This is Andy Reid, the third-most tenured coach in the NFL, and among its highest paid, attempting to explain this unexplainable series of events — his franchise quarterback is shoved into the ground so hard his ear is gashed, gets up wobbly, somehow passes the league's concussion test, returns to the game, and while running a read-option play an hour or so after losing his equilibrium is again hit into the turf, again gets up wobbly, and again is put through the concussion test.
After the game , Geathers described the play in detail and insisted the blow was not intentional before going a step further. "It was like he wanted to go for a first (down) and then didn't want to go for a first (down). I was just going in for the hit, but then kind of let up and then we went down," Geathers said. "I tried just not even touching him. If I did, I apologize."
Though it may sound crazy at first, I really think there was only one main thing that people should have been surprised about from the Colts on Sunday: the play of Andrew Luck. After playing at an elite level through the first seven games, Luck struggled on Sunday, completing just 19 of 35 passes (54.3%) for 210 yards (6 yards per attempt), two touchdowns, and an interception for a passer rating of 79.5. It wasn’t a terrible performance from the quarterback, but without a doubt it was a struggle as he was missing several passes and didn’t look too accurate for a number of throws.
Reaction from the Indianapolis Colts' 30-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Since Week 2, the Colts have alternated wins and losses and stand 3-5 for the season, third place in the AFC South. Nick Foles relieved an injured Alex Smith as Chiefs quarterback and completed 16-of-22 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Luck passed for 210 yards, rushed for 60 and was sacked six times.
The Chiefs won't have the offensive might of one of their division rivals, the Oakland Raiders, or the defensive strength of another, the Denver Broncos. But the Chiefs have the most complete package. They have more ways to beat an opponent than any other AFC West team. They beat the Colts on the strength of their defense, which also forced a pair of timely turnovers.
"We're trying to follow all the rules,'' Reid said. "We're not trying to sneak him in. Nick actually came in and was doing a pretty good job. If we had any inclination (that Smith was concussed the first time), if I did, I would have made sure we kept him out. Obviously, hindsight is 20-20. He's doing well now.
It was the third straight week that the Chiefs had faced one of the NFL’s most potent offenses, but once again, the defense stepped up and held a Colts offense that was averaging 28 points per game and ranked fourth in the NFL in that category, to their lowest output of the season with just 14 points. Two weeks ago against the Raiders, who were ranked eighth in the league by averaging 26.4 points per game, the Chiefs held them to just 10 points. Last week against the New Orleans Saints, who were averaging 29.3 points per game and ranked No. 3 in the NFL, the defense allowed just 21 points.
"They thought initially that the pressure on that slap on his ear had caused his equilibrium to be off just a bit," Reid said. "He had passed the NFL concussion protocol with flying colors, without any problem at all. From there we put him back in." Smith then suffered another hit in the third quarter and did not reenter the game. "He got another hit there and obviously did not return," Reid added. "He is doing well now. We will see how things go here."
"We understand that when this team connects on all cylinders, man we’re hard to beat," said linebacker Dee Ford, who picked up a career-high 3 1/2 sacks against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Jones' may have been the most impressive of the game, when he steamrolled guard Denzell Good and wrapped up Luck without throwing him down.
"I ended up getting a one-on-one and we emphasize winning one-on-ones," Jones said. "People say I honestly don't know my strength."
Somebody working the replays at the NFL office in New York has it out for Chiefs tight end and reality dating television star Travis Kelce. He's convinced of it.
And Kelce thinks he knows why.
"Something about those guys in New York," Kelce said. "They don't like me or something. I voted off the girl from New York the first episode, so that might be it."
Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali noted that the surface in Indianapolis is the fastest he's played on - a true one-cut and go track.
"If you hit that ground, sometimes if you hit the ground and your head hits the grass, maybe it gives," Hali said of a normal surface. "This one, you're hitting concrete. So every time your head hits concrete, you're sure to probably get a little bit of concussion."