Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag. Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.
Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.
Welcome to The Fix.
Good morning, Addicts. I’m not going to beat around the bush. Yes the Chiefs lost yesterday. Yes, it was meaningless in regards to the seeding in the playoffs. Yes, they should have won and the San Diego Chargers had some help from bad officiating. That’s all the bad news.
In talking about those bad calls, the NFL has officially admitted the officiating error in not calling a penalty on the Chargers during the missed 41-yard Ryan Succop field goal. Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com posted this report this morning.
“With 0:08 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, Kansas City faced a fourth-and-12 from the San Diego 23. The Chiefs attempted a 41-yard field that was no good,” the league said in a statement.
That’s enough of the bad news. The good news is, while 20 teams are cleaning out their lockers on this “Black Monday” and as I write this, three NFL head coaches have been handed their walking papers, the Chiefs are arriving at One Arrowhead Drive to watch film and have meetings before beginning preparations for their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Regardless how the season ended, all records are reset to 0-0 and it’s time to see what this team truly has.
Speaking of facing the Colts this weekend, Sam Mellinger at the Kansas City Star has a great piece up detailing how the news was passed to the team in the locker room after their heartbreaking loss to the Chargers.
The information went from a staffer’s smart phone to the head coach to the team, passed along after the men gathered in the locker room and there was nothing left to say about a game managaed as a glorified scrimmage.
“Our postseason will start,” the Chiefs coach said, pausing for drama, “in Indianapolis.”
As the Chiefs begin that post season preparation for the team that embarrassed them last Sunday at Arrowhead by beating them 23-7, they’ll be doing it with 20 of 22 starters who are fresh, not having played a hard fought football game yesterday. Though it was a controversial decision by Reid to rest nearly his entire starting lineup. However many, including Adam Teicher at ESPN think that Reid made the right choice. Teicher put this up in his blog last night.
The Chiefs might not beat the Colts. But if they don’t, it won’t be because running back Jamaal Charles didn’t absorb the 20 or more hits he would have against the Chargers, because quarterback Alex Smith didn’t take the two sacks backup Chase Daniel did, because nose tackle Dontari Poe didn’t wind up on the bottom of a pile of humanity on each of San Diego’s 72 snaps.
It’s the start of another week in the NFL, Addicts. The only difference is, 1,060 players don’t have anything to do but watch. We’ll see if the Chiefs have what it takes to break the 20 playoff win drought.