The Kansas City Chiefs got humiliated by the Seattle Sehawks tonight, 44-14.
Here are my observations from the game.
1. The Chiefs clearly came into this game trying to force the ball down field to their wide receivers. In the first two preseason games the Chiefs utilized a lot of outlet receivers to move the ball down the field, however early on against the Hawks Matt Cassel was throwing deep often. The results weren’t good as a combination of drops, pressure and misfires kept the Chiefs from gaining any momentum on offense early on.
2. I don’t think we saw a full offensive game plan from the Chiefs tonight, especially early on. KC is built to run first and to use the run to open up for the pass. Instead Cassel came out firing and I got the impression the coaches wanted to see what would happen if he did.
3. KC ran only 11 times in the first half. Charles was effective but only received five carries for 26 yards.
4. Dexter McCluster is for real at WR. The third-year player helped KC get its first points of the game. He turned in five receptions for 43 yards in the first half.
5. Jalil Brown is currently a liability at CB. Remember, Brown barely played at all in 2011. Now he is starting on the outside in place of Brandon Flowers. Brown will have to take his lumps but Scott Pioli would be wise to try to snag a veteran CB when cuts are made later this preseason.
6. The KC defense struggled in the first half but they were also hamstrung by the lack of offensive success early. The KC D was put in bad field position on a couple of occasions.
7. Anthony Toribio went to the lockerroom with an ankle injury. Second-year NT Jerrell Powe looked good playing the nose. Just saying.
8. The Chiefs continued to push the ball down field in the second half while the first team offense was still playing. At the time Matt Cassel threw his pick six, he had attempted 31 passes and the Chiefs had only run the ball 12 times, two of those tuns coming from Cassel scrambles. I know folks will be upset with how things went tonight but the Chiefs aren’t ever going to look good with Cassel throwing that much.
9. I am not sure if he got hurt or what but Peyton Hillis only got two carries. As you can tell, I just thought the offensive play calling is curious.
10. Glenn Dorsey went down with a knee injury but he didn’t go back to the locker room. Even if he is healthy, the KC defensive line has not looked particularly strong.
11. Nate Eachus! Actually, also big props to Stephenson and Allen who were playing very well toward the end of the game. Eachus probably has no shot at making the roster but he showed nice speed, vision and patience. He could land on the practice squad.
It is hard to feel good about the Chiefs at this point. Play calling and game planning aside, the execution wasn’t there again tonight. There were too many dropped passes, bad throws just all-around poor defense.
The Chiefs still have tons of talent and we’ve yet to see them truly utilize Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis. That being said, the Chiefs look like they are going to have their hands full when the Atlanta Falcons come to town.
What do you think Addicts? Will the Chiefs get it together in time for the regular season? What do you think the problem is?