The Morning Fix: Embarrassing Loss Edition

Sure, it was only a preseason game. Sure, these guys had only had a week of practice. Sure, hardly any of KC’s best players touched the football. But still, you never want to see the guys with the Arrowheads on the side of their helmet perform that badly. No matter what the situation is.

We’ll break down and discuss the game throughout the weekend. Suffice it to say, there is a lot to talk about. Until then, here is your Morning Fix!

Matt Cassel didn’t throw a pass. Running back Jamaal Charles didn’t have a carry. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe didn’t make a catch — all for the most part by design.

Defensive end Tamba Hali, who signed to a five-year, $60 million deal in training camp, looked awfully good standing on the sideline. Receiver Steve Breaston, cornerback Brandon Flowers, defensive end Glenn Dorsey, tight end Tony Moeaki and linebacker Derrick Johnson also didn’t play.

If you’re worried about what you saw, don’t be. If you’re freaking out, stop. If you think that any significant weakness got exposed or that the Chiefs are somehow less likely to compete now than they were two days ago, take a deep breath.

Even by NFL preseason standards, this one is especially meaningless from the Chiefs’ perspective — and Haley coached accordingly.

On his first possession as an NFL quarterback, fifth-rounder Ricky Stanzi dodged defensive lineman Kyle Moore and then flipped an underhanded toss to running back Jackie Battle, who ran for a moderate gain. It wasn’t exactly a memorable play, but it did show some of the quickness and instincts that could elevate Stanzi into the backup quarterback role at some point this season.

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