The Joy Of Feeling Pity As A Chiefs Fan

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I just want to come right out and say that this post is in no way meant to rub salt in the wounds of Jacksonville Jaguars fans. While I will be inevitably gloating quite a lot in the following 800 words, that is not intended to be at your expense. Rather, what is to follow is open message to you that we feel your pain – well, actually, we felt your pain, and we are supremely glad we’re not feeling it anymore.

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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

A funny thing happened toward the end of the first half.

The Chiefs were dominating all phases of the game. Seemingly effortlessly, the Chiefs had just slipped into the endzone for a third time in the half while their opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, had not yet passed their own 36-yardline and had been generally dismal all around. In fact, the Jaguars would end up being the first team to score exactly two points in a game since 1993. This time, it came from a 1st-quarter safety on a blocked punt, which, not to take that play entirely away from Jacksonville, but anytime anyone scores on special teams outside of your standard place-kick, it’s usually about 50% one side doing something right and at least 50% the other side screwing something up. This time, a reserve linebacker that the Chiefs signed off waivers last weekend (James-Michael Johnson) totally blew his assignment and let a guy through unblocked.

By the time the score was up to 21-2, I found myself saying, “Man, I honestly feel bad for Jacksonville fans.”

Immediately, the gravity of what I had just said donned on me. When was the last time that I, a Chiefs fan, have ever been in a position to pity another NFL fan base?

In fact, the reason why I found it impossible not to sympathize with Jacksonville, was that they looked so much like us last year – never moving the ball, making dumb mistakes, ill-timed turnovers and penalties that killed drives at exactly the worst time. It was like playing against the Crennel-Quinn Chiefs, but they were just wearing different uniforms.

It was an instant sign of how far the Chiefs have come.

I don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves. This was just one game against a very bad opponent, but we should all take this moment to bask in the victory because it has simply been too long. The last time the Chiefs even scored 28 points in a game was October 23, 2011 in the game where KC had six interceptions against Oakland (Matt Cassel threw just two) – a game in which the Raiders tossed Carson Palmer into the fray just a few days after trading him off of his Cincinnati couch.

The last time before that when we won a game by 26 points or more? October 1, 2006 in a 41-0 win vs. San Francisco (against 2nd-year QB Alex Smith).

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Other than that, the only blowouts the Chiefs have been on the winning side of in the last seven years were a 24-point win over the Chargers in 2007 and a 22-point win in 2010 against who else but the Jacksonville Jaguars.

All last week I had been worried that the Chiefs would play down to the level of their competition in this opener. Boy, was I wrong.

Almost every move the new regime has made was present in this game.

The Chiefs were finally led by a quarterback, who, if not dazzling, was certainly respectable in the outing, going 21/34 for 173 yards, 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s and a QBR of 66.3 – making him a higher-rated QB this week than Tom Brady, Matt Stafford, Sam Bradford, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, or Tony Romo (who’s coming to our house next week).

Bon Sutton’s defense was aggressive, finishing with six sacks, two interceptions, and never let the Jaguars get into a rhythm in the air or on the ground. On at least one play I counted 10 Chiefs lined up on the line of scrimmage.  Even Princeton 7th-round rookie Mike Catapano hit the QB once. Jacksonville’s offensive line, which was seen as being an overall strength for the team, looked like boys playing against men.

The stands being drained of their color in the 3rd quarter as if someone forgot to put in the plug and all the fans seeped out were not in Arrowhead. It was the Chiefs that were doing the morale-destruction this time.

The Jaguars were without WR Justin Blackmon or TE Marcedes Lewis in this sad home-opener for them and I honestly do hope that they get things going this year. I do not wish my 2012 psycho-emotional state on anyone, except maybe the Raiders. Though Jacksonville may have been a weak opponent, the Chiefs showed they will be competitive this year by doing what competitive teams do – they beat bad teams, and beat them convincingly.

It has been nearly a decade since the Chiefs have done just that. For now, I am overjoyed that I can feel pity, and this week it is not for myself.

Topics: Chiefs, Jacksonville, Jaguars

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  • calciomoti

    Golden!

  • Fernando Garci-Crespo C

    So much truth here. Great read!

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    I’ll take dominance anyway I can get it go Chiefs and at the expense of anyone

  • Chris Tarrants

    Nothing against the jags but we should show no mercy from here on out! We will not dominate every game but when we do I want to see Houston kicking dirt on his opponent and see Hali hike his leg and piss on them, see Poe pummeling guys in the pile! Those were all hypothetical of course but we have been the laughing stock for so long now and been bullied by the big market teams that we need to send a message that this team isn’t full of pretty boys any more ” no offense to Stanzi or Baldwin” but rather this is a team full if big nasty, mean and in your face grown men who will challenge any team for a win

  • Chris Tarrants

    Nothing against the jags but we should show no mercy from here on out! We will not dominate every game but when we do I want to see Houston kicking dirt on his opponent and see Hali hike his leg and piss on them, see Poe pummeling guys in the pile! Those were all hypothetical of course but we have been the laughing stock for so long now and been bullied by the big market teams that we need to send a message that this team isn’t full of pretty boys any more ” no offense to Stanzi or Baldwin” but rather this is a team full if big nasty, mean and in your face grown men who will challenge any team for a win

    • Jim Harper

      Well said Chris. This years Chiefs are “Boys no more”. On the surface I had every confidence our Chiefs would come away with a victory, but the closer we came to kick-off I began to feel that same uneasiness of years past when you knew in the bottom of your heart they would find a way to fuck it up. It now feels like those days are history. And to top it off it was truly a team effort. AS11 was outstanding at getting everybody involved and the defense was incredible. Poe got a sack as did Jackson. They looked unbeatable. We definitely picked the right tackle in the draft as Luke Joeckel got beat on a regular basis. It is only one game, but man it sure felt good!

