Chiefs Crash To Earth Against Dolphins

From Arrowhead Stadium

After winning four straight games, the magic ran out for the Chiefs, and it ran out in a big way.

They were totally dominated by a winless Miami Dolphins team that controlled the line of scrimmage and made life miserable for both sides of the football for the Chiefs. The Dolphins 31-3 victory ended what was a 10-game Miami losing streak going back to last year.

And the loss left the Chiefs 4-4 on the season, in a performance that was more reminiscent to the way they played in the first two games of the season than the way they’ve performed in the last four.

No offensive touchdowns, poor pass protection and no running game killed the Chiefs when they had the ball. Miami QB Matt Moore threw three TD passes and RB Reggie Bush ran through the Chiefs defense.

There’s plenty to come from the locker rooms, so come back early and often.


90 Responses to “Chiefs Crash To Earth Against Dolphins”

  • November 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    Hey guys, we will survive this but it was a butt kicking by one of the worst teams this year. The Chiefs looked like they were ready to lose from the beginning to the end.

    EDJ, did you notice the “pressure” your DL delivered today. They, Jackson, Gregg, and Dorsey, were three zeros.

    After the game Haley said this was still a work in progress. I am not sure what direct the progress is going.

  • November 6, 2011  - Anonymous says:

    I come home from church and this is the score that greets me? Did the Chiefs even prepare for this game? I don’t get it.

  • November 6, 2011  - Todd Frazier says:

    I forgot to put my name up before my comment. Maybe I didn’t prepare enough either. Sigh.

  • November 6, 2011  - Chuck says:

    See my post before the opening kickoff. I said this was a classic trap game. Just didn’t know it was also going to be an old fashioned butt kicking as well.

  • November 6, 2011  - Michael says:


    At a complete loss for words. Only hearing it on the internet radio, but it sounded like the crowd was doing their job.

    At least it was not a division loss.

  • November 6, 2011  - Craig says:

    The reality is the Chiefs are not a very good team. The only solid win was the one in Oakland. We were lucky to win the other 3. I think we loose to Denver. Unless Cassel can improve on his accuracy, we are hopeless. Cassel seems to not see the field. Recievers wide open and he cannot see them or misses them. And what happened to the defense? They were single blocking both defensive ends today. Without a solid running game we will struggle. Battle may be the answer, i dont know. It will be a long season folks. 8-8 at best. Problably 6-10. If we cant beat Dolphins at home the stretch in November looks like 0-5. We missed McGraw at safety big time, even slow.

  • November 6, 2011  - Kenny Low says:

    Well, wasn’t expecting this result.

    Didn’t see the game but when I see that we came away with 0 points in the redzone, it’s not a good sign. I’m sure there were many more reasons for the loss after listening to Cassel speak and reading some of the comments about the game. Pretty disappointing loss. I hope we can bounce back next week.

  • November 6, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Good teams don’t get caught in “trap” games. Reality is…Haley is right…this is a work in progress not a good team. Coming off Monday night it was a big test to the leadership and heart of this team. Flowers didn’t look like the same guy as Monday night. Donald Washington…dude couldn’t cover a parked car. Cassel…well he is what he is…very inconsistent and with his 2011 play…not the guy we should be building this team around.

  • November 6, 2011  - Rick says:

    Several things just didn’t work today. The most glaring to me was the play by our offensive line, in short they stunk. Also we put no pressure on the Miami QB.

    I think the short week after an important divisional game left the Chiefs drained and flat.

    Bring on Denver.

  • November 6, 2011  - Tim says:

    We just ran out of gas for sure. O-Line play was pretty bad…couldn’t protect. They have some big guys along that front too. I’m not sure what our defensive gameplan was. Its RIDICULOUS to allow a journeyman QB have his way with us with all the time in the world. Jake Long Totally DOMINATED Hali. Why we weren’t in their face again like we were Mon., is a mystery to me. Sporano exploited the Safeties with TEs. Every smart team will. Why Muir kept dialing up the wide run by Battle is a mystery too. Play-calling looked out of synch too.

  • November 6, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    I’m sure there is a reason we don’t blitz more. Can any of you smart guys enlighten me? Giving anyone all day to throw is a recipe for disaster.

  • November 6, 2011  - James says:

    The Chief’s are not a very good team. Both lines leave much to be desired. The QB is average at best. Injuries haven’t helped but good teams will overcome them. Arrowhead will be a lonely place come December.

