KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Linebacker Derrick Johnson, along with his 13 years within the NFL for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, wants extra time to course of his group’s gorgeous collapse in opposition to the Tennessee Titans after watching an 18-point halftime lead vanish into skinny air.
“It hurts simply as a lot the following day,” Johnson stated. “I’ve had higher ones, I will inform you that. One other case of not profiting from our alternatives. What a tragic technique to exit.”
Sadly for Johnson and the Chiefs, being victims of epic comebacks is nothing new. Solely 4 instances have groups surrendered a halftime deficit of at the least 18 factors throughout a postseason recreation within the Tremendous Bowl period.
The Atlanta Falcons led the New England Patriots by 18 factors at halftime within the Tremendous Bowl final February. The Houston Oilers held a 25-point lead over the Buffalo Payments in a wild-card recreation in 1993.
The 2013 Chiefs led the Indianapolis Colts by 21 factors earlier than falling 45-44. Even worse, they led 38-10 early within the third quarter. Head coach Andy Reid is the primary coach in league historical past to lose two postseason video games after main by at the least 17 factors.
But Reid sees no similarities amongst his group’s titanic collapses.
“I would inform you no proper now,” Reid stated. “No, they’re all completely different. I’ve had an opportunity to take a look at that, I believed by way of that too. They’ve all been completely different.”
Simply as Reid did in the course of the group’s midseason droop the place the Chiefs misplaced six of seven video games, the pinnacle coach fell on his sword.
“I’ve bought to ensure my group finishes video games when given that chance and we did not do this,” Reid stated.
As for a way the group recovers from such a monumental setback, Reid advised his group to take time away earlier than specializing in the 2018 season.
“You have to step again, you have to consider, you have to undergo that course of,” Reid stated. “Take a look at what’s actual and what’s not. You do not wish to do it whenever you’re emotional or nonetheless tied into what occurred clearly (Saturday) evening. And you have to battle that. With a query like that, you have to battle that.”
Proper guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif stated seeing a season that start with such hope end in a blink of an eye fixed is hard to swallow.
“The whole lot you labored for is finished and then you definately simply bought to take per week, take a deep breath after which deal with attempting to get higher as a group and as a person,” Duvernay-Tardif stated.
“That was the message from Coach Reid and I am proper together with him. I believe we did some nice issues, however we have additionally bought to enhance on sure issues, and that is what we will do that offseason.”
Regardless of one more disappointing conclusion, nevertheless, Johnson believes Reid and the Chiefs will overcome the adversity.
“It is all the time about profiting from alternatives,” Johnson stated. “It simply sucks that you must give it some thought once more, should undergo it once more as a result of when you’ve got the gamers and the teaching workers in home know — I have been on this league for some time — we will win with this group. We are able to.”
Chiefs gamers and coaches have been fuming following questionable calls throughout Saturday’s wild-card recreation, notably a ruling that allowed Tennessee to kick a pivotal subject purpose.
On third-and-Four from the Kansas Metropolis 22-yard line simply earlier than the 2-minute warning, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota light to cross. Linebacker Derrick Johnson, on a delayed blitz, dropped Mariota for a 9-yard loss and compelled a fumble recovered by linebacker Justin Houston.
Referee Jeff Triplette, nevertheless, dominated Mariota’s ahead progress was stopped and waved off the fumble. Kicker Ryan Succop kicked a 39-yard subject purpose on the following play in Tennessee’s 22-21 victory.
“That was a foul name,” Johnson stated. “I’ve by no means seen something prefer it.”
Mariota went to the bottom instantly upon the hit from Johnson, and the ball come unfastened shortly after Johnson’s hit.
“Normally after they name ahead progress it is a wrestle deal with, increase, then you definately return,” Johnson stated. “However that was a smack proper right down to the bottom, balls out.”
Head coach Andy Reid stated the group should deal with components inside its management corresponding to teaching and execution.
“I by no means wish to depart it as much as the officers to find out the sport,” Reid stated. “I do not wish to do this. I’m going again and have a look at issues that we will management. I am unable to management these guys.”
The Chicago Bears introduced Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy because the group’s new head coach, sparking the start of a training carousel in Kansas Metropolis that might see different turnover.
Particular groups coordinator Dave Toub stays a candidate as head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, the place former Chiefs front-office government Chris Ballard is common supervisor.
Indications are assistant head coach Brad Childress may retire.
Reid declined to say if he deliberate any modifications to his workers.
“I do not know, every part’s too recent proper now,” Reid stated.
Turnover amongst Reid’s workers stays remarkably low in Kansas Metropolis.
Nagy’s departure leaves 10 coaches from the unique 17 that made up Reid’s first Chiefs’ workers in 2013. That features Toub and Childress in addition to defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and operating backs coach Eric Bieniemy, who seems to be a prime inner candidate to succeed Nagy.
