“I saw a team that willed this game to go the way that they wanted it to go,” coach Todd Haley said after the Chiefs’ 42-24 victory at Qwest Field. “We set our minds to it today at halftime, that we’re going to finish this thing.”
“I just think everything happens for a reason, no matter what it is,” he says. “I think everything happens for a reason, to put you where you are right now. Who knows what could’ve happened back then, or if it wouldn’t have happened, what kind of player would I be? I just think everything happens for a reason.”
“I just love watching him run,” Jones said. “Just having him on your team and some of the things that he can do with the football in his hands motivates me to do certain things. I take some of his game and try to add it to my game.”
“I wore No. 6, because of Jerome Bettis,” said Smith, a sixth-year veteran out of South Carolina. “He was my idol. He’s still my idol. My last touchdown was in 1999 against Wichita East. I actually had two or three touchdowns, and I probably had 100 yards rushing and we won the game.”
“I had high expectations for him in a difficult, hostile environment,” coach Todd Haley said. “You really see some signs of a real good quarterback in how he handles himself. He did a terrific job for the most part down in and down out.”
“I knew that this was a big game for the Kansas City Chiefs, and this by no means was about Coach Carroll and myself,” Cassel said. “I played for him six years ago, I’ve had some time to move on from there. At this point, I’m just really proud of how our team came out and played today.”
The jaw-dropping discrepancy in the game’s most fundamental element illustrated the difference between a real NFL division leader and a pretender.
The Chiefs offense is among the few that can advertise what play is coming, and still drill it into opponents’ astonished grills. The Seahawks merely hope that no one catches them counting cards, watering the drinks and bribing the croupier.