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Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

Posted on: September 14, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 4:27 pm
Haley on Bills game: 'To me, you can't let a loss like this drag you down.' (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier Wednesday, we documented the dilemma facing the Colts. They can either concede that this isn't their year, put Peyton Manning on injured reserve, and regroup in 2012. Or they can see if Manning's healthy enough to play later in the season and hope Kerry Collins can win a few games in the meantime. It's not ideal, but there are worse problems to have.

Take the Chiefs, for instance. Winners of the AFC West last season, Kansas City has looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2011. They were 0-4 in the preseason (including a 25-0 blanking by the Bucs in Week 1), and are fresh off a 41-7 shellacking in the regular-season opener against the Bills.

Unlike the Colts, a team that will improve the second Manning returns, there's no easy fix for the Chiefs. Quarterback Matt Cassel completed 22 of 36 passes for a whopping 119 yards. That works out to 3.2 yards per attempt, or 2.4 yards fewer than Bills running back Fred Jackson gained per carry. Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles also lost fumbles, and the defense didn't have an answer for Ryan Fitzpatrick who tossed four touchdowns.

So what's the solution?

“No. 1 is the plus-minus category, both defensively and offensively," Haley said, via Rapid Reporter Bob Gretz. "We need to create more (turnovers) and we need to protect the ball. If you do that and that alone, even if you struggle in other areas, you can still win games.” 

It also helps to have a short memory.

“To me,” Haley said, according to the Kansas City Star, “you can’t let a loss like this drag you down. This core group of guys has shown that in the past that they’ve been able to overcome a game like this. You don’t ever want one, but if you have one you can’t let it drag you down.”

It's one thing to say "hey, don't worry about it." It's something else entirely to put a beatdown like that behind you while also playing markedly better in the next game. As the Star's Kent Babb points out, "The team’s most looming worry is that there were few encouraging moments in Sunday’s game. Quarterback Matt Cassel wasn’t sharp, the defense was awful, and the Chiefs’ rushing offense, which led the NFL last year, never could settle into a rhythm. To make matters worse, second-year safety Eric Berry suffered a season-ending ACL tear, and he’ll soon join tight end Tony Moeaki on injured reserve."

Losing Berry and Moeaki are downers, clearly, but Haley's taking the glass-half-full approach (and he sorta has to; it's Week 1, after all). “There wasn’t anything on that tape that didn’t look like it was correctable,” he said Monday. “If we were sitting, watching the tape and seeing a lack of effort and seeing just guys get beat in one-on-one matchups and saying, ‘Boy, this guy’s got no chance,’ I would feel differently.”

We take Haley's point, but the "it's correctable" line is right out of Jim Caldwell's "What to say to the media when you don't know what to say to the media" handbook. Next up for the Chiefs: they travel to Detroit to face the Lions, who are fresh off a solid win in Tampa Bay last week.

We have a feeling things are going to get worse before they get better.

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Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

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Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

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Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:49 am

Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

I can tell you this, I watch every game the Detroit Lions play, I live in Michigan, and have endured a losing team for many many years.  Chief fans are going to be miserable after Sunday's game because the Lions will blow them out I believe. The game last week in Tampa showed a 7 point win on the scoreboard but that game wasn't even close.  I say the lions score over 40 points and hold the chiefs to less than 21.  The defense is nasty and the offense may even be nastier.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:30 am

Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

I will gladly trade this 1-15 year ( we will beat the broncos once) for Bill Cohwer and Andrew Luck next year.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:31 am

Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

We can put as much as we need into one game or loss, but many people see that loss was to a team that is considered as one of the worst in the NFL. To make that even worse is that we lost at home to said team. The time to panic is over since the easy team on the schedule we lost to by 34 points. Not 3, or anything close where one can take an emotional victory. We got murdered, killed, you pick the term, it was applied to us. We will need a little Luck, but somehow, someway we will screw this up. Haley got to go

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:43 am

Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

"Welcome to Kansas City, Andrew Luck..."

You might be onto something there... I swear I heard both Matt Cassell AND Dwayne Bowe talking about how the Gatorade "had a funny taste to it", while stumbling around a bit on the sidelines during the game...

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:30 am

Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

Time to fire Ben Stiller and hire a real head coach. Time to get rid of the quarterback that wasn't good enough to play in college and get a real quarterback. Hard to win in the NFL with a JOKE for a quarterback and head coach.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:27 pm

Chiefs head to Detroit with plenty of questions

Last year was an anomally.  The Chiefs were incredibly balanced due to one man: Charlie Weiss. Say what you will, but Charlie's at his best as an OC. With the Chiefs he had the right mix, and helped Hayley look like a genious. Fast forward one year, Haley's still there (withoug Weiss' services) and what do you have?  Same old Chiefs.  Good for Weiss. He's moved on to bigger and better things while the Chiefs are still wondering what happened.

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