The man who can do no right is trying to explain why everything is going so wrong. He must know this is a fool's errand.
Romeo Crennel is not crazy. He is not stupid. But when the coach of the sport's worst team stands in front of reporters and cameras and his boss to explain a 10th loss in 11 games, well, this is not Crennel's finest moment.
"I thought our guys played a good football game," he says about a team that is now on track for the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft with a roster many picked to make the playoffs.
Solutions for what ails their struggling offense continue to elude the Chiefs, but center Ryan Lilja had a great answer when asked where they would get their points over the season's final five games.
"Hopefully not from the field-goal kicker,'' Lilja said.
Overall, gotta be happy with the win. The Broncos are now 8-3, 4-2 on the road, 4-0 in the division, 6-2 in the AFC and very much in the hunt for a 1st round playoff bye. Gotta take care of business against Baltimore and hope NE stumbles at some point. What a difference a year and Manning makes when a 6 game winning streak is expected and not touted huh?
"We're frustrated every week,'' Charles said. "Every time we get a loss we're frustrated. I don't know when it's going to stop. Hopefully we can dig down deep in our souls and find a way to get out of this.
"We know we're not going to the playoffs so we're playing for our pride. We're playing for our organization. We're playing for our coaches and our teammates. That's all we've got right now.''
The Chiefs' defense deserves credit for slowing aBroncos offense that had averaged 33 points per game over the past six weeks. Peyton Manning made his plays -- including a pretty 30-yard touchdown hookup with Demaryius Thomas -- but this was an offensive performance not up to previous standards.
Manning was tested for a concussion after being thrown to the turf on his 7-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme in the second quarter. He was cleared and never missed a snap, finishing 22-of-37 passing for 285 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Ayers learned late Saturday night that his father had died suddenly. The news shook the entire Broncos team. With a heavy heart, Ayers played in the Broncos' 17-13 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had one quarterback hit and was awarded with the game ball.
"It was an emotional game for us," said Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas. "We wanted to win this one for Robert."
"He's been tremendous," the former star quarterback said of Manning, as McCaffrey wandered off to interview Denver wideout Eric Decker. "You know, he's worked hard, and he's come back and proven himself by the year he's having. And plus he's lifted the whole team. He sets a great example for all of our young guys as far as how hard you have to work to win."
Charles Moves Up Scrimmage Yards Chart: With 107 rushing yards in today's contest, RB
Jamaal Charlesnow has 5,190 career scrimmage yards, passing FB Kimble Anders (5,090) for 14th place in team history. He needs two more yards to pass RB Christian Okoye (5,191) for 13th. He ranks second behind WR Dwayne Bowe(5,610) among active Chiefs players.
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Two of the false starts, Crennel said, were instigated by Broncos defensive players, who mimicked the snap cadence by their former teammate, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn, causing Kansas City players to move.
"The official doesn't know whether it's a defensive check or what exactly has happened," said Crennel, "so we jump because we thought it was part of the quarterback command."
So even though the Chiefs held Denver, the NFL's second-highest scoring team with a 30.1 average to fewer than 20 points for the first time all season, it didn't really matter.
"Seventeen points is 17 points," said inside linebacker Derrick Johnson. "They didn't score a lot, but the object of the game is to have one more point than them, and we failed to do that today."