Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok. It’s Wednesday, and we are officially going to start turning away from the “Bills Debacle.” We may have an opinion or two still coming on the matter from our feature writers, but for the most part we’ll be turning our attention toward the Detroit Lions.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix!
The team’s most looming worry is that there were few encouraging moments in Sunday’s game. Quarterback Matt Cassel wasn’t sharp, the defense was awful, and the Chiefs’ rushing offense, which led the NFL last year, never could settle into a rhythm. To make matters worse, second-year safety Eric Berry suffered a season-ending ACL tear, and he’ll soon join tight end Tony Moeaki on injured reserve.
On Sunday, McGraw replaced Berry in the base defense. Sabby Piscitelli replaced Berry in sub-package sets.“Now we’ll see if Romeo has to adjust from that,” Holthus said. “They’re playing a team this week that plays out of a three tight end set. Last week, against Tampa Bay, (Detroit) played out of a three tight end/one running back set which puts even more of a burden on your safeties because they’re tight ends are good.”
The Buffalo Bills showed the Chiefs on opening day that they got a whole lot better. As did Detroit, which opened with a 27-20 victory at Tampa Bay even though Schwartz was so unimpressed that he cussed out the Lions on Monday for all the mistakes they made.The Chiefs, meanwhile, after making what is proving to be a fluke playoff appearance in 2010, look significantly worse. They’ll be decided underdogs this Sunday in what appeared to be a winnable first road game when the schedule came out last spring.
Chiefs guard Ryan Lilja directed the blame for Sunday’s result to the players, noting that missed assignments, dropped passes and turnovers aren’t the coaches’ fault. Lilja’s right in that regard, but a better game plan still could have been deployed.Cassel passed for just 119 yards with a touchdown and an interception and said afterward he was embarrassed to put on that kind of performance at Arrowhead. The quarterback was one of several bright spots from 2010 who helped raise the expectations for the Chiefs this season, but now he and his teammates are just trying to avoid going down a slippery slope of failure, an aspect that has previously hovered around this organization.