Leftovers with Buffalo Sauce

From Arrowhead Stadium

Icing the kicker has become the thing to do in the NFL. As it goes, the guy with the leg lines up to boot an important field goal and the coach from the other team tries to disrupt him by calling a timeout before the ball is snapped.

It’s a matter of timing and getting the play stopped before it counts. Chiefs head coach Todd Haley tried to ice Buffalo kicker Rian Lindell in overtime with a timeout.

And Haley was honest enough after getting a 13-10 victory over the Bills that he had no idea what he was doing.

“I’ll openly, honestly say I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to icing the kicker,” Haley said after the game. I guess it must be one of those things you have to have a lot of experience to get good at.

“I will be right up front and say I’m a work in progress in a lot of areas and icing the kicker is definitely one of them.”

Haley’s timing was good with his ice since he got the timeout in and even though Lindell kicked the 53-yarder through the uprights, it didn’t count. He had to line up and do it again, not that it bothered him. Did the timeout affect him?

“Not really,” Lindell said. “You just go back to the sideline and then come back and do it again. It’s not that big of a deal.”

Maybe not, but having to kick it a second time, Lindell had the distance but the ball hit the right upright and bounced out; it was the last chance for the Bills to win.

“I just didn’t hit it very well at all,” said Lindell. “I just got a whole bunch of turf. That grass field was a little chewed up at the time. I just got too much under it and didn’t hit it very well.”

When Ryan Succop got his first chance in overtime, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey called a time out for his attempt to ice the kicker. Succop said it didn’t bother him; it was the wind that took his kick and blew it outside the left upright.

On Succop’s second try, Gailey ran down the sidelines like he was going to call the timeout.

“I wanted him to think I was,” said Gailey. “That is part of it, you are playing a mind game. That is what it is all about is playing a mind game.”

Obviously, although Haley still isn’t sure what icing the kicker does.

“I saw Chan going down the sideline on that last one and he was faking us out,” said Haley. “I was thinking ‘A kicker can’t see that.’ I don’t know, maybe there’s something to it.”

THOMAS JONES MAKES HISTORY

It was a three-yard sweep that pushed Jones over 500 yards in his first season with the Chiefs. That allowed him to become the first running back in NFL history to run for 500 yards or more with five different teams.

Jones did it earlier with the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and New York Jets. He had been tied with RBs Terry Allen and Antowain Smith, who each posted 500-yard seasons with four teams.

After the game, Jones wanted to talk about the game and the victory, not his record.

“You just go out there and play as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may,” Jones said. “You put your work in during the week of practice and then you play to win. Regardless of how it looks, a win is a win.”

After seven games, Jones now has 538 rushing yards on 118 carries. That’s a pace to run for 1,230 yards on the season. It would be his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard performance.

ROOKIES, ROOKIES EVERYWHERE

There are six players selected in the 2010 NFL Draft that are on the Chiefs active roster. Five of them were in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Bills.

With Ryan Lilja injured and inactive, third-round choice Jon Asamoah got his first start at right guard. When the Chiefs started in the nickel package on defense, second-round pick Javier Arenas started as the nickel back. Third-round choice Tony Moeaki started at tight end and on the back line of the secondary first-round choice Eric Berry and fifth-round pick Kendrick Lewis started.

Only Dexter McCluster wasn’t a starter, as he was inactive because of his ankle injury.

“He came in and did a great job,” Jones said of Asamoah. “He’s one of those guys that you can see his potential every day in practice. He works hard, he has great athletic ability, he’s smart and for that to be his first game starting, he had a great game. I was real proud of him.”

Asamoah helped the Chiefs run for 274 yards. Arenas spent a lot of time on the field in the nickel and dime packages and had three tackles, along with his four punt returns and two kickoff returns. Moeaki caught three passes for 45 yards, all of those coming during the overtime period. Berry had his second interception of the season and he had 10 total tackles. Lewis had three tackles and forced a fumble.

“I saw all these young guys out there,” said Haley. “They made plays and made enough plays to win and that’s why we won. We had enough guys step up at critical times and make plays for our team.”

