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Cheifs Chatter

Monday Morning Quarterback suggests calling Mayes, kicker tryouts

9/24/2001

by C.K. Rairden
Landmark columnist

The good news—NFL football returned on Sunday. The bad news—no one told the Chiefs offense. The Chiefs offense spit and sputtered early, gained little as the game unfolded and produced a mere 3 points.

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MMQB will tell you why, but with the Chiefs offensive personnel problems, even the cynical bunch that head up the MMQB division of Chiefs Chatter will be a challenged to offer up a quick fix.

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Due to injuries, this team has little experience at WR and it showed in the worst way on Sunday. Until something is done to get at least a couple of wideouts that can gain separation, defensive opponents will continue to key on Tony Gonzalez who is the lone threat the Chiefs have at the skill positions when they throw the ball. That equates into teams only having to contain the run and will result in more offensive performances like this one.

How serious is Derrick Alexander’s Achilles injury? No one knows for sure, but with the head injury Snoop Minnis suffered on his acrobatic catch in the third quarter, the decision to carry only 3 receivers and Dante Hall on game day has blown up in the collective face of the coaches during the first two losses.

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MAKE SOME PHONE CALLS

Pick up the phone and call Derrick Mayes. Yes I realize he’s not a permanent answer and I’ve heard the critique that he doesn’t fit the system the way the Chiefs would like him to. But the team needs a receiver with a bit of experience. He gets decent separation, has reasonably good hands and spent training camp with the team.

The other knock on Mayes is that he doesn’t play special teams. So what—you desperately need a healthy experienced wide receiver. Make some special teams adjustments. Without some sort of threat on the outside, it is going to be very difficult to move the ball through the air.

Pick up the phone and call Al Del Greco, Doug Brien maybe even Brad Daluiso and get them in for a tryout now. Correct the mistake that you made by passing on John Carney and Joe Nedney and get someone in with some leg. If you are having difficulty deciding on a 52-yard attempt only trailing by 10 with your defense playing well, it’s time for a change.

Get a strong leg in now.

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The Chiefs have struggled for two games on offense. Even as poor as they have been on that side of the ball with a kicker they have a shot for at least one win. The adjustments need to be made in personnel, or it will continue and snowball. Pick up the phone and make some calls.