Chicago Reality Check

First of all, kudos to Adam and Zach for hosting the chat. I especially liked the pregame chat with all the questions. Generally, if you win or lose a preseason game it doesn’t really amount to much. This was different. When you are coming off such a bad year, establishing a culture of winning is very important. So, this win was a good boost to the team’s morale.

However, this does not mean all is well. Let’s put this Chiefs‘ win into some context. First of all, who are we playing? Chicago has an excellent D and a mediocre O. So, we need to read the results considering the competition.

I was mixed on the O. I liked Brodie‘s poise and arm. He showed why I like him. I question his decision making, however, he made good decisions against the Bears. Chan‘s play calling was good. I loved how the ball was spread around. People like Franklin, Charles and Cottam got into the act. Now, what I didn’t like was all the rollouts. Why? What’s wrong with that? Well, think about what that tells you. Why do you roll out a QB? You are cutting the field in half, so why do it? The answer is to cover for weak pass protection. The fact that Chan is calling a lot of rollouts makes me nervous. It’s a tacit admission that the line is not good. This was against a good D, but it bears watching.

I had generally poor feelings about the play of our D. DJ played well, but it’s what I didn’t see that bothers me. I didn’t see D-line penetration against a poor Bears line. Plus, the corners played soft. Hopefully Dorsey will make a difference. However, it bears watching and I will be watching, thanks to Matte and the stoogetv link.

- Merlin

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