After watching the fourth quarter meltdown yesterday at Arrowhead I left with one impression — the Chiefs are suffering growing pains.I’m not willing to ridicule Pioli and Haley like our barbecue-eating, Jeff-George-loving counterpart at the Star. But I am realistic enough to analyze and appreciate difficulties encountered by a rookie coach, a rusty quarterback and roster chucked full of castoffs free agents and rookies.
Unlike prior years where the Chiefs could count on the Raiders make costly game-changing mistakes, the roles have been reversed. How else do you explain the sequence at the end of the first half, coming away with zero points? Or two costly interceptions? Or running play action with Dontrell Savage out of a single-back set on a big third down play at the end of the game? Who did that fool?
IN REALITY THE RAIDERS HAVE SUPERIOR TALENT AT EVERY POSITION, save maybe quarterback, left guard and No. 1 wide receiver. Certainly, we do not have anyone who could match Janikowski, McFadden or Bush on offense. Our roster also lacks playmakers on defense like Micheal Huff, Thomas Howard, Richard Seymour and the lock-down corner Nnamdi Asomugha.
The only reason the Chiefs were in this contest was the ineptitude of JaMarcus Russell. Meanwhile, our talent-poor Chiefs had a free agent cut earlier in the week by the Vikings be their go-to receiver. That’s not meant as a knock on Bobby Wade, but rather a reflection of how little talent the Chiefs’ roster currently boasts.
It is clear to this observer that the Chiefs are going through a transition. Haley is building a relationship with his new QB, trying to call the plays and be the head coach simultaneously. At the post-game press conference, he appeared to be frustrated and perhaps overwhelmed. The Chiefs are a talent-poor franchise headed toward four weeks of the NFC East — not exactly what the doctor ordered for growing pains. I am afraid the worst is yet to come