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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Notes And Thoughts On Chiefs’ Starters

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The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the San Francisco 49ers 15-13 in preseason game No. 2 of the Andy Reid era.

Even though it was a preseason game, there was a lot to learn from watching this clash. Coach Reid and his staff left the starters out for the whole first half, so we got to see a lot of what Kansas City might have to offer in 2013.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be inside the mind of an Arrowhead Addict editor while a game is going on? I’m sure none of you have, but I took notes through every series the first team played none the less.

Here are my thoughts on the Chiefs’ starters.


First Offensive Series

-I still think Anthony Fasano is one of the most underrated pickups in free agency this year.

-Alex Smith has good mobility and foot speed. Really think KC should bootleg him often.

-Gutsy call from Andy Reid going for it on fourth down on the first drive. Nice spin move from Knile Davis to get the first down.

-Travis Kelce drops an easy pass. Hit him right in the hands, great throw from Smith. Need to catch those, rook.

-Another dropped pass, this time from Cyrus Gray. Had this problem today with my varsity running backs at practice. You’ve got to look the ball in and make sure you have it before you turn up field.


First Defensive Series

-What a run by Frank Gore. Jeez, this guy is good. Saw that lane and cut it back. Nice to see a block downfield from Colin Kaepernick.

-Akeem Jordan was another underrated pickup for the Chiefs. Veteran guy, knows Andy Reid’s coaching style.

-Dunta Robinson got beat on a should have been touchdown on the 49ers first drive. Kaepernick just overthrew it.


Special Teams

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-Quintin Demps, Quintin Demps! Great return, phenomenal blocking. This special teams unit could end up being great.


Second Defensive Series

-Kaepernick done for the night. Colt McCoy plays for the Chiefs? Who knew?

-Aggressive defense is going to be the calling card of this team.

-Sean Smith with a great jam at the line. Reaches his hand in the passing lane and gets the job done. Could be a great player for KC.


Second Offensive Series

-Good to see Davis catching a ball, though it only led to a punt.


Third Defensive Series

-49ers already on their third string quarterback. Apparently trying to get guys reps.

-Run defense does not look good at the moment.

-Dontari Poe may have lost weight, but jeez is he still a big guy. P.S. how does one live in KC and give up BBQ? Impossible.

-Oh man, didn’t realize that Robinson almost got a pick.


Third Offensive Series

-Davis looks like a patient runner. I like how he’s setting up blocks.

-Smith with a nice dart to Dexter McCluster. He’s such a dangerous weapon for KC. Hope Reid and his staff really utilize him in a lot of ways this season as a slot receiver.

-Smith can indeed throw more than ten yards. Overthrew Baldwin by at least five yards on a deep ball.

-It’s only preseason, but I’m starting to think Davis can be a more than competent backup to Jamaal Charles.

-Nice kick from Ryan Succop


Injury report:

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-Eric Fisher getting looked at again? I know linemen get their hands banged up all the time and this is probably just the broadcast bringing it up because it’s a talking point, but really man? Gotta keep those No. 1 overall pick hands healthy.


Fourth Defensive Series

-Can’t let Colt McCoy convert a third and long with his legs. Bad look…

-Colt McCoy looks like Cam Newton at the moment with his ability to run. Really?

-McCoy throws an inaccurate pass down field. That’s more like it.

-55-yard field goal? I know I’m not allowed to say anything good about opponents, but that was impressive.


Fifth Offensive Series

-Knile Davis takes a nice swing pass out of the backfield. Dink and dump, but as long as you’re moving the ball and scoring it’s all good.

-Fisher back in at right tackle, so I overreacted. My bad.

-Jon Baldwin, why can’t you catch? Use your hands to catch, not your chest plate. #CoachK

-Davis takes a nicely set up screen for 17 yards. Rookie looking good.

-Alex Smith with a simply bad throw. It happens.


Fifth Defensive Series

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-Sean Smith called for a pretty bad pass interference call. Officials need to get the preseason rust off too, I guess.

-Roughing the passer penalty here on Tyson Jackson. I think that’s a good call, at least by today’s standards.

-Chiefs’ run defense is improving a bit, but still not great.

-Eric Berry.

-Eric Berry.

-Going for it on fourth down 49ers? No dice. Meet, Mr. Robinson.


Sixth Offensive Series:

-Alex Smith is still in the game with six minutes left to go in the half. Nice to see Reid keeping him in.

-Smith gets “sacked”. Need to get rid of that thing.


Sixth Defensive Series:

-Berry making plays all over the field right now. He’s going to be a game-changer for KC this year.

-Smith with a big interception. Bad throw from the quarterback, but once again, Smith makes a play. Speaking of game-changers, he could end up being a great player for KC.


Seventh Offensive Series:

-Roughing the passer call on SF. Man, the 49ers really got after A. Smith there. He got his head knocked pretty good. Helmet right to the facemask. He looks fine though.

-First time I think I’ve heard Dwayne Bowe’s name called tonight. