Report Card – Chiefs vs. Chargers

From Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

RUSHING OFFENSE: D – There were not the opportunities to run the football, so it’s hard to fail the run game completely. But the runners could have helped with better results in the first half, when they couldn’t get anything moving and ended up averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. Three runs like that and it’s time to punt. The Chiefs offensive line couldn’t move the Chargers out of the way.

PASSING OFFENSE: F – It’s not easy when the starting QB isn’t on the field and a guy who hasn’t thrown a pass all season is taking the snaps. No one expected an aerial circus from the Chiefs and Croyle. But what was produced was beyond awful. Just 19 net passing yards – that’s ridiculous. Protection was poor, drops were all about and whether Croyle was throwing the ball well didn’t really matter.

RUSH DEFENSE: F – The arrow is pointing down on the Chiefs defense against the run recently. Last week, Denver was able to run pretty well in the second half against them and then the Chargers came out and shoved the ball down their throat. The Chiefs helped with some very poor tackling, as the San Diego backs got plenty of yards after contact. No team is going to win much giving up over 200 yards on the ground.

PASS DEFENSE: D – This part of the team would have gotten an F as well, but they at least provided opportunities in the second half for the offense to make something happen. Eric Berry’s interception and Tamba Hali’s sack and forced fumble gave the Chiefs a pair of turnovers that the offense frittered away. They got to Philip Rivers only twice in 26 pass plays. They did not give up a big passing play – the longest completion was 20 yards – but they played deep safeties and allowed room to run.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D – Nothing got done here and if ever there was a time when the Chiefs needed help from their kick game it was on this afternoon. P Dustin Colquitt had a pretty good game, although his net average was blasted by a 42-yard return by San Diego’s Antoine Cason. McCluster got nothing on returns and Arenas never touched the ball.

COACHING: F – The Chiefs went into the game handicapped by not having their starting quarterback. Offensively, they showed little or no confidence in Brodie Croyle as they started with a very conservative game plan and by the time they got out of it, the game was over. Defensively, they did nothing to slow down the Chargers. The Chiefs could not match the intensity of the Chargers and that’s an area that coaching is responsible for helping to generate.

3 Responses to “Report Card – Chiefs vs. Chargers”

  • December 13, 2010  - Craig says:

    Great Analysis. Except give the coaches a double F (FF). You only get a beat down like this, twice in five weeks on the road if the Coaches do not get the team prepared.

  • December 13, 2010  - Chuck says:

    Its kinda shocking in the NFL how a team can go out to Seattle and look really good in a 42-24 victory and then go to the west coast again and just get a “thrashing”. We can’t really put all the blame on Croyle as he doesn’t play “defense” the last time I checked. And I must say our defense looked and played like a bunch of 10th graders out there. We couldn’t stop them from running or passing. VERY SAD DAY FOR TRUE BLUE CHIEFS FANS.

  • December 13, 2010  - el cid says:

    The coaching situation is sort of interesting. While watching what I could stand, the camera swept over Haley. He was just standing there, not verbalizing to refs or players, just standing there. It was almost as if he expected this beatdown and accepted it, before the fact.

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