Sorry this is a bit late everyone. Ran over at the gym this morning.
Here’s your Morning Fix!
“I don’t think about the record,” Chiefs cornerback Javier Arenas said. “I don’t even look at the scoreboard, to be quite frank with you. I know my job, my responsibility. I depend on my teammates. My teammates depend on me so I go out there and give a lot of effort.
“If I do think about a record and where we’re at, how am I going to play well? How am I going to go out there and perform? It’s not going to work. So I have an optimistic and positive mind-set when I go out there.”
Coach Romeo Crennel said he stands by his decision to keep kicking field goals rather than attempt several short fourth-downs in a 17-9 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, even though his own players acknowledged it was going to take more than 3s to win.
In short, he approached the game like the Chiefs were 10-1, rather than 1-10.
“You have to do what you think is right at the time,” Crennel said Monday, “and I thought going against this particular team that points on the board was going to be important. The more points the better, but we definitely needed points on the board.”
Romeo Crennel has made some very questionable in-game decisions, but his inability to decide on either Cassel or Brady Quinn as quarterback is just puzzling. Kind of like his inability to answer questions related to Charles’ usage. Why isn’t Steve Breaston playing, and why does Jonathan Baldwin look so bad?
Relative to the number of premium picks invested on the defensive side, they’re not as good as they should be. Eric Berry has regressed, and Dontari Poe couldn’t make a big impact this year.
What Went Right: Not a whole lot. Justin Houston emerged as a legitimate additional pass-rushing threat along with Tamba Hali. Those two have 13 of the Chiefs’ 17 sacks this season. Charles at least looks healthy enough to dominate, even though he wasn’t used properly. Dexter McCluster could do some damage in the right situation.
I feel bad for the Kansas City Chiefs. As I continually watch their horrible quarterback play, it’s likely they will have the first overall pick with few options to fix that position at the top of the draft.
Right now, and the evaluation process is early, there isn’t a franchise passer waiting for them in the draft.
The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins landed their franchise passers last spring in Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Barring injury, they won’t have to worry about that position for a decade.
The Chiefs? What are their options if they have the first overall pick next spring?
USC’s Matt Barkley hasn’t played as well as expected. West Virginia’s Geno Smith became the chic pick early, but is he a system quarterback? Oklahoma’s Landry Jones has put up big numbers, but scouts have cooled on him.