The good news. Two of the Chiefs first three loses this season came against teams that played in the conference championship games on their home field…Baltimore and Philadelphia. The bad news. Things don’t get much for the 0-3 Chiefs in the coming weeks.
Head coach Todd Haley is very much aware of his team chances of getting a win in the next couple of weeks. “It’s pretty clear our margin of error is not real great right at this time, so we must as a team and as a coaching staff really do everything right, all the little things included: technique, mentally, decision-making. All of those things we have to pretty much be on point, especially against a team like Philadelphia.”
The one positive to take from the next four games before the bye week is three of those game are at home starting Sunday with the Giants. Then Dallas, before going on the road to Washington and back home for San Diego. If I had to guess the Redskins record right now, I would put them down for one or two wins. The first came against St. Louis, the second is a toss up with the Chiefs.
Don’t think for a moment that Haley is giving up on this team or that he even gave up on Sunday. Down 24-3 at the half, the Chiefs ran seven straight running plays and 18 of their 28 plays in the second half were runs. This came after the team gained just three yards on the ground in the first half. Haley explained, they were not giving up.
“I just felt in my gut yesterday. What we did in the second half all it took was two plays, an interception for a touchdown or a blocked punt. You don’t know what that play is going to be. One of those runs could have broken out. We had some opportunities for big play. I got to halftime and I thought to myself, what are we doing? We need to make some progress in this game. I just felt like our best chance offensively to make progress was to figure out what we wanted to do. We ran a fake punt, we ran an end-around; we had two other calls that we had to check out of. In no way was it a wave the white flag.”