In this week’s Blitz, The Star’s Terez A. Paylor answers five postgame Twitter questions from Chiefs fans.
1. Ugh, where was this team against Chi, Minn? — @emh1729
Fair question. It’s OK to be frustrated by that, too. But keep this in mind: The Bears game would have been in the bag if Jamaal Charles didn’t get hurt. They were up by 14 and driving when he got hurt. The sight of seeing your best offensive player go down, plus the blocked field goal, was enough swing momentum greatly. As for the Minnesota game, no excuses for that. They just got beat. Turns out, the London game won’t come back to bite them, but one of those two losses will.
2. Please ask about West. Hurt on horse collar? Not in for TD (Ware), took self out after 1st play of next drive. Didn’t return. — @slarrison
Charcandrick West is really opening some eyes in recent weeks. He’s decisive, quick, and deceptively powerful. He’s also very competitive, which he has shown on the field. As for his health, he’s probably a little banged up, but nothing serious. He spoke to the media after the game, which he wouldn’t do if he was hurt, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after that he had no injuries to report.
3. The O Line seemed to stabilize today. Is Detroit just bad up front, or reason for optimism heading to Mile High? —@cornoobbligato
Detroit is average up front. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is a good player; he had a sack, one of three the Lions’ defensive ends racked up. That’s not ideal, obviously, but they were still good enough to win, and the addition of Jeff Allen has been significant. He’s brought an attitude to the line, and has made his way back from a preseason knee sprain. Their last two games are something the line can build on.
4. Will the Chiefs adopt the relentlessness, as seen in the Royals, for the remainder of the season? — @B12Mentalist
The Royals are a special ball club. Very few teams can do what they do, even in baseball. So probably not. But I do think the Chiefs should get credit for the energy they’ve played with the last few weeks. They’ve come out and played hard, even against daunting odds. And while this is the part where you probably get upset that guys that make millions per year don’t always go hard, just remember that’s just how football is. At 3-5, the Chiefs are still long shots to make the playoffs, but if they can somehow pull off a win in Denver in two weeks, all bets are off because the schedule after that isn’t particularly daunting.
5. Why did Clark guarantee Dorsey and Reid return in 2016? Performance should determine their fate, this is a business. — @mike_steelman
Hunt values continuity, and he’s probably confident this won’t be a three-win season. These guys have too much talent, even without Jamaal. You can’t build a winner if you’re changing leadership every three years. Teams like the Steelers and Packers win often because of their consistency. When you change coaches and front-office personnel, they always want to bring in their own players, which can extended the rebuilding process even more. That’s why, even if the Chiefs were to finish with five or six wins, given the parity in the league it would be foolish to part with either, unless they get blown out in embarrassing fashion (like the Lions did Sunday) multiple times. Dorsey and Reid are competent football men. One down year shouldn’t get them axed. Two? Then you can talk about it.