Notes & Quotes: No Friends In Detroit

From Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

At the end of the game, both Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and Lions GM Martin Mayhew were headed to the elevator to gown down to the respective locker rooms.

According to the Detroit News, Pioli called out to Mayhew and extended his right hand.

Mayhew shook his head and turned his back on Pioli

So obviously the outcome of Sunday’s 48-3 demolishing of the Chiefs meant more to people with the Lions than just defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.

It all stems from the tampering charge the Chiefs filed a year ago against the Lions involving Jarrad Page. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled against Detroit and that’s something that apparently the folks with the Lions won’t soon forget.

Now they have a much nicer memory, a total domination of the Chiefs. It would be easy to say that the Lions tampered with the Chiefs confidence big time with the 45-point victory.

BIG, AS BIG AS IT GETS FOR THE LIONS

The 45 points that separated the Lions and the Chiefs was the largest margin of victory in the history of the Detroit franchise. They’ve only been playing football since 1934, and four years before that as the Portsmouth Spartans.

BAD, AS BAD AS IT GETS FOR THE CHIEFS

In the 52 seasons of Dallas Texans-Kansas City Chiefs football, the 48 points the Chiefs allowed on Sunday was the fourth most scored by an opponent against them. It was the largest margin of defeat in club history.


Points

Season

Opponent

H/A

Final Score

54

2008

Buffalo

H

54-31

51

1983

Seattle

A

51-48 ot

50

1976

Buffalo

A

50-17

48

2011

Detroit

A

48-3

ATMOSPHERE REPORT

The crowd was loud and noisy Sunday at Ford Field. The Lions said the paid attendance was 60,040 and most of the house was filled, although there were some empty seats in the high priced areas.

The Chiefs didn’t really have too many problems with the noise, getting called once for a false start. But it was cheering that the Lions definitely appreciated the support.

“The crowd was amazing,” said Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh. “I love to see our field continue to be sold out and no empty seats anywhere in that stadium. I look forward to the next time we get back here.”

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

It was a pretty ugly day for all parts of the Chiefs, including the kicking game. Let’s look at the culprits.

K Ryan Succop – made a 33-yard FG, but missed from 44 yards when he went wide left. He’s now just 1 of 3 on the season. On his two kickoffs he came within a yard each time of booting it out of the end zone.

P Dustin Colquitt – he had five punts on the day that went 33, 38, 44, 41 and 42 yards. He averaged 39.6 yards a punt, with a net punting average of 38.2 yards. Only one punt was returned, that for seven yards.

PR Javier Arenas – he had just one return for one yard.

KR Dexter McCluster – overall there were eight Detroit kickoffs and five went for touchbacks. McCluster returned three for a total of 69 yards, with 35 coming on one return. That’s a 23-yard average.

Coverage – The Chiefs only saw one return, that 7-yard punt return by Stefan Logan. WR Terrance Copper had the tackle there.

ZEBRA REPORT

Tony Corrente’s crew handled the game and it was a bit out of their profile. They are known as a quiet crew, but they were throwing the laundry all day, especially against the Chiefs. On the day, they walked off 12 penalties total for 105 yards.

No doubt though that some of those flags really hurt the Chiefs. Here’s what went down with the penalties.

Flag 

Offender  Penalty 

Yards 

Play lost 

1. 

Brandon Flowers Personal Foul

Declined

 

2. 

Brandon Carr UN Roughness

15

None

3. 

Glenn Dorsey Rough Passer

15

Incomp.

4.

Branden Albert False start

5

None

5.

Offense 12 men in huddle

5

None

6.

Demorrio Williams Roughing the Punter

15

Possession

7.

Amon Gordon Offsides (PAT)

5

None

8.

Brandon Carr Offsides (FG)

Declined

 

9.

Donald Washington Holding (Punt)

10

None

10.

Glenn Dorsey UN. Roughness

3

1 yard stop

PERSONNEL REPORT

OT Jared Gaither and CB Jalil Brown were both active for the Chiefs on Sunday, making them the 13th and 14th players to make their red and gold debut this season.

Serving as captains for this game were RB Thomas Jones, LB Derrick Johnson, WR Terrance Copper, LB Demorrio Williams and OLB Tamba Hali.

Inactive players for the Chiefs were QB Ricky Stanzi, S Reshard Langford, OT Steve Maneri, WR Keary Colbert, WR Jonathan Baldwin (injury), DE Brandon Bair and NT Jerrell Powe.

Inactive players for the Lions were QB Drew Stanton, CB Alphonso Smith (injury), LB Doug Hogue, G Jacques McClendon, OT Jason Fox (injury), WR Maurice Stovall and DT Nick Fairley (injury).


One Response to “Notes & Quotes: No Friends In Detroit”

  • September 19, 2011  - jim says:

    It’s at times like these that I tend to get quite, introspective and calculating with comments and feelings. It would be too easy to go on a rant and make accusations, state the obvious in a sarcastic, smart ass way, but that serves no useful purpose. We obviously have some issues, most of our own choosing or because of our own internal issues, that need fixing. The question then becomes obvious. Do we have the right folks in place, both players and staff, to fix much of anything presently? Players get hurt and you can’t fix that, it happens to every team every season. Here’s where strength of depth plays a central issue. I saw no less that 4 x-Chiefs on other teams performing at very acceptable levels Sunday, even better than those who replaced them on our roster. So……..personnel decisions, coaching rechniques and decisions, player dedication and focus/concenration and GM issues COULD all be brought into question.

    Again; quite, introspective and caluclating with remarks specically driven toward those glaring issues. But, I’d love to hear how the fan base feels in these regards.




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