Star Struck No Longer … Friday Cup O’Chiefs

The first start of Brandon Carr’s career in the National Football League came three years ago at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

“I was like a little kid,” Carr said remembering that September day that seemed more like Christmas. “When you see guys you grew up watching and trying to imitate, and playing video games – I had his team because they were good – just the opportunity to step on the same field and compete against that guy, it was like a dream come true.”

That Brandon Carr the wet-behind-the-ears rookie out of a Division II school who was 22 years old and trying to comprehend where his talents had taken him. He was 15 years old when Brady and the Patriots won their first Super Bowl after the 2001 season.

The feeling will be far different for Carr this coming Monday night when the Chiefs return to Gillette to face Brady and the Patriots for the first time in three years. He’s no longer a rookie, no longer playing against names and faces that he saw on television or in his video games.

“Now it’s the flip side, all that is gone, the shell shock and the famous thing, all that is gone,” Carr said. “Now it’s time for us and for me to go out there and show the world that we lost two games but that’s not what we are. We know that everything is against us, nobody believes we can win this game, but we are going to go out and give it our best shot this week.”

Their “best shot” will be a requirement of the Chiefs secondary if there’s any hope of them being able to pull the upset and sneak out of Foxboro with a victory.

Facing Brady and the Patriots offense would be a tough assignment for a veteran secondary with a great pass rush in front of them. The Chiefs remain a bunch of young guns forced to cover opponents without the help of a decent pass rush. Carr and his teammates have a lot on their hands.

“The chemistry they have over there, you can see it on film,” Carr said. “His guys get to the right spot, he places the ball in spots for them to make catches and they come down with the ball most of the time.

“They have multiple targets that he can throw the ball too and do. They have receivers, tight ends, running backs, Wes Welker in the slot. It’s going to be a challenge for us. It’s going to be about who can execute their game plan better than the other team. It’s going to come down to who wants it more.”

So how does a defense stop Brady and Welker? Head coach Todd Haley says they have to make Brady uncomfortable when he’s throwing the ball.

“It’s going to come down to us being able to keep the quarterback uncomfortable, as uncomfortable as we can,” Haley said. “We need to keep him out of situations where he can sit there and look at the entire field because there’s too many weapons. It really doesn’t matter what you do, he’s such a great player and great thrower that if given time, even if covered he’ll generally make the throw that’s required and he has people that will make those plays.

“We’ve got to just prepare to play defense the way we have to, create pressure and take advantage of opportunities that come our way.”

The Chiefs may have another weapon in their arsenal – defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

“If you are around a person for x-amount of years, their tendencies and their mannerisms you come to know,” said Carr. “I’m sure throughout the week, he’s going to be dropping little notes and tips for us to write down and remember when the game comes around.”

So again, how does a defense stop Brady and Welker, a combination that has hit 72 times this year for 1,006 yards in just nine games?

“I don’t think anyone is unstoppable,” Carr said. “The two of those guys together are pretty good. It’s pretty much pitch and catch. This is a big game for us secondary wise, a different game than the one we just played. Our coaching staff is going to put us in position to make plays, it’s our job to come away with the play.”

11 Responses to “Star Struck No Longer … Friday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • November 18, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Carr is a great player and I really like him. But this team in its “present state” of injuries is no match for the Pats on monday night. They will have to dumb down the play book for Palko and the Pats will figure him out quickly.

  • November 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    Doubt they’re going to dummy down the playbook for Palko because everyone talks about his gym rat mentality and ability to learn playbook. Question is can he excute the playbook

    As for lastnight game further proves when you have limited QB who can’t throw or is inaccurate the one who makes least mistake wins. Some Chiefs fans wanted Mark Sanchez as QB and he’s no better than Matt Cassel. To me give me Matt because he while not he’s not going put up big point at least he doesn’t throw pick 6s that blows games. IF Jets had Cassel when they go up 13-3 they win that game because Cassel don’t make big mistake to blow games. That’s why I wasn’t shocked to see Jets lose because as limited as Tebow is Sanchez and other QBs like are just as limited. And when QBs are on equal footing the one that make least mistake wins. Either way point i’m getting at is further proof we need upgrade QB position to more talented player so we don’t lose to Tim Tebow’s and Matt Moore’s of the world

