Chiefs’ Offensive Struggles in Camp Mean Defense Shines

Jul 28, 2013; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) throws a pass during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs were back on the practice field in St. Joe, Missouri this morning. It was their first practice since their preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Friday night that featured the debut of the Andy Reid/Alex Smith era in the BBQ City.

While the first team offense shined under the bright lights of the Superdome, they were less than stellar on the practice field this morning. Since I wasn’t actually there, I did what any other displaced Chiefs fan would do: I took to Twitter to get a play by play of the action. Following are some of the tweets out of St. Joe this morning, chronicling the “O’s” challenges.

 

 

 

 

 


These were only a few of several that blew up my Twitter feed this morning. The theme of the day was definitely negative offensive plays. It seems all four QBs were sacked several times and didn’t seem to be in rhythm with their receivers. This downswing wasn’t just limited to the “2’s” and “3’s” but the “1’s” who seemed so perfect on Friday night were obviously out of synch as well.

The question is, what happened? Is this a sign of things to come? Are we in full blown déjà vu from last season where the first team was flawless in the initial preseason game and then fell apart for the rest of the season?

I don’t quite think it’s time to hit the panic button quite yet. Judging an offensive downswing in practice is tough, mainly because the Chiefs’ offense is going against the Chiefs’ defense. If the offense isn’t doing great one day, it only means the defense has stepped up a bit. If the reports coming out of St. Joe reflected the fact that all four quarterbacks and were able to throw 40 yard strikes at will to whichever receiver they chose and the defense wasn’t able to stop them at all, I would be very concerned about this franchise.

The problem is, the Chiefs have had such bad offense for so long, fans have forgotten about the defense. It would seem to me that Chiefs’ Kingdom only wants the offense to excel. The fact of the matter is, though, sometimes the defense is going to win the day.

Perhaps the offense (especially the first team) is on a bit of “hangover” from Friday night. Operating a flawless drive for a touchdown can do that to you. Also, don’t forget, starting right tackle, Eric Fisher, wasn’t on the field today due to a shoulder and thumb injury. That could also account for some of the protection problems the Chiefs offense experienced on the practice fields today. The O-line, perhaps more than any other unit on the team, must fully gel as a cohesive team and replacing one member of that team can throw the chemistry the five have developed out of whack.

Regardless, I expect just as many big things out of the Chiefs’ defense this year as I do the offense. I won’t make you suffer through cheesy clichés like “Defenses win championships”—my bad, I guess I just did – but hearing Hali, Houston, DJ and Berry’s names on training camp live tweets is a welcome change to the massive amount of  offense we’ve been hearing.

The bottom line is, don’t fret, Chiefs’ faithful. While I haven’t crowned our boys in red and gold Superbowl champs yet, I think the team is on the right track and there’s no need to worry…yet.

Until next time, Addicts.

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  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    One clunky practice does not a bad offense make.

    • Jason Seibel

      Amen, sir. Or Yoda…that was pretty Yodaish…

  • Aaron

    Please people, there is no reason to even talk about a panic button. If you even watched the game Friday, you definitely see this team is at a different level already.

  • Mark Bustamante

    As long as our 1st offense doesn’t look like that in a real game I won’t panic. As for Baldwin he’s over rated over hyped and just plain horrible. I say cut him now and throw to Avery.

  • Chief Hokie

    “The question is, what happened? Is this a sign of things to come? Are we in full blown déjà vu from last season where the first team was flawless in the initial preseason game and then fell apart for the rest of the season?”

    Is that a serious question? I think the real question is was this article really necessary?

    • Jason Seibel

      It was a serious question and I think a legit one. I wrote the piece to answer the questions that were raised by many at camp this morning.

      • Danny W

        Yeah some folks forget so fast about how things can turn out. Getting too excited over the first preseason game is really illogical.

  • cd3382

    Every NFL team goes through a bad practice here and there…That’s what practice is for anyway, to correct the mistakes and get better. No Worries! GO Chiefs!!!

  • Chris Tarrants

    Nothing to worry about! Did any body else see the video of Hali working out with the MMA camp this year? Dude was standing on a yoga ball, running in the sand, running up hill pulling a guy on a skateboard, then pushing the guy up the hill, and he was on some crazy and quite disgusting looking diet! He should be at the top of his game with conditioning like he has never had, maybe things like that are the reason he is in the back field a lot? If he can beat out tackles then I would bet on him over any other line in the league!

