A Chiefs offense that seemed reborn last week against the Chargers was back in stall mode on Sunday in a lackluster 17-7 loss to the Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium. Things got even worse though for the Chiefs as starting QB Damon Huard had to leave the game with a shoulder injury, and it’s already been determined by the club that Huard will miss next week’s home game vs the Bengals.
Brodie Croyle, who was expected to be the starter this season but lost a training camp competition with Huard, will get the start for the Chiefs, who only were able to must a touchdown on the last play from scrimmage to avoid the home shutout. “I wasn’t sure what happened with Damon,” Chiefs tackle Damion McIntosh said. “Brodie comes in and tells us the play and said, â€˜Let’s get it done here,’ and that was it. There’s no heroic speech he came in there with. We weren’t expecting Joe Montana to walk in there. He came in and did what he had to do. We scored a touchdown.”
The Chiefs offense was back to the form of before the San Diego game, maybe even worse. They were held to an amazing 10 yards rushing, the second-lowest total in team history and fewest since they gained zero in a 1965 game against the Broncos. While the passing game was a bit better, there was no explosive plays from pass catchers Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzlaez like there was a week before against the Chargers.
Now with Croyle in there, the team needs to start to find someway to move the football. Maybe a visit by the swiss cheese like Bengals defense is exactly what Croyle and the Chiefs need. “It’s just a matter of doing it for four quarters instead of for 8 minutes,” Croyle said. “It’s still the same mind-set. You want to go out there and score. You don’t want to go out there and hope we get a field goal or hope you get some good field position. It’s a matter of going out there and wanting to score. If we do that, maybe we can build on it.”