Why is Dick Vermeil
1:00 left in the game. The score is 28-26
and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has a scowl on his face.
He looks angry. Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil has a smile
on his and looks at a play list before shoving it back
down the front of his pants.
Which team is leading and kneeling on the
ball to secure the victory?
From the described scene you would think it was the Chiefs.
By now we all know it was the Raiders.
Yesit is understood that coaches have different
styles and deal with situations in different ways. But
the scene of Vermeil rushing onto the field after the
game with a smile on his face to hug ex-Rams and now Raiders
TE Roland Williams spoke volumes.
This is the AFC West. These are the hated Raiders. I
still am not sure it is clear to this coaching regime
how heated and nasty these rivalries, and this specific
Throw out the records, five straight losses to the Raiders
should hurt at least for a few minutes after a game. Especially
after giving away a game that could have been won.
This gamethe type of blunders that brought this
28-26 loss is why this column was formatted.
Monday Morning QB anyone?
An abysmal 3-9 record is now what the Chiefs own. They
will have to win four straight to achieve my pre-season
prediction of 7-9. That wont happen.
This ball club has now decided to ride the back of RB
Priest Holmes as far as he can take them. Its a
good strategy, but he will need a bit of help on defense
and special teams. He didnt get it here.
Special teams coach Frank Gansz, Jr. now has fans longing
for...gulp, Mike Stock to return. The coverage teams are
awful. The kick-offs are short, and the FG kicker misses
big kicks. Waitthat sounds exactly like Mike Stocks
The return guy, Dante Hall, has improved a bit, but still
cant outrun anyone once in the open field. If he
had one move, he could have turned this game around on
his one decent kick return. It was a good return that
gave the Chiefs field position, but he was tackled with
one arm by the Raiders defender and the Chiefs got 3 points
instead of 7.
How many ways can you say it? The Chiefs special teams
The fourth and inches call was predictable to anyone
who has watched any film on the Chiefs. The fullback dive
to T Rich.
The Raiders apparently had popped a tape in the VCR sometime
last week, figured it out and stuffed it.
An awful decision by the coaches.
The game could have been over at that point, but to many
of the players' creditthey never quit.
The call on the two-point conversion attempt was also
foolish. Spread the field and hand the ball to your horse,
Priest Holmes, and win or lose with him.
The play by Green on that attempt shows that he still
clutches up under pressure. YesI could see that
no one was open (what a surprise with this group of receivers)
but it had to be thrown up for grabs. There was no time
to go through the progression that he attempted to do
on the play.
All aspects of the special teams.
Coaching in every area.
Inadvertent whistles from the Raiders crowd?
Union ref Ron Blums do-over punt return for Tim
Not defending the naked bootleg Rich Gannon loves to run.
Priest Holmes. The Chiefs now have something to base their
offense on for next season. If Holmes is healthy he can
no longer be considered a poor mans Marshall Faulk.
More like upper middle class.
Trent Green. He is still far too indecisive, but is starting
to protect the ball better. There can now be no argument
that he has no dominant WR to work with. Right nowa
competent one that stays healthy would be nice. Bring
in some receivers with speed, and lets see what
The offensive line on run blocking. Still missing too
many assignments on pass attempts, but a comfort zone
has been reached with Priest. Something to build on.
The Chiefs remaining schedule is not exactly difficult.
Two at home with the Broncos and the Chargers, then finish
on the road with Jacksonville and the Seahawks. The team
now has one of the premier running backs in the league
to build around, and these final four games are a starting
Does this coaching staff have the ability to start now?