Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel has noticed.
“You walk through the hall with Tamba,” Crennel said Tuesday, “and when he goes into the meeting room, he’ll make the pass-rush move into the meeting room. That’s his mentality. And on Sunday, he is doggedly pursuing the quarterback, down in and down out.”
“I thought our tight ends showed up,” Orton said. “I don’t know if [Coach] expected them to catch that many passes but they were open and did a great job. They made some big plays.
“Pope made a couple of really big plays for us. Anthony, on the naked we ran to get the touchdown, was a huge play. I think everybody stepped up. It was a total team win. It wasn’t just one guy. It wasn’t just one coach. It was everybody fighting together for a win.”
Sometimes I look at that guy and he’s like the Energizer bunny,” Chiefs interim coach Romeo Crennel said. “He just keeps going and going and going. And he’s going against some big guys.”
It was the third straight game in which Hali has gotten a sack, and the three against Green Bay pushed his season total to 12. He’s still six behind Philadelphia Eagles pass rush specialist Jason Babin, the league leader, but the half dozen players in the NFL with more sacks than Hali are rarely subjected to the same kind of punishment by opposing offensive lines.
It also was a reminder of a missed opportunity for the Bears, even after Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb against the Chargers. When he was with the Bears, Orton won six games with a passer rating below 50.0, including victories against the Packers as a rookie in 2005 (23.7) and in 2008 (48.7).
Worse yet, the Packers’ loss to the Chiefs left them still needing to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC. There was a chance they would ease up at least a bit against the Bears if they had clinched the home-field advantage. Now, no way.