Six Takeaways from Head Coach Andy Reid's Conference Call Monday from The Mothership
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, after watching the film, addressed what he saw from the team offensively.
"We moved the ball," he said. "Once we got on the plus-side of the 50 there, we had too many mistakes, penalties, sacks—whatever it might be—uncompleted goals, but there were some things there with a young group that you can grow from and we've got to do that. I mean, we've got to do it, make sure we're improving. When you have opportunities to be on that side of the 50 and a few times in the red zone there, you have to score touchdowns."
Reid also shared his comments on the defense.
"Defensively, again, big plays," he said. "There were seven big plays for 240-plus yards. Again, you can't have that. Time of possession was probably in our favor, so even more so, you can't have the big plays there."
THE LIFE AND CAREER OF CHIEFS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH DAVE TOUB from The Mothership
After redshirting his first year at UTEP, Toub was voted a team captain prior to his junior year and before he ever played a snap for them.
"It meant a lot because they recognized I was a leader," Toub explained of being named a captain. "I excelled there and that was a big thing for me, to know that I could do it against that level of competition."
Toub was a two-time All-WAC selection (1983-84) at center and was named the program's most outstanding offensive lineman during his junior and senior seasons.
When his playing career came to an end, Toub changed his focus back to strength and conditioning, an area he had been passionate about since he began building his own training equipment back in high school.
12 Things You Didn't Know About Jason Avant from The Mothership
11. What is your favorite quote?
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat."
12. Who is your favorite superhero?
By settling for field goals, Chiefs settle for 1-3 start from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The Chiefs made a few tweaks from their loss to the Packers, with mixed results.
Zach Fulton took over for Laurent Duvarney-Tardiff at offensive guard, helping to pry open holes for Jamaal Charles. But the starter a year ago also made some mistakes in pass protection and was part of the reason that Smith spent the afternoon running from Cincinnati linebackers.
Charcandrick West appeared to move ahead of Knile Davis at backup running back. Reid refused to acknowledge the move is permanent, but West had five carries for a modest 17 yards.
One thing that didn't change was the result: The Chiefs lost their third straight game.
Kicker is one problem Chiefs don't have from ESPN
Santos made all seven of his field goal attempts on Sunday, providing the Chiefs all of their points in a 36-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the sixth NFL kicker since 1970 to make seven field goals in a game but the first of those kickers to play for a losing team.
That wasn't his fault. Santos made two kicks from 51 yards, tying a Chiefs record for most successful field goals from beyond 50 yards in a game. His seven field goals also broke the franchise record of six.
The Chiefs used two safeties at the nickel cornerback position in consecutive games to compensate the loss of cornerback Phillip Gaines, who suffered an ACL tear in Week 3.
Tyvon Branch got the first chance after Gaines went down against the Green Bay Packers, and then the Chiefs turned to Ron Parker over cornerbacks Jamell Fleming and Marcus Cooper against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.
"I don't look at Parker as a safety," coach Andy Reid said Monday during a conference call. "I look at him as a guy that can do both, that's why we moved him in there."
The Chiefs, trailing 14-9 at the two-minute warning, had the ball at the Cincinnati 26 with two timeouts remaining. Somehow, they managed to run just three plays plus get a 34-yard field goal from Cairo Santos with four seconds left.
"You don't want to give the ball back, but at the same time you want to make sure you score,'' Reid said.
"There were some opportunities to shoot it potentially into the end zone. It didn't work and that's not what took place. That should be plenty of time. When it works, it's a beautiful thing. And when it doesn't, it doesn't look very good.''
Chiefs' Andy Reid likely to stick with Zach Fulton at right guard from Chiefs Digest
Reid adds he intends to discuss matters with offensive line coach Andy Heck, but Fulton should man the right guard spot when the Chiefs host the Chicago Bears at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5.
"Right now, I'll probably tell you yes," Reid said.
The Chiefs have been in search for the five best offensive linemen since the offseason and went through numerous personnel groupings in the months leading to the regular season.
Knile Davis no longer looks like the eventual replacement for Jamaal Charles as the featured back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Judging by Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Davis is no longer the top backup.
That role, at least for now, seems to have gone to Charcandrick West. West played 17 snaps as a backup to Charles against the Bengals. Davis didn't play on offense at all, though he was healthy. He served as the main kickoff returner throughout the game.
"We like what Charcandrick has been doing,'' coach Andy Reid said. "We also like Knile. On certain situations, we like to use them all.
The missed opportunities on offense in Cincinnati territory? Check. Settling for seven field goals instead of touchdowns? Check. Penalties and sacks? Check and check.
But one area Reid mentioned clearly stood out, especially when considering it was supposed to be a strength of this Chiefs team entering the season.
"Defensively, again, big plays," Reid said. "There were seven big plays for 240-plus yards. Again, you can't have that. Time of possession was probably in our favor, so even more so, you can't have the big plays there."
In an effort to figure out how historically bad this year's Kansas City Chiefs defense is trending to be, I found something it has already done that defenses run by Greg Robinson and Romeo Crennel never did.
That alone makes it bad.
The Chiefs have allowed 30 or more points in three straight games within a season for the second time in franchise history. The other time was in 1987 but that one comes with a huge asterisk. The Chiefs used replacement players during the labor strike for two of those games.
