The Kansas City Chiefs received a Welcome to the AFC Playoff Club invitation delivered by 52-20 Lewis-Reed lane on Sunday. Baltimore improves to (4-0) all time in Wildcard Road games with the win.
Head Coach Todd Haley and his "Chiefs Will" mentality couldn't get it done versus an obvious been there done that kind of Ravens team. All signs point to the gameplan preparation -particularly on offense.
Charlie Weis (the Chiefs one-time offensive coordinator) gave questionable effort calling plays for Kansas City's offense on Sunday. Prior to Wildcard weekend Weis had announced he was headed for another stint in the NCAA with the Florida Gators. Charlie was invited to coach again in the NFL after a disappointing stint with the Fighting Irish that ended just around a year ago. Seems to me like he took a job in the NFL with Kansas City because it was convenient at the time (convenience doesn't seem to be Charlie's thing). You'd like to think his decision to leave could certainly make a team feel under appreciated--particularly right after they went from "worst to first" and won their division.
Would've been a great story to see Belichick's ex-coordinators (Weis & Crennel) and Quarterback take on their old boss in the Playoffs...I'm just sayin'.
What I'm confused about, is Charlie's played against the Ravens before. His young offense however has not. Outsmarting them was simply not going to happen on the field once the whistle blew. I ask you this: How can you give Jamaal Charles who's a track runner, the ball only 9 times when he was averaging an impressive 9.1 yards per carry up until that point?
I'm no more than a second-tier Madden player and I could've called a more rhythmic and balanced offense then we saw from Kansas City. K.C. They were an extremely inexperienced team headed into Sunday going against Ray Lewis, an emotional Ed Reed, and a Baltimore Raven defensive line that goes after the quarterback like a bear goes after porridge.
The result of not running the ball: A measly 18 minutes and 16 seconds on offense for the Chiefs. Just 8 first downs and a 1 for 8 third down conversion rate for the Chiefs in their first postseason game since 2006. That's simply not going to put you in a position to win a football game.
I feel sorry for Kansas City but not really (I'm a Chargers fan). By the end of the game Arrowhead Stadium looked as empty as a regular season Royals game (ouch). The Chiefs have a lot of work to do before they see January football again.
Ta ta Kansas City.