Good morning everyone. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news, talking about the blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Some positives in a 31-point loss but not much good in the big picture look of things.
What should be the takeaway?
It was a blowout loss, but given the circumstances, that should've been expected. What should be remembered is that the Chiefs, at least for a while, played well and rallied around quarterback Tyler Palko. He wasn't perfect, but he wasn't as dreadful as he could've been in his first career start.
Offensive coordinator Bill Muir was on the sideline for the Chiefs rather than his usual spot in the press box, but coach Todd Haley said Muir was still calling the plays.
"No different than what we normally do," Haley said. "We just made an alteration with Bill (on the sideline). I just thought that we were at a point of the season where (the Chiefs needed) a little change. He talks to the offense all week, and I just felt being in the box right now maybe wasn't the best place for him."
Palko would finish his starting debut going 25-of-38 for 236 yards with 3 INTs and a 49.9 quarterback rating.
"You can't run away from them; they're interceptions," Palko said. "They were turnovers and you can't run away from those things. You have to learn from them, but move forward as well. At the end of the day, you go back, watch the film, evaluate, and move forward. You can't do anything about the past and obviously it was disappointing."
Of New England's 34 unanswered points, 17 came during a disastrous third quarter that began with an 85-yard touchdown drive and ended with a 19-yard Stephen Gotskowski field goal. In between the two scores was a 72-yard Julian Edelman punt return for a touchdown and a
Tyler Palko interception.
Todd Haley and his coaching staff could not be accused of playing their cards close to the vest Monday night against the Patriots.
On offense, defense and special teams, the Chiefs coached reached deep into their playbooks to find something different to throw at Bill Belichick's team.
"It was a game we prepared very hard for," Haley said, talking about his coaches and players.
The truest, most unfiltered version of the Chiefs coach is a risk-taker. A gambler. A man who calls blitz after blitz after onside kick after blitz. That man has been gone.
He tried to come back on Monday, when what's left of the Chiefs lost 34-3 to the Patriots. Underneath the rubble of a crumbling season are three strange but significant truths:
Bob Palko was his son's high school football coach, too, and for years he has seen his older boy through a pair of lenses. On Monday, he was the father: anxious, hopeful and ultimately disappointed. He also was the coach: a man with a trained eye that saw the marks of a 28-year-old quarterback with no real NFL experience to his name, but also seeing reasons to hope.
"He's playing the position well," Bob Palko said during the third quarter, AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" blaring over the stadium loudspeakers. "He's driving the offense; he's looking comfortable. It's just little things here and there. A little bit late on certain things, but he's running what they're asking him to do.
Rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who was activated to the 53-man roster a week ago, played the first snaps of his career in the fourth quarter, entering at right tackle for Sebastian Vollmer.
The quiet big man was a bit emotional as he talked about his debut, which came nearly seven months to the day after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins' lymphoma.
"It was fun. I've got a really long way to go, though,'' Cannon said.
BRADY PASSES CHILDHOOD IDOL JOE MONTANA WITH 118 WINS
Tom Brady earned his 118th win as a starting quarterback to move past Joe Montana for seventh place on the all-time list for regular-season victories by a starting quarterback. Johnny Unitas is in sixth place with 119 wins.
Best block: Chiefs guard Ryan Lilja left the game with a head/neck injury. It was easy to understand why after seeing him get leveled by Pats defensive tackle Kyle Love with a block after Arrington's second interception.
It was true, but what's left of this season will likely be about positive thinking, finding the good in some of the bad in games like Monday's. Jones' encouraging performance perhaps showed why the Chiefs have continued to give him carries this season, as the weeks and months passed since his 33rd birthday.