Around The Web: The Real Score, Harbaugh Explains, Seymour Could Tip Balance

After time ran out on the Chiefs 38-24 loss, a lot of fans felt Todd Haley & Co. could walk away knowing they made a game out of it.  Well, The Star’s Martin Manley has a few words for those people.

Everyone who thought the Chiefs played respectably on Sunday please raise your hand… Ok, you are all dismissed.  Check in at the principle’s office for your summer school class schedule…. I don’t care that they scored 24 points.  I don’t care that they were “in the game” until late.  The facts are they were horrible on offense and horrible on defense.  Now, if you want to add an interception return and special teams, maybe not so horrible.  But, those are not repeatable and have little to do with what you can expect on a weekly basis.  The next time the Chiefs opponent might get those same breaks.  Instead of losing 38-24, we lose 52-10!

I’ve heard people saying that it was really a seven point margin instead of 14, but that’s utter nonsense!  It’s more of a 21 point margin than 7.  The Chiefs got two “gifts” compared to the Raven’s one.  At the worst, it was a 14 point margin.  Since that’s where it ended, I’ll accept it, though between the lines it was really a 31-10 game.

Manley summed up my thoughts almost exactly.  Unlike Jason Whitlock, who will hate Haley and Scott Pioli even if they won a Super Bowl, these thoughts actually make sense.  The Chiefs were, in fact, lucky to be in the same atmosphere as the Ravens throughout the game.  It’s the reason I had such trouble picking out players to award game balls to on offense and defense.

With the Ravens up by 7 points and 31 seconds left in the game, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh decided to go for it on 4th down from the 1 instead of kicking a field goal.  He explained after the game why he called McGahee’s number instead of Steve Hauschka’s.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he chose to run for a late touchdown instead of a victory-sealing field goal because he has seen botched kicks hurt a team too often.

“I’ve seen it before, when you go for that field goal there, more things can happen on a kicking play than any other kind of play.  We’re fourth and 6 inches; I think we have a better chance of making the touchdown than we do of something bad happening on the field goal.”

You can read my thoughts on those that feel Harbaugh should have kicked the field goal over at Chiefs Chatter.

Watching the game I didn’t think there should even be a discussion.  Of course the Ravens would go for it on 4th down.  The Chiefs defense had to make a stop and then Brodie Croyle would be forced to try and go 99 yards in less than 30 seconds.  Why would Harbaugh give the Kansas City special teams another chance to make a big play?

As the Chiefs prepare for their home opener against the Oakland Raiders, could Richard Seymour be the difference for the Fightin’ Cable’s?  Monte Poole of The Oakland Tribune sure thinks that’s the case.

There is ample evidence that one quality veteran can revive a foundering NFL franchise.  That’s Richard Seymour’s mission, to chip away at six years of Raiders’ irrelevance and make the franchise matter once again.

With his play and presence, his leadership and influence, Seymour beginning tonight against San Diego has to take charge of the league’s losingest outfit.  He has to hurdle the innate barriers unique to this franchise and show it how to win, validating the shot-calling of Raiders boss Al Davis, who even as his kingdom crumbles at his feet insists he still can dial up a stroke of brilliance.

For Al’s latest gamble to prove more successful than those of recent years, Seymour’s impact here has to be similar to that of the late Reggie White in Green Bay.

Understand, Seymour is not Reggie White.  No one is.  White conceivably was the most complete defensive lineman ever, a man of immense character, equally phenomenal against passers and runners, capable of playing any position in any defensive scheme — equal parts Albert Haynesworth, Shawne Merriman and the Rev. T.D. Jakes.

White said God told him to go to Green Bay. Others snickered that He was playing a cruel joke.  The Packers had managed two winning seasons the previous decade and hadn’t made the playoffs in 21 years.  And they were in Green Bay, which loves its team with a matchless passion but is the most remote outpost in American professional sports.

So White, handpicking his employer and destination, chose NFL Siberia.

He then put Green Bay back on the sports map.

Seymour is a nice little player and a guy I would have expected Scott Pioli to go hard after next season after his contract with the Patriots expired.  But Poole said it perfectly: Seymour is not Reggie White.

The Packers were in a funk when Reggie White arrived, but Green Bay was still a great place to play.  Good ownership and an even better fan base.  The Raiders are…  Well, the Raiders.

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