Some of you AP'ers are really out of touch with reality at the moment.
I've said it before, you should be able to throw 11 hungry UDFAs on the field and stop the opposing team from scoring at least once when the game matters. These are professional football players. Abram Elam isn't some guy we picked off the street, Jacques Reeves had a full training camp and 4 preseason games to get reacquainted with the game of football, Stanford Routt had a full training camp to get accustomed to the Crennel defense and a 3 year 20 million dollar deal, they've got to make a stop. I don't care if Brandon Flowers is out, Routt is going to be on the field just as much as Brandon Flowers will and Abram Elam should be seeing a crap load of playing time, they've got to get it together. Derrick Johnson who as we all know was dinged up, was also beat across the middle on more than several occasions. He's got to get it together. We arent just talking about Jacques Reeves, we are talking about starters here.
For people to talk about a lack of personnel when defensive scheming was just as much of an impediment to our performance defensively against the Falcons is also asinine to me. You've got Julio Jones on one side of the field and Roddy White on the other, and Brandon Flowers is on the bench, so why in Tim Tebow is Eric Berry BLITZING? They haven't ran in 6 plays, so why the hell is everyone crowded at the line of scrimmage? The Falcons aren't scared of Andy Studebaker and Jovan Belcher coming after Matt Ryan believe it or not, so you've got to put everyone back in pass coverage. At the start of each game, each facet of the offense and defense needs to earn the opposing coordinator's respect. The Atlanta Falcons run defense could not penetrate our defensive line let alone meet our Linebackers, so why did we continue to respect the run? Why? Its way too early to say that Romeo Crennel can't handle the tasks of being a DC and a head coach, but the Falcons regular season game and the first team defensive performances against both St. Louis and Seattle (Tamba Hali was available for both games) say precisely that based off this season's action alone.
And now to address some of the absolutely disgusting excuses I've read from several AP'ers:
Bringing up Anthony Toribio as an excuse to why we couldn't stop the PASS.
Really? Lets forget the fact that Dontari Poe played absolutely phenomenal when he was on the field. Lets forget the fact that Anthony Toribio has never started a regular season game after 3 seasons in the NFL. HE IS A NOSE TACKLE, HE's NOT DROPPING BACK INTO COVERAGE. Last time I checked, we held Michael Turner to 32 yards on 11 carries (2.9 rushing average). Last time I checked, we held a scat back in Jacquizz Rodgers to 22 yards on 7 carries (3.1 rushing average). Add the stats of Jason Snelling and the 3 Atlanta Running Backs combined for a total of 59 yards on 20 carries (2.95 rushing average). We played phenomenally against the run and I doubt the unproven Anthony Toribio could have improved this effort by any means.
Speaking of Kendrick Lewis' absence as if he is soooooooo much better than Abram Elam
Kendrick Lewis is a solid young free safety. He definitely was the bright spot of the safety unit last season with Eric Berry out for the season. He was actually a better safety than Eric Berry for the first 3 or 4 weeks of their respective rookie careers in 2010. But lets not sit here and act like this man hasn't been burnt before in his career. We aren't talking about Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle, or Ed Reed, we are talking about Kendrick Lewis. This is the same man who performed no better than Sabby Piscatelli for the first 3 or 4 weeks of the 2011-12 season. This is the same man who gave up a 53 yard gain on the first play of overtime against the Raiders on the Eve of Christmas last season, ultimately ruining our playoff chances. This is the same man who was beat by Sam Bradford on at least 2 significant gains in his short amount of playing time before he went down with an injury against St. Louis in the 2nd preseason game. Stop it. Stop talking like he would've prevented this defensive embarrassment from happening. He would've improved the defense, no doubt, but he wouldn't have won us this game.
In my 3 years of being on this website I've never been so embarrassed of Chiefs fans. A beat down is a beat down. I don't care if Jesus is missing from our secondary, you've got to make at least ONE stop when the game is within reach. This loss was deeper than Brandon Flowers and Tamba Hali. Let's get over it. Luckily we don't face Tony Gonzales, Julio Jones, and Roddy White every game. Lets just move on and watch this team prove the analysts who see us as a contender in this conference right, and the analysts and fans who were blinded by the acquisition of Peyton Manning wrong. But don't dwell on this game like anything honorable occurred on the defensive side of the ball against the pass. It was just embarrassing, trying to rationalize makes you look foolish.
And Kudos to anyone insane enough to read this entire thing :)