KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs watches with assistants from the sidelines during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Well, what do you say after something like that? Is there anything you can say? The Kansas City Chiefs were dominated in every phase of the game against the Buffalo Bills in the first game of the 2011 season. Bills 41 and Chiefs 7.
There's a lot of blame to go around for this one as the Chiefs were thoroughly beat in every aspect, but Chiefs coach Todd Haley says the finger needs to be pointed at him.
"As for the game," Haley said after the game, "I think pretty clear cut. Doesn't need a lot of description. We did the things if you do them, you'll get beat -- turning the ball, not stopping the run, not converting third downs, allowing big returns, missing kicks and things like that.
"That being said, I'm taking 100 percent responsibility for our team not being ready to go. You can point the finger right at Todd Haley. I'm taking 100 percent responsibility."
"That being said, I believe int he guys in that room, I really do. I really believe in my team. I think we have a chance to do special things. We're 0-1 in the first quarter of the season. Our goal is to win three games in each quarter, alright. We have to get better to do that but we're 0-1. 12 other teams lost today and we made it 13. We weren't very good, we have to be better. I believe in the guys, I believe in what we're doing and I believe in how we're going to do it."
First, considering the circumstances, I'm glad Haley was very clear as to who gets the blame. A 34-point loss is a complete system failure and the coach needs to have the finger pointed at him.
Second, the Chiefs need to fix whatever the hell happened out there. That wasn't just a bad day by a couple of guys. It was a bad day by everyone -- players and coaches. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel said after the game that it's not just Haley that should be blamed. The players are responsible, too.
Frankly, I don't know what else to say. I don't have a response for what happened out there today.