The Chiefs, at 1-10, would own the first pick in the 2013 draft if the season ended today, and unfortunately for them, there isn’t a quarterback of Newton’s and Luck’s quality available, and there may not be one worthy of a top-five or even top-10 pick. But it appears these college kids, whether taken at the top of the first round or even deep in the third round, are more prepared to take on the NFL than ever before.
“I’m going to be totally honest with you … I am absolutely blown away by quarterback play of these rookies this year,” said former NFL quarterback and longtime ESPN analyst Ron Jaworsksi. “Six rookies that we have starting is probably the most in the history of the NFL. These guys are so much more prepared to play in the NFL, I just can’t believe it.”
Not taking anything away from the consistency of Chiefs K Ryan Succop, who connected on all three of his field goal attempts during Sunday’s loss, his third game this year with three or more FGs in one game, the Chiefs continue to struggle scoring TDs instead of FGs.
Through Sunday, Kansas City has made 26 FGs, compared to 13 TDs. The Chiefs opponents have crossed pay dirt 34 times, which has contributed to the losing streak and caused frustration for both coaches and the players.
“Sure it does, and it’s all about the mentality that the players have because when you lose, nobody feels good about losing. Everybody is frustrated about losing – players, coaches, fans, owners, everybody. What we want or what we need is, we need to try to win a game to make us feel better, give us a little confidence and then if you win one, then maybe we can win another one,” Crennel said.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers meet in an inter-conference matchup on Sunday, Dec. 2 with a 12 p.m. kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs will close out a three-game home stretch vs. the Panthers before the team hits the road for its next two contests.
The Chiefs enter the contest with a 1-10 record and are coming off of a 17-9 loss to the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Despite holding Denver’s high-powered offense to fewer than 20 points for the first time this season, Kansas City was unable to overcome a late third quarter touchdown pass from Broncos QB Peyton Manning to WR Demaryius Thomas, which was Manning’s second TD pass of the day. The Chiefs offense was able to keep the ball away from Manning and company, controlling the clock for most of the game however, the team was forced to settle for three field goals from K Ryan Succop. On offense, RB Jamaal Charles notched 107 rushing yards, marking his fourth game this season with 100 or more rushing yards and the 14th of his career.
The Chiefs have been ordinary on special teams and they were expecting quite a bit this year since Javier Arenas is one of the most explosive returners in the league. It has not worked out that way. Placekicker Ryan Succop has made 23-of-26 FG attempts this year.