Enemy Insider: Kansas City Chiefs


KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13: A Kansas City Chiefs fan cheers during the game against the San Diego Chargers on September 13, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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This weekend is a must-win game for our San Diego Chargers and we are playing the first place (I hate saying this) Kansas City Chiefs. In order to get a little bit more information on our rival, I sent some questions out to the Lead Blogger Patrick Allen of Arrowhead Addict, a Kansas City Chiefs BLOG.

I tried to be civil with the opposition, but I just couldn’t help in throwing a jab at their cupcake schedule on there.

Anyway, Patrick has a great BLOG over there at Arrowhead Addict and has a great fan base that invades this BLOG every now and then. Feel free to drop by over there to show off your blue and gold!

He also sent me a few questions about our Bolts and he should be posting up an article soon.  I will put up a link on that when I see it come through.

Thanks Patrick for your time and I would wish you good luck this weekend, BUT I wouldn’t mean it. So, I will just say catch up with you soon!!

Now to the questions:

1.What has led to the emergence of Dwayne Bowe this season?

Haley has been working with Bowe since he got to KC, but this offseason Dwayne went to Larry Fitzgerald’s camp for receivers and mentored under Chris Carter. I think a combination of all of these things, plus the emergence of Matt Cassel, have contributed to Bowe’s touchdown explosion.

2. Chargers fans out here think you have had a pretty CUPCAKE schedule, what do you guys think?

I think we’ve had pretty much the same schedule as the Chargers. Sure, you had to play a first place schedule but that is only two games. One was vs. the Patriots and the other is the Bengals. Right now, the Browns, who were one of the Chiefs two last place schedule games, are a better team than Cinci and the Chief beat them. KC’s other last place game was Buffalo. NE > Buffalo, Cleveland > Bengals and the rest of the schedule is identical. And we beat you once head to head.

The Chiefs have a better record because they won games they were supposed to win and the Chargers lost games they were supposed to win. I wouldn’t try to blame it on the schedule for either team.

3. What do you feel is the biggest reason for the Chiefs turnaround this season?

I think a combination of a favorable schedule, a fantastic rookie class and good coaching has gotten the Chiefs where they are. Plus, young teams grow up and KC has a number of emerging players starting to hit their stride. This will probably be going on for the next few years so you will start to see pro bowlers developing in KC where there weren’t any before.

4. What is the recipe to beating the Chiefs?

It used to be stopping the run and forcing Matt Cassel to beat you, but Cassel has been playing so much better recently that that strategy isn’t so easy anymore. Unfortunately, it looks like Cassel may miss this game so you will be facing Brodie Croyle instead.

I’d try to stop the Chiefs on first and second down and force Croyle into 3rd and longs. I’d then blitz the crap out of him.

On offense, I would try to attack the Chiefs deep and get an early lead like the Broncos did earlier this season. Watch out for Romeo Crennel though. He is sneaky and is likely to throw something at you that you aren’t ready for. Plus the Chiefs secondary is growing up too and they will be much tougher this time around then the first time these teams played.

5. After you lose to to the Chargers (hopefully), do you expect to cruise through the next 3 games against STL, TEN, and OAK and win the AFC West?

No. The Chiefs are capable of winning all of these games, including the Chargers game even without Cassel, but I’m not taking any of these opponents lightly. I don’t think the Chiefs will either. They have had to fight and scrap their way to the record they have this season and I don’t think they will suddenly get full of themselves down the stretch.

Bonus: Do you expect to beat us this week?

I expect the Chiefs to put up a fight. If I knew for sure Cassel was playing I would probably pick the Chiefs just because the Chargers have proven to be mistake prone this season and the Chiefs are pretty good at making teams pay for that.

However, with Croyle as the possible starter I think things are going to be much more difficult offensively. I am going to hold off on my official prediction until later this week until I know what is up with Cassel, but I since I think the Chargers have shown they can bungle their way out of a win against any team, I still have hope.

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  • chargers dude

    I can’t wait till this Sunday!! tough break for them on Cassel, but we will have to take advantage! LETS GO BOLTS!

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      we definitely need to win!! it would be much easier without their starting QB in the game! i would take it!

  • http://addicts raider hater

    You guys are going to feel so bad when we win our team is not built around matt its built around not turning the ball over and making mistakes run run run.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      no doubt i would feel bad if you all won.. but I like our chances a lot more with Matt Cassel on the sideline with a ballcap and no pads on. I understand that your team is built around running the football, but what happens when you have 3rd and long. What happens if the Chargers don’t fear the passing game at all and just stack the line against the run.

      Cassel is a big enough threat in the passing game to make the rushing offense work. Brodie (is this a surfer name?!?) has never won a game as a starter.

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  • Double D

    Ernie & co,

    I wouldn’t be so sure about how much easier it will be to beat the Chiefs with Croyle under center and here’s some (but not all) reasons why:

    1. The Chiefs offense does not rely upon its QB to be a playmaker. If it did, Croyle would probably be the better option for us because he has as good of, and if not the better arm and is actually much more mobile and athletic than Cassel.

    2. The Croyle that went 0-9 did so behind a horrible offensive line with no running game. If you don’t think that matters, I suggest you just look at the season that Payton Manning is having. Not saying Croyle = Manning, just saying.

    3. The biggest reason the Chargers have lost 6 games is because they have become quite competent at beating themselves. Croyle’s presence in the game will not change that.

    4. The Chiefs, much like the Raiders, are a physical, pound the ball down your throat type of team, only better. If the Raiders can beat you with Jason Campbell, the Chiefs can surely beat you with Brodie Croyle.

    5. X Factor. The Chiefs know everything about what Croyle is capable of doing within the current offensive system. The Bolts have zero insight into any of that.

    6. Cassel has progressed very nicely from being a marginal quarterback to being a good quarterback under Charlie Weis’ expert tutelage. Do you know of any reason why the same would not hold true for Croyle?

  • warpaintdenny

    To: Charger Nation

    If your team approaches this game as an easy win, you are going to be shocked at the final outcome. The Chief’s are going to show up and play hard.

    The Bolt’s were the class of the AFC West until recently and no matter how great Rivers and Gates are, it taakes a team effort to win.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      there is no way that we can take this game lightly… we lose and we are out!!!!

      expect a desperate football team to come out and punch you in the mouth. we need this win, you guys just want it

      • Double D

        The word out of One Arrowhead Drive is that this as the biggest game of the season. Too much talk about how the Chiefs “got lucky” in Week 1, soft schedule, excuses for the teams they’ve beaten, you name it. Believe me, they’re taking it all personal.

        At this point, there is no distinction between “need” and “want.” The Chiefs fully understand they “need” to eliminate the Chargers from the playoffs.

        Look for KC to come out swinging and pull out all the stops on Sunday. It’s gonna be a bruiser.

        • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

          we will see brotha… I know it will be an EPIC battle. this rivalry thing is kinda fun when you guys win some games :)

          we are right behind you and after Sunday we will be breathing down your necks

          • Double D

            I’m hoping it ends in a tie – just to piss you guys off all that much more. :P

  • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

    why cant i push reply??!?! haha, a TIE!!! wow! that would be just crazy..

    i actually have a guarantee on why the Chargers will win…

    its cuz Paddy did the “Inside The Enemy Camp” article.. man, what a hater!!! hahha.. CLASSIC