The start of the offseason means trip time for many members of the Chiefs, however proper guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif plans to hit the books to review for his remaining examination within the technique of changing into a medical physician again residence in Canada.
Duvernay-Tardif will head to Canada quickly to start out learning. He began medical faculty in 2010 at McGill College in Montreal.
“Principally, the one factor I’ve bought left by way of my medical profession with the intention to get my M.D. is to cross the board examination, which is a nationwide board examination that occurs round Could,” Tardif stated. “That offers me round three months, three and a half months to review for that examination.”
The 2017 season proved essentially the most difficult but of the offensive lineman’s younger profession. Duvernay-Tardif suffered an MCL sprain that served as the primary soccer damage he endured.
“It is positively a problem to return on the sector and be the identical participant proper whenever you get again,” he stated. “I really feel like there’s a bit of little bit of rust to knock off and trusting your knee, trusting your damage. I believe I used to be ready to do this and in direction of the top of the season I used to be again at full power.”
His damage was one in all a number of alongside the group’s offensive line this season. However Duvernay-Tardif would not imagine the lineup modifications impacted the group’s play alongside the road.
NOTES: DL Chris Jones suffered a knee damage on the opening play of the second half of the group’s wild-card recreation in opposition to Tennessee. Jones suffered a torn MCL, an damage that expects to restrict his offseason exercises. Jones began coaching camp this season on the bodily unable to carry out record after present process arthroscopic knee surgical procedure in July following a exercise damage. … TE Travis Kelce left Saturday’s recreation late within the first half with a concussion after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Titans S Johnathan Cyprien. Head coach Andy Reid stated Kelce appeared recovering properly after the sport, and he anticipated Kelce might have performed within the divisional spherical of the playoffs had the Chiefs superior. … WR Demarcus Robinson entered the league’s concussion protocol after a collision late in Saturday’s recreation.
REPORT CARD VS. TITANS
–PASSING OFFENSE: B – Quarterback Alex Smith did sufficient to win most video games, however not this one. Smith delivered an environment friendly 23-of-33 passing effort for 264 yards and two touchdowns, largely in a powerful first half. However when the Chiefs want only one play within the second half to maintain a drive or get into field-goal vary on the finish of the sport, Smith and his receivers could not get the job executed. The blame for the loss lies elsewhere, however Smith and his teammates had an opportunity to beat the deficiencies of others.
–RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus – This unit may deserve an incomplete, with Kareem Hunt getting simply 11 carries for 42 yards, together with simply 5 touches within the second half. A lot of that lack of efficiency within the second half stemmed from the Chiefs failing to maintain any momentum on offense. Once more, the offense wanted only one play sustaining a drive or selecting up an enormous acquire from Hunt out of the backfield and by no means discovered it within the second half
–PASS DEFENSE: C-plus – Holding quarterback Marcus Mariota to 19-of-31 passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns and an interception might win most video games. However an enormous a part of enjoying cross protection in opposition to the Titans means containing Mariota within the pocket, and the Chiefs failed to do this. Mariota scrambled eight instances for 46 yards because the cross rush did not hold him within the pocket and allowed lanes of escape. Surrendering a landing cross from Mariota to himself was unhealthy luck, however letting Mariota escape the pocket and discover himself in that place falls on the cross protection.
–RUSH DEFENSE: D-minus – No group ought to win a playoff recreation when yielding 156 speeding yards to the opponent’s backfield, and Derrick Henry did that harm all by himself in simply 23 carries. Definitely, accidents performed a task. The Chiefs held Henry in examine within the first half with 42 yards on 10 carries. However the absence of defensive lineman Chris Jones within the second half proved to be Kansas Metropolis’s breaking level with Rakeem Nunez-Roches out for the sport and Jarvis Jenkins dinged up as properly. The Titans adjusted within the second half, however Kansas Metropolis couldn’t make the modifications they wanted in response.
–SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus – The Chief’s punt group created a turnover, however little else went proper for the special-teams group. Kicker Harrison Butker missed a 48-yard subject purpose that may have made the distinction. Kansas Metropolis’s particular groups prides itself on making huge performs, however the group went the complete season with out a game-breaking play. Tyreek Hill opened the sport because the kickoff returner and netted simply 17 yards earlier than the membership introduced in Charcandrick West. Hill as a kickoff returner may need been what the Chiefs wanted to show the sport their manner.
–COACHING: D-plus – The Chiefs clearly entered the sport with a successful plan, leaping out to a 21-Three halftime lead. However whereas the Titans made each adjustment wanted to mount a comeback, Reid’s squad did completely nothing to maintain their momentum. Second-half letdowns function a recurring theme for this group, so maybe it is becoming that failing to make a single play to maintain an offensive drive or get the Titans off the sector on protection at any time within the second half serves as a remaining tribute to essentially the most inconsistent season of Reid’s first 5 years in Kansas Metropolis.