“The Kansas City Chiefs are done! After their very first game! Yes and I’m not exaggerating. You get your best player on defense, Derrick Johnson, he’s out for the year. You play San Diego twice. You had the entire season to prepare for the Tennessee Titans and you have to play outside the division, the NFC West.”
Rodney Harrison, studio host for Football Night in America, NBC
GH: Harrison was not a believer in the Chiefs last season even after they bolted to a 9-0 start. He did not miss out on his first chance to hammer the inept-looking Chiefs after their 26-10 loss to the Titans. He was not alone. Read on.
“A lot of people felt like last year was a little bit of an aberration (with the Chiefs making the playoffs). I thought they were going to win today. I really did. I didn’t think Tennessee was ready for a whole new thing with Ken Whisenhunt. That’s probably got to be one of the more disappointing performances today by any team – especially one that made the playoffs last year.”
Boomer Esiason, studio host, CBS
GH: It wasn’t only the network talking heads who were disgusted with what they saw from Andy Reid’s Chiefs Sunday. Read on.
“(The Titans) came in and punched the Chiefs in the mouth from the very first play and the Chiefs gave in. … It looked very, very bad. It looked like we were in a fight and we backed down. We said, ‘Uncle! Uncle! Uncle!’”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: Whoa! Those are harsh words from a Chiefs alum about his organization. If the Chiefs players care at all about the perception we as a city have about their play, Grunhard’s words should sting. “Uncle! Uncle! Uncle!” is not what you want to hear your team screaming in their home opener in what is supposed to be one of the NFL’s toughest venues.
“Who are you going to beat if you didn’t beat the Titans on your home field?”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: Are the Chiefs going to go 0-16? Probably not. But there were more than a few Chiefs fans discussing the possibility of KC once again drafting the first overall player in next year’s draft.
“It don’t look good. I’ve got to be honest with you. … I think it’s possible they get to 0-6.” Soren Petro, 810 AM
“Andy’s first half play calling was gross. 7 touches for Charles on 26 total plays. That’s just not enough for your only play maker.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
“When you take your best player out of your offense, that’s never good. Andy lost sight of that and he admitted it. I always looked at it this way – my star players on offense were going to possess the ball.”
Herm Edwards, on the Chiefs only giving Jamaal Charles 11 touches against Tennessee, 810 AM
GH: Andy Reid again took a verbal beating after the Chiefs loss resembled much of his play calling from the second half of last-season’s devastating playoff loss to Indianapolis. And as he stated, he deserved every bit of the criticism.
“The (Titans) 3-4 defense, which looked so vulnerable during the preseason, was actually stout. The Titans made the Chiefs appear anemic and limited Jamaal Charles to 19 rushing yards. … The Titans hesitated to celebrate too much, however, in part because they got away with committing 12 penalties for 110 yards.”
Jim Wyatt, writer, Tennessean.com
GH: The Chiefs’ game plan made the Titans look like a playoff team. I am going to guess they are not even close.
“You can’t say that anymore after 2012 RT @dpulley @ArrowheadPride This may be the worst season for KC is years!”
GH: How unfortunate that our misery has so many recent layers from which to choose.
“I apologize for my voice today, folks. I don’t know what I’ve got – allergies?”
Kevin Harlan, on his deeper, raspier voice for the first Sunday of the NFL season, CBS GH: It was obvious that Harlan’s voice was far from pristine for the opener but it was not so bad that he needed to back out of his Sunday assignment. What a nightmare it has to be for a guy who makes his living with his voice when he wakes up on an NFL Sunday and sounds like he is gargling frogs.
“We saw a lot of that today where (Alex Smith and his receivers) just were not on the same page. They did not look sharp in the preseason. … I think that’s the third interception thrown in the direction of Donny Avery.”
Rich Gannon, color analyst for Titans/Chiefs game, CBS
GH: Gannon did a good job pointing out the issues that the Chiefs offense faced in this game. Gannon is not a sugarcoated kind of analyst. He pretty much told us what his nose does – that the Chiefs stunk on Sunday.
“Hit and sacked again! The fourth sack for the Titans against this changed Kansas City offensive line.”
