Sorry Nate Eachus, but it's not the fifth string running back that's supposed to impress me. Eachus has been running strong in camp, but my need goes higher. I can't brush Seattle aside as just a preseason game.
I'm done accepting lousy with the Kansas City Chiefs. This season I have hope. What I saw Friday night did its best to erase that optimism. Kansas City has one more game to find its confidence.
For them and the fans.
"This is football," said Derrick Johnson after the game. "This is about bouncing back. It's about taking the good with the bad. This is a game of responding. We're going to have to respond quickly. We're not playing like a very good football team right now, but our job as players is to get the job done."
Did Derrick Johnson learn from the Seattle Seahawks?
"It's hard to learn when you get beat the way we got beat today. Of course, we'll go back and look at the film. I’m sure with X's and O's we can do certain things better. Penalties hurt us tonight, but as a team, it was just disappointing. We have to do better. It starts up front with me. Somehow leadership has to flow down. We have to get this thing going because the season will be here in a couple of weeks."
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Derrick Johnson nailed something square on the head, players need to lead. Something I thought was happening.
There are players on the roster that shouldn't be developing anymore. I don't want to hear the word process either. It's time for Johnson, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Jovan Belcher, and Tamba Hali to step up.
Stanford Routt is getting paid $19 million to replace Brandon Carr. Routt needs to look like it. That's my demand and I don't think fans should back down from it. It's time to want more from this team.
It's time that players like Brandon Flowers want more too. There's too much talent on the roster to play like fans saw against the Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs shouldn't have melted like they did at Arrowhead but they did. That needs fixed.
"We need to go back to the film room and work," said Peyton Hillis. "It's plain and simple. We made a lot of errors, a lot of mistakes as a team. We have to get it fixed."
Is Peyton Hillis concerned?
"I'm not. This still is the preseason. It is no excuse for what happened tonight, but it is still the preseason. We still have time to get things accomplished. Hopefully we will do that."
"You have to respond. That’s just the way it is. I know everybody is frustrated now," said Steve Breaston. "The things we did on the field are correctable. As players we have to take coaching. It's hard, after a loss like this, to move on to next week but it's what you have to do. You have to push a little bit more in practice and apply it to the next game. We did some good things out there but it was over shadowed by some turnovers. Those are all correctable. We have to make plays and keep drives alive. We have to keep grinding and keep our heads down."
A hard loss is tough. It's not fun for the fans or players. The players in the locker room did their best after the game to find the bright spots. As fans we should to. Seattle didn't count, just the lesson they gave Kansas City.
The real positive from Seattle will be if the players learned from it and change their direction.
Like the movie "Smokey and the Bandit" Kansas City has a long way to go with a short time to get there. Can they arrive before the Atlanta Falcons? I'll believe it when I see it. That's not me being mean, that's me holding Kansas City to it.
I need to be showed something other than practice footage and Arizona.
Good day, Chiefs fans!