...allow me to speak a 10 year old girl's language: "LOL!" The only masterpiece anywhere near One Arrowhead Drive right now is the tailgating (we always will be the champs in that regard).
This season has been horrific and, at times, so laughable that yesterday's game against San Diego actually made me a little happy afterwards (EVEN THOUGH WE LOST!). My thoughts about the game after the jump...I've seen the comments about the differences in the offense between the first and second half. I agree that the offense, while not the juggernaut everyone wanted (THE KILLA B's are more like THE KILLA BS...and yes, I realize that Johnny boy hasn't played yet, so it's really TBD, but you get my point), did improve in the second half. However, we still didn't look that great, as seen in how the game ended.
We all know that the offense was atrocious in the first half (and has been in the previous two games). I have a Cassel jersey that I've been tempted to use as toilet paper ever since the season began. I know you're all thinking, "WHY DID YOU WASTE THE MONEY?!?!?!" Well, I like the guy and want him to succeed. I'm a sucker for an underdog story. Cassel is a great guy and has the heart of a champion. It's just unfortunate that he doesn't have the game to back up his enthusiasm. I'll always be a Cassel supporter from a personality standpoint, but as our QB, it's obvious now that we need to find a different man for the future. Do I hope Cassel proves me wrong? OF COURSE! However, the likelihood of that happening is about the same as me hitting the lottery...and folks, I don't even play the lottery.
This isn't even the main point of my post. My post is about the defense. I think we all would agree that the defense made progress yesterday. They pressured Rivers and forced two turnovers. However, with just two more plays by the defense (that could've easily been made), we would've probably won the game. Let's look at the facts, compliments of ESPN's play by play:
*San Diego's first TD drive:
"(Shotgun) P.Rivers sacked at KC 29 for -6 yards (W.Gilberry). FUMBLES (W.Gilberry), recovered by SD-N.Hardwick at KC 26. N.Hardwick to KC 26 for no gain (A.Bailey)."
---Three plays later:
"(Shotgun) R.Mathews up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN."
*San Diego's second TD drive:
"(Shotgun) P.Rivers pass incomplete short left to M.Floyd (D.Johnson)."
---Five plays later:
"R.Mathews right end for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN."
Look...I know that hindsight is 20/20, but let's be real here. If KC can come up with that fumble (and if I remember correctly, one of our guys...I think it was Brandon Carr...had a golden opportunity to fall on the ball, but tried to pick it up and run with it) and that interception (DJ has got to figure out a way to catch the football when it hits his hands of stone), then we stop both TD drives and wipe 14 points off the board. Those were two very key plays that ended up biting us in the rear. Of course, we all know that the whole course of the game could've changed if those plays had happened, but the point is that you can't allow a good offense like San Diego's to stay on the field when you have a chance to get them off of it.
I am not placing the blame for this loss on the defense. We all know that if the offense had done ANYTHING in the first half and Suckop (misspelled on purpose) had made that field goal, then we'd have probably won the game. However, I am saying that, as we know VERY WELL by now, we cannot let opportunities like that slip by us. As sloppy as Rivers played yesterday, we easily could have had 2-3 more turnovers.
Regardless, it was nice to at least be able to watch the whole game and not be completely disgusted. There were some positives to be found. However, just as everyone else, I want to win NOW! We have too much cap space and too good of a core group of players to suck this bad (I'm looking at you Hunt and Pioli)!
P.S. If you read my first post before the season about a 10-6 record and making the playoffs...let me again quote the 10 year old girl: "LOL!"