Kansas City – Three Performances of Note
Back to Reality
After Brady Quinn’s (-1.4) moment in the sun against the Panthers last week it was back to business as usual against the Browns. He got much less support from his line (pressured on 48% of throws compared to 23% last week) and also made mistakes of his own. Not only was there the forced throw that ended up being intercepted, but additionally he seems to have developed a penchant for throwing out of bounds down the right sideline rather than giving his receivers a chance. Whether this is a defense mechanism brought on from fear of interceptions or simple inaccuracy, I don’t know. What is clear is that he’ll need to play like he did in Week 13 for at least two of the next three weeks if he wants a shot at a starting job in 2013.
While the choice of Dontari Poe (-2.8) hasn’t been a complete disaster, he’s hardly lived up to the 11th pick used to select him, as a run-stuffer or pass-rusher. Poe’s 11 total pressures (zero in this game) from 314 rush attempts means he should probably be taking a break on third down. Instead, the defensive lineman has played 73% of all snaps including 49 more snaps against the pass than the run. That said his play in the running game has also been lackluster and here he lost out to Alex Mack more often than not. On Montario Hardesty’s 25 yard scamper, watch the ease with which Mack pushes him back, to his knees and out of the play.
The good news for Chiefs fans is this is not a destitute roster. Talent abounds but the wherewithal to get the most from it has been missing. One of the better players is Brandon Flowers (+1.6) and in this game he showed his skill again. In coverage on 34 snaps he was targeted four times, allowed two receptions for 22 yards and also knocked down the fade for Josh Gordon in the end zone. He did give up the horse collar penalty but those are always tricky beasts to navigate and his intent was hardly malicious. Together with Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and others there’s plenty of talent to make a quick turn-around – if someone can tap into it of course.