    • Jason Seibel

      I’m with you. I would love to see him back to his AFC sack leading form. A lot to be excited for this season for sure!

  • clay simester

    Why would anyone panic? We’ve seen one drive of one pre-season game. Basing anything off of one drive is as big of a mistake as basing anything off of one practice ever, let alone the first practice after a game. Get off that emotional rollercoaster buddy! Having any reaction at this point is premature to say the least. Out of curiosity, is this a guest writer? I dont remember seeing any of his articles before. If so, can i volunteer to write one sometime? I’d love to take a crack at it

    • Jason Seibel

      To respond to you, I’m not panicking. I’m actually saying that a bad practice isn’t a big deal, especially since the D played so well. I’m not really on an emotional roller coaster, just reporting what was tweeted out from camp this morning and giving my take on it. And no, I’m not a guest writer. I’ve been a staff writer at AA for about 4 months.

      • clay simester

        I agree that a bad practice isnt a big deal, and to be fair, neither is having a successful opening drive in a pre-season game. The rollercoaster comment kind of stems from all the articles/comments i’ve read over-reacting(in my opinion) to having a successful drive to start the pre-season. Don’t get me wrong, enthusiasm is great, i just hope it hasn’t led people to expect perfect results more often than what is realistic. I’ve read all the praise and then read this article sounding like the wheels have fallen off! That’s all i meant by emotional rollercoaster, not that you need lexapro!

        • Jason Seibel

          I am truly trying to temper my enthusiasm because I was the guy who crowned the Chiefs Champs after the preseason game against the Cardinals last year. I guess I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. And no offense taken on the guest writer thing. It’s all good. BTW the lexapro comment actually made me laugh out loud.

      • clay simester

        Also, the reason why i asked if you were a guest writer was because i dont remember seeing any of your articles, i wasn’t implying that it wasn’t well written. After rereading my comment, i can see how it may have looked like that’s what i meant, but it wasn’t at all my intent. I seriously would love to write an article to see if it would make the cut or not!(it would)

  • clay simester

    “Practice? We talkin’ bout practice? Not a game, but practice?”

  • Jason Collins

    Why are ppl so worried? Look, the chiefs need to to learn how to execute on offense. They will most likely suck for a year or two. All I know, the chiefs looked a lot better in preseason than they have in years, considering a complete change of staff. Reid gives the chiefs the best chance to succeed. If they don’t win a SB, who cares?? They have been god awful for years.. If I watch another idiot coach the chiefs, I will hang myself. Ppl were so ready to see Marty ball go, and we we crap ever since. Winning is hard in the nfl, it will be a while be for the chiefs are winners.

  • FaAmos

    Watching Cassel play the Texans makes me pray that Cassel really isn’t a decent QB but just didn’t have any Recievers to get open for him therefore taking coverage sacks but watching Cassel to Cordarrel Patterson makes me so jealous that we don’t have a receiver like that or even the Texans Deandre Hopkins who shined and the Colts TY Hilton is quickly becoming a top ten reciever and of he keeps it up will be a much better version of Mike Wallace,’a much better version. I truely hope Dorsey and Reid find a stud DT to play DE in next years first round like we passed on to take Poe in Fletcher Cox not saying I’d rather have Fletcher Cox unless Pioli would have made the smart move and drafted Phil Taylor instead of Baldwin giving us our NT and free to allow us to upgrade our 3-4DE in Fletcher Cox last year but I hope we can land a beast DT who can play DE and actually get five six sacks a season and find a top WR and a QB we can groom or trade for Ryan Mallet from the Pats and groom him another year or two but we need a Cordarrele Patterson or TY Hilton or even a Deandre Hopkins extremely badly after watching how good Patterson made Cassel look we need one or those sooner than later.

    • clay simester

      This post was one enormous sentence. Not only was it a rarely-seen entire post with zero punctuation, it was also an insane rant about a bunch of weird, unrelated topics. May God have mercy on your soul

    • jdilla415

      This dude also thinks because he won his fantasy football league, he know a lot about football. fantasy has ruined this generations football minds…

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