Except for some penalties, the defensive unit played a strong game. Had the offense been in some sort of game form, Kansas City could have easily taken this one from the Steelers.
The offense literally couldn't get out its own way. Anthony Becht deciding to block Jackie Battle instead of a white jersey was another sign of how bad this offense has become.
The only problem I saw on the defensive side of the ball was putting Sabby Piscitelli in a position to make a play. He's terrible. Too harsh? Not from what I saw. Ben Roethlisberger dropped a nifty floater into Wesley Saunders' waiting arms at the back of the end zone with Piscitelli's back turned to the play. I'm still shaking my head.
The play calling was horrendous. Bill Muir didn't even give the offense a chance. Any opportunity they had was squandered and towards the end of the game, Todd Haley had zero confidence in their ability to make something happen.
This offense is closing in on 50 straight possessions with only one touchdown. This offense may well end up being record breaking. Record breaking for terrible offenses.
The offensive game plan was nothing short of quixotic. Every play call seemed to need a real quarterback to execute and yet there wasn't one on the field. Tyler Palko isn't getting it done.
I've talked about the inconsistency issue this team has but I want to talk about the bright side for a minute. Crennel's defense was prime time on Sunday night, no question. He has them ready for nearly every game but when losses mount, motivation wanes.
I think the next few games with Kyle Orton at the wheel will quite possibly make this offense into something. I'm not sure what but I guarantee you one thing, it can't get any worse.
Realistically, Orton has a learning curve to overcome. Can he do it in a week or two? The odds are against it but anything can happen and I'm willing to wait.
The next five games will be a couple of things. They'll be frustrating at times and they'll be fun at times. Can the Chiefs pull a few wins? Maybe, but let's be clear on one fact. This team is in a transition again. The style and quality of quarterback play may be no different from Matt Cassel but the personality is.
Will this translate to the offense in a positive or negative way? Only time will tell. I want to see what Orton can do now and after a full preseason of OTAs and a real training camp.
My sources tell me that Orton will most likely get the start at Chicago. From what I understand he was at One Arrowhead Drive early Monday morning and is at team meetings and will practice extensively this week.
Todd Haley will most likely not survive if the Chiefs lose to Chicago. Scott Pioli has to pull the trigger sooner than later. Pioli has to save face in order to stem a fan revolt over doinh nothing. One thing I am learning about this season is there is a definite difference in sensitivity to the Kansas City fan base.
Pioli would like the opportunity to make amends for several missteps and I'm sure Clark Hunt is willing to listen but he will be cautious. The fact that Hunt was seen with Marty Schottenheimer in the owner's box should tell everyone something.
I'm not one to speculate unwarranted but the Hunts are not about the show, they are about business. If business is taken care of, then a show can happen. In my observance of the organization in the last 20 years, I have witnessed most of the steps this team has taken to produce a winning product.
Each step that has been taken has been deliberate, after much contemplation. The Kansas City Chiefs do not typically effect a decision until it has been cussed and discussed. Clark Hunt has an idea of the direction he wants to go with this team and my feeling is he will do what it takes to make that direction appeal to the fans.
After all, isn't it the fans that pay the bills?
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