So, I just got done re-watching the Chiefs and Falcons game. Rewind, slow-mo, fast forward (past the commercials only), etc… you get the idea. Paying special attention to particular players I will watch closely this season (Cassel, Albert, Carr, and Studebaker in case you were wondering) and getting a good look at the team as a whole. I went into this with the understanding that this is only the first preseason game and that winning or losing this game, along with the other preseason games, is not an accurate indicator of how the regular season plays out. These games are about measuring ability and skill in order to determine who the final 53 on the roster will be. That being said let’s move on to my thoughts.
The Kansas City Chiefs will return to the practice field Sunday afternoon in an effort to correct what needs to be fixed.
Here are a few things the Chiefs need to fix from Friday night.
I know it’s just preseason but it was still first team vs. first team for four series and Cassel didn’t get much done. Well, he got nothing done.
He fumbled the ball and was sacked in a critical situation. Those are correctable.
All of the Chiefs quarterbacks turned the ball over Friday night. Backups Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko threw picks but, as backups, that’s to be expected to some degree.
Cassel, on the other hand, fumbled the ball while sitting in the pocket. That’s a correctable mistake and one I’m sure the coaching staff is talking to him about.
To put it simply: The Chiefs offense or defense is not good enough to sustain with a bunch of turnovers. They can’t win like that.
Eric “5th Dimension” Berry: Saw the beginnings of his recognition skills, and he was diagnosing plays in real time which is good. He would notice where the QB was throwing and seemed to always be around the ball. Had a few nice tackles, and was good in run support.
Dexter “Flex” McCluster: Dex Flex really showcased his speed and versatility and besides one bad drop(that would’ve gone back for 6) had a good game. If JC needs a rest, the opposing D would still get worn out by his speed and he really showed off his separation skills against the DBs. What I really wanted to see was how he could take a big hit, and he took one like a champ and got right back up.
Javier “Habanero Hotstepper” Arenas: Although he only got to run it back twice, he showed me two things. One he’s gonna give us good position when he can take it back, and two he doesn’t make mistakes. He had a 40 yard return and a 99 yard return called back for holding that wouldn’t have effected the play anyway.
Jon Asamoah: Didn’t really notice him besides a holding call(I think) near the goal line, overall I think he played ok.