Notes & Quotes: Jared Return Fizzles


From Arrowhead Stadium

It was not much of a homecoming for Jared Allen on Sunday. Arriving with the Vikings for his first visit to the place where he began his pro football career, Allen was an afterthought in the rubble of Minnesota’s fourth defeat.

Allen had two tackles and two sacks. But he spent most of the game rushing the passer and pulling himself out of position. Time-after-time, the Chiefs offense allowed him to rush wide, and then ran the ball right at his spot at right defensive end. It was a successful play many times on the afternoon.

“We saw a lot of max protection,” Allen said of the pocket the Chiefs tried to build for QB Matt Cassel. “I always had a tight end on me.”

Sometimes he had only the tight end on him, as Leonard Pope sometimes blocked Allen one-on-one when LT Branden Albert went inside to make another block. Overall, it was Albert handling Allen for most of the game.

During the week, Allen expressed the hope that the fans who once cheered him would not jeer him and for the most part that was true. Only when he went into his calf roping move after his first sack of Cassel did he hear the raspberries from the Chiefs faithful.

“It was cool,” Allen said. “It was nice to hear the cheers. It makes you feel like the body of work you put in, when you were here, meant something.”

There was no cheering in the Vikings locker room after the game, as veteran players like Allen are confounded by the team’s 0-4 record.

“The good news is we didn’t give the game away this time,” Allen said. “We just got beat. So that’s something, right? I don’t know. We got to figure out a way to win.”

Head coach Leslie Frazier says the Vikings must return to work, get ready for a game this coming weekend against Arizona and find a way to break through.

“We’ve been in situations where if we make a play here, the game could go the other way and we just haven’t been able to make that play,” Frazier said. “We’ve got to go back and re-evaluate what is it that’s keeping us from making that fourth-quarter play or that third-quarter play that can turn a game in our favor.”

Since losing the 2009 NFC title game to the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings are 6-14 and Frazier is now 3-7 as Minnesota’s head coach.

ATMOSPHERE REPORT

The Chiefs announced paid attendance of 72,931 and while the crowd inside Arrowhead didn’t come close to reaching that number, the crowd did make a lot of noise, catching the Vikings in a pair of false starts on offense.

There were a lot of empty seats in the club level and every section had a few seats that were empty, but the crowd was into the game and the players noticed.

“The fans helped us a lot today,” CB Brandon Flowers said. “I felt like they helped the defense get our confidence back.”

Take this for what it’s worth, which may not be much because of the Chiefs and the type of numbers they’ve released in recent seasons, but it’s the biggest paid crowd the Chiefs have seen since December 21, 2008 when 73,689 was announced for the game against the Dolphins.

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

It was a good day for assistant coach Steve Hoffman and his kicking teams; they played a part in the victory. Here’s how they broke down:

– K Ryan Succop – 5-for-5 on the field goals, including his career long 54-yarder. His day tied him for the club record in three-pointers in a game, done previously by Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud and Nick Lowery. His kickoffs all traveled to the end zone, and four were touchbacks. It was a superb day for the kicker.

– P Dustin Colquitt – had a strong outing with three punts that traveled 41, 44 and 61 yards, his longest kick of the season. That last one came late in the fourth quarter and shifted field position from the Chiefs 24-yard line to the Minnesota 15-yard line with no return.

– Returner Javier Arenas – On punt returns, Arenas had returns of 33, 20 and 18 yards. The first one helped set up the first of Succop’s five field goals. On kickoff returns, Arenas had two for 21 and 16 yards.

– Coverage – Only one punt was returned and it went for 12 yards. On kick returns, they had two for 25 and 30 yards.

ZEBRA REPORT

The crew of Bill Leavy handled this game and they came through with what has been their average game coming into the day. In three previous games worked by this group, the home team won twice and the average number of penalties walked off per game was 13.3. This Sunday, they walked off a dozen penalties, six against teach team:

Flag

Offender Penalty

Yards

1.

Branden Albert Facemask

-15

2.

Terrence Copper Holding

Declined

3.

Leonard Pope False start

-5

4.

Jake O’Connell Personal foul

-15

5.

Reshard Langford Holding-kick ret

-10

6.

Jake O’Connell False start

-5

7.

Steve Breaston Offensive PI

-10

That’s six penalties walked off and half of those came at the tight end position. Pope is averaging one penalty a game, and then O’Connell contributes two against the Vikings. That Breaston was called for offensive pass interference matches the profile of Leavy’s crew: they have now averaged at least one offensive p.i. per game.

PERSONNEL REPORT

For the opening coin flip the Chiefs were represented by WR Terrance Copper, RB Thomas Jones and LB Demorrio Williams. Appearing for the Vikings were Allen, FB/TE Jim Kleinsasser and K Ryan Longwell.

No real surprises for the Chiefs in players and how they were used. With Jon McGraw inactive because of a left shin injury, Donald Washington started in his place. McGraw and WR Jonathan Baldwin (thumb) were the only players inactive because of injury.

Joining them on the list were QB Ricky Stanzi, OT Steve Maneri, WR Jerheme Urban, DL Brandon Bair and NT Jerrell Powe.

The inactive players for the Vikings were CB Brandon Burton, S Mistral Raymond, LB Xavier Adibi, C Brandon Fusco, OT DeMarcus Love, WR Greg Camarillo and DE D’Aundre Reed.

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