It’s really sad when I can post this article midway through the 4th quarter.
The Kansas City Chiefs looked every bit as terrible in their season debut as they did in the four preseason games that came before it.
Good thing the preseason and everything that happens during it doesn’t matter, right?
Unfortunately the regular season does matter and the Kansas City Chiefs got spanked.
They couldn’t stop the run, they couldn’t stop the pass and they couldn’t protect the football. The offense was stagnant, the defense was soft and the play calling was suspect. Basically every way the Chiefs could fail in the season opener, they failed.
The Chiefs appear to be heading for a very long and ugly season. Perhaps at some point along the way they will catch up to the rest of the league, but there is now no denying that the Chiefs, today, aren’t ready to play professional football. The Buffalo Bills may be improved, but they certainly haven’t gone from league doormat to league juggernaut in a matter of months.
What is most concerning is that the Chiefs do not have a lack of talent. They may not be the deepest or most experienced team in the league, but they have play-makers on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know it watching them on the field.
You can’t help but point a finger at head coach Todd Haley. Every team in the league had to deal with the NFL lockout. Haley’s job is to get his team ready to win football games.
At this point, he has failed.
It’s a long season, Addicts. The Chiefs could still turn things around. But if they play like this against a team like the Buffalo Bills, I shudder to think of what they might look like against the league’s elite.
What do you think? Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Or is 2011, like the offseason, lost?