What a way to kick off the Chiefs‘ 2008 season, huh? Here are my thoughts…
The star of the first half was undoubtedly Brodie Croyle. People have it twisted about Croyle; we like him and are pulling for him, but we just didn’t possess the blind faith in him that some Chiefs fans do. Tonight, he definitely made us believe a little bit more than we did yesterday. His opening drive was the perfect way for him to start this season, not to mention put last season behind him. The drive was 16 plays, but that wasn’t what impressed me the most. What impressed me the most was that he was 5-5 on third down conversions. I also liked that broken play he turned into a scramble for a first down. A sharp performance overall.
The star of the second half was Arrowhead Addict favorite Bobby Sippio. Say what you will about his speed, but the guy could catch a bullet blindfolded with chopsticks. He’s also one helluva load to bring down in the open field, every bit as hard to drag down as Dwayne Bowe or Tony Gonzalez. He led the team in receiving with three catches for 57 yards and a TD, and simply took over the game during the game-winning drive. It was good to see Sippio given a chance, as I have always felt he’s a better player than either Jeff Webb or Sammie Parker. All the guy needs is an actual shot. Hopefully, Herm will look at what he did and get him some burn with the first and second strings next game. Regardless, he took a huge step towards making the team tonight.
Larry Johnson might have been a little rusty, maybe even a little lost, but he looks healthy and ready to roll. I think he’ll be better than ever by the fourth preseason tune-up. Iron Man is back, folks!
Our rookie class is looking good, isn’t it? Brad Cottam, Jamaal Charles and Will Franklin all played excellent. Cottam proved that his receiving skills were underutilized in college, as did Franklin. Charles, meanwhile, displayed blazing speed and shiftiness. Then there’s Dantrell Savage, who looked like a poor man’s version of another ex-OSU Cowboy running back out there. You know who I’m talking about. OK, maybe a homeless man’s Barry Sanders. OK, maybe a toothless homeless man. My point is that he looked pretty damn good for an undrafted rookie free agent. DaJaun Morgan (especially on special teams) and Mike Cox also weren’t too shabby. I didn’t see enough of Brandon Flowers, but Brandon Carr had some moments. Jason Parker even had four tackles. All of this, and our top two rooks didn’t even make the trip. How can you not be excited about this class?
The defensive line was OK. I saw Alfonso Boone, Tamba Hali, Tank Tyler and Turk McBride all do some nice things. We need to bring a little more heat, though. I’m thinking Glenn Dorsey will help as far as that is concerned.
As I said in the chat, Adrian Jones played like Adrian Balboa. He got called for holding and then nearly got L.J. killed on a play that netted negative six yards, and he did it all in one drive. Yo, Adrian, you’re not going to cut it at right guard. Maybe Herb Taylor can start somewhere when Branden Albert returns?
Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen both would have been awful if it wasn’t for their TD drives. Maybe it was the vanilla playcalling that restricted them, because both looked pretty good in the two-minute offense? Nerves could have had an effect on Thigpen, too. Gotta get over that to cut it at this level, though.
Other than Derrick Johnson, the linebackers were not impressive. Still, Demorrio Williams can fly. The safeties didn’t stand out either.
Maurice Price looked really good during that late first-half drive. The kid definitely has a shot to make the team. I like him, Franklin and Sippio better than Webb. Devard Darling, too.
The game ball goes to Chan Gailey. How damn good does it feel to know that we actually have a competent offensive coordinator!?!?
Chiefs @ Bears Ratings:
Defense: 6 (only because it was the first game)
Special Teams: 7
Overall: 7.5 (can’t go much lower after a win)