For every team, there are plays that define a season. For Chiefs fans, those plays were all we had to hang on to last year, as we would more than likely choose to forget the outcome of most of those games.
After a disappointing 2-14 season, this is a review of the most successful plays. Some of these plays were memorable, others have been forgotten, but the common thread is they worked, and worked well.
While the formation itself is a basic one, its the details that makes this play tick. Double TE left, both in the slot. RB Jamaal Charles starts in the backfield and motions out wide right.
This motion is very important, as QB Tyler Thigpen sees the linebacker run out to cover Charles. This lets him know that it is man coverage, and Charles will be covered one-on-one by someone much slower.
This is the advantage the Chiefs were looking for, and they take advantage. Charles uses his blazing speed and simply runs right by the linebacker and gets wide open for a 36-yard touchdown.
Sometimes the most effective plays are the simplest, and that's the case with this play.
After getting to the line, the defense showed heavy blitz. Noticing that this would leave single coverage on WR Mark Bradley, QB Tyler Thigpen called an audible that sent Bradley on a go route, basically telling him to just, "go long."
Bradley easily beats CB Philip Buchanon and makes a great catch that leads to a gain of 56 yards on the play.
Jets had third down and two yards to go; they were eight yards from the goal line. They had an empty backfield and were looking for a short pass to pick up the first down.
The Chiefs blitzed both linebackers, and were playing tight man coverage.
The pressure forced Brett Favre to get rid of it earlier than planned and throw off his back foot.
Brandon Flowers had inside position on his man like he was supposed to, and made a jump on the ball. He intercepted it and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown.
Blitzing a quarterback that is prone to making bad throws is sound practice in the NFL. As a coach you have to do everything you can to exploit the opponents weaknesses and the Chiefs did just this.
The Chiefs did not blitz very much, but when they did, it was effective.
The most important part of this play is the spreading of the defense. By going four wide receivers, it forces the defense to not only have more defensive backs and less line backers, but it empties out the middle of the field, as you can see.
This is a simple draw play to Jamaal Charles who runs strait up the middle of the field.
There is great downfield blocking, which is another key to the success of this play. Not often do you hear offensive lineman garnering praise for running 20 yards and leveling a defender, but that is exactly what OG Brian Waters does in this play.
Downfield blocking is a crucial part of the running game, regardless of how unheralded it may be, and the Chiefs got plenty of it on this play.
The Wildcat is one of the most unpredictable formations, which is why it gained so much popularity around the league last season.
Here, Jamaal Charles is lined up at Quarterback, and Tyler Thigpen is split out right.
There was lots of trickery in this play, starting with it being the wildcat. Charles takes the snap and tosses it to Mark Bradley on an end-around. Instead of running, Bradley makes a perfect throw to a wide open Thigpen for a 37 yard touchdown.
The set up was what made this play work so well. The Chiefs ran the wildcat a few times earlier, and Thigpen had nothing to do with the play, it was simply Jamaal Charles running strait ahead.
The Buccaneers thought that the end around to Bradley, who played quarterback in high school, was the added wrinkle, and never expected him to throw the ball.
This was the most memorable play of last year, even though the game ended in a loss for the Chiefs