grades the Chiefs first victory
by C.K. Rairden
The turning point of the Chiefs one-sided
victory came late in the first quarter. After two fairly
successful drives, the Washington Redskins stared at a
4th and 1 from the Chiefs 30 leading 3-0. The momentum
was all Redskins; the crowd had even cheered a few times
for the DC team.
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer talked it over with his
family, er his coaching staff and decided to go for it
on that 4th down. His new QB Tony Banks threw an incomplete
pass, and the Redskins offense walked off the field.
The Chiefs took advantage of the mistake, marched 70 yards
for a TD and never looked back.
The Chiefs scored a TD on that possession, and ripped
off 6 more scoring drives in succession much to the chagrin
of the Redskin faithful. Game over; season over for the
And the Chiefs fans collectively said, At least
hes not on our side anymore.
There is a lot to like about a game where your offense
looks unstoppable, your defense goes relatively unchallenged
and you have a QB who looks better than anyone you could
have chosen with your first round draft pick you surrendered
to bring him in.
But it was against the worst team in the NFL. That said,
lets Monday Morning QB Dick Vermeils first
real victory as the Chiefs head coach.
RB Priest Holmes stepped up and played incredible. He
will be receiving the AFC offensive player of the week
award on Wednesday or there will be an investigation.
He had great runs, great catches and 3 TDs. He made
people miss, showed incredible vision on his runs and
catches and looked just like the fit the coaching staff
dreamed of when they picked him up on the eve of NFL draft.
QB Trent Green missed three passes all day. He showed
presence in the pocket, scrambled when he had to and even
threw a block in the first quarter. He was
mobile in and out of the pocket, and made great decisions.
Trent Green was special today, coach Vermeil
stated after the game. I concur. Grade A
TE Tony Gonzalez was finally able to get it going looking
like the All-World pass catcher that he is. Aside from
that missed dunk over the crossbar, flawless.
WRs were serviceable; Chris Thomas may have found
a home. Alexanders presence is an assist for Gonzo.
O-Line played very well. Good pass protection, massive
holes for Holmes. Grade A
Defensive line got little pass rush and got pushed around
a bit early. No harm, no foul, but improvement is needed.
Linebackers made the plays they had to, especially after
the first quarter. Grade B+
Defensive backfield had some mental breakdowns and a
very suspect call against Warfield, but surrendered only
1 TD. Passing grade for the passing defense. Grade B.
The coverage units on special teams need work. Grade
A case of Marty Bashing
A fan in the stands had some of the best lines of the
day and the CBS microphones picked them up clearly
It aint '87, Marty.
Heywill the last Schottenheimer out turn
out the lights?
Do you have a relative for every job, Marty?
Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil gave an assist after the
game to his old friend.
Ill tell you that. . . . And they have a
lot of old guys who like to bitch and moan, and now have
to work for a living. Ive been through that (crap)
before (in St. Louis).
The Chiefs offense got on track none too soon. A home
game against the inept offense of the Steelers and a road
game against a lousy Arizona team are sandwiched in between
games against offensive juggernauts Denver and Indianapolis.
The Chiefs need a 3-1 October and it wont be easy.