Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders: This Loss Is for You, Coach Haley
There will be enough blame to go around in this ugly loss. Penalties, turnovers, dropped passes, missed opportunities and sloppy play.
Despite all that, the Chiefs still could have come away with a win if it were not for the head-scratching play-calling of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and head coach Todd Haley.
I do not know how they work their game-day logistics, but both coaches work on a game plan during the week. Additionally, if Weis is responsible for all the play-calling, and he's doing what he did yesterday, I imagine he'd get a call from Haley.
I credit Todd Haley for a great deal of the Chiefs' growth, change in attitude and the overall culture. I still think he is a fine coach. I would just love to know what the hell was going through his mind yesterday.
All season fans have been vocal about wanting to see more of Jamaal Charles and less of Thomas Jones.
At 190 rushing yards a game, I figured, why? It seemed to be working well.
What's the definition of insanity? When you keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. That was yesterday.
Charles carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards, close to his average. Jones carried the ball 19 times for 32 yards. That's 1.7 yards per carry, and just as important, that's 19 plays.
That means, 26 percent of the Chiefs' total plays averaged 1.7 yards.
How many times did the Chiefs not convert on 3rd-and-1, when they chose to run the ball? Four times, by my count. I lost count of the number of times that Jones ran for no yardage. I recall at one point he had 11 carries for eight yards, with a long run of seven.
Two other 3rd-and-1 plays, Cassel was called on. I think that's a solid move, but not going downfield to your tight end. That is not the first game this has been done. It seems to be the only 3rd-and-1 pass play they call. I don't think it's worked yet.
Needless to say, I've done my share of reading this morning, and it's the same old thing: "It's all Cassel's fault."
No, it's not, but he gets his share, too. You cannot throw an interception in the end zone when you can step on your opponent's throat. They could have taken at least a 13-0 lead into halftime.
Eric Berry had a good game, except for a penalty that brought back a touchdown.
Brandon Flowers had a good game, though he should have intercepted the last pass in overtime.
Dwayne Bowe had a good game, expect this game never should have gone to overtime because he dropped yet another ball, right at him, that would have ended it.
In goal-to-go situations, the Chiefs were 1-for-3. They were 2-for-4 in the red zone. That's unacceptable. They were 3-of-15 on third down conversions. See above.
I could go on, but I'm sure others will.
Ironically, looking at every stat at the game, the Raiders and Chiefs were almost identical in every single category. There were a few slight differences, but it's as close to a mirror image as you'll see.
Credit where credit is due. I think the Raiders made halftime adjustments, and the Chiefs did not. To come out and not use Charles more is unimaginable.
Cassel had 30 passing attempts, far more than usual. He should have had even more. The Chiefs only ran for 104 yards. So you change it up. Use Charles and throw. Maybe if you use Charles you don't need to throw as much, but Cassel was completing close to 60 percent of his passes.
It was an ugly, ugly game for both teams. The stat sheet might be the same, but there is one very big difference that I probably don't need to point out.
I'm quite sure the Raiders and their fans feel much better about it this morning than the Chiefs faithful.
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