All the people who criticized Haley for being a conditioning Nazi can suck it. If our D hadn't been in top shape, we never would have won this game. Ever. The D was on the field pretty much the entire game and came up with big plays when they had to. Herm's D would never have been in shape good enough to compete in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs Nation should be very, very proud of the way the defense played tonight. A gritty, tough performance from them. Based on tonight, the D is coming along well and if we had a legitimate pass rush guy (for instance, if Carl had been fired before he pissed off Jared Allen) this could be a formidable group. In fact, this game had the feel of a Marty era 90s game with the offense being almost non-existent and the defense and special teams single-handedly winning the game. Kick coverages were excellent all night and the combo of Arenas and McCluster isn't even fair. We will win games with special teams this year.
The offense looked pretty terrible. I know they want to limit the pounding Charles takes but it certainly seems like they move the ball more efficiently when he's in there.
This rookie class looks to be something special. If we can draft this well every year we will be loaded with talent.
Nice to see the crowd show up again. I was watching the game at a sports bar in Los Angeles and the level of heat the crowd was bringing was obvious on TV. Four penalties that can be directly link to crowd noise -- I think the Arrowhead faithful got their groove back tonight.
Despite the really awful showing by the offense I think this game was a huge turning point for the program. This team learned how to win tonight. Ric Flair says it best: "To be the man, you gotta beat the man." If you want to win the Superbowl you have to beat good teams. And those games usually look like this one tonight -- a close, gutsy game that comes down to literally the last play. There's no question this is a game we would have lost 2 years ago. Huge, huge step forward tonight.