Soggy Leftovers From Monday Night

Yes, that’s head coach Todd Haley lifting WR Dexter McCluster after his 94-yard punt return touchdown last night in the season opener against San Diego.

“It was an exciting play, one that gave us a lift,” said Haley. “He’s one of the few guys I can lift”


During his college career, Eric Berry played in some loud stadiums. There was his own at Tennessee and then LSU, the Swamp at the University of Florida and a few more.

That made his first night in Arrowhead Stadium a ball.

“That was loud, real loud and it helped us,” said Berry. “You could definitely feel the energy. Even when it was raining, they hung in there.

“I know at one point we were looking up at the big screen and about a dozen guys were on there without their shirts on. That was great.”

DE Tyson Jackson was in the midst of the best game of his short NFL career Monday night when he went down with an injury to his left knee.

Jackson left the field with some help and did not return. After the game, he had the knee wrapped and was limping through the locker room. He declined a request to talk saying he had to go see the trainer.

Earlier in the game, CB Brandon Flowers left the field with what appeared to be a left leg injury. But he was back on the field fairly quickly after he went into the Chiefs locker room.


Rookie TE Tony Moeaki caught his first NFL touchdown pass in a goal-line alignment that included OLB Mike Vrabel in as a tight end.

Over his NFL career, Vrabel has caught a dozen TD passes in regular season and the playoffs, including one last season for the Chiefs.

From the moment Vrabel went into the offensive huddle, the Chargers defense was aware of his presence on the field. “They knew he was out there and they knew where he lined up,” Moeaki said. “They paid attention to him.”

That attention was all the help Moeaki needed to get open.

“I thanked him on the sidelines,” Moeaki said with a smile. “I’ll thank him again tomorrow and the day after that.”


Not counting the kneel-down play at the end of the game, the Chiefs had 12 possessions. They went three plays or less nine times. San Diego was only slightly better; in 13 possessions they went out on three or less plays six times.


There were 27 possessions in the game, and only three of those made it inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. That means most of the game was played between the 20-yard lines.


There were six players that were on all four of the major special teams against the Chargers. Only two of those players were rookies: undrafted free agent LB Cory Greenwood and CB Javier Arenas. Also working the punt and punt return teams, along with the kick and kick return units were S Reshard Langford, RB Jackie battle, LB Andy Studebaker and WR Terrance Copper.

12 Responses to “Soggy Leftovers From Monday Night”

  • September 14, 2010  - JohnNdallas says:

    Chiefs need Jackson back on the field IF what we seen from him last night is what he’s going to bring to the Chiefs D on a consistent basis.

  • September 14, 2010  - Nate says:

    Isn’t it strange. Tyson Jackson was a beast for the first time in his career. You have to be a beast to play the position he plays. He gets hurt and we think (including me) we need him back. Tyson get better soon. Nate

  • September 14, 2010  - el cid says:

    We need him back mainly due to, he is all we got. It was his best game and, I believe, he started very slow even then. Two backups were inactive and Dorsey looked spent (and he should have by the end). Depth is needed on DL. All that said maybe a light came on for Jackson.

  • September 14, 2010  - Rick says:

    I think last week I predicted the special teams would be good for a couple victories this year. I know my 4 and 1/2 hour drive was very pleasant this morning!!!

  • September 14, 2010  - Kent says:

    I felt that the defense did well for a while. They put preasure on the quaterback and San Deigo was 3 and out like 6 times in a row. Then they went back to not covering very well. It seemed like they either changed scemes or ran out of gas. I thought the Offense was doing ok,but what ever happened to throwing it to charles or Mcluster out of the back field in the flat like we used to do with Priest Holmes?

  • September 14, 2010  - Brandon says:

    I’m seriously wondering if I saw the same game as everyone else. Seemed like we really didn’t get much if any pressure on Rivers. Maybe I was focused too much on the last quarter when everyone was tired (probably because the offense couldn’t stay on the blasted field (how about a first down now and then???)).

  • September 14, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Brandon, I saw the same game you did! We didn’t pressure Rivers near enough! Yes, we got a sack and put him on the ground a couple of times, but where were all the blitz packages we saw in preseason? How about a corner blitz? How about Studebaker, did he even get a defensive snap? I know he was on ST all night, but he would have been fresh legs in that 4th quarter! Don’t get me wrong, I’m pumped about how well they did, but @ the same time in the back of my mind I’m thinkin that on a dry day, Rivers would have torched us!!!! I listened to Haileys post game and I understand the whole ball security being number one, but our offense got too ultra conservative 2nd half! The Chargers were in a “must” pass situation and we weren’t, but come on, get the ball in play makers hands, not hand it off to Castille!!!! 1st down hand off to him, I liked to died!

  • September 14, 2010  - Edward says:

    Hopefully Jackson gets healthy real soon he played a good game count me as one of the guys not giving up on him or Dorsey as far as their young career goes. Alot of people have been bashing Jackson now they see development just proves as fans how we need to be patient especially when it comes to young guys that play that position. Nevertheless good to see him and Dorsey have a good game hopefully he bounces back soon.

  • September 14, 2010  - Michael says:

    You can’t keep putting the QB in the same, run, run, pass on third down routine. Cant’ do anyting with it, unless you’re gashing them for 7 or 8 yards consistently on first and second down. Offense and defense went too conservative in the second half.

    There should never be a pass play when the quarterback does’t have a high-percentage check-down to a back or tightend. New England and Brady have made a killing on those for years. And the Chiefs would be throwing to Charles, McCluster and Jones, who always have a chance to get you yards.

    Still, the Chiefs found a way to beat the bolts. Cool. Entire TEAM showed tremendous energy and hustle, and lots of hard hitting. Belcher is a serious banger and DJ was everywhere, just to name a couple. The exciting thing is, I think they left a lot on the table as to plays, schemes and player combos they can use.

  • September 14, 2010  - Craig says:

    Great Win!!

    The defense was great for the amnount of time they had to stay on the field. DJ was terrific. One blown coverage by the secondary, but great intensity and tackling.

    The offense struggled. Gotta get some first downs to help the defense. I sure hope charlie can fix the quaterback position.

  • September 15, 2010  - Brandon says:

    @Dan in Joplin, yeah, don’t get me wrong. I like the W… a lot. But, like you said, I think if the fans hadn’t been there and the rain we would have had a really hard time taking a W into this week.

    Perhaps it was the conservative play in the 2nd half (we were up by 14 points so it’s partially understandable)?

    I just don’t want to get my hopes up too much. Are we improved? Yes. Are we playoff material? Not yet.

    The rookies were amazing. Berry will be great, especially if he learns from what happened. Moeaki looked decent, but needs to work on his blocking some more. McCluster ran it back (amazing), but then later fumbled (can’t do that). Lewis got some good plays in. Arenas put us in some really good field position (Too bad our offense couldn’t get first downs) and did well in the backfield. Really good draft class.

  • September 15, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    draft class will be awesome!

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