ARROWHEAD STADIUM – Is there a reset button? If there was, the Chiefs would have probably pressed it following the opening kickoff in Sunday’s season opener vs. Buffalo.
If it existed, the reset button would have gotten a workout with the Chiefs being outplayed in every facet of the 41-7 loss.
“We were bad,” Head Coach Todd Haley said. “We were bad from start to finish.
“I am taking 100% responsibility for our team not being able to be ready to go. You can point the finger right at Todd Haley.”
The Chiefs were fully inadequate Sunday afternoon. A “landslide” is what veteran NT
Sunday was a surprise to plenty of folks, not just those inside the Chiefs locker room, and the errors came in all shapes and sizes.
There were obvious mistakes, such as the three turnovers that turned into 17 Buffalo points. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick faced little challenge in posting a four touchdown passing effort and RB Fred Jackson ran with serious want-to en route to a 100-yard outing where he almost always capped off a run falling forward with defenders clinging behind.
Then, there were the less identifiable mistakes, such as
Buffalo continued its early march with a field goal coming off the short field and built an early 20 point advantage as Arrowhead sat quiet.
“Personally speaking, I am embarrassed to go out there and do that in front of our crowd,” Cassel said. “We need to take great pride in being dominant at home because we have such a great fan base. They are the 12th man.”
To make matters worse, Pro Bowler
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September 11th was a date the Chiefs had circled throughout training camp. It was supposed to be the conclusion of an outside the box approach to the preseason following an unprecedented offseason.
Haley eased his team into the preseason with heavy doses of conditioning outweighing many of the physical practices that have historically gone along with NFL training camps. Many of the Chiefs veterans didn’t hit full throttle until the fourth preseason game in Green Bay.
It goes without saying, the Chiefs training camp approach was in question after the manner in which the team was defeated to begin the regular season. Players were quick to come to Haley’s defense when pressed about the subject following Sunday’s lopsided loss.
“I don’t think (the loss) had anything to do with training camp because I think everybody busted their tail at training camp,” RB
“I just know that we weren’t ready,” Haley said. “The Buffalo Bills were better prepared than the Kansas City Chiefs. The Buffalo Bills were more ready than we were to play. We’ll be better. We have to be better next week. We were not prepared and I’m taking full responsibility for that, as I should.”
The start to the 2011 season isn’t about a single game. It’s defined by a four-game beginning that features two home dates and two road contests. After dropping the first of those four matchups, the Chiefs face an uphill climb with back-to-back road contests against Week One winners on the horizon.
This is the time veterans must take hold of the reigns inside Kansas City’s locker room. Leadership must take a stand. The Chiefs have played a month of games and are yet to experience any kind of positive result. Fortunately, only one of the five defeats actually counts.
“There’s a lot of gut-checking (to be had),” DE
“Losing the way we did at home is a tough pill to swallow, but we still have a lot of football ahead of us.”
In the big picture of the season, the Chiefs opener was just one of 16 games over the course of a year that spans five months. Regardless, even the most bullish of Bills fans and the most bearish of Chiefs fans didn’t’ see this result coming.
“We really just need to look ourselves in the mirror, every individual, to just see if we did everything that we could to help our team win,” FB Le’Ron McClain said. “I know that I’m going to do that myself.”