  • November 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    aPauled – think we agree on this game but I have read to much from you to buy into “work in progress”. This is the 3rd year of Pioli/Haley. Were the Chiefs talking work in progress Monday? This is the NFL, injuries happen, bad picks happen, nutty coaching happens but you have to be prepared to play with what you have. None of this BS about work in progress. Notice SD seem about to play (at least score a td) against GB. They seem to be about to do more than stumble onto the field.

  • November 6, 2011  - ED J says:

    Bottom line team was out of gas coming off short week and overtime. No way I expect us to come out with same energy as Miami today. It was perfect storm for them to get win. Only thing we could’ve hoped for was if they shot themselves in the foot. Trust we all will see better effort against Denver and win.

  • November 6, 2011  - ED J says:

    El cid chargers played a bad defense Green Bay is overrated team. Great offense and horrible defense. IF Chargers faced a better defense they’d would’ve been flat offensively. Besides Rivers still threw 2 picks sixes. Either way they lost Raiders lost we’re still tied 1st place we should beat Broncos Sunday.

  • November 6, 2011  - aPauled says:

    el cid…I’m still on board with an adjustment in expectations. That will happen with losses like this team has had against Buffalo, Detroit and Miami…those are signs of deeper issues (heart and leadership)…that as you pointed out rarely happen to even average teams like our rival SD.

    Agree that we can’t attribute all of this to injuries. Coming into the year, I and others, were expecting forward strides from players that haven’t stepped forward…Studebaker, Lewis, Albert, McClain, Baldwin, Houston. Some have even stepped backwards…Cassel, Richardson, Carr, Gilberry. Others haven’t shown anything…Jones, Pope, Urban.

    I think we have an issue at OC. Muir is an awesome OL coach and sideline presence. Instead we have him in the booth calling plays that seem out of synch, overly conservative at times and leave coaches/players confused as to who should even be on the field. Seems obvious that we need to get him back on the sideline coaching up his OL and from his history…everyone else on the sidelines.

    Try to put a label on this season/team…this is a work in progress…like it or not.

  • November 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    Based on that isn’t every NFL team a work in progress? We are in our 3rd year and who are the stars (ignor injuries), 3 Pioli years and how many of the “right 53″ are in place?

    I guess I am saying the 2011 Chiefs are not very good and with Clarks management team, not really reaching for the golden ring. There is plenty of time this year and the next few but, come on, is this the way to get to the superbowl?

    No I would say this team is adrift. They do not know who or what they are, themselves. Work in progress would imply they are improving along a path to the superbowl, not sure we are not just fumbling around in the dark.

  • November 6, 2011  - aPauled says:

    3 legitimate NFL stars are injured but we also have DJ, Hali, Flowers, and Bowe who are stars and players to build around.

    As for the 53…good question. As I stated, we really haven’t seen anybody take a stride forward this year (maybe Asamoah and Battle get a pass) which is troubling. Little to no production from the rookies Baldwin, Houston, Hudson, Brown and Powe who don’t have much blocking their progression.

    Depth is an obvious issue and to be expected in year 3…but we should have 1st line players making bigger strides. We should have leaders developing…somebody barking esp. on D. I think Cassel’s play early with all of the turnovers diminished his presence. In year 2, we were probably ahead of schedule. Year 3, behind where we should be so far, but we have time for some guys to develop this year and thanks to the ineptness of our division we are still in the running for the division.

  • November 6, 2011  - Josh says:

    The best thing that could happen to this team would be a career-ending Cassel injury. The kid wasn’t good enough to start at USC, he was New England’s version of Curtis Painter, and we threw him millions. In the history of this club, you can count the top tier QBs that have led this team on one hand. It’s been said before, but Cassel has zero down-field vision. He wouldn’t know an outlet receiver if one crawled into bed with him. Couple that with an ineffective offensive coordinator, and entire front office that would rather make spreadsheets than build a ball club, and KC fans have many years of sorrow ahead. Imagine what Manning would do for two years with Bowe, Breaston, Baldwin, Moeaki, Charles… But there isn’t an ounce of win in Arrowhead anymore.

    That being said, I’ll cheer my heart out next week in my expensive seat, drinking my expensive beer, hoping for something good to happen to this ball club.

  • November 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    All in all I agree. As for our AFC West, not really important. It is so weak, “still in the running” will probably not get you to the superbowl.

