Five Takeaways from Head Coach Andy Reid's Press Conference Monday from The Mothership
Having watched the film, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid described his thoughts on the game.
"It was a game of two halves," he explained. "The first half probably couldn't have been any worse offensively for sure—51 total yards and 50 yards of penalties. That's terrible production. Gave up too many long throws, field position became a factor in the first half. The second half, I thought both the pass defense and the offense tightened it up a little bit and were more productive. 136 yards or something of that sort in the third quarter- that's good production, but you have to do that for four quarters, which we haven't accomplished. So we've got to take what we did there in the third quarter and the early part of the Houston game, throughout the good part of the Denver game and so on. We've got to make sure that we are able to do what we do best, put it out there and do it for four quarters."
Chiefs Offense is an Enigma Wrapped in Promise from The Mothership
It's difficult to understand how an offense can move the ball so well at times, only to ultimately struggle at the worst possible times, yet still do enough to warrant the palpable feeling that something could happen as soon as they line up again.
The promise is there because they have talent. The pieces to fix these issues are in place.
"The second half we kind of settled down and functioned the way I know we can function," Reid noted.
They moved the ball well in the second half. It's a fact.
Chiefs Defense's No. 1 Goal on Sunday? Shut Down Adrian Peterson from The Mothership
Dontari Poedidn't play due to a high ankle sprain and Mike DeVitoleft the game early with a concussion, but the Kansas City Chiefs defensive front still managed to shut down the player that Andy Reid said after the game is a "future Hall of Famer."
For Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the list of accomplishments he'll put on the mantle at the end of his career will rival most players who'll ever put on a NFL uniform.
And when it's all said and done, the games in which Peterson flashed true greatness will be long and plentiful, but Sunday's performance against the Chiefs won't be one of them.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is not tempted to give up play-calling duties from The Kansas City Star
So on Monday, Reid — who had handled offensive play-calling duties since he was hired in 2013 — was asked whether he's considered giving up that responsibility, which is quite time-consuming, so he can shore up areas of deficiency on this team.
His answer? Nope.
"Well, I think I spend a lot of time on it (all of the things) anyways — not a lot of wasted hours," Reid said. "Listen, I trust my coaches that they can coach their positions, and I try to keep an eye on that on both sides of the ball and special teams. That's part of my job.
"I look at everything. That's an honest question there."
Chiefs' Andy Reid maintains belief in team despite losing streak from Chiefs Digest
In early September, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that he thought he had a good team, one that could compete at a level where the franchise could achieve its goals of success in the postseason.
Six weeks later, with a 1-5 record and the league's longest current losing streak at five games, does Reid still feel that way?
"I still believe that," Reid said Monday, the day after his team's 16-10 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. "We still have to do it though. It's one thing to say it, it's another thing to do it. Until we do that, it's all words and it doesn't mean anything."
In theory, the Kansas City Chiefs had a chance to win Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter. Twice they got the ball in the fourth quarter needing a touchdown to win, or at least take the lead.
They failed each time, of course. Charcandrick West lost a fumble to kill one drive and two errant Alex Smith passes to an open Albert Wilson ruined the other.
History says the Chiefs were doomed to fail.
Chiefs' West makes no excuses for fumble, which coach calls a learning experience from The Kansas City Star
West, he said, did some of those good things. West, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound, undrafted free agent from Abilene Christian, rushed only nine times for 33 yards and caught just one pass for 6 yards. But Reid said his performance in his first game as Jamaal Charles' replacement shouldn't be judged solely on statistics.
"We had 24 plays in the first half, so he didn't get to show much there," Reid said. "I thought as things went on he did some nice things, he had a couple good blitz pickups, he had a couple good runs, he ran hard and aggressive."
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and defensive end Mike DeVito sustained concussion, but their status remains unchanged Monday.
"It's no different than what I mentioned last night with the two fellas with concussions," coach Andy Reid said. "The guys are just coming in now, so I don't really have any other updates for you there."
Chiefs' Jeff Allen is "pretty close" to 100 percent from The Kansas City Star
Reid was also asked what, specifically, is keeping Allen, who will be a free agent after the season, from seeing more playing time.
"I'll go through, I'm going to evaluate everything," Reid said, offering no hints. "We're still early after the (last) game, here."
Shawn Barber is standing statue-still in the Kansas City Chiefs' locker room after a recent home game against the Chicago Bears. In the flurry of chaotic activity -- players dressing, reporters bouncing from locker to locker collecting quotes, equipment guys trying to put everything in order -- he can be easy to miss, or at least as easy to miss as a 6-foot-2, 240-pound former Chiefs linebacker can be.
Barber himself doesn't miss much. He's keeping vigil as one of the NFL's two uniform inspectors at every Arrowhead Stadium game. Another former Chiefs player, offensive lineman Ricky Siglar, is the other.
