Preseason Game #2 – San Francisco at Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
Teacher vs Pupil
This game is on the calendars of many around the league, wanting to see the interaction between Chiefs QB Alex Smith, San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
After suffering a concussion as the team’s starting QB in Week 10, Smith lost his job to Kaepernick and mentored him during much of last season’s run to the Super Bowl.
Despite being cleared by doctors, later in the season, Jim Harbaugh kept the ball in Kaepernick’s hands, while Smith maintained his composure and led from the sideline.
The waiting is over for Smith, who will likely see at least a few drives against Missouri native, 49ers DE Aldon Smith and the rest of his former teammates from the Bay area.
Reid already has told McCluster changes are coming in how he will be used.
“I know he said he wants to use me in multiple places,” McCluster said. “That’s the type of player I am and the type of player I’ve always been.
“Now I’ll have the opportunity to showcase my talents and what I do best.”
And if McCluster were suddenly anointed the offensive coordinator, how would he utilize his talents?
“Oh, man, I don’t know,” he said, laughing. “My best role is to keep the defense on their toes. Move me around. Keep them guessing.”
First things first: McCluster and the Chiefs will have to rid themselves of any recollection of 2012 and the 2-14 record.
6. Kansas City: Chase Daniel — For a guy who went undrafted in 2009 out of Missouri, has never started an NFL regular-season game, and has completed just 7 of 9 passes for 55 yards in the league, Daniel sure got paid like a proven commodity in free agency. The Chiefs pursued the former Saints backup aggressively and landed him with a three-year, $10 million contract that includes more than $4 million guaranteed. And there were other teams that wanted him.
The sheen of the Saints offensive success under Drew Brees certainly helped buttress Daniel’s reputation. But he’s also a very nice fit for Andy Reid’s West Coast-style offense in Kansas City, plays an intelligent brand of ball like new Chiefs starter Alex Smith, and had the benefit of some strong preseason showings the past three seasons in New Orleans. He’s mostly projection in terms of the regular season, but my sense is Daniel could prove to be a wise investment for Kansas City.
This doesn’t mean the Chiefs won’t go for Fisher at number one instead of Joeckel, but shows the amount of doubt that still exists amongst evaluators who the best player in the draft will be. Kansas City has not scheduled a private workout with any of the top players in the draft except for Geno Smith. Earlier in the week we thought things were clearing up a bit as to who the Chiefs would take number one overall. This kind of news doesn’t change that very much as Fisher was one of the three people named as a player the Chiefs may draft.
What does change is the perception of how close Fisher and Joeckel are as players. It would appear the gap between Fisher and Joeckel is non-existent according to the scouts which makes choosing between the two even harder for a team like the Chiefs.
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Lee Warren’s covering the Omaha Storm Chasers again for Yahoo Sports and one of his recent pieces shed some light on Christian Colon‘s approach after suffering a fluke injury to his eye last year. Colon rebounded, playing well in the Puerto Rican Winter League and showing no ill effects of the injury. The key quote gives us an idea of what the Royals may do with him, position-wise. He told Warren that he anticipates playing 60 percent shortstop in Triple A and 40 percent at second. With Colon, Johnny Giavotella, Irving Falu, and Anthony Seratelli, Omaha isn’t hurting for middle infielders.