In case you forgot just how bad the Kansas City Chiefs could play, they went out Sunday afternoon in Cleveland and gave us all a healthy reminder. Romeo Crennel’s team rolled over against the Browns in a 30-7 loss that wasn’t even that close.
Sure, the Chiefs were only down 10-7 at halftime, but never felt like they had any chance to pull this one out after Ryan Succop missed a field goal under 30 yards for the first time in his career. And it wasn’t just the miss, but how the miss came about.
After getting down to the Browns four yard line on the back of Dwayne Bowe, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll decided to call Peyton Hillis’ number and then allow Brady Quinn to throw two incompletions to each of his tight ends. That’s right, nothing for Bowe or Jamaal Charles, who opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown.
Then came the most Chiefs sequence of the day. Special teams coach Tom McMahon decided to try and run a fake by trying to hide Bowe out wide. When he was covered, the Chiefs immediately were flagged for a false start and then Succop hit the left upright and that was that.
The Browns answered with an 80-yard drive that ended in a field goal and they were off and running. All the way to the tune of 30 unanswered points as Kansas City looked a lot more like the worst team in the league we’ve gotten used to seeing instead of the average, competitive squad on the field at Arrowhead last weekend.
Luckily for all parties, this long, torturous season will be over soon. But in the meantime, we’ll keep picking apart these games the way opposing offenses are picking apart Crennel’s defense.
So before we move onto the next loss, here are the best and worst from Sunday’s loss to the Browns.
Offense: Jamaal Charles
If we were to run through all of the disappointments from this Chiefs season on the field, it would read like a novel. But few are greater than wasting a year of Charles’ prime, especially when he fought so hard to get back to full strength after tearing his ACL last year.
On his 80-yard touchdown scamper, Charles showed off all the things that make him special. He burst through an open hole before completely embarrassing the Browns safety and then out running the rest of the defense like he was jogging in the park.
Charles finished with 165 yards on 18 carries, though he once again wasn’t involved in the passing game. The running back was targeted just once, a pass he dropped. He also left the game for a short period after taking a big hit that found a defender land on him and him land on the football.
You hate to play favorites with the roster, but it may be time to start resting Charles and other key players that will be returning in 2013 for the rest of the season.
Defense: Tamba Hali
If you start talking about putting guys on the shelf for the final few games, Hali needs to be on that list as well. The ailing linebacker, like most of his teammates, hasn’t had the type of season most expected, but Sunday he picked up two more sacks, nearly stripping QB Brandon Weeden in the process.
In addition to the two sacks, Hali was credited with four tackles and a pass defensed after swatting away a pass.
Special Teams: Josh Bellamy
With Succop missing his only field goal attempt of the game and punter Dustin Colquitt refusing to even attempt a tackle on two long returns, there weren’t many options when it came to special teams.
For Bellamy, he gets the nod in his first ever NFL game. The undrafted free agent was promoted from the practice squad over the weekend and immediately stepped into an important role on special teams.
The WR/DB returned two kicks for 31 yards and had two special teams tackles, including one on the only kickoff returned by the Browns.