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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Chiefs Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 33-27 OT loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
“Obviously we didn’t execute well there when we were up, and those are opportunities that we have to put games away and finish. We didn’t finish obviously…. I don’t think that our mindset changed. We came in, had a great halftime talk, and talked about what we were doing. This game comes down to execution and we all have to do our jobs better. We’re all in this together; coaches, players, everyone in the organization.”
Meanwhile, Philip Rivers put the onus on the offense for not putting the game away when they had opportunities:
“I’m just saying, you’re not going to turn the ball over and you’re going to score 27 points, you’d feel pretty good about that. I don’t feel good about it because I don’t think we held up our end. When it’s all said and done, offensively, I don’t think we held up our end when it was the fourth quarter. Find a way to sustain another drive, even if it’s a few first downs and punted again. Just something to slow down everything that was going on and we didn’t hold up our end.”
“I don’t think that there’s too many guys like him that are just sitting there waiting for a phone call to come in on a Tuesday workout. We’ll have to do it by committee. Obviously, Travis (Benjamin), you’ve seen what he’s done production in the league, what he’s capable of. Just trying to find more ways to get it to him. And then Dontrelle (Inman) and Tyrell (Williams) have to pick up the slack, and Isaiah (Burse) and whoever else we add to the group.”
“You look at the whole fourth quarter, and the way it went, and how we did things. We have to do a better job. Like I mentioned earlier, coaches, players, we’re all in this together. We’re not pointing fingers…. (The 17-yard punt) hurt. That’s something we have to do a better job with, and that’s why I said it’s all of us. It’s not just one thing, it’s not just one kick, one offensive snap, one defensive snap, it’s the whole team. We have to do a better job.”
“Just stay together. This is only week one. Don’t get down on yourself. Don’t go pointing fingers. This is a new season. We’ll correct it on Monday and move on from there. We’ve got a game next Sunday. That’s all you can do.”.”
“We started off hot and that’s just football. Things started shifting their way. Momentum started getting on their side and at the end of the day they just made more plays than we did. We can’t do anything about that, it’s football. We got to finish. They just came up. They were down and came out ready to play. They got it together and just made more plays than we did.”
“You saw what he did at the end of the year last year and as you guys watched practice through all of last year, you saw the growth that he made (The same) through the offseason program, through the minicamps and OTA’s. Then you saw how he performed during training camp and then in the preseason games. It’s a great credit to a player who’s made the most of his opportunities last year, learned from a great group of players, works extremely hard.”