After a loss like the one the Kansas City Chiefs had against the Denver Broncos, giving up 35 points midway through the second quarter only leads to one thing- back to basics. The Chiefs have now dropped two straight to division opponents and are now tied for the AFC West lead with the Oakland Raiders, however the Chiefs are 1-2 in the division.
Now before I go any further, I must vent my frustration and irritation toward head coach Todd Haley. At the end of the game Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels went out to mid field to shake hands with Haley, but Haley disrespectfully refused and simply pointed and said, “we will see you again.” Haley was upset because he felt the Broncos were pouring it on at the end. Many in the media feel this was payback to for the shellacking Denver received in the season finale last year where K.C. poured it on thick in Denver. Haley showed me what an immature Coach he is. This is not a friend first league, coaches and players are not paid to make friends and make sure everyone’s feeling are ok. The Chiefs and Haley poured it on at the end of the year last year and it was pay back. When you give up 35 points in the first quarter and a half you should be embarrassed with your team.Haley did apologize for his emotions getting the best of him, but regardless he looked like a little kid who just got a spanking from his parents. I do not care if Denver onside kicked the ball and returned it for a score in the fourth quarter. If your defense cannot stop them, then they should not be playing. A truly unprofessional moment for Haley and his staff.
Now that I got that out of my system. There is truly not much to talk about other then the defense getting shredded. The Bronco offense executed their game plan perfectly. Score early, force Matt Cassel to throw, and prevent the Chief run game from getting going. Kyle Orton had a monster game, taking the ball away from Thomas Jones who was a ghost and limiting Jamaal Charles’ touches. The Chiefs safeties got torched, with Kendrick Lewis and Jon McGraw out, letting everyone and their mother behind them for big play after big play.
Cassel threw for over 450 yards, but for Chiefs Nation if you see that then that means its a game the Chiefs most likely lost. Kansas City is known for their run game and if Cassel has to throw then that means the ground game is no good. But in that, Bowe had a good day numbers wise, but all in all was not close to enough. Football is a team effort and when one side is so drastically bad it makes the other facets of the game that much harder.
In the end Haley just got out coached, plain and simple. Haley will be telling his players back to basics, go back to what got them the 5 wins so far. For Chiefs fans and the players its a tough loss to swallow and will stick with them the whole week. They now have to turn their attention to Arizona at home this Sunday.
About the Author
Written by Vince Sapienza
I am a sports enthusiast pursuing an undergraduate degree in Television Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies with a deep passion and love for all that is sports.