“I make my own schedule and it consists of 1-2-3-4 and a line … 1-2-3-4 and a line. So right now on the grease board in my office, I have one that says W-W-W-L, 3-1; and now I’m on the next box, and it says 1-1.
“I know we have the Buffalo Bills, who put 500 yards of offense on a really good (Baltimore) defense coming to town.”
In the next couple of minutes, Jones came out, Jamaal Charles went in and quickly scored Kansas City’s first touchdown. The Chiefs (4-2) were on their way to a second straight 200-yard rushing day and a 42-20 victory.
Haley gave a non-explanation about it in the postgame, something about not wanting to give away his thought process for competitive reasons, but saying that it was a well thought-out decision and that decisions like this are based on many things, some short-term, some long-term, and, well, none of that really explains a decision that’s about as black-and-white wrong as it gets in football.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s Chiefs Wrap, the offensive line has stats that are extremely impressive. In fact, it could easily be argued that this group has made more difference to the club’s 4-2 start than any other player or group of players on the field. It reminds me of the good old days a few years ago. And, the beauty of it is that I wasn’t expecting them to be anywhere near this good.
Yes, the Chiefs are in first place in one of the NFL’s worst divisions and probably some of the credit belongs to their general manager Scott Pioli, who knows how to build a team. Was Thomas Jones’ production and leadership worth the expense? What’s interesting is that Pioli even considered hiring Josh McDaniels to be his head coach when finally deciding to strike out on his own from Bill Belichick’s Patriots, where they both once worked.