Flowers was a split-second late in going after the interception, and he paid for his failed gamble. Tampa Bay’s Micheal Spurlock instead made the catch along the sideline, and with Flowers out of position to make the tackle the Chiefs had nobody to catch Spurlock.
Spurlock easily made his way to the end zone for the 53-yard touchdown, which turned out to be the deciding play in the Chiefs’ 20-15 defeat.
Flowers was immediately pulled out of the game in favor of Maurice Leggett. But coach Todd Haley indicated Flowers was not being benched; nor was the move a sign the Chiefs are unhappy with their third-year cornerback.
“Brandon is not one of the guys right now that I’m worried about not getting it,” Haley said. “Brandon’s on board and has a chance to be a real good player for us.”
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has been under a lot of pressure and scrutiny heading into his sophomore season with the team.
After under-performing in ’09, many have pointed at Cassel as the main reason for this team to have success in the future. Last night, in the Chiefs’ second preseason game against Tampa Bay, Cassel showed us a possible glimpse of what he can provide by going 14/19 with 125 yards and a score. He also showed a ton of poise by stepping up in the pocked many times and hitting his receivers down field.
Although Cassel played well in Saturday’s game in Florida, it doesn’t stop here. The former USC product needs to build off this solid effort and continue it this week against the Eagles.
The Kansas City Chiefs running back situation is getting interesting. I’m not sure a lot of folks are aware of some of the talent in the backfield.
In game one, Thomas Jones ran just two times for two yards and Jamaal Charles was easily the best running back on the field.
In game two, Jones rushed eight times for 29 yards. On a handful of occasions he was able to get the short first down so he served his purpose. He looked OK — not bad but not great. Charles is still easily the best running back if you go by on-field performance in the first two preseason games.
Charles once again averaged over five yards per carry on Saturday night with 26 yards on five carries.
There are a few interesting notes about the Chiefs running backs on Saturday night.