“We gotta decide what kind of team we want to be moving forward. Yeah, you dominated Oakland. Yeah, you dominated the Redskins. But what are we gonna do when we face other powerhouse? We’re a much better team than we showed today and we gotta play like it.”
Dunta Robinson, in an interview with the media following the Chiefs’ 23-7 loss to the Colts, 610 AM
GH: It is one thing to hear the media talking heads discuss the Chiefs beating bad teams with fill-in quarterbacks and losing to good teams – but a Chiefs player? This was rare and welcome stuff coming out of the Chiefs’ locker room Sunday. Read on.
“We just can’t wait for the next guy to make the tackle. When we get the opportunity we got to make it.”
Dunta Robinson, who played significantly against the Colts as the nickel back and replacing Marcus Cooper in some defensive packages, 610 AM
GH: The Chiefs tackling against the Colts was as bad as any game this season. If Jamaal Charles had been in Indianapolis’ backfield he might have rushed for 300 yards.
“It just felt like a very uninspiring performance minus that opening drive. The play that troubled me was that (51-yard TD) run by Donald Brown. I’m a little concerned as an outsider looking at that team as to where they’re at.”
Louis Riddick, ESPN NFL analyst, 810 AM
“We just got our ass kicked. We didn’t hold anything back. They were just better today. They executed when they needed to.”
Dunta Robinson, 610 AM
“We felt like we were ready coming into this game but what happened today was totally unexpected. … They wanted it more than we did.””
Dunta Robinson, 610 AM
GH: Bob Fescoe played a number of audio clips from Robinson’s postgame comments on his Monday morning show. While Robinson’s comments were entertaining, he was often left unchallenged by the media who surrounded him as to the conflicting verbal signals he was putting out.
“Sky high. Never die. Always ready to roll!”
Dunta Robinson, when asked where the level of confidence is with this Chiefs team, 610 AM
GH: So why does Robinson think the team’s confidence is “sky high? After getting their “ass kicked?” If that question was asked, it wasn’t answered.
“This is the best team I’ve ever been on. I’ve played in Atlanta the past two years and we were a pretty good football team. But if we don’t get focused, we’re going to be sitting right back here. You look at all three phases, there are no holes on this football team. I know the next time we see this (Colts) team all those things will be corrected and we’ll be ready to roll. I know what’s in this locker room. Just a little more belief and we’ll be fine.”
“Dunta Robinson, 610 AM
“There you have Dunta Robinson (Sunday) basically just destroying all of his teammates and anybody else who got in his way.”
Bob Fescoe, after replaying the audio clips of Robinson’s postgame interview on his Monday morning show, 610 AM
GH: What interview was Fescoe listening to? If it was the same one he played for his audience, I didn’t hear Robinson “basically just destroying all of his teammates and anybody else who got in his way.” This is why athletes and coaches distrust the media. Fescoe took what were strong but constructive comments made by Robinson about himself and his team and turned them into a player trashing his teammates.
“I think (Sunday) was a game where the (Chiefs) coaching staff just didn’t put a lot of emphasis on this game. I don’t think the Chiefs were focused. I don’t think the Chiefs were ready. I don’t think the Chiefs wanted to be out there at that game.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Does Fescoe really believe what he says here? He doesn’t think the Chiefs coaching staff, “put a lot of emphasis on this game?” A game that if they won would have kept them tied for the AFC West division title and a chance at home-field advantage throughout the playoffs? Fescoe doesn’t think the Chiefs, “wanted to be out there at that game?” He thought they wanted to be Christmas shopping? It is radio hosts like Fescoe that give the industry its shoddy reputation. The Chiefs got beat by a team that played much better than they did. But that thought doesn’t fill a four-hour radio show the morning after the game.
“I don’t know that anybody even hit (Knile Davis) before the ball comes out! It wasn’t much of a blow.”
Dan Dierdorf, network TV analyst, as he reviewed the tape of Davis’ first-half fumble, CBS
GH: Fumbles happen in football but this fumble by the rookie Davis (with the help of CBS’ excellent slow-motion replay) showed almost no contact before the ball came loose. Davis looks like he could be a home-run threat with his speed and power. But if he cannot hold onto the pig, he will be back in Arkansas and out of the NFL.
“I’m derrrrr, catch, derrrrr, tackle, mumble, wow.” -Dan Dierdorf.”
Aaron Swarts, @a_swarts, Twitter
GH: Dierdorf is far from my favorite NFL TV analyst and he definitely is not a fan of the Chiefs fans I follow on Twitter – but then again what TV broadcaster is when the home team is playing?
“If you thought this (Arrowhead) crowd was quiet before, it’s downright docile now.”
Dan Dierdorf, after Donald Brown broke free for a 51-yard TD run early in the third quarter, CBS
GH: Calling the proud Arrowhead fans who braved 20-degree temps for four hours “docile” is not the best way to endear yourself to the locals. But Dierdorf was dead on in describing how quiet the Colts made Arrowhead sound much of the second half.
“No hook slide — none of that nonsense from Alex Smith.”
Dan Dierdorf, with the Chiefs down 23-7 in the fourth quarter, CBS
GH: Nonsense? This statement is a good reason Dierdorf is retiring. He thinks the starting QB of a team that has already secured a playoff spot should be banging heads with linebackers.
“My friend Michael Garozzo. I’ve never been to Kansas City without eating at Garozzo’s. This is probably my last trip to Kansas City and I have a lot of great memories here over the years. This is one of the best football venues there is in the NFL. Love this town.”
Dan Dierdorf, CBS
GH: I remember the HOF Dierdorf as the teammate of Conrad Dobler’s on the St. Louis Cardinals. I hope this isn’t the big guys last time through our town.
“At the conclusion of the play, taunting number 92 of the defense. 15-yard penalty that will result in a first down.”
Tony Corrente, referee, announcing Dontari Poe’s penalty that proved to be a blow to the Chiefs comeback attempt, CBS
GH: CBS’ replay of Poe’s taunt looked like two opposing players barking at each other rather than one player taunting the other. This was a devastating call for the Chiefs that all but ended their hopes of a comeback. The refs likely blew this one way out of proportion.
“Playoff teams don’t do that. They don’t go out and get eight guys off the waiver wire the first day they’re available.”
Jack Harry, on the Chiefs adding eight free agents the week before the start of the season, 810 AM
GH: This one did, Jack.
“I didn’t think they could be physically dominated. I definitely didn’t think they could be unfocused. This is not how you want to roll into the playoffs.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: The Chiefs have one more chance to redeem themselves with their game in San Diego on Sunday. But does any of this late-season momentum really matter when it comes to January? Not really. Momentum last about as long in the NFL as the next turnover.
“It will be 70 on Sunday in San Diego.”
Gary Lezak, 810 AM
GH: Lezak is predicting 7-below in Kansas City for Tuesday morning. Merry Christmas, Santa!
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