Report Card: Chiefs vs. Jaguars

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RUSHING OFFENSE: A – How do you find fault with a 236-yard rushing performance? The Chiefs offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and pounded out all sorts of room for Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles to do their thing. Throw in some Dexter McCluster and even a little bit of Jackie Battle and a good day was had by all on the Chiefs offense.

PASSING OFFENSE: A – While the numbers are no out of this world, they are among the most solid of QB Matt Cassel’s career as the starter for the Chiefs. He was 13 of 18 for 193 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s a completion percentage of 72.2 percent and an average of 10.7 yards per attempt. Both of those numbers far exceed his season averages. It was all part of the mix in a 144 passer rating, the best of his Kansas City career. Oh, and he was sacked only once and that was his fault for holding onto the ball too long.

RUSH DEFENSE: A – With the Jaguars quarterback situation very shaky, they needed their running game to step forward and control things. It didn’t happen. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 47 yards on 16 carries. He broke one run for any length, going 21 yards. On his other 15 runs he gained just 26 yards or less than two yards per carry. There was nowhere for the Jaguars to run as the defensive line played a strong game, especially DE Glenn Dorsey and DE-DT Shaun Smith.

PASS DEFENSE: C – Facing a quarterback who hadn’t started a regular season game since 2005 the Chiefs should have been able to limit any damage that Todd Bouman could do. They did get two interceptions and they did put one of those in the end zone with Derrick Johnson’s pick-six. But Bouman threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked only once in 35 passing plays by the Chiefs pass rush. Two big pass interference calls cost the Chiefs 55 yards in field position.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C – If the Chiefs had been able to turn a potential disaster on a punt return into a takeaway by forcing a fumble, they would have finished with a D or F in the kicking game. There once very potent return game has died on the vine as Javier Arenas had only two kickoff returns for a mere 22-yard average. Arenas took fair catches on three punts. Meanwhile, the coverage unit gave up 35 and 29-yard returns to the Jaguars on kickoffs and then the 49-yard return on punt coverage.

COACHING: A – The plans on offense and defense were right on the mark as Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel had their units prepared and schooled. With the exception of an unnecessary fourth-down conversion attempt when he could have had a 42-yard FG, Todd Haley seemed to push all the right b uttons.

4 Responses to “Report Card: Chiefs vs. Jaguars”

  • October 25, 2010  - Thomas says:

    I was surprised by the 4th down attempt instead of kicking the field goal. You never gamble when the game is still close. Put points on the board to keep pressure on the other team.

  • October 25, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Bob, describe what you mean by “not necessary” on Haley’s 4th down call? Just curious, because Haley says that there are reasons why they are doing certain things, some are for the now and some are for the future. Matt says that on that drive, they were playing like they were in 4 down territory. I would like to know your opinion on Haley’s coaching for the now vs. the future.
    I guess what I’m getting at is on that 4th down or that whole drive, on Monday’s game film, when Haley goes over this it will be a teaching lesson for them saying this is what a “good team” will accomplish, because we want a TD in this situation and if we convert, we have a chance to put this game away! Just a thought.

  • October 25, 2010  - robotfighter says:

    Todd Haley seems to be playing for next year. DV did this in 2004 with the passing game. Both coaches are trying to work on stuff and build and teach and mix things up and see what they got. Somebody needs to slap them upside the noggin and make them realize that by accident or design they have something pretty good going on right now if they don’t outsmart themselves.

  • October 25, 2010  - jim says:

    LOL Robo, I think the have a clue. Seriously though, I get your point.

    I just like the way Haley and the coordinators don’t seem to paint themselves in a box. Always looking for the ‘fresh’ or ‘unconventional’ approach. I like it.

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