I love Butch; he's my personal psychic football anchor. (Opening statement to ward off over exuberent Butch fanatics who will miss the point of this post and attack me for denigrating our savior.)
Qualifications aside, the following comment, as quoted on this site and in most daily fishwraps, bothers the hell out of me.
----insert----- Davis blamed the poor play of the defensive line on lack of communication. The Chiefs rushed for 194 yards, with Priest Holmes getting 22 carries for 122 yards and four touchdowns.
"We didn't play well defensively," Davis said. "We didn't do a very good job of handling all the checks that needed to be handled. We knew they would use a lot of shifts and a lot of misplaced personnel.
"You don't know what those scenarios are going to be before the game. You make up fictitious ones. During the course of the week without the pressure of the game, you handle them pretty well. All of a sudden, they're doing what they're comfortable doing, and you have to be on top of exactly what check it is. We didn't handle that very well."
I am loath to call BS on Our Own Football Savior, but his comments would sound better as read in the Saturday paper when coming from the local High School coach.
We were't prepared?!@# WTF is THAT all about? AFAIK, KC runs the same O as last year; they did not change up their blocking schemes; they did not pull any seldom seen line play like a center trap - they ran your basic counter, iso series and had a lot of success.
Digesting what Butch SAID, what he may have MEANT, and what is being LEFT UNSAID, here's the way I see it:
1. We were unprepared
2. Our schemes and/or techniques do not fit our personel
3. We don't have the personnel the run the schemes and/or techniques we want (see 2001)
What Butch said (#1) is completely inexcusable; I think he is taking the heat and I do not believe (or do not want to believe) that we could come in unprepared for a game.
The truth lies somewhere in between 2 and 3.