Kansas City Chiefs Are Record Makers for the Wrong Reasons

Mike SettleContributor IDecember 22, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Running back Jerome Harrison #35 of the Cleveland Browns outruns DaJuan Morgan #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Here the Chiefs sit, at 3-11. With 3 wins, they should feel no better than the winless 2008 Detroit Lions.

Although the offense was more productive against the Cleveland Browns in their 41-34 loss than it has been all year, as they put up 491 total yards, along with 22 first downs.

This loss is no different than any other loss this season. This loss was pathetic, as usual.

The Kansas City Chiefs defense and special teams did a great job of setting records as they faced Cleveland.

They made a 'no-no' as they kicked to Josh Cribbs. He dashed and spun his way to the endzone for a 100 yard kick return to set a new NFL record for most kickoff return touchdowns in a career with 7.

They kicked to him yet again, just one quarter later. He took this one back 103 yards for the score and made it look even easier than the first, giving him 8 total kick return touchdowns for his career.

At this point in the game, the Chiefs had already scored on a touchdown toss to Chris Chambers and a 47 yard scamper to the endzone for Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs also scored on a muffed snap by Cleveland that rolled into the endzone.

Yet all of those points didn't matter, because the Kansas City defense allowed Browns running back Jerome Harrison, who had only rushed for 301 yards coming into the game, to put up the 3rd highest single-game rushing total of all-time with 286.

Every play Cleveland would line up in a compact formation, usually I-right, I-left, or offset, and just maul the Chiefs defense. They would push them back at least 5 yards nearly every play, as they would power their way to victory.

Not only did Jerome Harrison nearly break the single game rushing record of 296 yards, set by Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in 2007, Harrison broke the Cleveland Browns rushing record set by the great Jim Brown in 1957, with 237 yards rushing. Brown was even in attendance for this amazing performance.

"I was seeing a phenom—unbelievable," said Brown, as he went to congratulate Harrison after the game. "The obvious is the obvious. He did an unbelievable job."

Plenty of young Chiefs defenders could have made a name for themselves, including Chiefs 3rd round pick, defensive end Alex Magee, who got himself a start in place of the injured Glenn Dorsey.

Magee was dominated on nearly every snap of the game. Wrong technique, burst off the snap, and tackling form were all factors in his domination. The worst part is, the Chiefs have seen little to nothing out of any of their eight 2009 draft picks, including No. 3 overall pick Tyson Jackson.

The only Chiefs pick from the 2009 NFL draft that was worthy of his selection spot was Mr. Irrelevant himself, Kicker, Ryan Succop, who went 2 of 2 on the day.

Once again, the player of the game for the Chiefs offense was Halfback Jamaal Charles. Charles managed to put up the best numbers of his young career with 154 yards rushing off 25 carries. Again giving himself a 6 YPC average.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley, was discouraged by the Chiefs' overall play throughout the game. “When you allow two returns for touchdowns, that’s generally not going to end up being a good thing,” Haley said, "When you drop nine balls, and we had 39 to 40 by the NFL’s count going into this game — 50-plus by my count — it’s going to be very difficult,”. Haley, a former receivers coach had spent his early years coaching players such as Keyshawn Johnson, Marty Booker, Terrell Owens, Anquan Boldin, and Larry Fitzgerald to Pro Bowls.

This year, the Chiefs won't be sending any players to a Pro Bowl, especially not any Wide Receivers.

Haley has done precisely the opposite of what I had written in my last two post game articles. The Chiefs and Haley need to build a fundamentally sound approach to these last couple games.

If not, Haley could find himself demoted and replaced by a more experienced and polished head coach, or possibly back to coaching Wide Receivers.

Haley not only did not help his own career with this loss, he may have saved Browns Coach Eric Mangini's career, another coach who was also in the hot seat coming into Sunday's game.

Mangini had little to do with this win, but he will gladly take credit. Two players won this game for the Cleveland Browns.

Josh Cribbs and Jerome Harrison combined for 5 touchdowns as they let quarterback Brady Quinn secure his second straight win, despite only throwing the ball for 66 yards and 2 interceptions to each of the Chiefs starting Cornerbacks.

A non-existent passing game? No problem, says the 614 total yards between Cribbs and Harrison.

If the Kansas City Chiefs have any sort of future with Todd Haley as Head coach, he needs to turn and look at himself and the job he has done thus far, and find a way to improve this football team.

Haley may only have 2 weeks to change.


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