Chiefs Wrap: Players Impressed with Blaylock

Derrick Blaylock's 186-yard rushing effort in the absence of Priest Holmes was the best performance by a runner making his first NFL start since the Rams' Trung Canidate ran for 194 against the Jets in 2001.

But his stunning effort meant little to Blaylock in the wake of the 27-20 loss to the Saints.

"It was a pretty good performance, but a win would have been better," said the soft-spoken Blaylock, who had 141 yards by halftime on 20 carries.

"I got into a nice rhythm -- found some holes, made some good cuts. I really felt pretty good out there today."

It was a performance his teammates said really wasn't all that surprising, especially after watching Blaylock rush for 90 yards and catch three passes for 46 more in a four-TD day against Atlanta.

"I knew he'd play well," said fullback Tony Richardson. "Every time you give him an opportunity, whether throwing him the ball or handing it to him, he always makes plays. We've seen him flourish in this offense, and it was evident today."

"Our offensive line did a great job of opening holes for him, but he was in rhythm with the line, too. He ran hard when he could and was patient when he had to be. He knew the times when he had to read his blocks and he knew when he could just hit it. All he needed was an opportunity, and he made the most of it today."

Sure, the Chief wish they still had Joe Horn, especially after his five-catch, 167-yard game against the team that drafted him.

"Joe Horn's a good football player; he was when he was with the Chiefs," said CB Eric Warfield, a former teammate who gave up a 57-yard catch by Horn that jump-started the Saints' offense. "He got his opportunity when he went elsewhere, and he stepped up to the plate."

The Chiefs just wish he was hitting at their place.

Coach Dick Vermeil said after Monday's review of game film that he just didn't see some of the 12 penalties assessed against his team. Living in that state of denial -- a flag is a flag is a flag -- seems to be spreading to his players.

"I don't know if the refs are watching us closer or if we're actually committing fouls," said rookie defensive end Jared Allen, who called a personal foul against him "a little shaky."

"We just seem to be a team getting a lot of penalties, so we have to know that and play smarter," Allen added. "We have to be prepared to play against the refs and the other team."

Bottom line is the Chiefs have been penalized 73 times this season. They made 78 in all of last year's 13-3 campaign.

Lamented tight end Tony Gonzalez: "I don't think we're an undisciplined team. But it seems like careless mistakes, things that are borderline stupid at times, are killing us."

"When you gain almost 500 yards, you ought to win." Dick Vermeil, whose Rams once routinely ran up those kind of numbers, but who now has lost two of the four games in which the Chiefs ran up more than 450 yard total offense. Top Stories