turn into turkeys
The Chiefs coaching staff decided to celebrate Thanksgiving
four days early. Turning into a plethora of Thanksgiving
turkeys, the staff made mistake after mistake and served
up a nice gift for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Chiefs found themselves in a fourth and eight situation
from the Seattle 33-yard line with a 10-0 lead and all
the momentum. Instead of showing some guts and either
attempting a 50-yard FG or going for the first down the
team elected to punt. The result was a 3-play 92-yard
drive by the Seahawks and a loss of momentum.
Greg Robinsons defense didnt
bend at all it just broke down completely. And that
would continue in record proportions for the rest of the
After trading TDs and with the score
17-14 Chiefs, the team moved into position to take back
control of the game with a first and goal from the Seahawks
one-yard line with 1:05 to go in the half. The first mistake,
the Chiefs called a timeout.
The second mistake, the Chiefs try to get
cute and throw a pass with the NFLs best scoring
back in the league in the I formation behind Trent Green.
The result: an interception and a complete change in momentum
with a long drive resulting in a touchdown. The game was
over right there.
Dick Vermeil and his coaching staff made
every fundamental mistake possible and took not only their
best player our of the game at a crucial moment but served
up a victory on a Thanksgiving platter for the woeful
The Chiefs coaches should donate their entire
salaries to charity this week as they never even bothered
to punch the time clock as they sleepwalked through the
It was never more apparent when Dick Vermeil
was quizzed in the post game press conference about the
ill-timed time out. I wish I could remember all
that right now, but I dont my mind is really exhausted
right now so I cant say anything accurately,"
It was only the turning point of the game,
why should the head coach recall that blunder? Sighits
only scribbled on the memo pad in LARGE LETTERS several
Take A Memo:
-When there is one minute left in the half and you have
the ball on your opponents 1-yard lineYou
dont call a timeout! Unless there is a chance of
a delay of game warning that will cost your team five
yards, you want the clock to keep running.
-First and goal from the one-yard line, turn and hand
the ball to Priest Holmes. How hard is this?
-Stop punting the ball from inside the opponents
35-yard line with the TURNSTILE defense.
-The Chiefs never punted from inside their own territory
all game, but attempted only one FG with the league's
best FG kicker.
-What a brilliant move playing Ray Crockett just because
he knows this useless defensive scheme.
-Matt Hasselbeck must know it also; he had a career high
in passing yards by the middle of the third quarter.
-Can someone tell Greg Wesley to run right through the
QBs chest when he has a straight-on clean shot on
a blitz instead of swinging at his head and missing?
But heysince the Chiefs gave away any shot at playing
a meaningful game in the next month, Ill still be
in a giving mood also
Heres a nice list of dos and donts
for the Chiefs
-Dont blitz Ray Crocketthes too old
and too slow to get to the quarterback even if hes
-Dont blitz Greg Wesley; he can get to the quarterback
but only leaps over the QB as he whiffs.
-Dont take Scott Fujita out on third and seven
and ask Mike Maslowski and Marvcus Patton to attempt to
cover a WR.
-Dont run press coverage with Ray Crockett and
-Dont stack the line of scrimmage with 10 guys
in the box with a team on the 46-yard line. He might run
for a 46-yard TD and end the game.
-Dont make plans for the playoffs for this year.
-Dont bring Greg Robinson back next season.
-Do start to get Marc Boerigter involved
in the offense, for once again the team wont play
a meaningful game in December, and its time for
Wait til next year.
-Do give Priest Holmes the ball when it
is 1st and goal from the one-yard line. Hes the
guy who wears number 31, you may have noticed himhe
piled up 307 yards total offense against the Seahawks.
-Do begin to play DE R-Kal Truluck, and
LB Quinton Caver, how much worse can the defense be with
those two seeing time? Its evaluation time for next
season. Once again, its before a December game is
Wild card Picture
Wait Til Next year.
(CK Rairden can be reached by email