Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dear Charlie:

Well, let's look at the positives.

As the last minute ticks off the clock and the Colts take a knee on their victory, you might think there isn't much to cheer about for the Chiefs. Their first big test of the year, and they come up 10 points short, right?

Maybe yes, maybe no. All I know for sure is that those 10 points don't tell the whole story.

My boys frustrated one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Down after down, the camera showed close-ups of that "what the hell?" expression on Peyton Manning's face. Our defense foiled him, hurried him, even roughed him up a bit. They harrassed him all day long and held him to field goals in all but one instance and even forced punts in crucial situations.

However, while our defense was stellar today, our offense struggled. We got FGs when we needed TDs. We had one gift-wrapped, handed-down-from-the-football-gods touchdown... and Dwayne Bowe dropped it. And then dropped the next pass, too.

Lots of people will immediately jump on Matt Cassel for this loss, but honestly, it wasn't his fault. He played smart football. But his receivers dropped like 8 passes in a row, and you can't expect the QB to put up good numbers when his receivers have butterfingers.

On the other hand, Tony Moeaki showed up again. He came to play and made some game-changing plays.

But we needed touchdowns. And we didn't get them.

The defense can't win the game by itself. The special teams -- and boy, did they do a sparkling job of being on the spot with the crunch -- can't win by themselves.

The offense has to show up. Everyone has to have their heads in the game.

And Cassel, I love ya, but you gotta never ever drop the ball again. I'm just sayin. I know you were under tremendous pressure and your next play was an astonishingly good strike for a first down, but... wow. If your receivers have butterfingers, you can't. That's like Football Rule #18.

But honestly, we held one of the most exciting, score-mongering teams in the league to field goals for the bulk of the game. We intercepted on one of the best QBs to ever play. And we forced that same QB to fumble the ball for the first time in like 3 years.

Not all bad. Build off it, guys. I know you can.

We're still 3-1, after all. You got a season building here. Just keep fanning those flames, and we'll see what happens.


At 8:10 AM, Blogger writtenwyrdd said...

Are we talking golf?


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