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Monday, November 30, 2009

Jamaal Charles Coming Into His Own


An old picture of Jamaal Charles, before the number switch, but still a great one

After Sunday's horrible performance, its hard to talk about the Chiefs and not mention anything other than the ridiculous turnovers, the step backwards, and the overall inefficiency showed by the team. There is one subject that I felt, wasn't talked about enough though. The constant performance of Jamaal Charles.

Believe it or not, Jamaal actually had 207 total yards on Sunday, which included the three most explosive plays. A 45 yard kickoff return, a shifty 31 yard run, and a 49 yard catch. Just to put it in the right perspective: The longest reception, run and return.

Jamaal is becoming one of the most explosive players in the league. Josh Looney from Kcchiefs.com had a pretty interesting stat on his twitter page today. It read "the flip side of the fumble, 15.4% of Charles' carries go 10+ yards = 4th best in NFL behind D.Williams(16.2), P.Thomas(16.2), B.Wells(15.7)." Another stat that might or might not surprise you is that Jamaal Charles already has more yards rushing this year than LJ did with 54 less carries so far.

It's almost safe to say that Jamaal Charles is the reason that the Chiefs won 2 in a row and for the first time in a while, the Chiefs actually have a legitimate running game when he's on the field. Nobody and I mean NOBODY has been able to run behind this line except Jamaal. Not Kolby Smith, not LJ, not Dantrell Savage, not Jackie Battle, not even the new guy, Tim Castille. That alone speaks volumes about the guy.

Last but not least. He's 22 years old and has a career average of 5.3 yards per carry. Hang on to this guy Pioli!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chiefs Beat Themselves in San Diego 43-14


Wow! It couldn't have gotten any worse for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. After a huge win for the franchise and the city last weekend, the Chiefs came out with what looked like a great game plan, but could not execute anything properly. I really did feel like I was watching a different Chiefs team from the start, but as the game went on, it was mistake after mistake, that turned this game into a blowout for the Chargers.

It was a pass that hit the side of a lineman's helmet and bounced into Quentin Jammers arms, that started the unbelievable streak of blunders for the Chiefs. After that was a Jamal Charles fumble, when he was stood up by two defenders and had it stripped by another. That followed by a ball slipping out of Matt Cassel's hand during his throwing motion, that turned into a touchdown. To top it all off, Rudy Niswanger launched a snap about 5 feet over Matt Cassel's head which lead to another score for the Chargers. If you throw in the safety, in which Cassel received an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone, that's a total of 30 points off of Chiefs mistakes. 30 points!

I'm gonna put this one into the "fluke" category and try to forget about it. I'm not sure if I have ever seen this many costly mistakes by the Chiefs in one game and I'm not sure I ever will again.

After the Chiefs went 91 yards in the Second Quarter to tie the game 7-7, I was sure that KC was going to give San Diego all that they could handle. They looked fresh, they looked motivated, they looked like a team with an identity. If this game would have been played close at all, Jamal looked like he would have had the biggest game of his career.

Well, it wasn't. The Chiefs players collectively threw this game down the toilet and now we have another 7 days, to see if we really have changed as a team or if we are just the same ol' Chiefs that we have been for the past 3 years.

Heres your box score:

Kansas City Chiefs

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
M. Cassel 19/31 178 1 1
B. Croyle 1/2 3 0 0

Rushing
ATT YDS TD LG
J. Charles 14 93 1 31
M. Cassel 6 22 0 9
Ko. Smith 1 1 0 1
T. Castille 2 -2 0 0

Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
C. Chambers 7 70 1 14
J. Charles 3 54 0 49
B. Wade 2 20 0 12
L. Long 2 15 0 9
M. Cox 2 11 0 8
T. Castille 2 9 0 6
Ko. Smith 1 5 0 5
L. Pope 1 -3 0 -3

Defense T-A SCK INT FF
D. Williams 7-2 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 5-0 0.0 0 0
B. Flowers 5-0 0.0 0 1
C. Mays 5-2 0.0 0 0
J. McGraw 5-0 0.0 0 0
G. Dorsey 4-3 0.0 0 0
T. Hali 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Studebaker 4-2 0.0 0 0
R. Edwards 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Johnson 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Belcher 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Carr 2-1 0.0 0 0

San Diego Chargers

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
P. Rivers 21/28 317 2 0
B. Volek 1/1 15 0 0

Rushing
ATT YDS TD LG
L. Tomlinson 13 39 2 8
M. Tolbert 4 19 0 11
D. Sproles 9 17 0 6
V. Jackson 1 12 0 12
P. Rivers 1 4 0 4
J. Hester 3 3 0 2

Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Gates 7 118 2 22
M. Floyd 3 85 0 53
D. Sproles 5 66 0 20
V. Jackson 2 27 0 16
M. Tolbert 2 17 0 15
B. Manumaleuna 1 11 0 11
L. Tomlinson 1 5 0 5
J. Hester 1 3 0 3

Defense T-A SCK INT FF
B. Siler 7-2 0.0 0 0
A. Cromartie 5-1 0.0 0 0
S. Gregory 5-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Jammer 4-1 0.0 1 1
K. Burnett 3-1 0.0 0 0
L. English 2-2 0.0 0 0
P. Oliver 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Phillips 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Weddle 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Boone 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Cason 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Cooper 1-2 0.0 0 0

Vrabel Working Out This Morning To Play

Chiefs injured LB Mike Vrabel (knee) went through a nice 60-minute workout with trainers this morning upon arrival at Qualcomm. Although the prospects of Vrabel playing still seem dim (he’s officially listed as questionable), his movements were definitely an encouraging sign regarding his rehab process.


