Charlie, that really hurt.
After watching the first half of the season, here is my unbiased opinion of the Chiefs. Good team, struggling passing attack and a jekyl and hyde defense. Unfortunately, this team has .500 all over it if our volumtious Offensive Coordinator doesn't start making some adjustments. I honestly believe Charlie Weis is holding our team back.
I know, I know....Charlie Weis has more Superbowl rings than I do, and maybe he is a very good playcaller when he has Tom Brady behind centre. He also might have zero confidence in Matt Cassel actually throwing the forward pass or the receiver's catching it. However, if he doesn't start opening up the playcalling, our greatest strength (running game) will soon be equalized. The Raiders who were 29th in rush defense essentially shut down the rushing game and challenged Matt to beat them.
This isn't a Bash Cassel post, far from it. I think the kid has alot of good qualities and looked very good in certain situations this year. At some point you have to put the ball in your franchise quarterbacks hand and say, Matt, win this freaking game. Enough with the checkdowns, enough with the 3rd down draw plays, enough with the Hermesque playcalling...can we win the game, instead of not trying to lose?
My biggest beef however with Charlie is the inability to manage the running game. Sigh. Look, Thomas Jones has been very good this year and he's been a fantastic compliment to Jamaal Charles. Obviously Weis and Haley had a gameplan that Thomas Jones gave the Chiefs a better chance to run the ball. I'm assuming there was something Charlie saw when watching Raider gametape that told him that a tough between tackles runner was a better way to beat the Raiders. Well, it wasn't. At some point when Thomas Jones was averaging less than 1 yard per carry, you'd think that maybe Jamaal should get the ball a little more?
Jamaal Charles had 9 carries after 4 quarters, and this was a game where we were never down more than one score. NINE. Thomas Jones had 19. Cassel threw it 33 times. To me, this is a huge recipe for disaster. 3rd down playcalling in particular has been a huge problem this year and with a running game as dominant as ours, we should be in the top 10 in 3rd down conversions. Instead we are near the bottom.
I don't have an answer, nor do I offer a solution. I think Haley has been a far better coach when he isn't calling the plays. I just have no more faith in Weis. I thought we were getting the Superbowl winning OC, not the shlub who ran Notre Dame into the ground. That being said, maybe anyone could have been an OC with the Hoodie as HC and Tom Brady as QB.