I think if you look towards the end of the game we got the ball down in the red zone three times and one of them ended up being an interception, we fumbled once and got a field goal blocked. So, all in all I think we put ourselves in a situation where we could have won the game there late, but we had a blocked field goal, a punt return for a touchdown and another field goal set up by a long punt return.
Devin Hester is one of the best in the NFL. I know right now he's the best and if he keeps on doing what he's doing, especially this week, he might be the best ever. What we tried to do was kind of kick the ball away from him, and early we did a pretty decent job of that. We had coverage getting down there and stopping him.
On the one that he returned it was a decent punt, but I could have gotten it a little further outside. You can't really say much about it because he just made a good play, he did it seven times last year and that's going to happen when you've got that good of an athlete. The Bears really put a lot of starters and people that want to return the ball on special teams. They're not going to win the game on offense. Rex Grossman makes way too many mistakes, so it's going to be their defense and their special teams that brings them through.
On the touchdown I got taken 10 yards out of bounds. It's one of those things that you try to get away, you try to slow them up, and after that if you can make the tackle you've got to make one. If not, then you've got to at least try to slow them down.
Basically what happened there was that they had a wall set up on that side and they blocked everybody they possibly could and kind of got it deep in our zone. If you take out the punter that clears an open gap if nobody fills it.
I wish I could have gone back and just kicked every ball out of bounds, and then it wouldn't be a big deal today, but you can't do that, you can't completely just stop your gameplan.
Obviously I could have done a better job punting out of the back of the end zone. It was a lousy punt and I didn't even give my coverage unit a chance to get down there. It's one of those things where you have to either hit the ball out of bounds or keep working at it to get better for next week.
It's going to be great playing in Kansas City this week. A lot of the rookies have only played two games in Arrowhead – and that's just preseason games, so you haven't had that place even close to full or close to how loud it gets. I think it's going to be exciting, it's a big advantage obviously in the NFL to play at your place. It's going to be fun to get back home and have the crowd behind us and man, get that first win hopefully.
I think the AFC West obviously is very competitive with Denver, San Diego, us and Oakland. With that we know what we have to do, this is a must win. Really, every game is a must win in the NFL. If you can win a game on the road, that's a huge deal, because it is tough winning road games in the NFL.
Herm told us this season our main goal was to win all of our home games. If we can win all of our home games, and go 8-0 or 7-1 at home, and we go on the road go 3-5 or even 2-6, we're still in the playoff hunt.
This is an important game to win just to get the fans off to a big start this year and get them loud, and just for us, from a confidence standpoint and to get everything going – getting our coverage units back going, for me to get back into the punting thing and obviously we've got another return guy in this week. They're all good in the NFL. The offense looked great – we really moved the ball well against the Bears defense - and it was fun to see, and without a couple little calls here and there we had a chance to really do well. Now we've got to pick it up and win this game at home.
Thanks for reading and we'll see you next Tuesday.
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