There’s no doubt it will be an uncomfortable film session in Kansas City as the Chiefs players watch the tape of Sunday’s 31-0 whipping at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. However, the players were saying the right things to the media in the locker room after the game about moving on to next weekend’s showdown with the St. Louis Rams.
“You have to let it go,” RB Thomas Jones said following Sunday’s loss. “You want to let it go tonight, but you can’t. You have to watch the film and make the corrections and then go forward. Whether you have a good game or a bad game, you have to have a short memory. We have a big game next week on the road in St. Louis that we have to win.”
“There’s a sense of urgency to win starting next week,” LB Derrick Johnson said. “Panic isn’t a good word, but it’s more of a sense of urgency. If we start winning, this game won’t mean as much.”
“We’ll look at this game and see some of the things that we did wrong and we’ll bounce back,” Jones said. “I think we have a lot of guys in here who are resilient and hate to lose, some really competitive guys on this team. For us it’s just getting back to the grind. I know most the guys feel like they can’t wait to get back to practice.”
You don’t have to tell Jones about must-win football. Last year with the Jets, his own coach thought the team was knocked out of the playoffs following a loss down the stretch before realizing otherwise. All Jones and the Jets did was win their next four games before losing in the AFC Championship. He may have been invisible against the Chargers (3 carries, 1 yard), but Jones will be a huge asset this week to a Chiefs team with their back against the wall.
This one is going to tough to move on from, but the simple message has to be: what are the other options? Get hung up on the loss and show up in St. Louis to get beat up by the Rams or move on and keep (at least) one game ahead of the Chargers.
It may be too simple of an excuse, but not having Matt Cassel seemed to knock the entire team for a loop. If he can’t come back in St. Louis, the coaching staff will have to find a way to get the team to rally around Brodie Croyle.