Favre Toasts KC's Safeties

You can say what you want about the aging Brett Favre, but Sunday he finally won a football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He did it by taking advantage of the only weakness on KC's defense.

That's what good quarterbacks do, and that's why Favre will more than likely lead his team deep into the playoffs this year. What Favre did in the fourth quarter Sunday was executed to perfection.

The Chiefs are trying to incorporate two young safeties, Jarrad Page and Bernard Pollard, into their defense. On each of Favre's long passes - to Donald Driver, Donald Lee and the game winner to Greg Jennings - the safeties were out of position. It wasn't because they don't have the instincts or talent, they just don't have the experience to stop a player like Favre.

Are they at fault? Sure, but players like Favre make those kinds of plays because they've done and seen everything. Kansas City's young safeties are learning on the job and in order for them to grow – and they must do that if this defense is going to evolve – they have to go through games like Sunday's.

There were other issues on defense, and the lack of blitzing really hurt this team in the third quarter after Damon Huard's interception gave the Packers an opportunity, but the secondary isn't growing as fast as it needs to. The Chiefs are struggling with the basic Cover 2 coverage because Pollard and Page are tentative.

That might not hurt KC's defense against some quarterbacks - in fact I'll go as far as saying every quarterback in the AFC West - but it won't work against Favre.

After the game, Herm Edwards did his best to stay positive. Everyone who was in the stands had to be proud of this football team, because Herm's bunch never quit. They played hard and left it all on the field. They simply got beat by a better football team – one that might end up representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Now all they have to do is learn from their mistakes.

Five to Remember

1. QB Damon Huard - It's simply a matter of time before Brodie Croyle gets his chance. I have no problem with a quarterback throwing interceptions - Favre threw two - but Huard continues to make poor decisions in the middle of the field. His turnovers led to 14 Green Bay points, and negated some of the good throws he made. If not for a pair of pass interference penalties, the score of Sunday's game might have been quite lopsided. There are other issues, too - Huard's lack of mobility limits the offense. The Chiefs are 4-4 at the break and in first place in the AFC West, but that only means Huard has been average. Croyle's abilities might make this offense better than average over the final eight games.

2. FB Boomer Grigsby - It was good to see KC's coaching staff put Kris Wilson on the bench in short-yardage situations. After the game in Oakland it was clear he wasn't cutting it. Grigsby was the lead blocker on Larry Johnson's short touchdown run, and on Priest Holmes' two-point conversion, he took the legs out of a linebacker so Holmes could go airborne. Grigsby is more than willing to play this role, and he's exactly what the offense needs right now.

3. WR Jeff Webb - In training camp Kansas City's offensive coaches were working with Webb to drag his feet when he catches a ball near the sidelines. Against the Cincinnati Bengals he did a solid job, but his inability to drag his foot late in the fourth quarter cost the Chiefs a chance to score a last-minute touchdown. There isn't any doubt that if that catch had been made, the game might have been interesting. Webb is a second-year player, and he's learning, but he has talent. This game is all about inches, and that one single inch was huge.

4. RB Priest Holmes - It looks like Superman is back, and with the sprained ankle suffered by Larry Johnson in the fourth quarter, Holmes may get the start against Denver in a week. The Chiefs need Holmes down the stretch. Even with a healthy LJ, Priest gives the offense a shot in the arm. Count me in as one who was dead wrong where Holmes' comeback is concerned.

5. OC Mike Solari - In the first three quarters Solari wasn't too creative, but in the fourth quarter, mainly out of desperation, we saw some of the calls that once made this offense great. The screen pass to Larry Johnson was something we saw quite a bit when Al Saunders and Trent Green ran the show. The problem was that Solari didn't adjust fast enough. The Packers weren't doing anything fancy with their coverages - they weren't respecting the Chiefs receivers - and Solari should have been far more aggressive attacking their corners. I'm not sure what should be done to solve KC's offensive woes, but it all can't be blamed on the offensive line.

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