  • November 18, 2011  - Blake says:

    I agree with Chuck, I also think they will dumb down the playbook for Palko. Just look back at last year when Croyle started vs San Diego. They didnt want him attempting a pass longer than 5 yards! I think they will do the same thing with Palko. My only hope is that he comes in and kinda does the Tyler Thigpen thing, runs and passes the ball and makes it exciting!

  • November 18, 2011  - el cid says:

    Just hope Haley does not try to make Palko turn into Cassel. Not sure if it is necessary to dumbdown the playbook or get the players to execute the playbook, but it had better fit Plako’s skill level.

    Just wondering, what was the team doing under Cassel where you think they will be able to execute the playbook under Palko? If Cassel could not get the offense to EXECUTE the playbook why would the backup be about to.

  • November 18, 2011  - Flyboy26 says:

    “If Cassel could not get the offense to EXECUTE the playbook why would the backup be about to.”

    Maybe the offense couldn’t execute the playbook is because Cassel couldn’t handle his part most of the time and maybe Palko,(we hope) can do his part. I certainly hope that Palko has more smarts than Cassel appeared to me to have.

    If the Chief’s offense can’t perform well and put points on the board, they will not even be competitive with the Patriots, let alone win.

  • November 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    Yeah I mean you act like Cassel was this great master QB he’s very limited player. Which is why we lost to teams that we shouldn’t lose to. Either way hopefully Palko can make somethings happen but I’ll be more interested when Stanzi get his first start he just has more upside in my opinion.

  • November 18, 2011  - el cid says:

    I see it as too simple a solution – just blame Cassel. There are huge problems with coaching, OL play, DL lack of play, half a LB crew.

    While I can see where Cassel did not carry his share of the load (does play calling have anything to do with that?) there is tons of blame in you are interested from Hunt to the practice squad. I suggest a failure on a “grand” scale. Now Cassel is gone, who is next?

  • November 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    No one is next we upgrade Qb will better team inspite of all flaws. In 2009 our oline was horrible especially with Larry at running back. In come Charles suddenly we become a very good running team that yr. Same with Qb put a Qb as talented as Charles but at Qb position all of sudden oline looks better along with receivers even play calling . So yeah its that simple el cid. Dont believe me go watch Bears play. Cutlee plays behind bad oline and below avg receivers. Go watch Big Ben play wit avg oline and no run game. Go watch tapes on Brady back early in his career when he played wit no run game and avg receivers

  • November 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    I say it once ill say it again we can talk about million things but until you get a very talented Qb you are not going continue to win in this league. I mean its no wonder we havent won playoff game in 18 yrs. Trent was closet thing but we got him only for couple yrs. Even then if we had avg defense we might cld won playoff game then. I dont knw why Chiefs fans continue to embrace the Matt.cassel steve bono elvis grabac of the world. And you wonder why this team havent won super Bowl since the 60s. I mean its time Chiefs fans demand more. Lets skip all the other crap and demand our own Ruvers Breeze or Rodgers. And stop putting up with guys like.Cassel and elvis grabac. Im fed up with these middle of the road guys who you have to build this perfect team around jus to be competitive. Enough is enough

  • November 19, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    EddieJ- you argue against yourself. Jets would be 13-3 with Cassel but he’s the entire problem with the Chiefs. You’re laughable.
    BTW- YOU are the one that wanted Sancheez.

    This isn’t your concern anyway. You can always fast forward your DVR. Us season ticket holders are the ones getting hosed by Clark/Pioli staying $30 mil under the cap.

  • November 20, 2011  - ED J says:

    Dude you dont even know me. I never said i wanted Sanchez i thought he came out a yr too.early like most people.did. i tell you what when Cassel is replaced here by another Qb will see how well.he does somewhere else

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