Upon further review: Vikings vs. Chiefs from FS North
The Kansas City Chiefs entered Sunday's game against Minnesota clearly reeling, having lost four straight games and without star running back Jamaal Charles, who is out of the season after injuring his knee last season.
In other words, Kansas City was ripe for the picking. Could the Vikings take full advantage?
Well, Minnesota did just enough on both sides of the ball to help overcome a lackluster rushing attack and a few mistakes to win 16-10 and move to 3-2 on the season.
A recap of Sunday's win:
Chiefs staggering after disastrous start from KSPR
The Kansas City Chiefs were able to spin their first three losing efforts of the 2015 season on the idea they were playing some of the best teams in the NFL. Losing to Denver, Green Bay and Cincinnati (now a combined 18-0) was nothing to be ashamed of, even if much more was expected of Andy Reid's squad.
That explanation doesn't wash when it comes to explaining the continuation of the losing streak after falling 16-10 to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. Their five-game losing streak is currently the NFL's longest with the last two defeats coming against the Bears and Vikings, a combined 5-6 record.
It's all going wrong for some slumpers, including the Kansas City Chiefs from The Associated Press via The Missourian
There are slumps in the NFL, and there are SLUMPS.
What is going on in Seattle, Baltimore, Kansas City and Detroit, those are major flops so far.
Opponent Profile: Chiefs Lack Finishing Power, Face Improving Steelers from CBS Pittsburgh
The Chiefs offense continues to self-destruct
Called "underachieving" and "stubbornly self-destructive" by the home town Kansas City Star, the Chiefs are on the verge of total collapse mainly due to a lack of creativity and ball control on offense. It is never good when a fumble that results in a defensive touchdown is caused by running into your own teammate, but ask Kansas City about the play and you're likely to see a bunch of red faces. Charcandrick West simply missed the hole of his blockers, leaned in and watched as left tackle Donald Stephenson knocked the ball loose. It caused tight end Travis Kelce to remove his helmet and slam it on the ground. Jamaal Charles' injury couldn't have hurt the team any more.
The Native American headdress is a symbol of power—a symbol Levaldo doesn't take lightly.
The professor explained, "I would say that the headdress you equate it to someone wearing a military uniform.
Of course we get upset when people fake being in the military, it's the same thing as a headdress because you have to have some honor to wear that."
Chiefs at Vikings: What Was Jerome Boger's Crew Doing? from The Daily Norseman
The second call was one that may have caused the hearts of Vikings fans to flutter a little bit. On the Chiefs' final offensive play, facing 4th-and-10 from their own 32-yard line, Smith attempted to connect with Albert Wilson to keep Kansas City's hopes alive. Wilson was well-covered by Xavier Rhodes on the play, and the pass fell incomplete. Rhodes' teammate, Anthony Barr, came bounding into the picture, waving his arms in the "incomplete motion," and was making his way towards Rhodes to celebrate the play that clinched a Minnesota victory.
That was, apparently, enough for another flag to fly for a "taunting" penalty on Barr.
NFL Rankings: It's time to believe in the Panthers from The Washington Post
31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) | Last Week's Rank: 27
There was virtually no running game and not much offense at all without Jamaal Charles in Minnesota on Sunday. It does not appear that things aren't going to get much better this season for the Chiefs.
NFL Week 6 injuries: Michael Vick has hamstring tear from USA Today
Michael Vick's time as an NFL starter might be coming to a close.
Vick has a small tear in his hamstring, an injury suffered in the
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If quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is unable to return from a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise, Landry Jones would be the likely starter. Jones replaced Vick on Sunday and was 8-of-12 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Big Ben won't rule out Week 7 return; Vick not ready from NFL.com
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported prior to Sunday's contest that Big Ben is a longshot to face the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. Week 7 is the beginning of the window for his potential return after suffering an MCL sprain and bone bruise in Week 3 -- a four-to-six-week rehab diagnosis.
If Roethlisberger is not ready to go, then Jones will probably start because backup quarterback Mike Vick likely will not be ready.
Oakland Raiders Studs And Duds Heading Into Week 6 Bye Week from CBS Sacramento
Needless to say, Raider Nation is fortunate to reside in a division with the underachieving (2-4) San Diego Chargers and the lowly (1-5) Kansas City Chiefs. Following the bye week, Jack Del Rio & Co. will take on the San Diego Chargers, followed by a trip to the Meadowlands to face the surprising (4-1) New York Jets.
By selling beads and crowns, the foundation hopes to raise $20,000 for Stock the Shop for Children's Mercy Hospital.
"These are the toys that go to the kids that have to stay through the holidays," McNeill said.
When asked where he and his wife draw the strength to continue the work their son started, Scott Wilson says he knows this is what his son would want.