Chiefs Go Goose Egg In San Diego

From Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Looking like anything but a team that was trying to seal away a division championship in December, the Chiefs got smacked and smacked hard by the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, losing 31-0.

Sadly that score sadly didn’t speak to the total domination by the Chargers who had to win to keep alive faint hopes of their fifth consecutive AFC West championship. Well they are very much alive, as their offense, defense and special teams had little trouble with the division leader.

The Chiefs are now 8-5, the Chargers are 7-6 and the Raiders ended up losing on Sunday in Jacksonville, so they are now 6-7 on the season. There are three weeks to go in the regular season. Had they won, the Chiefs would have a three-game lead with three to play. Instead, they now have a one-game lead with three to play.

Without a doubt, the Chiefs missed starting QB Matt Cassel who was home in Kansas City, recovering from his appendectomy from Wednesday. But it would be hard to say the Chiefs got blasted by the Chargers because Cassel was missing. Backup Brodie Croyle did not play well, but he did not have a lot of help. Pass protection broke down and the Chiefs were unable to mount any type of running game to take the pressure off Croyle.

Defensively, they got run over by a smash-mouth offense for the Chargers that ran for 207 yards.

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3 Responses to “Chiefs Go Goose Egg In San Diego”

  • December 13, 2010  - Bob Gretz says:

    December 12, 2010 – Rick says:
    Damn, that was truly ugly. Time to circle the wagons and get Cassel healed up.


    December 12, 2010 – RW says:
    A quote from not so long ago by former Oiler coach Bum Phillips:

    “Bear Bryant could take his’n and beat your’n, or he could take your’n and beat his’n.”

    The Bear might amend that first part if he were coaching the Chiefs today or the last part if he were calling the shots for the Bolts today.


    December 12, 2010 – Kiowa says:


    December 12, 2010 – Tim says:
    We were flat out whipped on the OL & defensive front 7 BIG TIME! I gotta say, I was real disappointed with our planning too. If I were a member of the LB crew, I’d really be feelin’ bad. Casey W. is a warrior, but he got manhandled. That’s the problem with older vets. They wear down at the end of the year plus he’s just not big enough for these young, giant NTs regardless of the proficiency of technique.


    December 12, 2010 – Marc says:
    We didn’t make it difficult with our offensive game plan. 1st and 2nd down run, 3rd down pass. Why didn’t we use McCluster more as another offensive weapon? Offensive game plan…F.


    December 12, 2010 – Edward says:
    Agreed Marc coaches gameplan was terrible. Run Run pass looked like Herm old offense. That was terrible. We could’ve at least tried some dink and donk passes on 1st down to get Croyle comfortable in the game and loosen up that defense to setup some run plays.


  • December 13, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    I went to bed early it was so bad by halftime. I didn’t expect to be shutout though. This is just embarrassing.

    I suppose we’re “pretenders” again. Poor Warren Sapp. Every time he goes out on a limb for us he gets screwed. No running game, no passing game, no defense. At least Colquit got a good workout.

  • December 13, 2010  - el cid says:

    You, folks, know this game points out some interesting things about the Chiefs. They have a good record except for their division. In the AFC West, ALONE, they may be the worst team in the division. Weis, for all his rep, apparently forgot to work with backup QBs all season long. Poor Croyle did not look rusty, no, he looked like a guy comfortable with a clipboard and had no intention of getting on the field all year. Defense, first half, SD had a 3-8 with Carr 2 yards from the line of scrimage against a WR. After Rivers set his team, Carr SPRINTED backwards totally out of the picture. The WR went 2 yards caught the ball and rumbled 10 more waiting for someone to show up to tackle him. That was Crennel’s bend don’t break defense. And the tackling, wow, Berry knocked one guy head over heels but did not wrap him up, went for 4 yards.

    Lastly, looking backwards, I believe the coaches gave this team no chance to compete with their plan. Try to make it ugly and sneak out something and SD took it to the Chiefs. Almost forgot, if Croyle gets another start, garantee a loss (no matter if he is a “better” QB than Cassel – Craig).

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