The Day After: Inconsistent Play Costing the Chiefs

Posted Dec 17, 2012

The Kansas City Chiefs have underachieved this season and don’t like it. The team has two games left to prove that it is not a true reflection of its current 2-12 record. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel assessed his team’s level of frustration during Monday’s press conference.

“We’re in this business to win because that’s how it’s kind of counted, by your win-loss record,” Crennel said.

“When you’re not able to win, you always wonder about yourself – what do I need to do more, what haven’t I done, and those kinds of things. When you try different things and you still don’t win, it kind of wears on you a little bit. You know you’re going to play on Sunday, so you have to put that best foot forward and try to get that win, because that’s the best thing that will make you feel better about yourself and about what you’re trying to get done.”

Crennel’s QB, Brady Quinn said that his team struggled against Oakland because plays are not being made, by anyone.

“Well, we just weren’t consistent on any front,” Quinn admitted. “The entire first half we were third-and-long. I don’t care what team you are, you’re going to have a hard time converting third-and-fifteen and third-and-sixteens when you’re stuck in that position. So we’ve got to do a better job early on first and second down. We got to do a better job at being consistent, I’ve got to do a better job as a quarterback and everyone across the board has to. There’s just not enough consistency, there’s not anyone making any plays or making anything happen.”

Kansas City did not cross midfield until its second drive of the third quarter, when Quinn led a nine-play drive that led to a fourth-and-goal from Oakland’s four-yard line. The play clock hit zero before the Chiefs snapped the ball, forcing a fourth-and-goal from the nine-yard line.

“He (Chiefs C Ryan Lilja) couldn't hear me obviously, it’s loud down there, it’s part of the game," Quinn said. "We were trying to get a look at what the possible coverage might be and the clock was running low and for whatever reason it was low pretty quick. It just seemed like it was all of a sudden ten seconds left on the clock while we’re still sitting in the huddle and that’s pretty uncharacteristic for our offense.”

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was stopped after one yard on the next short-pass play and the Raiders regained possession.

“I guess their scheme was to stop me,” Charles said. “They didn’t want to get me going. You know if they get me going, I can just feel comfortable and start doing things my way. That holding call (negating a 42-yard run by Charles), it got us. They did a good job. They did a good job scheming us and scheming me and scheming the run game.”

The Chiefs crossed midfield on their next drive (to Oakland’s 41-yard line), before punter Dustin Colquitt booted one of his seven punts on the day. The next play, Chiefs LB Brandon Siler caused a fumble that was recovered by fellow LB Justin Houston, but Kansas City’s offense gave the ball back to the Raiders four plays later, on downs.

Despite allowing no touchdowns, Kansas City's defense allowed 385-total yards of offense, giving Oakland more than 40 minutes with the ball, which Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers says should have been prevented.

“They had a couple of long drives where we should have got off the field,” Flowers admitted. “We could have given our offense good field position. We have still got some things to clean up."

The Chiefs will need to clean up fast, as NFL Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Andrew Luck and the playoff-contending Indianapolis Colts come to town on Sunday.

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