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wolfpack
12-03-2007, 10:16 AM
Chiefs can’t come back against Chargers
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs lost their ability to make enough plays to win close games some time ago. They ran out of explanations shortly afterward.

Now they’re just plain out of gas. They trailed by a mere touchdown for most of the second half of Sunday’s game against San Diego at Arrowhead Stadium, but they might have played until midnight without getting that elusive tying score.

So they wound up losing 24-10, and the defeat pushed the 4-8 Chiefs to the brink of extinction in what passes for a race in the AFC West. They’re officially done if they lose to the Broncos in Denver next week.

The Chiefs tried their usual formula — keep things close until the fourth quarter and make the plays to win it then. It worked for them earlier in the season but again failed on Sunday when they were shut out in the final quarter for the fourth straight game.

“I’m tired of it and don’t want to play this style of football,” Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez said. “It’s not what I’m into. I don’t think Herm (Edwards) wants to. We want to win. Let’s get it over with. I don’t want to keep the game close until the second half because we’re a second-half team. That’s bull. Let’s just go out there and win a football game.

“Let’s get rid of that stress. I’m tired of it. I’m sitting on the sideline thinking, ‘Here we go again.’ You can’t help but let those thoughts creep into your mind.”

That crisis of confidence was evident Sunday. Their seven-point deficit for most of the second half felt to them like a lot more.

Things got so bad for the offense that its only touchdown was scored by defensive end Jared Allen, who played on the goal-line ostensibly for blocking purposes. And Allen had to make a great catch of Damon Huard’s fade pass to do it.

“When you’re desperate,” Edwards said, “you do desperate things.”

Edwards hasn’t been desperate enough to change his philosophy on how to win. He defended it again Sunday, saying it’s the only way the Chiefs have a chance.

“We made plays (to win some early-season games),” Edwards said, referring to wins over Minnesota, San Diego and Oakland, all games the Chiefs salvaged in the fourth quarter. “That’s how we won.

“We have to play a certain way. We try to do that to protect the quarterback and make sure we can throw the ball. You have all of these fancy ideas there at the end and there are certain things we’re stuck with because of how we have to play.

“That’s OK. You can still win games that way. We just can’t get behind like that because that just puts you in a bad, bad way.”

The burden of keeping the game close fell to the defense, which again caved in. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.

“We know they’re going to make plays, realistically,” Allen said. “But to (heck) with that. Our mind-set has to be that they won’t make any plays. When stuff like that becomes acceptable, and all of a sudden you find yourself saying, ‘Oh, here we go again,’ that’s when the same (stuff) happens. That’s what’s been happening.

“We need to change the mind-set around here. The mind-set has got to be that this is not acceptable to lose at home. It’s not acceptable to be 10-10 at halftime and lose 24-10.”

The marvel regarding the Chiefs is not the five-game losing streak, their longest since 2000, or the five Arrowhead losses, most since they also lost five in 2001.

It’s that with this team — even with its numerous and obvious flaws — they won four of five games earlier in the season.

“Even then, we had some issues,” guard Brian Waters said. “When you look at games like Chicago and Houston, we had a couple of opportunities to come back in those games as well.

“We’ve started slowly in some parts of the season and now we’re not finishing the way we were. Really, we’re just trying to find a complete game.”

Chiefster
12-03-2007, 09:54 PM
...Hard to blame Tony for feeling the way he does!

hermhater
12-03-2007, 10:15 PM
I wish Herm would just go away.

He doesn't deserve to be a Head coach in the NFL, especially not for the Chiefs.

CHIEFS_FN_ROCK
12-03-2007, 11:39 PM
You Play To Lose The Game!! hello you Play To Lose The Game!!

hermhater
12-04-2007, 12:57 AM
You Play To Lose The Game!! hello you Play To Lose The Game!!

I guess Herm's ten points hasn't won as many games as he thought at the beginning of the season.

He hamstringed the offense on purpose, I'm sure of it.

He wants a team in his image or else!!!

He won't let offense win the game.

chief31 why didn't you tell him he needed offensive linemen during the off season?


:lol: :sign0098:

prough91
12-04-2007, 03:18 AM
Is it Herm or the offensive coordinator?

hermhater
12-04-2007, 03:19 AM
Is it Herm or the offensive coordinator?

My bad.

I didn't know that Solari hired Herm.


:lol: :bananen_smilies046:

prough91
12-04-2007, 03:38 AM
I'll give you that, but what if they went with a different offensive coordinator this offseason? I personally think they should have Gun another year so I'll give Herm another year.

Guru
12-04-2007, 04:50 AM
I'll give you that, but what if they went with a different offensive coordinator this offseason? I personally think they should have Gun another year so I'll give Herm another year.

Nice to see you posting again prough.

hermhater
12-04-2007, 04:58 AM
Nice to see you posting again prough.

Is he a prodigal?

Guru
12-04-2007, 05:04 AM
Is he a prodigal?

He was around before things really took off.

hermhater
12-04-2007, 05:05 AM
Cool.

Chiefster
12-04-2007, 05:30 PM
Nice to see you posting again prough.


Ditto!

Don't be such a stranger! :D

for ever red
12-08-2007, 11:01 PM
Maybe the Chiefs need to make T.G. the coach when he retires.At least he wants to win at the start of the game.