“When you play defense – and I don’t care what sport; soccer, football – it’s about hustle. And that’s what we lost. Right about the eight-minute mark of the third quarter we stopped playing defense. And there is absolutely no excuse for it.”
Bill Maas, when asked by Danny Parkins and Carrrington Harrison why the Chiefs defense deteriorated so atrociously in the second half giving up a 38-10 lead against Indianapolis, 610 AM
“We have an issue with our safeties. The issue is we don’t know how to play them. We don’t know what to do with them. If I put on a tape and showed you Eric Berry on every single play you would be absolutely shocked. … He was exploited, especially when they bring him up as a linebacker. He’s not big enough to take on those blocks. He’s a liability in the run aspect of that sub package.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: I think Maas is the best local Chiefs analyst — especially when discussing defense. He is articulate, smart, experienced, knowledgeable and he can speak in terms most fans underrated. He is also enlightening while still being entertaining. Maas explained that Chiefs opponents began to expose Berry by checking off into running plays when he moved up to play linebacker and ran right at him. They checked into a pass play when Berry remained back as a safety. While Berry had some success on blitz plays, he was overwhelmed when charged with dealing with a block from a 300-pound guard on a running play or having to cover a tight end on a pass play.
“Eric Berry is an 11-million cap hit next year.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Berry is a three-time Pro-Bowl safety for the Chiefs and one of the bright young stars in the NFL. But is he worth what the Chiefs will need to pay him for what he delivers on defense? John Dorsey and Andy Reid have some decisions to make this off-season and Berry should be at the top of that list.
“Maybe this isn’t the type of defense they want to be. Maybe this is the best they could do with what they had.”
Bill Maas, after saying the Chiefs should retain Bob Sutton as their defensive coordinator and look to improve their personnel instead, 610 AM
“As long as Andrew Luck plays we’re going to be reminded of that game.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Is The Comeback at the Chiefs expense going to be Luck’s defining moment in the NFL? If the Colts beat New England next week, it might have some serious legs. Kendrick Lewis, Eric Berry and Dunta Robinson better get used to seeing the backs of their jerseys on NFL highlights for the next 50 years.
“If you want to be pissed about a play, be pissed about the overthrow of Cyrus Gray, but Gray slowed up on the play.”
Johnny Coltrane, @Chief_Wildcat, Twitter
GH: Nobody wants to lay blame on the Chiefs offense for this loss and they do not deserve to be chastised. But. Man was this play wide-ass open! If I am Alex Smith, that one haunts me to my grave. I still remember overthrowing my senior tight end my freshman year in a varsity game at Millard High. We had the perfect pass play called on third-and-nine. I saw him break open past the linebacker and somehow overthrew his 6-foot-6 frame. That was 1969 and I can still see that pig floating harmlessly to the ground.
“Great season Chiefs sorry that it didn’t finish the way we wanted still are proud of all you guys. b on 810 Monday at 7 hang in there all!”
Tim Grunhard, @swindad61, Twitter
GH: Okay, so we can deduce from this sweet tweet that Grunny is not looking to get back into the world of tell-it-like-it-is sports talk radio. He may be angling for a position with the Chiefs cheerleaders, though.
“It’s a much more promising off-season that we’re heading into than last year.”
Trent Green, 810 AM
GH: At first blush, this would appear to be a no-brainer true statement. The Chiefs were woeful last season and are now coming off a season where they reached the playoffs. But the Chiefs schedule in 2014 looks brutal. Add to that the fact the Broncos and Chargers swept the Chiefs and your optimism for next fall might be muted.
“I think more people are going to pick the Chiefs to finish ahead of the Chargers next year.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: When Carrington says “more people,” is he talking about anybody outside of himself and Mitch Holthus?
“I’ve been a Chiefs fan for 25 years, Kevin. I’m done. I’ve spent money. I’ve gone out of town. I’ve bought clothes. They could win the Super Bowl next year and they could not heal the wounds this team has caused me over the last 25 years. I’m done. Everybody has a different tolerance level. I can’t do it no more.”
Caller to Kevin Kietzman’s show Monday afternoon, 810 AM
GH: Damn, this guy depressed the hell outta me! 25 years invested and you’re punting? Anybody else out there dumping the Chiefs because they lost another playoff game? I would suggest maybe making the success/failure of your favorite sports teams a tad less important in your life. I love sports and follow far more teams fervently than a grown man should – but they sure as hell don’t rule my disposition…for more than a day or three. I can understand if you don’t realize this in your 20s but anybody over the age of 35 with kids who doesn’t is in need of therapy.
“Reid on concussions to Charles, Flowers and Avery… All should be fine.”
Todd Leabo, @Leabonics, Twitter
GH: That is until the year 2020 when all three file lawsuits against the Chiefs for their head injuries.
I will have an OTC later today covering Mizzou’s Cotton Bowl win and the start of Big 12 basketball.
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