    It is just un-satisfying to see this team moving sideways. I want to believe the Chiefs are going to be a dominante force in the NFL. But when they play like today, there are more question marks about what is and what will be than there of indicators of progress. Then the HC throws out “I worked them to hard this last week” but did not have the team in pads one time and “work in progress” a ultimate copout of copouts. Makes me wonder?

  • November 6, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I think you set yourself up for disappointment by getting too high or low over one week. My stomach used to hurt after Chiefs games like this when I was younger and knew so much more. Today I realize that wasn’t being an authority on football and a great fan. It was just being foolish and the way to live a short life. It’s not that I’m not passionate and don’t see the points some of you make but I don’t agree with many of them and hope the ones that make sense are seen by those in the organization with careers in the business and are addressed to make us more competitive. I read the comments about loyal fans referred to derisively as “drinking the Kool Aid.” Guilty. They’re my team and I love seeing them play and do well and would love to see them win it all again in my lifetime but if we don’t they’ll still be my team. I agonize over losses and hate days like today when we are not competitive. I had a friend who was a devoted lifelong fan of the college team that I root for . He was 92 and a season ticket holder for many years when he passed away not long ago. He was a devoted fan and had attended games for over 80 years and the year before he died we had a great season and at the end of the season were in position to play for the national championship if we beat our arch rivals who we were heavy favorites to defeat. We had never won a national championship before. We lost the game and opportunity for a national championship. He died a year later never having seen his team win it all. He was as much a fan in the last year of his life as he was the year before. Give it time. I think we’re headed in the right direction even if today didn’t show it. If not I’ll watch the sunshine fans come and go but I’ll still be here with the rest of the Chiefs fans.

  • November 6, 2011  - napahank says:

    As soon as I discovered that McGraw and Arenas were both out I knew we were done. Teams already exploit our Defense without Berry by throwing to TE’s, and RB’s out of the backfield. We have NO depth and this IS our Defensive weak link. In addition, when was the last time you saw Arenas blitz like last year?

    On the offensive side we did not play as bad as I thought (watched twice). Miami does have a good Defense. I am beginning to think the loss of Moeaki is actually hurting more than Charles. If we would run DMC outside with no cutbacks and Battle inside with no lateral (outside)movements both would do much better.

    We are still in 1st place and we still control our own destiny and we, SD and OAK will still lose games between now and January. There are no automatic wins in the NFL.

  • November 7, 2011  - txchief says:

    This was no “trap” game. The Chiefs played terribly and did not get the multitude of lucky breaks that they received against Chokeland and San Diego.

    The Chiefs are really not a very good team right now, and it was abundantly obvious that Haley is no genius as a head coach. The team was not prepared and Haley was completely out-coached. By my unofficial count, the Chiefs have played only seven good quarters of football this year. Myself and the others arond me in my section were disgusted with the execution on the field and terrible playcalling on Sunday.

    The loss of three good players to season ending injuries near the beginning of the season does not excuse the many deficiences on this team. There is a lack of depth everywhere and the play of both lines is reprehensible. Cassel demonstrates a great deal of effort and class, but he is not a franchise QB.

    Including my average travel costs, I spend over halfway to five figures for each game, and I’ve been doing it for years. I think alot of my fans like myself in the Chiefs Nation expect a little more return on our emotional and monetary investment.

    I’ve been waiting over 40 years. I don’t have another 40. Win, Please, When?

  • November 7, 2011  - ED J says:

    Finally got a chance to watch the game. Heard it on the radio but finally got online watched it. Here’s my observations:

    Matt Cassel made some nice throws when he had time and stay poised in the pocket. His mistakes were not staying posied throughout the game and not doing a better job identifying blitz pickups and not doing better job audibling out of bad plays when he didn’t have enough blockers to cover the blitz. Other than that was really impressed with his accuracy and decision making.

    O-line reverted back to the days of 2009. Richardson is an embarrassment to have as a starter. He and Leonard Pope got abused by Cameron Wake it was embarrassing to watch. Albert go whipped to by Jason Taylor. I think the experiment with him at right tackle needs to end. If you can’t play well enough to stop a 38 or 39 yr old Jason Taylor you don’t deserve to start at left tackle in this league. Asomoah by far had one of his worst games. So did Casey he got beat couple times in the middle. Lija was solid for most part.

