“I’m worried about our team and our progress,” Haley said. “Our No. 1 goal, as it always is, is to be ready for the opening of the season. These preseason games are part of that process from an evaluation standpoint, from getting the players ready to the speed of the game, all those things.
“I’m just worried about the Kansas City Chiefs right now. We’ll stay in that mode here for a while of our guys knowing what to do (and) how to do it. … We’ve got a plan. I feel really good about the plan to be ready for the opening of the season.”
PASS RUSH: The Chiefs are in trouble if Tamba Hali is the only pass rusher opponents fear, but Wallace Gilberry has looked good in camp. Keep an eye on rookies Justin Houston and Allen Bailey, as well as now-healthy second-year guy Cameron Sheffield.
HOT HANDS: The Chiefs won’t unveil much of their passing game against the Bucs, and it’s possible that neither Steve Breaston nor Jonathan Baldwin will play. But with those two, plus Dwayne Bowe and Jerheme Urban, they go four-deep in high-quality receivers.
“Obviously we want to move the ball and score points,” Muir said, “but the thing we’ve been emphasizing is improving our tempo and being physical and being a smart team. But having said that, this is a huge opportunity for a lot of young players to show whether they can contribute or not.”
So expect to see plenty of fifth-round draft pick Ricky Stanzi and journeyman Tyler Palko, the Chiefs’ two backup quarterbacks. Keep an eye out for Jerheme Urban, Terrance Copper and the rest of the wide receivers trying to make the team.
“It’s big,” WR Verran Tucker said. “I try to tell some of these rookies that you’re guaranteed to get yourself about two or three games, so put whatever you can on that film because it’s not just for this team, it’s for everyone.
“I’m not gonna lie, this game is pretty big for me too. I can’t wait. I’m really excited.”
“I’m very comfortable with those guys,” Haley has said of his three QBs – Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi. “If there is somebody out there that we feel like improves the competition or helps make us better, I’ll keep that open at all positions … I wouldn’t say it worries me. ”
The question keeps being asked because of the dearth of NFL experience behind Cassel, who is the unquestioned starter. Palko has played in two games while banging around the league for the last five years. Stanzi is a rookie.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen