From MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Le’Ron McClain’s eyes got as big as saucers.
“Did you say four yards?” McClain asked.
Yes Le’Ron, the Chiefs had just four yards offense in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.
“That’s unbelievable,” McClain said. “How could that happen?”
How could it happen especially when the Chiefs have been working hard at starting faster in games?
“We’ve been talking about that for weeks now,” said McClain. “We’ve been working hard at trying to start faster. We are not getting it done.”
That would be the understatement of the afternoon in the swamps of Jersey. How indeed could an NFL football finish 30 minutes of play with only four yards gained? Turns out it’s quite possible when it’s a defense that is playing well and an offense that can’t get out of its own way.
“We are just making too many mistakes,” said WR Jerheme Urban, who had the Chiefs only touchdown, scoring on a 24-yard touchdown pass from QB Tyler Palko. “We are not doing the things that will allow us a chance to score points and win games.”
Here’s and ugly reprise of what happened in the first 30 minutes of action, a period when the Chiefs held the ball for just over nine minutes:
- They had seven possessions in the first and second quarters. Only one led to a score as Ryan Succop nailed a 53-yard field goal.
- There were 21 plays run.
- Of those plays, there were 9 that gained yardage, putting up 34 total yards. But 6 plays went for negative yardage, a total of minus-30. There were 6 more plays that did not gain anything.
It’s an ugly, ugly litany of offensive despair that left the Chiefs with no way to compete in Sunday’s game.
“We have to figure out a way to make some progress here,” said Todd Haley. “It’s been the same thing all year. We’ve just been very, very inconsistent. This game is a microcosm of the entire season.”
There’s some truth to that, considering the Chiefs offense had just one first down and went 0 for 6 in the half. Palko was 3 of 8 in the first half, while being sacked three times and throwing an interception. Those pass plays went 5, 4 and 2 yards. His three sacks cost them 7, 8 and 11 yards.
“We need to get it fixed,” said McClain. “We are running out of time.”