The Morning Fix: Some Kind Of Hangover Edition

The Kansas City Chiefs laid a boulder-sized egg yesterday to open the 2011 season. We’ll try to help you sort out everything we saw with our usual dose of news and views throughout the week. So stay tuned.

Until then, here is your Morning Fix!

Dexter McCluster’s fumble on the opening kickoff was perhaps the worst way to start a fresh season. Five snaps after recovering the loose football on the Kansas City 26-yard line, Buffalo was in the end zone and out to an early 7-0 lead. The game’s beginning set the tone for what would become the most lopsided home-opening defeat in franchise history.

It’s pretty clear cut, doesn’t need a lot of description. We did the things that if you do them you’re going to get beat, turning the ball over, not stopping the run, not converting third downs, allowing big returns, missing kicks. I am taking 100% responsibility for our team not being able to be ready to go. You can point the finger right at Todd Haley. That being said, I believe in those guys, I really do; I believe in my team and I think we’ve got a chance to do special things. We’re 0-1 in the first quarter of the season; our goal is to win three in the first quarter. We have to get better to do that. Twelve other teams lost today, we made it 13. We weren’t very good. We have to better and we’re going to be better. I believe in their ability to steel their mind and stick together in the face of adversity as a team and that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Chiefs lost 41-7, and their defense was a prime reason why. There was the lack of an effective pass rush, and a secondary that, for one Sunday and perhaps more, went missing in action.

As if the loss itself wasn’t bad enough, second-year safety Eric Berry, one of the team’s most promising defenders, injured his knee and had to be helped off the field.

“I’m taking 100 percent responsibility for our team not being ready to go,” head coach Todd Haley said. “OK? You can point the finger right at Todd Haley. OK? I’m taking 100 percent responsibility.”

This epic failure wasn’t entirely Haley’s fault, of course. Dexter McCluster fumbled the opening kickoff. Matt Cassel averaged about 3 yards per pass. Eric Berry missed most of the game with a knee injury, and the Bills exploited what appeared to be the Chiefs’ secondary from 2009.

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