The first quarter of today's loss agaisnt Baltimore looked way too familiar. We couldn't score and we couldn't stop anybody. I was ready to hang it up and go out for a bike ride. I kept thinking that there is no way I can take another season of this. Luckily, Todd Haley and his team didn't share my mentality.
I'll keep this fairly short and simple. We can all sit here and debate the fine details of the game. I could go on for hours about Pendergast playing his corners 10 yards off the line every play. I'll save that talk for another day.
It was still in the first quarter (I believe) and Brodie Croyle calls a timeout to save a delay of game penalty. He trots over to the sideline towards a red-faced Todd Haley. It didn't take a professional lip reader to see what he was saying:
"SNAP THE *BLEEP* BALL!"
This was the moment I decided to keep watching. All of a sudden, something seemed different. This wasn't last season. I knew the Chiefs were going to have to do something miraculous just save themselves from the extra running and butt chewing they'd recieve after what appeared to be an inevitable disaster. I was ready to see the Chiefs respond and they did. They clawed and scrapped their way back into the game and refused to go away. Herm's teams would never have pulled that off. Baltimore is a much better team than the Chiefs. I'm sure that there are a lot of teams better than the Chiefs, but we have something that very few of our 31 opponents have. That is toughness and class. When the Chiefs scored and made big plays, they didn't go out and start mocking the other team nor did they make asses out of themselves with ridiculous dances. They stayed focused and executed to the best of their ability. We may not have the talent but we have heart and class and that's what ultimately wins you football games.
It's now almost and hour after the final whistle and Todd Haley has yet to make his press conference. I imagine the practicing and game planning has already started for next week. This should be an interesting season.