Quarterbacking Was A Huge Problem for Kansas City Chiefs

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BY:Jeff Schneberk
@Game7overtime

Brady Quinn wasn’t it.

Matt Cassel sure as hell wasn’t it

Most people viewed Kyle Orton as absolutely hopeless

Brodie Croyle stayed four years and that was probably 4 years badly wasted.

Trent Green, Elvis Grbac, and the list goes on.

Few teams in the National Football League have had as much trouble getting themselves a solid, durable, strong, intelligence and talented a quarterback as the Kansas City Chiefs have had.
Hell, even Peyton Manning told them to go F— off. Okay, I made that part up, but he had no interest whatsoever in playing in KC.

Kansas City and Cleveland are those 2 environments that are not conducive to winning. So many agendas, people pulling each other in different directions, and nobody really having a clue how to run the football team.

Coaches and brass leaving every so often.

The irritating style of Todd Haley, who by the way is in the process of ruining Ben Roethlisberger, the problems went on and on.

Then, last year, 10 games into the 2012 season and Colin Kaepernick establishes himself as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and all of the sudden, the incumbent is in a bit of a situation. Alex Smith out of Utah gets an opportunity, where?
In Kansas City of all places.

A quick look at the KC roster shows that there isn’t a whole lot of talent on this roster. You have Chase Daniel who played at Missouri, also at QB.
And there still isn’t much else on here.

Yet they are out to a start they haven’t had since 2010 when they won their opening three games (then lost two).

This year, wins over Jacksonville (okay there isn’t much that’s special about that, but it still beats a loss), in Week II, 17-16 win over Dallas, but last week had to be a shock considering that Michael Vick at least appears to be the real deal.
The Chiefs were able to bring Vick down 6 times in that game, a likely reason for the win.
Now KC has a perfect record, and they are scoring at least 17 points per game.

They haven’t opened a season at 4-0 since winning nine straight to open 2004.

It gets better.

In Week 4, they meet the NY Giants, who are having one of the worst seasons of QB Eli Manning’s career.
The only thing better than playing the Giants right now would be a game with Cleveland this weekend.

WHY ARE THEY WINNING?
The resurgent Kansas City Chiefs lead the NFL in turnover differential and sacks, and have relied upon an effective running game to get off to their second 3-0 start in a decade. They’ve also handled the NFC East so far, beating teams from that division in each of the last two weeks.

None of that appears to be good news for the winless New York Giants, who are coming off their worst performance under coach Tom Coughlin.
Coughlin brings his Giants to meet the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
KC created five takeaways and rushed for 146 yards in a 26-16 win at Philadelphia last Thursday that marked a homecoming for coach Andy Reid, the Eagles’ coach from 1999-2012.

The Chiefs have an NFL-best plus-nine turnover differential. They had a league-worst minus-24 mark last season.

DEFENCE THE DIFFERENCE
I hate saying that. I hate saying that defence is the difference when talking about any sport, but when talking about the Chiefs, right now, it has to be the reason. When people pay all kinds of hard-earned money to see their team play, they want to see touchdowns. Quarterback sacks and turnovers are nice too, but people pay to see touchdowns.

However in KC’s case, the defence is what is helping those few touchdowns to show up on the scoreboard.

KC has a sack total this season of 15. That is a lot of sacks. What is crazy about the number though is that half of them are supplied by the same player, LB Justin Houston. He had 41/2 of them last week. Only God knows how you record half of a sack, maybe someone else finished the job??!
Last season, KC had 27, at this rate, they will annihilate that mark before Christmas.

“I think confidence starts from within,” cornerback Sean Smith said. “If you’re not confident in the way you prepare and work and study, I don’t know what to say about you. But our confidence started back in OTAs and minicamps. We knew we’ve had something special here for a long time.”

OFFENCE
Running back Jamaal Charles is coming off his best game of the season, rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries last week.
The Chiefs’ encouraging numbers don’t seem promising for a New York team that’s done hardly anything well during its 0-3 start. The Giants are tops in the league with 13 turnovers, have allowed 11 sacks, are last in the NFL in rushing at 44.3 yards per game and are giving up an average of 129.3 yards on the ground.

UPCOMING GAMES
Following this weekend with New York, KC moves onto Tennessee before coming back home to host the Raiders (who may be without QB Terrelle Pryor) Houston and Cleveland one after the other. KC heads to Buffalo where they will meet EJ Manuel, another young QB who has been proving doubters wrong so far. Following the Bills game, KC is off to their bye week, where things will get a bit tougher with the Redskins, Colts and Chargers due up.

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