      • berttheclock

        Also, on the Hali interception, Joeckel had tried to block him at his ankles and failed. Funny thing after the game, when interviewed by the Jacksonville press, Hali was disappointed that he had not been part of the sack attack and talked more about how pleased he was with the others making sacks than his own TD. Poe was credited with 1 and a half sacks. One other point is I saw Catapano roar around Joeckel and just miss getting to Gabbert ahead of Houston. Some Jags’ fans were blaming their coaches for not calling more running plays as they said they had expected a lot of blitzing from Sutton. Whatever, welcome Mr Sutton.

  • Jason Seibel

    Great stuff, Nicholas! And so true. My stomach turned on that blocked punt and my wife said, “here we go again.” But from that point on, it was only the Jags who showed they haven’t improved. Great read!

    • tm1946

      During our more recent history, Chief’s teams have played poorly against lessor teams and practically played heroically against good to excellent teams. This game represents the change Reid brought with him. It the team is bad, you put your foot on their throat and finish them off.

      • oldchiefsfan

        This is exactly what I was thinking during that game! After that safety we said “Ok that’s it” and we shut them down.

  • Casey Enyeart

    After the blocked punt and safety, I was forced to increase my alcohol intake two fold, but thankfully, it made me happier at halftime and not grumpier. GO CHIEFS!! Here’s to happy drinking in the second half of all the games this year!!

  • Justin R Groth

    I just hope we perform better on 3 rd downs. Weren’t we like 5/15? I also think all five conversions came from short 3rd downs. I’ll have to jog over to pride and double check.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, but, look at other games. Detroit was 5 of 13 and won. Seattle was 6 of 13 and barely won as NE did going 11 of 20. The Jets were 7 of 18 and won, while Oakland was 7 of 13 and lost. But, at least the Chiefs were not the Vikings going 2 of 10. BTW, the Jags were 5 of 19 and did not score except for a safety. However, as to scoring from short 3rd downs, last year in the Red Zone the Chiefs were one of the worst inside the 20 scoring teams in the league. Remember all of those FGs from short and goal? This is still a work in progress, but, at least, one can see Progress peaking its head over the horizon and smiling for the first time in many a game.

      • Danny W

        Good rebuttal. We were still stagnate for an entire half though. We failed at half to adjust from the short pass to something intermediate maybe. We have to be able to throw the ball past nine yards to win big games.

        • skwirrl

          Yes. They shut the offense down, showed nothing and went ultra conservative. You know what can happen when you try to push the pace with a big lead when you don’t have to? Ask Brian Cushing and Phyllis about that.

      • Justin R Groth

        That’s true, the most important thing is we won. That being said if we were going up against a competent team I feel things would have been different. What that stat tells me is that if we have a bad play or penalty we are sol on 3rd and 6 and up. U think that is when Bowe should have been used more.

    • BurtGummer44

      Well, that’s what you get with the current QB under center, 3rd and 5 was the longest conversion and that was a 9yd scramble. Of course I’ll be labelled a HATER……..but reality is as reality does.

  • berttheclock

    Yes, it was a great win for ever suffering fans, but, has anyone notified either NFL Network or ESPN about the win? Has any word about it leaked eastward of the Hudson River?

    • Danny W

      No, no one in Bristol apparently know anything about Kansas City or Jacksonville. The NFL network must of lost signal as well. As usual we could go undefeated and wouldn’t get any airtime on the networks.

  • steve james

    I was glad to see the second stringers get some actual game time. So much more meaningful than preseason game time & it will prove to speed up the development of quality depth through repetition & evaluation. No need to risk an injury to a crucial starter from a tired frustrated Jags squad.

  • berttheclock

    One point about the new Chiefs. Remember comments made when Dorsey traded Arenas for Anthony Sherman of the Cardinals? Many posters wondered why they needed a new FB. Last season with the Cardinals, Sherman only caught 5 passes for 39 yards. Yesterday, he caught 4 passes for 44 yards.

    • Danny W

      I think our secondary is improved with out Arenas. Danta Robinson, and Smith appear to be very good. But they got pretty ridiculous with the full back position this year. They picked up like six of them.

  • Corey Evans

    ummm last game we won by 26 points or more was the game you referenced above that statement. We shut out Oakland 28-0 in 2011

  • BurtGummer44

    If I were a Jaquars fan I’d just point out that they’ve won 5 playoff games (3 on the road) in the last 20 years, while the Chiefs have won Zilch. As far as I’m concerned Chiefs fans shouldn’t feel pity on any other fan base until the Chiefs actually win a game in the postseason. The Chiefs post season record is downright embarrassing.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/jax/playoffs.htm

    • Danny W

      At least this season isn’t completely hopeless like theirs appears to be. We may not be drafting last or anything Burt, but I don’t think it’s gonna be first though either. I’m not sure it won’t be second, after that second half of offense in Jville, but it won’t be first.

  • Danny W

    Yeah another season like last year and I honestly wouldn’t watch a live game I’d say. I’d record them all and watch at high speed. Jacksonville fans must be calling for their head coaches head, along with every other coach on staff. They need Blackmon back with Teddy Bridgewater and Clowney. We just need Bridgewater.

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