Chiefs Defense Falls Flat

From Arrowhead Stadium

Wallace Gilberry was speaking only for himself, but it may have been words that stood for every player on the Chiefs defense.

“I didn’t show up today,” Gilberry said after the Raiders handed the Chiefs a 31-10 loss on Sunday. “I have to do better than that. We all do.”

That’s for sure. The Chiefs had troubles all day against the Raiders offense. Even without Darren McFadden, Oakland was able to run the ball with Michael Bush. He went for 137 yards on 25 carries and became the first running back not named Knowshon Moreno to run for over 100 yards against the Kansas City defense.

“I cannot give any excuses,” said ILB Derrick Johnson. “We got beat up today. They made more plays than us and it just got out of hand.

“We didn’t do a good job of playing team defense today. We were out of position at times and the times we were out of position, they got a big play out of it.”

There were plenty of big plays for the Raiders offense, especially from Bush. He had runs for 15, 16, 22 and 26 yards. That’s 79 yards of his 137 rushing yards on four plays. The biggest run was a 26-yarder for a touchdown in the third quarter where Bush zipped through the Chiefs defense with only a few arm tackles in his way.

“I felt like we fought with them; it was a tough fought game,” said Gilberry. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them and got away with the victory.”

They had four sacks, but only one of those came in the second half when they needed pressure on Oakland QB Jason Campbell. OLB Tamba Hali with 2.5 sacks was the only defender consistently in the neighborhood of the quarterback. DE Glenn Dorsey shared a sack with Hali and ILB Jovan Belcher earned his first sack of the season.

“That wasn’t the type of performance we prepared for,” said Johnson. “I thought we prepared well during the week. We didn’t slack off at all during the week.”

Added Flowers: “We had a very good week of practice. We were flying around out there on Friday afternoon and making things happen. We came into the game ready and well prepared.”

That wasn’t visible in what happened on the field. The Raiders put together several long scoring drives and ended up with 6:56 time of possession advantage, thanks to converting six of 13 on third down.

“We couldn’t get ourselves off the field,” said FS Kendrick Lewis. “We had them in some tough situations, but they were able to convert.”

The Raiders converted on average a 3rd-and-4.5 that included a 3rd-and-10 play where they got 16 yards and a 3rd-and-2 where they gave up a 20-yard completion.

“We’ve got to get off the field and we didn’t do that consistently,” said Johnson.

Largely because they didn’t get the kind of performance from the defense that they’ve put on the field over the last two weeks in victories over St. Louis and Tennessee.

“We’ve got to be a pro in this and not let today affect next week,” Johnson said.

4 Responses to “Chiefs Defense Falls Flat”

  • January 3, 2011  - George says:

    Considering the money the chiefs have invested in the defense the past few years and the production here and against other good teams, the defense should be blamed as much as the offense (particularly O-line) for the lose.
    The chiefs defense has a chance to hold down the Ravens. But, sorry to say the O-line faces a front 7 more formidable then the Raiders. The Ravens experience in play off conditions and superior defensive match up related to our O-line will make it very difficult for chiefs to win…But there is always hope, luck and chiefs players paying above any game so far while Ravens do not to… With continued good drafts the Chief will become a consistent playoff force in the NFL.

  • January 3, 2011  - Raiders Crush Chiefs 31-10; Ravens Up Next | Chiefs Football at says:

    [...] SIDEBAR 3: Chiefs defense falters. [...]

  • January 3, 2011  - George says:

    Bob you have captured my concerns and must be up all night to have responded to my comments . Please do not respond or print, but thanks for the quick response that captures my concerns, you are the best.

    May be the last time I reply, not into this internet stuff, but love the Chiefs, who I’ve followed since they arrived in KC.


  • January 3, 2011  - Justin says:

    I agree we face bigger bodies and talent with the Ravens. I also know that teams have put up big numbers on them this year (big being relative to past defenses):

    Buff – 34
    Hou – 28
    NO – 24
    Atl – 26

    We beat one of those teams and lost to another in the last 30 seconds – they also represent the two highest point totals allowed by the Ravens.

    Do not confuse this with saying we will win or even should win. Kind of like investing: past performance does not necessarily mean the stock will perform as in the past but it does mean they are not the stout defense of old.

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