on the one play in the first quarter where Cassel forced the ball to Bowe and yes he did miss Castille in the middle of the field. Now I hear Clarence argument about Cassel and how other receivers drop the ball but let’s be serious here. One I also watch games where Breeze may not be accurate or Manning alah this past Sunday for Manning where they’re aren’t accurate. Another thing you’re an NFL receiver no throws are going to be accuarate I played football not on professional level but on high school level and I happen to play receiver. They teach receivers if it hits you in the hands you catch the football. As for Cassel being inaccurate or not seeing the field that happens on occassion but it hasn’t been consistent at least not this season. Last yr their were alot of times Cassel missed guys or didn’t see the field. Alot of it was on him but also poor pass protection.

    This yr pass protection has been good. But receivers aren’t getting separation and they aren’t holding on to the football. I think the problem with most Chiefs fan that want to point the finger at the guy is that they just don’t like the kid for whatever reason. Whether its because of his contract or he doesn’t have this cannon arm whatever the reason they find ways to point blame. When your receiving core has 50 drops like it did last yr that’s unacceptable I mean even the Raiders with Jamarcus Russell who is widely known for being inaccurate then have that type of problem. And if you watch football you understood alot of his balls were terrible.

    Like I said I have every game we played this season and I’ve watched alot of Cassel. He’s thrown for the most part accurate balls he’s making the right decision most of the time about which receiver needs to be thrown the ball. Problem is guys either aren’t catching it or getting open. But the argument Clarence makes about receivers I can make the same argument about Qb. I see Manning missing open guys I see Breeze overthrowing the receiver. Like I said I think most people that comment are getting caught up in 09 Cassel and haven’t been watching 10 Cassel. Which this season he’s been more accurate he’s just not getting any help from anyone other than Moeaki in the passing game.

  • October 13, 2010  - Michael says:

    Well, there’s no doubt we all watch a lot of football, especially the Chiefs. Seems we all watch the games more than once. Some of us just have differing perspectives of what we’re seeing, and that’s cool.

    I just don’t believe that Weiss cannot design a passing game to fit Cassel’s abilities. There’s all kind a ways to throw the ball, from dump offs to bombs and everything in between, and there’s different times to throw it. Besides, I wasn’t talking about variety within the passing game, but variety throughout the entire offense. It all works together-run/pass mix, down and distance calls, tempo, different packages looking for mismatches, the QB, WR’s, TE’s and OL all working together. I do agree you’ll see games where the QB fits it in to tight spots and the play works, but I think that QB is taking more of those kinds of shots than Cassel does.

    One thing I think I’ve noticed is that you very rarely see a KC receiver (from whichever position rb, wr, te) all alone running free, and I have to think something is being missed schematically to exploit mismatches or to disguise what the offense is doing. Anyone else notice that?

    Anyway, we’re all on the same side, and we all want the passing game to produce more. As I’ve said before, the Chiefs have plenty smart coaches and coordinators. I think they will find a way.

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