Report Card: Chargers vs. Chiefs

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RUSHING OFFENSE: C – The only time the Chiefs were able to count on the running game Monday night was in overtime, when they needed to move down the field as securely as possible. They got that done with Jackie Battle getting 70 yards on 19 carries. But 14 of the 94 yards came on scrambles by QB Matt Cassel. The longest run was 18 yards and they averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Those numbers are not good enough.

PASSING OFFENSE: C – With two more interceptions and three sacks allowed, the Chiefs passing game was not top-notch against the Chargers. QB Matt Cassel finished with a 69.9 passer rating, far below his season average. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. Baldwin-Bowe-Breaston continues to evolve and real in passes – combined for 12 catches for 186 yards.

RUSHING DEFENSE: B – Overall, it was a very good job by the Chiefs defense in stopping the Chargers running game. They gave up 102 yards on 27 carries, but only one carry went for more than 10 yards and that was 18 by Ryan Mathews. It was Mathews speed that gave the Chiefs the most problems, as he broke outside containment several times while gaining 4.4 yards per carry.

PASSING DEFENSE: D – Even a less than on top of his game QB Philip Rivers was able to throw for 369 yards, completing 63.4 percent of his yards and averaging nine yards per pass play. The Chiefs picked him off twice and sacked him three times, but Rivers eventually hit seven different receivers, including WR Malcom Floyd who had 107 yards on five catches.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B – Excellent effort by Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt who averaged 57.2 yards on his five punts. The team’s net punting average was 46.6 yards. The Chiefs did allow Patrick Crayton out of the gate for a 31-yard punt return. San Diego got nothing on kick returns and K Ryan Succop banged through three FGs, including the game winner in overtime

COACHING: B – Kudos to defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who mixed his calls on pass coverages and kept Rivers, TE Antonio Gates and WR Vincent Jackson under wraps for most of the game. The Chiefs defense did it by pressuring Gates at the line of scrimmage and changing up on who was covering him from play to play. Offensive game plan was balanced and finished up with 32 running plays and 35 passing plays. The Chiefs ha’ve won four in a row and the coaches deserve credit for that win streak.

8 Responses to “Report Card: Chargers vs. Chiefs”

  • November 1, 2011  - OT Victory Gives Chiefs A First Place Share : says:

    [...] REPORT CARD: Passing grades for Chiefs. [...]

  • November 1, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Coaches grade seems to be rated heavily towards RAC and not considering the Offensive calls. Muir/Haley were inconsistent and the obvious issue of not getting the play and personnel into the game quickly is a lingering and major issue. Cassel was going nuts and Haley droped an FU to someone on camera. Is Muir just lost or is Haley overriding the calls? Whichever something is completely mucked up on that front.

  • November 1, 2011  - el cid says:

    OL did a poor job run blocking, just seemed to light against the SD rush. DL made Hali look like he was by him self for most of the game.

    Is there a grade for the coaching F bomb on national tv? Wonder if it was about the commo problems or slowness of the play calling?

    Like the killer Bs but are any of them very fast? Even Baldwins first TD, the defender was right there. What is with the red and the red/gold socks? I favor the all red.

  • November 1, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Haley gets an “A” for coaching up the team in recovering fumbles. Turned out to be huge.

  • November 1, 2011  - Blake says:

    I would not give the pass Defense a “D” they had two picks and did good most of the time. The pass rush was what really killed KC. Hali was the only one doing anything, if KC got a pass rush then Rivers probably doesn’t get over 300 yards. How many times did Rivers just run to the right side of the field and wait for about 10 seconds and find a receiver open down field. I don’t blame the pass defense for trying to cover a guy for almost 5-10 seconds on most passing plays. I don’t think any defense can cover for that long…

  • November 1, 2011  - RW says:

    I keep wondering why it’s so difficult to get a f-ing play called in quick time & relayed onto the QB so he can get to the line, assess his situation, call out updated protection schemes and all the rest as opposed to the continual FUBAR system the Chiefs use? That alone, should have cost the game and would have save for the Rivers miracle flub.

    Then, there’s the lack of anyone beyond Hali to provide pressure on the opposing QB. Embarrassing on Rivers’ continually avoiding the weak rush, rolling out and finding a receiver with only a token rush to worry over. Need to fix that with improved blitz schemes or turn Houston loose while covering his other assignments.

    Let’s call last night’s game a winning fluke, shall we? Maybe it’s the best realistic outcome but I think the Chiefs and the coaching have more to offer.

  • November 1, 2011  - brainsmasher says:

    I’ve said it before that the Dexter McCluster pick appears to be a wasted pick.

    To be so small and not really fast and not able to make tacklers miss and not be able to break tackles and to have a fumbling problem on top of that–even though the fumble last night should not have been ruled a fumble–I would say the Chiefs definitely wasted the pick they used to draft Dexter.

    They need to stop calling plays for Dexter out of the backfield and give his carries to Thomas Jones or McClain.

  • November 1, 2011  - ED J says:

    Slow down on Mcluster wasted pick more like we’re not using him properly. Mcluster they’re trying treat him like Charles unforunately unlike Charles he’s not able to break tackle when running behind the o-line. Which may I add didn’t create any rushing lanes last night when he got the ball.

    As for the grades I would’ve gave coaching staff C. Romeo made critical mistake on 3 and long prior to the botch snapped in sending full blitz instead of playing a soft coverage on 3 and long forcing Rivers to settle for short completion. Luckliy in overtime he did run soft coverage on 3rd and long and redeemed himself. As for offense bad play calling, late getting plays in, and misuse of players.

    #1 Zorn and Muir must get plays in sooner. You can’t have QB going to the line with 2 or 3 seconds left on play clock. #2 Draws to Mcluster on 2nd or 3rd and long need to be thrown out the window. Teams expect us to do that now after watching Charles in that position. Next how about not going 2 and 3 consecutive series and not have Bowe or Breaston involved on the play. Few times didn’t even see Bowe on the field on critical 3rd downs plays. That can’t happen.

    Last Cassel needs to be more consistent in reading the entire field the whole game. He went a from 2nd to 3rd quarter locking on to one receiving and firing the ball. Then in the 4th quarter and overtime drive he took his time and went through his progression and made good throws. He needs to put 60minute game like that together.

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