Chiefs fans who watched won’t be fooled by the close final score. The offense stalled. The starting defense couldn’t stop much of anything, the first string got outscored 14-3, the fans booed; heck, even the stadium lights and television feed went out for a bit.
“Three minutes-plus, two timeouts (remaining), I would kick a field goal especially in the regular season,” Haley said. “I considered (going for the touchdown) more in this situation being the preseason … you can take a few more chances. I was a little disappointed in the sequence of plays once we got down there. We had a dropped ball for what looked like it would have been a touchdown.
Not sure the tape of the first quarter is going to provide much in the way of anything but embarrassment for the Chiefs on both sides of the ball. The game is won on the line of scrimmage, whether pre-season, regular season or post-season. The Rams controlled every inch of that line for the first 15 minutes of the game, when it was No. 1 units against No. 1 units.
“We came out, we executed and got two touchdowns early,” said Bradford, who threw hit 9 of 16 passes for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “That’s what I was looking for, and talked about all week.”
“Two days ago that was part of the plan in this evaluation process. We need to be very critical that we understand who and what everybody is. Tyler had not been in there with any of our core players – that was an ahead of time deal that we decided we were going to give him a series with the core guys to get a good evaluation. I thought Tyler did a good job. It had nothing to do with Matt; of course he wants to play all the time and we got to get him ready too. I don’t want you to think we are taking that aspect lightly because he’s got to be ready to plat once the season starts.”