I had to wait awhile before I wrote this one. I'll be honest folks. I just didn't know what to say.
I think what we saw yesterday was a team that did the most that it can do. The crappy part is that it wasn't enough to win the game against a team that really isn't that good.
Now I could be a little overly critical of the Chiefs just because they beat my team. Matt Cassell would not have been recruited to USC and then picked up by the Mastermind (the Evil Genius that is Bill Belichick) if he did not have some talent. Todd Haley would not be making the money he is either if he didn't know what he was doing.
The proof was in the pudding Sunday. I'd like to think that I'm right about Curtis Painter (and not just jumping on the bandwagon). The more that he has been the man in practice, the better he's played. The man played well in the first half. Young quarterbacks often tend to connect with one receiver really well. For Painter, that man is Pierre Garcon (not a bad choice).
I want to tread lightly here because I don't want to start throwing around blame, but I think the difference between the two teams was clear in the second half. A good team with a solid coaching staff will be able to make changes at half time, come out in the third quarter and turn the tide of the game.
The Chiefs did just that.
It helped that they had a breakout performance from Jackie Battle. The Chiefs running game in the second half would be what I would credit the win to. Not so much because Battle had around 80 yards in the second half alone, but because it kept the ball out of Painter's hands. For a young QB trying to find his way in the NFL, getting into a groove and staying there is the key to success. With just five plays in the third quarter, all the momentum that Painter had from the first half disappeared.
This does not bode well for our Colts folks. The Chiefs may be on the way back to the division winning form they had last season; maybe they are better than they looked over the first few weeks. Maybe losing to them is not that bad; another game of 'close, but no cigar.'
Too many losses start to work on the mindset of the team.
One thing I would like to throw out there real quick--I am starting to think that we should not take Andrew Luck should he be available when we pick in the next draft. What? Are you crazy? He's the next great quarterback (people thought that about Ryan Leaf too).
I think we need a running back; a legitimate, superstar running back. The Chiefs won the game because they could control the ball through their running game. Maybe if the Colts could have pounded out a first down or two in the third quarter, the Chiefs rhythm could have been disrupted instead. Trent Richardson will probably enter the draft; Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James too.
This will only be plausible if Peyton Manning comes back. I've made it no secret that I think Peyton is done, but should he come back I think a running back would be a better pick. Should the Colts actually develop a running game it will force defenses to commit more defenders to stop it while loosening up the coverage on the receivers in the process.
That will keep an aging Peyton from getting battered from crazy pass rushing next year, possibly extending him one, two, or maybe even three more years (gasp). That would be more than enough time for them to develop a QB they take early in the second round (Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M; Robert Griffin from Baylor should he enter the draft).