Sunday, December 11, 2011
Chiefs' dud puts damper on Jones' return
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Four first-half yards. Ten second-half penalties for 126 yards.
In a game the Chiefs had to win, they did everything possible to lose -- and the statistics prove it. The final score -- Jets 37, Chiefs 10 -- was indicative of just how abysmal of a performance it was.
"We just didn't execute," ex-Jet Thomas Jones said. "We made a lot of mistakes."
Talk about an understatement. The Chiefs were outclassed in every facet of Sunday’s game.
"We probably had our worst half of football, coach Todd Haley said, referring to a first half in which his team trailed 28-3 after being out-gained 253-4, going 0-for-6 on third downs and netting negative-15 yards through the air.
The dud certainly put a damper on Jones’ return to New York. The 33-year-old proved to be a workhorse out of the backfield, rushing for more than 1,000 yards in all three of his seasons with Gang Green, along with 28 touchdowns.
"It was weird having to play against your old teammates," Jones said. "I had mixed emotions. Jets fans showed me a lot of love, which was appreciated."
What wasn't appreciated by the Chiefs -- based on how animated they were -- was all the penalties they were called for. During the Jets' second drive of the third quarter, they were called for 74 yards worth of penalties.
"It was crazy," Jones said. "I don't think I've ever been around anything like that, but that's the way the game goes."
Haley was even flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct on the ensuing Kansas City drive.
"I'm not getting into the penalties," Haley said. "Like I said, the officials have a very difficult job. The one thing we can't do is lose our composure over a call. That's on me, 100 percent."
Jones wasn't any more upset over losing to his former team.
"A game is still a game at the end of the day," he said. "A loss is still a loss."
Jones became miffed when asked about the team's anemic offensive attack, which gained just 221 yards of total offense -- 217 of which in the second half.
"I don't know know how many yards we had," he snapped. "I'd have to watch the film and see."
It's going to be ugly, that's for sure.