Check Out The Chiefs Game Day Blog For More On Vrabel' Status

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pittsburgh Game Was Derrick Johnson's Career In A Nutshell

A vast collection of errors and forgettable performances peppered by a handful of dynamic, highly-athletic plays summarizes Johnson’s pro career. He’s never managed to put things together for an entire season, but always manages to make two or three plays that are flashy enough to make us ignore the games where he disappears while we hope that he’s finally getting it all figured out.

Great read by Michale Ash over at Warpaint

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Quinten Lawrence Promoted From Practice Squad

No time better than now for Quinten to come out and make a big play. We all know that this guy is electric with the ball in his hands, it's the other things that he has to work on. I like this move from Todd, hopefully it pays off.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Chiefs Workout Ex-Bengal Running Back Chris Perry


According to The National Football Post, the Chiefs held a workout for running back Chris Perry earlier this week. The chiefs do like a bigger, stronger style of runner and maybe they believe that Chris provides that. It would seem that safety would be the top priority right now, especially with how good Jamal Charles is playing. Nobody knows how it turned out, but we will probably know soon if somebody is signed.

Playing the following Sunday for newly signed players has been a constant this year, but considering that the Chiefs have only one more practice left, it looks like anybody that signs this week, won't see action until the Broncos game next Sunday.

Maurice Leggett Is Done For The Year


Maurice Leggett has been put on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury, according to kcchiefs.com. It looks like this injury will require surgery. Leggett was recently working at safety, backing up Jon McGraw and Mike Brown.

The Chiefs are down to 3 safeties now and with one roster spot open, the Chiefs might add another one.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesdays Practice Report

"A host of other Chiefs are hurting, but they took part in practice, although their participation appeared to be limited. OLB Mike Vrabel was back working with the linebackers, although Andy Studebaker was working with the No. 1 defense. Same with G Andy Alleman, who was back with the offensive line, but Wade Smith was taking the early snaps at right guard with the first-team offense."


You can read the full report at BobGretz.com

Enjoy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chiefs 5-5, Fighting For The Division Lead


I'm not usually a big fan of the coulda, shoulda, woulda mentality, but I have a hard time not thinking about what could have, should have and would have happened if the Chiefs took care of business in week 2 against Oakland and in the week 5 overtime game against the Cowboys.

If the Chiefs would have won those games, they would be right in the mix with San Diego and Denver and these next few weeks would be HUGE stepping stones for one of the leagues youngest ball clubs.

Week 2
The Chiefs massacred the Raiders on the stat sheet with 409 yards to their 166 and 59 of those came on the Raiders final drive. Larry Johnson had his 2nd best performance of the season with 78 yards Rushing. Who knows what Jamal Charles would have been able to do (I'm guessing twice that.) Dantrell Savage was playing ahead of Jamal at that point and Jamal wasn't even active. Bobby Engram was our slot receiver, as Lance Long wasn't on the team yet. Neither was Chris Chambers or Leonard Pope, both huge play makers in Sundays win against the Steelers. To top it all off, our leading tackler was Tank Tyler who now plays for the Panthers. You can argue that these aren't even the same football teams. Chiefs should have won that game.

Week 5
Maybe the best drive of the season with Matt Cassel taking the offense the distance of the field to send it to overtime. The Chiefs made a huge stop in OT to get the ball back and had actually moved the ball to the 46 yard line when the play was negated because of a holding call and the Chiefs never rebounded. The Cowboys allowed the game to be as close as it was with numerous dropped passes, fumbles and penalties. There is no way that today's Chiefs don't win against the sloppy play that the Cowboys displayed. Maurice Leggett gave up the huge plays to Miles Austin that turned him into a house hold name. Guess what? Maurice Legget is a safety now! LJ carried the ball 21 times for 37 yards! That is not a typo.

The Point
As these teams that we were playing had an identity, we were finding ours. As they went to their proven players, we were waiting for one of ours to step up. When they did what they knew worked for them, we were still trying to find out what worked for us. From the coaching staff to the kicker, the Kansas City Chiefs were a project in the making. Even in the Jacksonville game 3 weeks ago, it took 3 quarters to find a rhythm on offense. I have full confidence that the Chiefs can now win these games that slipped through their fingers. So instead of looking at this team as the 3-7 rebuilding project, look at this team as the new and improved Chiefs with a new identity, that should be in the mix for a late season run. That's how they look at themselves folks.

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