The Chiefs have allowed 321 yards passing in each of their last two games. That's an incredible stat considering they haven't led during either game and the opponent didn't have to throw. The Packers and Bengals just found it so easy they didn't want to stop.
Week 4 Wrap: The Haves vs. the Have Nots from Grantland
When unmolested, Dalton is brilliant: His 97.6 QBR when unpressured is the best rate in football through four weeks.
It's no surprise that he torched the Chiefs for 321 yards on 24 pass attempts in a 36-21 win on Sunday. The same pass rush that lit up Tom Brady in this very week last season and stood out as one of the league's best rushes for most of the season couldn't get near Dalton yesterday. The Chiefs didn't knock Dalton down even once amid those 26 dropbacks, and ESPN Stats & Information credited Justin Houston & Co. with only two pressures during a long, arduous afternoon.
Chiefs RB Davis sees playing time diminish from KC Star via The Garden City Telegram
The last time Knile Davis touched the ball on offense for the Chiefs, he could be seen streaking 8 yards for a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos...
...Yet, it still would have been hard to predict what would soon happen to Davis' playing time. Since then, Davis, the Chiefs' 2013 third-round pick, has failed to record a single offensive snap or touch in the last two games against the Packers and the Bengals.
Instead, the staff has opted to go with second-year pro Charcandrick West as the top option behind Charles.
13 points: KANSAS CITY over CHICAGO, Sunday at noon
The schedule-makers didn't do the Chiefs any favors, as they have played three of their first four games on the road and their last three against teams with a combined 12-0 record. They get to breathe easier here and take their frustrations out on the lowly Bears. Against the spread: Chiefs minus-9.5.
Fox praises makeshift offensive line from ChicagoBears.com
Fox announced that Montgomery will not play Sunday when the Bears visit the Kansas City Chiefs. But the coach declined to say whether rookie center
Hroniss Grasuwould step into the starting lineup after being inactive the first four games of the season.
The Bears selected Grasu in the third round of this year's draft out of Oregon.
"He's a great guy, works really hard," Slauson said. "Very smart guy. The progress he has made since being here has been awesome. I don't know what's going to happen as far as who's playing where, is he going to be dressing now. I don't know. But I know if his number gets called, I think he'll do great."
Slauson plans on being ready to play center again Sunday in Kansas City if needed.
"Even if I don't start in that spot, I still have to be ready to play it," Slauson said. "If we have Hroniss in there or if we bring in someone, I would assume I'm still the backup. So I still have to be ready to play."
Believe it or Not: CJRB1 again? from CBS Sports
Jeremy Maclin can be a WR1 with Alex Smith throwing to him.
After the first two weeks Maclin looked like a lost cause in a Kansas City offense that hadn't thrown a touchdown to a wide receiver in more than a calendar year. The last two weeks have made that line of thinking look plenty ridiculous with Maclin accumulating 289 receiving yards and a touchdown.
He now ranks as the 10th best wide receiver in fantasy football and leads the Cheifs with 40 targets. Maclin is one of two receivers in the league with 40 targets, a catch rate over 70 percent, and an average of better than 14 yards per reception. The other is Antonio Brown. With this type of volume and efficiency he's a shoe in to finish as a WR1.
Verdict: Don't believe it. Smith has never produced a WR1 over a full season and this offense isn't going to be prolific enough to change that. Maybe even more importantly, this defense isn't going to be bad enough to force it. Maclin has gone for 12-192-1 over his last two second halves. The Chiefs don't play offenses of this caliber very often moving forward and they won't be throwing 40 passes per game either.
Ben Roethlisberger on track to return for Chiefs game on Oct. 25 from CBS Sports
There has been some concern about the bone bruise on the knee as well, and lingering discomfort with that, but so far so good, sources said. While some on the Steelers have quietly said they would not be shocked to see Roethlisberger return before the end of October, at this point a safe estimate is Oct. 25 at Kansas City, barring any setbacks.
NFL kicking in crisis: Owners asked for this mess from The NY Post
Of course, not everyone is afflicted. The Chiefs' Cairo Santos nailed a franchise-record seven field goals in Kansas City's 36-21 loss to the Bengals on Sunday, and the Ravens' Justin Tucker, Adam Vinatieri (a.k.a Mr. Clutch) of the Colts and the Bears' Robbie Gould all nailed tries from 50-plus yards in close wins.
But if the owners' goal was to put some mystery back into the kicking experience (and it was), then they've already succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
O Tempo Podcast: #Podcast First Down: all about week 4 NFL [pretty sure this is in Portuguese]
Brazilian brand seven field goals and make history in football team from Bahia Noticias [translated from the original Portuguese]
Moreover, it made more points than ten teams so far, including traditional teams like Packers and Steelers. The 21 points yielded a tribute the site itself NFL.
Brazil sets record in football and is, alone, more points than a third of NFL teams from R7 [traslated from the original Portuguese]
The 23 year-old noted no less than seven field collars, which is a way to score in football through a long kick into the goal
Heart and balance in attack with the Atlanta Falcons from RDS [translated from the original French]
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was not the right guard starting from the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
This is the reality of football. With his intelligence and his character, he will come back stronger and will be starting again with this team.
When a team suffers, she will try different things. She tries new strategies. The approach during the week of preparation is different. But it will also change the staff to try to shake things up.
Laurent was a victim of the latter.