If you had to put a title on the Chiefs
2002 season it would be simple: Missed Opportunities.
Once again the Chiefs invented another way to lose a winnable
game. The defensive strategy of bend, but dont break
worked... well, sort of. The 49ers offense held the ball
for nearly 39 minutes of the game, and the lack of offensive
drive opportunities was finally much to overcome.
Ohand we finally found someone to
stop Priest Holmes and his name is Al Saunders. Saunders
mimicked Mike Martz by under-using Holmes as Martz did
with Marshall Faulk during the first five Rams games.
By the waythe Rams were 0-5 in those games, and
that will be the Chiefs fate if they continue to give
Holmes 13 touches a game.
Sharpen those pencils
Take A Memo:
Dear milk carton manufacturing plant:
Here is a photo of Johnnie Morton, please apply to the
back of your product immediately, he is missing.
What does Marc Boerigter have to do
to crack the starting lineup or at least be the number
Need more? Johnnie Morton while starting
nine games: 16 catches for 202 yards and 1 TD. Boerigter
in nine games seeing very limited offensive snaps, 8 catches
for 192 yards and 2 TDs.
It was nice to see WR Eddie Kennison
finally on track. Can we now see something similar every
Not only did 49ers LB Julian Peterson
abuse TE Tony Gonzalez in coverage, but Gonzo was also
called for holding as Priest Holmes ripped through the
49er defense for a 44-yard gain down to the three yard
line of the Niners. That was a killer. The person Gonzo
attempted to holdJulian Peterson.
Holmes had 55 total rushing yards
and a TD taken away by holding penalties.
Please explain why Priest Holmes'
last offensive touch was came with 9:09 left in the 4th
On the last driveafter the three
catches by Kennison, how about a wrap around draw to Homes?
How about a screen pass, or a pass over the middle to
Holmes? What are you saving that final timeout for?
LB Mike Mazlowski still misses far
too many tackles.
After 115 yards of total offense and
10 points in their first two drives, the Chiefs final
six drives netted only 141 yards and 3 points.
The Chiefs defense stepped up in the
second half, giving up only 101 yards and no points.
As exciting as the Chiefs are to watch,
they are not quite ready for prime time: 2-5 in games
decided by 7 points or less isnt going to get any
team into the playoffs.
Wild card picture
San Diego 6-3 (with a win over KC)
New England 5-4 (with a win over KC)
Buffalo 5-4 (Chiefs next opponent)
Miami 5-4 (with a loss to KC)
Oakland 4-4 (with a loss to KC)
Jacksonville 4-5 (with a win over KC)
Kansas City 4-5
Cleveland 4-5 (with a loss to KC)
New York Jets 4-5 (with a loss to KC)
The bad news, the Chiefs need three
straight wins to get back in the playoff race. The good
news: the Chiefs next three games are winnable. Buffalo
at home, Seattle on the road and Arizona at home.
(CK Rairden can be reached by email