We all know coach speak is going to say it's just one game. But when you fumble twice inside your 30-yard line and your opponent cashes those errors into points, it's not hard to realize that many felt when the Chiefs went down 7-0 they'd be hard pressed to win their season opener.
Head coach Todd Haley took much heat for his lackluster approach to the preseason. He thought conditioning was the most important aspect of prep time for the season opener.
That plan didn't work. His football team wasn't prepared, and could not execute a single aspect of his game plan on either side of the ball. At times the offense looked productive, but didn't possess the fire power to erase a 20-7 first half deficit.
Regardless of which coach was calling the plays - Haley or offensive coordinator Bill Muir – KC's no huddle offense was effective at times. But when you go no huddle, you can't take 20 seconds to snap the ball.
Though Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel struggled at times, he wasn't the reason Kansas City lost to the Bills on Sunday. They lost because they didn't have the talent to match the opposition, or the coaching to be able to overcome a game that got out of hand in the first quarter.
To say the Chiefs miss former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is an understatement. Against the Bills, there was no offensive organization and Cassel will get blamed for some bad decisions. But Sunday's game plan didn't help his cause.
On the flip side, the defense wasn't all that much better. Soft coverage on the outside allowed Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to pick apart the Chiefs' punchless secondary. And when safety Eric Berry went down in the first quarter with a knee injury, the Chiefs didn't have the depth to overcome his loss.
Safeties Kendrick Lewis, Jon McGraw and Sabby Piscitelli were slow to react on every snap. Add to that a lackluster pass rush, something we warned you about before the season began, it was easy to see why the Bills had a such a commanding lead in this game.
Tamba Hali can't do it by himself. At times, he had three Bills blocking him and Buffalo wasn't even worried that someone else would get to Fitzpatrick.
Even worse, the Chiefs' run defense was horrific thanks in large part to their linebackers. Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher were ineffective for most of the game. That meant the responsibility of stopping the Bills' two-headed rushing machine, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, fell to Kansas City's overmatched safeties.
The icing on the cake for the Chiefs was the failure of punter Dustin Colquitt to help pin the Bills back deep in their territory.
No matter how you look at this game, the loss falls on the head coach. It's clear his plan to focus on conditioning during the preseason failed.
Now he has 15 games, or so one would think, to turn this season around. But based on the embarrassing home loss to the Bills, I'm not sure he'll get that much time.
Facing back-to-back road games at Detroit and San Diego any reasonable Chiefs fan to do the math.
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