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Recipe For A Delicious Chiefs Debut


Waiting for football to comeback is like steeling yourself for six months without comfort food. Any comfort food. No pizza, no mashed potatoes, no doughnuts, no bacon, none of it. Until this Friday.

At least that’s how I feel – I suddenly have access to so much happiness that I’m not even sure what I want first. But I have an idea for a Chiefs recipe that will leave me fat and happy, at least until next week.

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Step 1: Set the Superdome to boil with a rabid crowd of away fans that will keep cheering even when QB Ricky Stanzi hands off to RB Jordan Roberts on a draw late in the 4th quarter. Wait until the stadium is about half red. Add beer for increased volume.

Step 2: Separate any players with the lightest of lingering injuries from the rest. Then, drop in at least two solid drives by the Chiefs offensive starters.

These should consist of:

-       Five to eight touches by RB Jamaal Charles. It doesn’t matter how exactly he gets his hands on the ball, the more creative the better.

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-       About 100 yards of passing from QB Alex Smith, including receptions by the team’s exciting trio of tight ends and catches by at least two wide receivers not named Dwayne Bowe while the full starting ensemble is on the field.

-       Interesting usage of WR Dexter McCluster, who should be set to finally shine.

-       A big gainer by Bowe all the same, because he’s one of the best parts of the meal.

-       At least one touchdown, but one more will make it all the sweeter.

Step 3: Once the Saints defense has been adequately humiliated, send on the Chiefs defense for a similar process of psychological warfare for three to four Saints possessions – because they’ll be short.

These should consist of:

-       ILB Derrick Johnson stuffing a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage at least once.

-       One sack for each OLB, Tamba Hali and Houston.

-       Allow all three to dance a bit. It’s good to let them burn hot for their field time before setting them aside on the bench to cool.

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-       A strong showing by the newest addition to the starting linebacker lineup – be it Akeem Jordan or Nico Johnson.

-       The Chiefs secondary playing to its full potential against a talented Saints passing attack, including two pass breakups and, ideally, at least one turnover.

-       Blitzes, lots of blitzes to wash away the sour aftertaste of the passive Crennel-style broth left the pot.

-       A bit of penetration from the Chiefs D-line.

Step 4: After the starters are done (but still healthy), start filing in 2nd-and-3rd-teamers. The most important ingredient in this stage of the cooking is surprise. I don’t know who will step up once the starters are off the field, but the solid showing by the 1st team is best complimented with a few unexpected standout performances by depth players.

For best flavor, this stage should include:

-       A sign that WR Jon Baldwin is (finally) developing and other young receivers like Donnie Avery, Devon Wyle, Junior Hemingway, and Josh Bellamy and can provide delicious depth.

-       Some noteworthy performances from the backup D-linemen I’ve been hearing about in practice reports.

-       Solid all-around play by backup safeties Quintin Demps and Husain Abdullah because Kendrick Lewis’ durability is a major concern for me.

-       Leave QB Chase Daniel in there until he shows a consistent consistency. While I’m high on the guy from past preseason performances and from his pedigree of being brought up as Drew Brees’ sole backup, reports from training camp have described his play thus far as up-and-down.

-       Enough potential from QB Tyler Bray to warrant a roster spot. By all accounts, he has the strongest arm in camp. Hopefully he can show enough that the Chiefs won’t have to risk putting him on the practice squad. I’m certain that if he’s not on the 53, he’s going to be poached (like Daniel originally was from the Redskins).

Hopefully after the debut by the new-look Chiefs I will be rubbing my tummy with a satisfied smile … and immediately pass out.

What type of Chiefs sandwich are you Addicts hoping to sink your teeth into this Friday?

Tags: Alex Smith Chase Daniel Chiefs Preseason Saints

  • Danny W

    If we blow the Saints out let’s not get all excited and crazy like we did last year dawning the Chiefs the new contenders all over again. If we loose the sky shouldn’t be falling either. That said if we loose big and look horrible on all phases doing it there should be cause for concern. That said I agree Chiefs football on the tv get’s me excited. I’m already thinking about it every hour. Tomorrow every thirty minutes. By Wednesday I will be what some call obsessing.

  • RepOurChiefs

    I personally am eager to see Nico and how well he works beside Johnson because I so badly want a fearsome 4some sandwich! This new aggressive D is what will fill me up nice so thats the order im putting in for friday. GO CHIEFS! #youhaventseennothingyet

  • Thomas Sparks

    A searing opening offensive drive for a TD, followed by a dash of pounding Knile Davis, leaving the game bone-in fresh. Then a raw Tyler Bray showing how well he can pepper the ball downfield accurately and start showing that he needs to replace a stale Stanzi, who has been on the shelf too long, already. The most important ingrededient would be to have a fresh, unscathed roaster,… eer, I mean roster of fresh meat by the end of the savory start of a great starting MENU. We want to have the best MENU & freshest MENU in the country, when the the real meat pounding starts in September!
    I’m drooling already, Nick! I mean, KC IS the U.S. BBQ King! GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’m hoping to see a #2 wide receiver pull away from the group. I suspect that will be Avery, but I’d like to see some signs on Friday.

    • Jim Harper

      And I would like to see Rico Richardson light it up too!

  • Jared Watson

    Most pages of the offensive playbook will be closed this Friday, so don’t be disappointed if you see a limited offense this week. I’m just looking for the Chiefs to execute well whatever plays are called, whether on defense or offense. But you can bet I’ll be tuning in!

  • thabear04

    I cant wait until Friday pre season game Lets Go Chiefs

  • Calchiefsfan

    Sounds delicious Nick! I would add a heaping helping of Poe collapsing the middle of the pocket.

  • Jason Collins

    You won’t see any of this. Starters will see one sequence before being yanked out.. you wont see Bowe and Baldwin make any real contribution, as the evidence through training camp supports the fact that Smith can’t get the ball to the outside to WRs and the slot and TEs will be the only offense.. Okay, you will see that Daniel can be consistent and that Dex is going to be a big part of the offense… Because Smith can’t get the ball to the outside.

    • Jason Seibel

      I haven’t heard that one single time in any of the camp reports I’ve seen. not sure where you get your news but it’s not here.

    • chiefridgy

      Where’s the optimism?

      • Jason Collins

        I’m cautiously optimistic. There are reasons our TEs are having a great training camp and you hear little about our receivers. I have know doubt Smith is an upgrade, but if he can’t get the ball to the outside defenses are going to plug the middle in the nickle and take away the TEs. It’s all down hill from there.

        • chiefridgy

          Oh. You should just keep that kind of optimism to yourself.

          • Jason Collins

            Isn’t opinions the whole purpose of blogging? Blind optimism is for those who lack knowledge.

          • Jason Collins

            Optimism is the reason the chiefs have been to the playoffs twice in ten years.

          • chiefridgy

            No it isn’t. It’s because they haven’t won enough games

        • KCMikeG

          Reid’s WCO focuses on the RB & TE as receivers. I saw Smith make every throw in camp.

  • chiefridgy

    I’ll take a slice!