Red Zone Means Stop For Chiefs Offense

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It’s one of those troubling situations that have received so much attention within the walls of the Chiefs facility that everyone is sick of talking about the offense’s poor performance inside the red or scoring zone.

There’s no question it’s the biggest problem the Chiefs offense has had in 2011. The Chiefs do a decent job of moving the ball until they reach the opponents’ 20-yard line. Then they are the worst team in the league, or at least they were going into Sunday’s game against Oakland.

And going one for four inside the Raiders 20-yard line in losing 16-13 in overtime will likely cement their position as the No. 32 offensive inside the 20.

The Chiefs have had 36 possessions in scoring territory, one of the lowest totals for offenses in the league. A total of 123 points have been scored with 12 TDs and 13 FGs. That’s easily worse than St. Louis, San Francisco, Miami and Cleveland, the team just ahead of them at the bottom.

In the last two games, they scored TDs on two of nine red zone possessions. Overall, they ran 31 plays inside the 20-yard line. Those snaps produced 66 yards. Orton was 3 of 11 for 14 yards, with one TE and one INT. They had 18 running plays for 52 yards. There was also a pair of false start penalties, as both Branden Albert and Thomas Jones were flagged.

“It’s killing us on offense,” said FB Le’Ron McClain. “We should be able to get the ball into the end zone more often than we did. Those type of things sap your energy. It makes you question yourself.”

The Chiefs offense has questioned itself, all the way from offensive coordinator Bill Muir, to the players, to head coach Romeo Crennel.

“We got the one touchdown, but that’s another part of not taking advantage of the opportunities when you have them,” Crennel said. “That happened a couple of times today.”

And it’s killing the Chiefs offense.

“It’s not like teams are shutting down this offense; we are getting up and moving the ball,” said WR Steve Breaston. “We just aren’t putting it in the end zone and that’s going to catch up to you. There are only so many field goals you can kick.”

In this week, there were not enough opportunities for field goals or touchdowns.

5 Responses to “Red Zone Means Stop For Chiefs Offense”

  • December 25, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Red Zone = Dread Zone

  • December 25, 2011  - Dream Turns Nightmare as Chiefs Fall In OT : says:

    [...] SIDEBAR: Red zone means stop for Chiefs. [...]

  • December 25, 2011  - Tim says:

    The problem is an O-line coach calling plays down there. The strength is our physical WRs – Bowe, Baldwin & Breaston. Use the size! We can’t pund it when 2 of our 3 interior guys are always getting manhandled!

  • December 25, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    O-Line disaster really shows up in short yardage. Plus, Battle is a special teamer. McClain should be running while Battle blocks.

  • December 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    Who runs a counter play with 240 pound running back and who calls draw plays on 3 and 7 on 9yard line REaLLY Bill Muir. Where he’s taking shots at Haley he needs to look in the mirror because he blows as OC and needs to go back to coaching oline never to be seen from again clearly Haley worst mistake of them all he should’ve called plays this yr.

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