How do five touchdowns and a pair of field goals work for you, Coach?
While it's true that the Chiefs dominated every facet of Sunday's meeting with the 49ers, the aggressive style of football from the past few seasons seemed like nothing more than a distant memory after witnessing the first two weeks of offensive ineptitude. Herm will be first to say that the Chiefs clicked in all three phases of the game and fans everywhere will wholeheartedly agree.
Although the pasting came against one of the lousier defenses in the league, the timing of this offensive explosion was impeccable. After scoring only one touchdown in their first two games, an offense missing their star quarterback and starting left tackle played four mistake-free quarters and handed the 49ers one of their worst losses in franchise history.
I, for one, could not believe what I was seeing. In the first half the Chiefs ran the ball fifteen times and passed the ball fifteen times. When I heard earlier in the week that the Chiefs would open up the offense, the last thing I was expecting was a balanced offensive attack. I figured that the ‘opening up' would appear in the form of a couple of deep throws down the field. I didn't expect to see the exact same offense I've been seeing since Dick Vermeil was ushered in.
Chris Myers and former Chief Jayice Pearson, the announcers making the call on Fox, seemed just as surprised as I was. They voiced their astonishment several times in the second half as Damon Huard continued to drop back and make laser-accurate throws to his receivers. Herm's tendency to avoid going for the jugular when the opposition's neck is exposed was nowhere to be found. This is a coach who not only wanted to win, but wanted to do so in dominating fashion.
Hopefully he saw something he wasn't expecting. Hopefully he saw more offensive fire power then he thought he possessed. This Kansas City Chiefs team is loaded with weapons, and when Herm confided in Huard to find those weapons, great things happened. After looking unimaginative on offense in the first two contests, the Chiefs desperately needed a confidence boost that affirmed the fact they can still go out and light up the scoreboard.
The Chiefs don't have to be a team that leans heavily on the defensive side of the ball or places the scoring burden directly on the broad shoulders of Larry Johnson. Against San Francisco, Johnson managed just 3.4 yards per carry and really had little or no room to run all day long. The coaching staff noticed and once it was determined that Huard would have ample time in the pocket to look downfield, the KC offense of old proceeded to decimate the San Francisco defense.
While they didn't create huge holes for running game, hat's off to the offensive line and its ability to protect Huard. The extra seconds that Huard had to make decisions also gave him the ability to step unobstructed into each and every throw. Whenever an NFL quarterback is given that kind of time, good things are sure to ensue. Huard throws a pretty nice ball, and he showed it Sunday. Who would have thought that the second-highest passer rating in the league after Week 4 would belong to #11 for Kansas City?
Looking ahead to Arizona, I see no reason why there should be any kind of a drop off from the offense or defense. Now that Huard has proven he can make tough throws into tight spots, Herm will probably give him even more of the offense to tinker with. Arizona's offensive line is one of the league's worst and the Chiefs should get plenty of push upfront to rattle rookie quarterback Matt Leinart, who will start in favor of the turnover-prone Kurt Warner. The Chiefs will most likely turn in back-to-back stellar performances and even their record at 2-2 before heading to Pittsburgh.
It took all of two games for the Chief faithful and national media outlets to proclaim that the high-powered offense that ruled the NFL since the turn of the century was now a thing of the past. In those two games, a viable defense became a glaring reality. A bye week later, both units worked cohesively, feeding off the big plays the other squad made. If Kansas City's offense can regain some of the form from years past like it did on Sunday and the defense continues to be one of the NFL's five best, then this team will be rewarded with a playoff berth.
Chiefs Offensive Identity Not Lost
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