If you watched the Kansas City Chiefs game, then you noticed that KC couldn’t move the ball against the Buffalo Bills. It was as if the players were out of sync with the game and the play calling was out of sync with the players.
COACHING: It was obvious that the Kansas City Chiefs cannot throw the ball deep. At least not against the Bills. The Chiefs consistently called screen after screen after short flat pass play. And each pass frequently had a reoccurring theme…not far enough for the 1st down.
The play calling, needs to be more dynamic and in sync with the game on the field next week. Rarely, did it appear that the Chiefs had Buffalo on their heels.
PASSING GAME: The Chiefs had problems getting the ball deep in 2010. That is why they went out and picked up Steve Breaston and used a 1st round draft pick on a wide receiver. Problem is…Breaston only caught 2 balls and the Chief’s #1 draft pick was not even on the field.
Dexter McCluster is a pretty good pass blocker. He might not carry much weight but he packs a good punch in his pass block.
The Kansas City Chiefs don’t need to be the best passing team in the league but they do need a more dynamic passing attack. The dink and dunk with no deep game only allows defenders to sit on the short pass. Just as the Bills did.
RUNNING GAME: Every fan in Kansas City knows the Chiefs have a running game. But no one really got to see it against Buffalo. One problem was that the Chiefs got behind and needed to throw a little more. Another reason seemed to be that the Kansas City coaching staff just didn’t run the ball.
Fans everywhere in Chief’s nation are crying…”give Jamaal the ball”.
LINEMAN: The offensive line for the Chiefs performed. Barry Richardson had more success when put in pass blocking situations. Some of that success was a conscious effort by the team to run more play action and play action bootleg throws that required the offensive line to slide protect like an outside stretch play. But that should not take away from Richardson’s progress from the preseason.
At first blush it appeared that on many pass plays Matt Cassel was under a lot of pressure. But when reviewed with a closer eye one can see that the Chiefs ran a lot of screens. On a screen the o-line simply push the defender through so they can get to their screen positions. Problem for the Chiefs was that the Bills seemed to be sitting on every screen play.