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Chiefs blitz | Good, bad and ugly from loss to Denver

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What was the silver lining in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos?

The Chiefs, 1-10, now have the first pick in the 2013 draft to themselves if they don’t mess it up and win some games in December.

How much difference did Brady Quinn make at quarterback over Matt Cassel?

Not much. The Chiefs still have yet to cross the goal line with Quinn at quarterback and his deepest completion was a 21-yard catch and run by tight end Tony Moeaki. The scary thing is that was his longest pass in 83 attempts this season.

Wasn’t improving the deep passing game the reason the Chiefs took wide receiver Jon Baldwin in the first round of the 2011 draft and signed wide receiver Steve Breaston as an unrestricted free agent?

Jon who?

Steve who?

Should Romeo Crennel have gone for the first down on fourth-and-2 from the Broncos 7 in the first quarter?

Absolutely. Had the game been scoreless, kicking the field goal and getting a lead would have been important. But with the score 3-0, what good does another three points do against the Broncos, who rank second in the NFL in scoring?

Why did Crennel take a valuable timeout before punting from the Denver 46 with 6:35 to play?

He said he was considering going for it on fourth-and-six instead of punting but then changed his mind. That’s something he needs to think about before the third-down play, not after it.

The number


It’s the first time in the franchise’s 53-year history that the Chiefs have lost 10 of their first 11 games.

Last word

“You like these games, because you’re in the game and you have a chance to win it, but when you come up short, it just hurts.”

Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson