Not only did the Lions send the woeful Kansas City Chiefs packing with a 48-3 boot in the rear, but general manager Martin Mayhew waved away the Chiefs’ Scott Pioli’s attempt to bury the hatchet just moments after the game.
It was Pioli who accused the Lions of tampering before the 2010 season. As the two general managers approached the same elevator at the end of the game Sunday, Pioli called out to Mayhew and extended his right hand.
Mayhew shook his head and turned his back on Pioli.
The offseason set up as an apparent match for Scott Pioli’s skill set. Football people figured the chaos of a shortened transaction period would highlight the prepared, benefit the smart and reward those who remained measured and refused to panic.
These are the traits we’ve come to expect from Pioli and his assembled assistants, and aside from the signing of Breaston — who is open about his admiration of Haley — the Chiefs did precious little to improve.
First-round pick Jonathan Baldwin still hasn’t played after an injury in a locker-room fight. Gregg filled a need, but he is on the wrong side of the career arc and unable to make up for the loss of tackles Shaun Smith and Ron Edwards.
“We can’t sit there and dwell on, ‘What if?’ Nothing is easy,” said Dexter McCluster, who along with Thomas Jones will replace Charles as the Chiefs’ featured back. “Once we find that key element that will turn this around, we’re going to take it and run with it and hold on to it.
“(Losing Charles) was definitely tough. He is a great player, a great runner. He was one of the keys to our offense. … We just have to find a way to pull together, pick up the slack and get this thing moving pretty quick.”
In the final seconds of the Lions’ 48-3 beating of the Chiefs on Sunday, Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was doused with the icy contents of a cooler, an exclamation point on a memorable performance against his former team.
Cunningham was the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator for nine seasons and head coach for two. He left Kansas City after the 2008 season to join the Lions’ staff.
“Definitely a big game for him,” Detroit defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh said.
They had 24-year-old Tony Moeaki, who emerged as a playmaker at tight end in his rookie season and was supposed to become Cassel’s favorite target in 2011. He’s a unique talent, and is irreplaceable in KC.
They had 22-year-old Eric Berry, who lived up to expectations as a No. 5 overall pick with a Pro Bowl rookie campaign and was supposed to move into the “elite safety” player category in 2011. He’s a unique talent, and is irreplaceable in KC.
And they had 23-year-old Jamaal Charles, who averaged a ridiculous 6.4 yards per rush in a monster 2010 season and was supposed to compete for a rushing title in 2011. He’s a unique talent, and is irreplaceable in KC.
We’re back with another edition of AA Radio. Patrick Allen talks about the Chiefs’ loss to the Lions and about Todd Haley and Matt Cassel. Then later, he brings in AA Senior Staff Writer Big Matt to talk about some of the major issues facing the team.
Join us for a very special edition of AA Radio Episode 5 and a three-part Episode 5.2.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen