Indy Week Leftovers

Last year, the Chiefs led the NFL in rushing, averaging 164.2 yards per game.

In four games this year, they are in the middle of the NFL pack, ranked No. 14 as they’ve averaged 110.8 yards per game.

Obviously, missing the likes of Jamaal Charles is going to set back an offense and the Chiefs are still struggling to figure out how to make a running game go with the four backs that are available to them – Thomas Jones (right), Dexter McCluster, Jackie Battle and Le’Ron McClain.

Offensive coordinator Bill Muir thinks that success will breed success in the running game.

“It’s the chicken and the egg, does consistency lead to success, or does success lead to consistency,” Muir said. “I’m not talking big plays, we just need to have some success, develop some continuity. Even if it’s three straight runs that all gain four yards. That’s a first down. I think that will make a big difference.

“Consistency is the word. We’ve blocked it well enough sometimes and sometimes we haven’t. With the group that we have upfront I expect us to continue to get better.”

That time would be helpful on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Colts are No. 28 in rushing yards allowed, giving up 133 yards per game.


Peyton Manning will be on the field Sunday when the Colts host the Chiefs.

On the field, but not in the huddle; Manning has been given the green light to watch the games from the sidelines rather than upstairs in the Colts coaching box. He continues to rehab the neck injury that required at least two surgeries and while he’s made progress, doctors have given him no timetable for a possible return.

“I’ve just had a bad feeling being close to y’all up there in the press box,” Manning told the Indy media this week. “I can hear y’all second guessing every call and writing your stories.”

Doctors did not allow Manning to attend the first two games of the season. The last two have been upstairs in the coaching box. Manning wanted to be on the field.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’m in good spirits, got a good attitude. I come over here every day trying to get a little better.”

Manning has been out since a September 8th surgery on his neck. He’s still on the active roster and hopes he can play or at least practice before the season is over.

“You have to have hope,” Manning said

How do you replace a legend? That’s the tough act that Colts QB Curtis Painter is dealing with in the last two weeks, as he steps in for Manning and also veteran QB Kerry Collins, who has been out after suffering a concussion.

Matt Cassel understands. It was three years ago that Tom Brady went down when then Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard blew up the quarterback’s knee. Cassel was the guy for the remaining 15 games of the Patriots season.

“It’s tough at first because what you’re really trying to do is establish yourself with your teammates and get them to believe in you,” Cassel said this week. “From there, once you start playing and getting out there and showing those guys you can play, the trust level goes up and everybody starts to believe in you and you go from there.”


Ever so quietly, DE Tyson Jackson turned in a good performance last Sunday against Minnesota. He received credit for only one tackle and there was a late pass that he tipped.

But Jackson held his own at defensive end, anchoring his side by tying up at least one, maybe two blockers. He opened up the avenues necessary for Chiefs linebackers to make tackles in the defense.

“I think he’s becoming more comfortable in the techniques of what he is doing,” Crennel said. “I think he’s more comfortable with his body and what his body can do. As a result, he’s becoming more active. He’s transition from run to pass rush better. All of those things are positive.”

Crennel was quick to make sure everyone understood that Jackson was not going to turn into a defensive end like a Jared Allen or Dwight Freeney.

“I want him to be the best he can be,” Crennel said. “He’s not going to be Dwight Freeney, you can forget about that. But I think he can be very good for our team and the way we play. If he continues to get better, he’ll do that for us.”

He’ll have to hurry up to catch Freeney, who is an entirely different player in an entirely different defense. In 137 games, Freeney has 97 sacks and countless pressures. In 32 games, Jackson has one sack and 10 quarterback pressures.

3 Responses to “Indy Week Leftovers”

  • October 7, 2011  - ED J says:

    Dumbest media question of the yr making Crennel compare Jackson to Freeney. First of all to totally different defenses. Secondly defense end in 3-4 are more like defensive tackle in 4-3. So whoever asked Crennel that question needs to be fired. A smarter or better question would’ve been can he be next Seymour or Ngata. NOt saying he will but at least pick someone that is a closer comparison.

    Either way his last 2 games he’s looked preety good. Looking like he’s coming into his own much like Dorsey did in his 3rd yr.

  • October 8, 2011  - rufus says:

    That’s the power side of the OL, where TJ plays. Teams like to have power players playing against guys at the LDE position like Jackson. He’s getting upfield, to me he’s taking baby steps to becoming a good 34DE. That side is a bit different than the right side where Dorsey plays. Righty QB’s roll to there right and that’s in front of Tyson Jackson’s LDE position. So it’s a different role than weakside where guys need to play gaps to the QB and get pressure nearly every play, ideally.

  • October 8, 2011  - Milkman says:

    It’s good to see Jackson is getting better. It’s too bad however that his and Dorsey’s ceilings will never put them in the “elite” class of defensive linemen of the NFL. They were both picked in the draft where elite players usually get picked. It seems like whoever runs the team, Peterson or Pioli, has one hell of a time hitting on great linemen. Kind of like the Lions and wide recievers before they picked Calvin Johnson. Maybe next year we finally get our version of C.J.on the defensive line.

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