REPORT CARD: Chiefs vs. Broncos

From Invesco Field, Denver

RUSHING OFFENSE: F – The way the game went the Chiefs were out of the running game pretty quickly. But they still ran it 22 times and were only able to manage 51 yards, or 2.3 yard per carry. Thomas Jones was awful, gaining three yards on four carries. Jackie Battle went in on some short yardage situations. There will be no more victories for the Chiefs if they average 2.3 yards per carry.

PASSING OFFENSE: B – Forced into a style of game that is not their strength, the Chiefs offense was able to throw the ball a bit. QB Matt Cassel ended up chucking it for 469 yards but again, 300 of those yards came in the second half when the game’s outcome was finalized. Dwayne Bowe had a big day and looked good catching 13 passes for 186 yards and beating CB Champ Bailey for most of those catches.

RUSH DEFENSE: F – The Broncos came into this game with the No. 31 rushing game in the NFL. They had averaged just 67.3 rushing yards per game and 2.9 yards per carry. Denver had 69 yards rushing against the Chiefs in the first quarter alone and finished with 153 yards on 31 carries. That’s the worst defensive performance against the run by the Chiefs this season.

PASS DEFENSE: F – There was little or nothing the Chiefs could do to stop Denver’s passing attack directed by QB Kyle Orton. They were not able to sack him and according to press box statistics, they weren’t able to hurry him. Four different receivers for the Broncos had 50 yards in receiving or more and four different guys caught TD passes.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D – The Chiefs need something from their kicking game each week and they did not get anything from the special teams against Denver. The coverage units did a pretty good job, but P Dustin Colquitt was average and the return game was hardly game breaking averaging 21.3 yards per kickoff return and 16 yards per punt return.

COACHING: F – There’s no way the team loses a game by 20 points and the coaching staff gets a passing grade. There seemed to be nothing the Chiefs could do on defense to even slow down the Broncos. Add Todd Haley’s silly actions at the end of the game by refusing to shake hands with Josh McDaniels and it wasn’t a good day for the coaches.


8 Responses to “REPORT CARD: Chiefs vs. Broncos”

  • November 15, 2010  - mike says:

    How were Todd Haley’s actions :silly”? Are you saying you would have shaken a mans hand who had just disrespected you and your team the way McDaniels had done? I think Coach Haley should be commended for having the guts to let this guy know he wouldn’t forget it. If he wouldn’t have, wouldn’t that make him a hipocrit?


  • November 15, 2010  - Edward says:

    Agreed Mike I’m not mad Haley didn’t shake his hand. Like I’ve said before we took out Charles and stop letting him run all over Denver defense last yr after we embarassed them. Haley not shaking McDaniels hand doesn’t bother me. Because for the most part Haley seems to be a humble dude who doesn’t go out of his way to disrespect his opponent. Now that McDaniels want to run score up against us that fine. No mercy will be shown when they come to Arrowhead I asuure you that. This to me just makes the rilvary better.


  • November 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    I was done posting but got to say:

    Not shaking hands, don’t care but does not show much “class”.

    Had to laugh with Edward, “no mercy” at Arrowhead, really, if broncos repeat sunday the stadium will be empty by end of first qrt. Most humorous.

    Still after a nites sleep, the Chiefs are one game better than last year and still have several games in which to improve. If they lose the rest, then there is cause to worry. Haley’s message is falling on deaf ears. But at least of a few more weeks there is football in KC.


  • November 15, 2010  - Husteak says:

    I thought Haley acted like amateur, and a spoiled child.
    He should have shook his hand, and said “see you in a couple of weeks”.
    Look at the way we ran up the score in Denver at the end of last year.


  • November 15, 2010  - aPauled says:

    I understand Haley’s frustration when the Donks should have been running the ball and throwing short out-patterns, but regardless…Haley should have taken McDaniels hand at the end.

    My guess is that Haley already regrets it and will address it this week…not that Bob would ask or anything…


  • November 15, 2010  - Clarence says:

    Bob,I agree with all of your grades with the exception of the “B” grade for the passing offense. Had the passing offense occurred when it counted the most,ie., in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, I would give them an A. The Chief’s passing offense occurred only after Denver played soft against the pass in the 3rd and last quarters.

    I also disagree with your comment that Haley’s post game action was “silly” and lacking class. First of all, you, and no one else know the reason for Haley’s refusal to shake McDaniel’s hand. Secondly, it is classless to criticize someone for actions you don’t understand or agree with. It is classless and cowardly not to stand up for one’s principles. All who criticize Haley should review the long-standing meaning of shaking hands.


  • November 15, 2010  - TDKC says:

    Haley pulled Charles last year when the Chiefs had the game wrapped up in Denver. McDaniels did no such thing. Still lacks class to behave like that. Not impressed.


  • November 16, 2010  - mike says:

    There has to be something going on with the “non handshake” that the media doesn’t know about. Haley was very vague with his apology. Yes, he probably should have extended his hand for sportsmanship’s sake. But even though this is the NFL, we’re still talking about two men who for whatever reason don’t seem to have much respect for each other. I for one am glad to see we finally have a coach who’s not afraid to let his true feelings show. In the end, don’t the young men he is leading respond to that? It is all about respect.




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