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Chiefs Blitz | Breaking down the loss to the Colts

Updated: 2013-01-04T20:44:11Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

Do tell the truth

What about Romeo Crennel’s decision to bypass a 44-yard field goal and go for it on fourth-and-inches of a tied game with 10:21 to play in the game?

I’m good with it. Crennel cited Ryan Succop’s earlier miss from 43 yards in that direction as one factor in the decision. The way the Chiefs were running the ball, they could have driven the ball deeper in Indianapolis territory for a shorter field goal if they couldn’t score a touchdown.

But what about the decision to sneak it by Brady Quinn?

That was the wrong decision by Quinn, who had the option of sneaking it if he thought he could make it. If your running backs are having the kind of success they were enjoying, give it to one of them for eight inches.

Was that the only bad play call?

Nope. It was totally unacceptable to hand the ball off to Hillis on a third-and-eight from the 12 with 3:17 to play. Even though it was a predictable passing down for the Colts pass rushers, the Chiefs needed to throw the ball to move the sticks. They weren’t going to get the ball back after punting. And they didn’t.

Where does Jamaal Charles rank among Chiefs running backs?

He just may be the best. Better than Christian Okoye, Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson and Marcus Allen. Look at it this way; his 226 yards rushing was the 29th best performance in NFL history, and only Charles and O.J. Simpson have three games with 226 yards or more.

Was this the last we’ve seen of Brady Quinn at Arrowhead Stadium?

Yes. And the last of a whole lot of other folks, too.

The number

Two

The Chiefs converted just two of 10 third-down opportunities on Sunday -- but that matches the number of third downs they converted in the last two games (one for 11 at Cleveland; one for 12 at Oakland).

Last word

“We are going to try to hang together and play a good game next week, then wrap up the season.”

Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel

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