Everyone is talking about the defense this week, but it definitely needs to be pointed out that our offense had a large, large part in this loss. Heck, go and look at the game log. The defense forced two stops in the first half.
Our offense rewarded them with little in return. We had five drives to start the game and totaled only 71 yards. Why?
Hit the jump for GIFs of our offense completely failing to block the Buffalo Bills.
Culprit #1: Jon Asamoah
Big Jon was our lowest-rated offensive lineman against Buffalo (per PFF). He struggled with Kyle Williams all day, and on this play he gets completely owned, essentially tackling Jamaal Charles himself for a five-yard loss. The worst part of this snap is the rest of the play was well blocked, so Asamoah pretty much ruined what could have been a decent gain.
This is the fateful snap that all but ended the game for our Chiefs, as Matt Cassel fumbled after the pressure got to him. Of particular disappointment is the fact that Asamoah's best asset last year was his pass protection. On this play he pretty much gets tossed aside like a rag doll. Cassel probably shares some blame for holding the ball on this, but big Jon has to do better...he knows who his QB is. /subtletroll
Here's another snap where Asamoah gives up a pressure. Again, Cassel has barely enough time to get the ball off (this was an incomplete pass to Tony Moeaki), but the pressure affects the throw and Cassel takes a hit. If Matt was a little less aware this could have been another fumble.
And as if all that wasn't bad enough, here we have Big Jon pressuring his own QB and making Cassel throw a poor pass. I guess that's more pressure than any of our defensive tackles put on Ryan Fitzpatrick, though, so maybe that's a plus? I dunno, if this keeps up, I'm going to start calling him Big Sad Jon.
Culprit #2: Tight ends
Both Kevin Boss and Tony Moeaki received negative blocking grades (per PFF) for this game, and in fact aren't even in the top 25 for run blocking this season.
Plays like the following have a lot to do with that. On this snap, Kevin Boss gets completely beaten by Mark Anderson...and Charles just has no chance. This was another play, like Asamoah's, where you can see it's otherwise blocked well.
Here's Moeaki getting beaten across his face and letting Mario Williams run down Charles. Again, there's a HUGE expanse of open field here if Moeaki gets a seal. Instead it's a one-yard gain. This is particularly disappointing because Moeaki was PFF's 7th ranked run blocking tight end his rookie season.
And then we have stuff like Nate Eachus getting completely destroyed by a defensive tackle, which seems to be an issue with the blocking scheme, because I'm pretty sure Eachus isn't supposed to ever block defensive tackles.
Oh well, at least we have a big, talented wide receiver who...slips on banana peels/shoes and falls down.
FAIL, Chiefs offense. FAIL. You were as bad as the defense.
But at least Peyton Hillis looks cool trucking defensive backs.
Stay tuned! I'll be back tomorrow with some GIFs that point out just how bad Matt Cassel really is. Oh, thine horrors coaches film hath revealed!