From Arrowhead Stadium
It’s a fact of football. If you want to figure out which team is going to win or lose the game, watch the area about two yards on either side of the line of scrimmage. That’s where the nitty-gritty war of infighting takes place, where the offense tries to control the defense, and the defense reacts in a negative fashion.
The Chiefs lost that war on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. They didn’t just lose it … they were destroyed. Constantly, the red and gold defense never got past the line of scrimmage, let alone into the area two yards behind the snap of the ball. Offensively, the Chiefs offensive line was backpedaling like bad cornerbacks as they got shoved around by the Titans defense.
In the end, that was the story of the Chiefs fifth loss of the season and their 14th in the last 15 games.
Right now, the Chiefs have no redeeming quality as a team. That’s unfair to punter Dustin Colquitt who continues to do a good job under difficult and overworked conditions.
But the Chiefs have no offense and they have no defense right now. That was evident in Carolina two weeks ago. It was oh so obvious against the Titans.
They were simply dominated by a Tennessee team that is now 6-0 on the season. The Chiefs knew coming in that the Titans were a rough and tough football team. Former Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer likened their defense to a stubborn old knot, one that has been weathered by wind and rain and now is impossible to untie.
That was definitely the case. The Chiefs ran for 58 yards; it was really less than that. Take out Tyler Thigpen’s 21 yards and it was 14 carries for 37 yards by Kolby Smith and Jamaal Charles. They didn’t rely on the running game much because they fell behind and there simply wasn’t anywhere to run.
Throwing the ball was problematic as first Brodie Croyle started and left the game with a knee injury that means the end of his season. Then Damon Huard left the game with a right thumb injury; future status unknown. That brought in Tyler and on Chiefs Alumni Day, Tony Adams and Mike Livingston were warming up in the Hunt Family suite.
No matter who was the quarterback, there was no time to set their feet and throw. They were sacked three times in 40 passing plays, but they were pounded numerous other times after releasing the ball. That’s how Croyle was injured, after completing a nice throw to Dwayne Bowe.
Nothing got done against the Titans old knot defense.
The Chiefs on the other hand now have a defense that’s like a three-year old who hasn’t learned how to tie his shoes yet. They go flying running around with shoestrings flapping and then boom … they trip over their own feet and running backs are racing past them, doing dashes toward the end zone.
Quite simply, the defense’s performance against the run was yet another embarrassment. Tennessee averaged over eight yards per carry. In the first half, before they ripped off TD runs of 80 and 66 yards, they had a scoring drive where they ran for five, four, two, 12, 10, 24, four and two yards. Throw in a 17-yard pass play and that was a nine-play, 80-yard drive to a TD with eight running plays for 63 yards. That was just below their eight-yard per carry average.
“The bottom line is that we didn’t go out there and do our job,” said rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. “That’s all there is to it.”
Oh no Glenn, there’s so much more than that. The offense can’t score, can’t even move the ball at times and the Chiefs fall behind. Then the defense tries to make something happen and they forget to do their basic jobs and they get smashed for big play after big play.
Once again, just as the situation was in Carolina, the Chiefs could have played a good football game and still be beaten by Tennessee.
But the Chiefs did not play a good game. They were not only beaten on the scoreboard, but they were beaten up physically across the field. They were beaten up mentally, emotionally, physically and any other ally you can come up with.
Right now the Chiefs are not a young team, a rebuilding team.
They are simply a bad team, one that doesn’t do anything well, can’t get anything done and must still play 10 games in the 2008 season.