    Defensively don’t understand why Romeo doesn’t blitz more against young QBs. It almost cost us in Colts game and it did cost us against the Dolphins. We played based defense most of 1st half and only rushing Dorsey, Jackson, Greg, Tamba not going to cut it. The 1st three guys I name are run stuffers not pass rushers. Why didn’t we send more exotic blitz. We tried play zone and secondary had all types of issues being in the right place. Romeo needs to do better job of dialing up more blitz when teams try to pass on us in base. Especially teams that have inexperience QBs. He tried to confuse Moore with zone and Moore to his credit made us pay all day.

  • November 7, 2011  - ED J says:

    I know some of you guys are bashing Cassel but watch the game he actually played well outside few things I mentioned earlier. I hang this lost mainly on two things. Poor pass protection, Romeo Crennel play calling on defense, and Linebackers getting out of their gaps on run plays.

    Lets start with o-line the two tackles were just flat out pathetic. If they don’t play with some pride against Broncos they both need be cut. Richardson for sure needs to be gone after this season or at least reduced to backup but watching how bad he was Sunday makes me just want to find his replacement not only as starter but backup too. Albert for a guy who’s trying prove he can be franchise left tackle after watching Jason Taylor abuse him like that I would surely move him to right tackle next season barring a spectacular play rest of the season.

    Romeo play calling. Seriously Matt Moore was most sacked Qb coming into the game or Dolphins team gave up most sacks and we didn’t try to dial up blitz out of our base yesterday. Rarely did Dolphins go into shotgun they made big plays out of their base offense. Ridiculous. I mean everyone know Dorsey, Jackson, and Gregg aren’t pass rusher so to just send them 3 and Hali most of the game and drop into zone was just irresponsible for an elite def coordinator like Romeo. Secondly DJ, Studebaker, and Belcher need to stay in there gaps they got out of position and Bush made us pay with some big runs yesterday. That can’t continue to happen

  • November 7, 2011  - ED J says:

    And to all you Chiefs fans blaming Matt Cassel or Bill Muir play-calling watch the games stop looking at stats or making assumptions off what you think is problem. Muir made good adjustments in second half by taking Cassel from under center to shotgun in second half to give more time to survey defense and throw ball to bad neither tackle could contain outside pressure. Cassel when he had time and stayed poised he made some good throws.

    Bottom line guys Pioli better find some book end tackles in the offseaon. I’m not giving up on Brandon but its not question Richardson must go. He isn’t talent nor is he smart enough to be a starer. He gets alot of holding penalties and false start penalties along with always getting beat on passing downs. To me lack of offensive production came from poor offensive line play everytime we did get in position to score o-line gave up a sack or Cassel had to rush throws do to pressure.

    No Question #1 objective in offseason has to be getting o-line fixed. After watching a Hall of Fame line with Roaf, wiegman, shields, and Waters. I’m sick of this crap from o-line. I thought Qb wld be #1 priority in offseason but if Cassel can give me what he gave me yesterday consistently for 16 games we can be an explosive offense. But seriously don’t matter who at QB with that o-line play we had yesterday. They better put a better effort out there Sunday or I’m going to blow gasket.

  • November 7, 2011  - el cid says:

    Not sure there is an answer this year. The book is out on this year’s OL and how to shake the Cassel tree. The same for the Crennel defense, if your offensive plan is solid, the defense has no answers.

    It is nothing terrible, just the team needs players and, I believe, more than can be acquired in one off season. That is bad.

  • November 7, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Josh- wanting our QB to get injured is sickening. Seriously, GTH! Go follow the raidas.

    ED J- glad you had a chance to watch the TV version of the game. I actually do agree with some of your comments. Richardson played his worst game ever. He literally made only 2 blocks all day. Albert was eaten alive early and started to pout. The few plays Gaither played he looked very good. Being at the game and above the Chiefs bench gives us the opportunity to see a lot of things. Several players were in a full pout. Haley seemed disconnected. There wasn’t much coaching going on the sidelines like usual.

    Hunt and Pioli keeping us $30 mil under the cap is insulting to the team, coaches, and fans. We won’t have the talent to be consistent until 2013 when every team has to spend up to 99% of the cap. Until then Clark is pocketing the money.

  • November 7, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I forgot to add. Sunday was the worst pass protection I have seen at Arrowhead in 34 years. Cassel was running for his life for most plays. A less mobile QB would have been killed.

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