REPORT CARD – Chiefs Vs. Colts

From Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

RUSHING OFFENSE: C+ - The Chiefs ran for 113 yards on 27 carries, that’s 4.2 yards per carry. Not a terrible afternoon, but not up to the numbers they had put up over the first three games of the season. They got 47 yards less than their average. Thomas Jones was a non-factor, as he had only 19 yards on eight carries. Jamaal Charles had double the carries and 87 yards, while averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Charles had the only run of more than 10 yards.

PASSING OFFENSE: D – This part of the Chiefs continues to struggle, as Matt Cassel threw for just 156 yards on an afternoon where he had fairly good protection and was getting rid of the ball quickly on three-step drops. He also got burned by some dropped passes, as WR Dwayne Bowe dropped a TD pass and came back on the next play and dropped another one. Overall, Cassel completed 55.2 percent of his passes for an average per attempt of 5.4 yards. He had a 70.5 passer rating. The longest pass play was just 27 yards and the average completion went for 9.8 yards.

RUSH DEFENSE: C – The defense the Chiefs put on the field practically begged the Colts to run the ball. That’s what they did with 31 running plays, 28 runs from backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart. Those two guys managed 100 yards between them. That’s 25 yards more than the average they had been allowing over the first three games. The longest run was just 11 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: C – There’s no doubt that overall the Chiefs did a good job in keeping Peyton Manning contained. He threw for 244 yards, but 48 yards came on the possession in the fourth quarter where they scored their only touchdown of the game. The coverage did a good job on TE Dallas Clark, who caught only three passes for 20 yards. Indy’s longest pass play was just 24 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B – With the exception of some mistakes by Dexter McCluster on kickoff returns – he should have taken a couple of touchbacks – the Chiefs did a very good job in the kicking game. Of course, they didn’t make the onside kick work, but P Dustin Colquitt had a very good day with a 52-yard net average. In the first three games his net average had been 37.5 yards. Good coverage overall by the Chiefs.

COACHING: D – We like coaches that are willing to gamble. But when your team is playing the Colts on the road, you do not pass up three points when it’s available. I have no problem with the onside kick gamble, but Todd Haley should have gone for the FG when he had 4th-down-and-two at the Indy eight-yard line. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s plan was a good one and made Manning uncomfortable. The offensive plan of Charlie Weis wasn’t much to brag about.

11 Responses to “REPORT CARD – Chiefs Vs. Colts”

  • October 10, 2010  - el cid says:

    Cannot argue with the grades…..But what is Weis supposed to do. He said he came here to fix the QB, well does Cassel looke fixed to anyone and did Weis realize just how piss poor Bowe and Chamber would be. So you run the ball and try to get McCluster and Moeaki involved, what else can you do. Haley’s gamble was bush league, special teams won games for us and he took the ball out of their hands.

    The real grade will be the end of the year. Can the offense get better or is that all there is? Can Crennel keep the defense firing on all cylinders all year? Will Haley allow the special teams to do what they do best or will he outthink them?

  • October 11, 2010  - Brandon says:

    Bob, now that we’ve played 4 games do you think you could do a writeup about what is wrong with our offense? Is it Cassel? Is it the receivers? Is it the inconsistent running game? Is it Weis’ playcalling? I’m sure it’s a mix of all of the above, but what is your opinion of the contribution of each (or other things that you see)?

    Seems like there are a lot of people that want to hang Cassel and his big paycheck out to dry. I have to admit that he does often look like a deer in the headlights. There was a big play towards the end of the game where he had a big pass to Chambers where he threaded the needle. After that completion he had a fire in his eyes. Where was that fire the rest of the game? Maybe it’s confidence?

    Putting in Croyle certainly won’t help Cassel’s confidence and I’m not convinced it would help this team either. Croyle is injury-prone, but I don’t remember him being that consistent either. And, I vaguely remember him overthrowing and getting picked off an awful lot as well.

    /rambling at this point

  • October 11, 2010  - Brandon says:

    RE: photo

    What the hell was Colquit doing? I almost thought it was some fake-out play, and then I realized that someone didn’t get the memo that someone needed to hold the ball for Succup.

  • October 11, 2010  - Edward says:

    Croyle isn’t going to change drops from wide receivers or lack of separation the receivers are getting. People get off how guys look on the field or facial expressions because that’s overrated thing. ONe minute Eli looks like he’s not concern when Giants lose but when they win he looks calm and poise to the media like I said guys expressions are overrated. Bottom line receivers are letting him down. Media may not want to go there because Qb bashing sales more papers and get more attention but the truth is Cassel just doesn’t have anyone outside of Moeaki playing well right now.

  • October 11, 2010  - Tim says:

    Disagree with the D grades. You held Indy to under 20 pts & NO TDs for Manning through the air AT INDY. That’s a B easy…

  • October 11, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Defense did a great job and ENOUGH to win that game! I can’t believe how bad the offense was…. I’m sure it is a mixture of things, but I know this, Bowe is no #1 wide receiver, I would rather have Austin Collie than him. That is a catch that an NFL #1 receiver HAS TO MAKE! If Bowe catches that ball, we have the lead AND the momentum!
    The defense can only BEND so far

  • October 11, 2010  - Tim says:

    I also disagree with the D grade. Are we a Valedictorian? Certainly not, but closer to making the honor roll than failing. (Sorry, no apologies for seeing the glass half full.)

    KC sacked Manning. How many times has Manning been sacked in 5 games this year?
    KC intercepted Manning. How many ints has Manning thrown in 5 games?
    Hali forced fumble against Manning. How many fumbles by Manning this year?
    KC playing Indy at home in noisy Lucas Stadium. No false starts!
    Indy stopped without a touchdown twice with goal to go.

    From the Game Book:
    Total net yard avg gain/play: KC 4.6, Indy 4.5
    Plays longer than 20 yards (without penalty): KC 2, Indy 1
    Total net rush yards (with KC apparently giving up the run to slow the pass): KC 113, Indy 97
    Avg yard gain/running play: KC 4.2, Indy 3.1
    Longest run: KC 14 yards Charles, Indy two for 11 yards Adai & Hart
    Avg yard gain/passing play: KC 4.9, Indy 5.4
    Longest pass play (without penalty): KC 27 yards to Moeaki, Indy 24 yards to Wayne
    I’m not sure what RT is in the individual passing statistics, but Cassel was 70.5 and Manning was 65.0.

    The killers for KC? Inability to sustain drives.
    3rd down efficiency: KC 1 of 10 or 10%, Indy 8 of 17 or 47%
    Total offensive plays: KC 57, Indy 76
    Total 1st downs: KC 16, Indy 23
    Time of possession: KC 25:35, Indy 34:25

  • October 11, 2010  - Tim says:

    The above obviously another Tim.

  • October 11, 2010  - Brandon says:

    I kind of liked it better when I was bhive01… Maybe Bob could work on that sometime.

  • October 11, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    nm, i was just being lazy.

  • October 11, 2010  - hanknapa says:


    I do not agree with a “D” at all for overall grade for all the reasons Tim mentioned above PLUS we were playing one of the (sustained over time) very premier teams in the entire NFL in their dome!

    We had only 4 penalties including no false starts against Freeney and Mathis in THEIR DOME. It is not just what the Chiefs DIDN’T accomplish…it is also what they DID accomplish.

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