TALKING ABOUT THE BILLS

Buffalo’s defense isn’t very good, but they had two very good players on the field Sunday against the Chiefs. DT Kyle Williams was very good and gave the Chiefs offensive line problems all day. He finished with nine tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hurries.

And ILB Paul Posluszny led all defensive players in the game, with 18 total tackles, a half-sack, a quarterback hurry and a pass defensed.

Posluszny was especially impressed with Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

“He’s a big-time back,” he said. “They’ve got a physical offensive line that moves well. They did a great job today. They moved the ball at times and Charles is a stud. His speed is unbelievable. He has to be one of the fastest backs in the NFL. He’s definitely a great asset for the team.”

QUOTES TO NOTE

“I think only that game in Cleveland a few years ago where we won when John Tait was running with the ball (2002), that’s the last time I remember any kind of game like this one. It was a strange one, but we got the victory and that’s all that matters.” Chiefs LG Brian Waters.

“They weren’t going to allow us to get any big plays. That whole first half we were stuck back in our end, kind of losing that field position battle and we just couldn’t generate anything going.” Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“5-2 will have no bearing on what we do next week. You don’t win games just because people think you’re going to win games. You win games because you play better than your opponent and we know the things we have to do. We did a lot of those things in this game.” Chiefs coach Todd Haley.

“I think this was one of the craziest games I’ve been a part of and one that we had to continuously overcome adversity and the emotional roller coast that we went through.” Chiefs QB Matt Cassel.


6 Responses to “Leftovers with Buffalo Sauce”

  • November 1, 2010  - Kurt says:

    “I will be right up front and say I’m a work in progress in a lot of areas and icing the kicker is definitely one of them.”- Coach Haley

    I’m very impressed with Coach’s approach toward winning football, his work ethic, his ability to teach, his eye to detail. Now if only he would apply those aspects to improve his own game day decision-making processes on 4th down plays versus field goals, calling of time outs, and when to play it conservative decisions, the Chiefs as a team will only get better.


  • November 1, 2010  - Edward says:

    Agreed Haley needs to tone down going for it on 4th down in good field goal range. Also I agree with you again Kurt in that burning timeouts early can kill you if you don’t have any at the end of halfs


  • November 1, 2010  - el cid says:

    Moss got cut, I think the Chiefs should consider him. We only have one WR, Bowe, and let Moss finish this year a Chief. He can catch the ball and still has some skills. Then draft a WR and let Moss go where ever.

    I know the Chiefs have no interest but come on, how long can we waste time with Chambers?


  • November 1, 2010  - Michael says:

    Agreed, el cid, Chambers is running out of time to show he can still play. That was my first thought about Moss, too. If he were to come to KC and play lights out like he has before, it would really be something. But his whole deal seems pretty sketchy. Why would the Pats and Vikings just up and dump the guy? He’s got to have something not good going on.

    Pioli knows him well, and I’m sure he knows what happened in both places. Cassel knows him well, too, having played on the same team, and being friends with Brady. If the Chiefs don’t bring him in, I would have to say it’s because they view him as too poisonous. That leaves us hoping Chambers can find his way, or that the young receivers, such as Tucker and Horne, can step it up quick.


  • November 2, 2010  - Justin says:

    I am really disappointed with Chamber’s play. As an engineer I understand Haley’s math and statistical analysis for going for it on 4th. I do not always like it as engineers tend to be conservative. Until it bites you in the rear, keep on the path. The odds are with you – no matter if it gives you the willies or not.


  • November 2, 2010  - RickyP says:

    Don’t see how the Chiefs can go after Randy Moss as he has been waived. Having a 5-2 record puts us toward the back of the list. If all of the other teams ahead of us pass on him that should throw even more red flags up as to Randy’s problems than just the fact he was traded by New England and summarily dumped by the Vikings.
    I really don’t see how there is any possibility that Randy Moss becomes a Chief.
    But that’s just me, we’ll see.

    Also, wasn’t Chris Chambers lighting it up during camp? Everyday a big play is how I remember it being reported. Has he been hampered by injury the whole year, or what?




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