Some Payments followers wish to put Sean McDermott via a desk this morning.
It wasn’t as a lot the efficiency of Josh Allen and the offense or McDermott’s protection that took middle stage within the blame sport, however slightly McDermott’s resolution to kick a pair of less-than-gutsy area targets within the loss that many are left questioning this morning — the primary, a 3-pointer simply earlier than the half that tightened the hole to 21-12, and the second, a third-quarter kick to carry the rating to 24-15.
The Buffalo head coach defined after the sport his resolution to not go for it:
I thought of going for it on each events. Possibly if I needed to do it over once more, I’d have went for possibly certainly one of them. However the one earlier than the half, I wished to get factors. We had been having bother arising with factors, and I wished to at the least have one thing to point out for it going into the half, particularly realizing they had been getting the ball after half. I will look again at that and reevaluate that, particularly the one after half there, and as a complete group, we’ll study from the expertise.
To make issues worse, each area targets had been chip shot tries: The primary was an try from the 8-yard line (27-yard try) and the second was netted from the 2-yard line (20-yard try). Each tries had been simply in “go for it” territory.
McDermott’s resolution to kick the pre-halftime area aim was met with criticism from throughout, with some labeling the Payments coach a “coward” for the kick. Patrick Mahomes and the world’s best offense had been getting the ball to begin the second half, that means possibly there ought to have been a little bit of elevated urgency to maintain tempo from Buffalo’s perspective.
The Chiefs would rating a area aim of their very own on their first drive of the second half.
Questionable kicking calls have been the MO of NFL head coaches throughout the 2021 NFL playoff season, with McDermott the brand new posterboy for conservative play after the AFC championship sport. The 38-24 rating did not adequately mirror how a lot of lopsided affair it was. Earlier within the day, Packers head coach Mike LaFleur bought roasted for his resolution to kick a area aim with the NFC championship sport hanging within the stability vs. the Buccaneers.
In any case, the Chiefs are advancing to the Tremendous Bowl and the Payments aren’t, and McDermott performed immediately into that outcome.