Kevin Harlan, network play-by-play voice for the Titans/Chiefs game, CBS
GH: Harlan could not have been kinder in choosing the word “changed” to describe the Chiefs rebuild but failing offensive line. A more accurate term would have been “inept.”
“Those of you that hate Alex Smith have no need to fret. He’ll be dead by week 4.”
Johnny Coltrane, @Chief_Wildcat, Twitter
“They cleared out in a hurry in this stadium.”
Kevin Harlan, on the rapidly disappearing crowd at Arrowhead during the fourth quarter, CBS
GH: CBS was not shy in showing this wide-angle view of an almost empty Arrowhead. Good for the Chiefs fans. There is no reason to support an effort that is so weak one of their former players says it looked like the team was screaming, “Uncle!”
“The Chiefs got beat up from parking to play. I think the Chiefs organization is going to get piled on this week and probably the last thing they want to hear about is the parking situation.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: The parking woes at Arrowhead will be as much a reason as any to keep fans at home in front of their TVs instead of venturing out to the Truman Sports Complex. The Chiefs have struggled with this issue for years and their best solution has been to raise the parking fees each year. Brilliant.
“They are not built to play from behind. They are not an offense that is going to open it up and have Alex Smith throw forty times in a game. They want to rush (Jamaal) Charles, they want to play great defense, get turnovers and field position. They’ve been unable to do that (against Tennessee) through the first two quarters.”
Rich Gannon, CBS
GH: How can you build an NFL team that cannot mount a comeback? The Chiefs paid how much for Alex Smith to win from out front or not at all?
“I still think Derrick Johnson is an underrated linebacker – even though he is an All Pro. He is so instinctive and athletic. He is Bobby Bell-esque.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: A brutal loss for the Chiefs defense and a maybe even tougher injury for Derrick Johnson’s NFL career. A blown Achilles can be fatal to linebackers as seasoned as Johnson. His rehab will be tough just to get him to where he can comfortably walk next season.
“So Dee Ford non-factor, Philip Gaines non-factor. That’s your first and second round picks this year.”
Aaron Swarts, @a_swarts, Twitter
“First-round pick Dee Ford only played three defensive snaps on Sunday. Third-round pick Phillip Gaines only played one.”
Terez A. Paylor, @TerezPaylor, Chiefs beta writer for The KC Star, Twitter
GH: John Dorsey has some explaining to do. He either decided to punt this season away in hopes his draft picks would be a long-term solution or his draft was a complete joke. Tell me again why the Chiefs did not need to draft a wide receiver?
“’Let’s go Royals’ chant being yelled at Arrowhead as fans exit.”
Mike Lavieri, @mlavieri, Twitter GH: Fescoe reported that the Chiefs failed to give even one score update of the Royals/Yankees game Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead for the entire afternoon. If true, the Chiefs are clueless about much more than drafting players, play calling and parking.
“(Sunday) the Chiefs did a 31 rating and a 59 share. The Royals on TBS did a .3 and a 5 share. The Royals were also on FoxSports Kansas City and that pulled a 5.9 and an 11 share. So the Chiefs first game of the year was watched by five times as many people who watched a very important Royals game. … People ask us all the time why we talk NFL so much. We talk NFL so much because there is a craving for the NFL. As much as you don’t like to say it, this is still an NFL-driven society.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
“Jack (Harry) has decided to cut down his Sunday schedule. Jack decided to step away. (Chiefs Sundays) are a long day for Jack that can last until midnight. I’ve sure we’ll hear from Jack from time to time.”
Danny Clinkscale, on Harry no longer staring on WHB’s Chiefs postgame radio show, 810 AM
GH: I for one have heard enough from Mad Jack to last me until the Chiefs are good again. In other words, I’m good for now and probably quite some time.
“Always on opening day there seems like are three or four games where you just scratch your head. You just got to let it go and see what happens next week.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: What else can we do but wait to see what happens next week and beyond? It’s not like we can all move to Denver.
“The pride is restored”
Headline in Sunday’s Kansas City Star, on a story that credited John Dorsey and Andy Reid with restoring pride back into the Chiefs organization, Kansas City Star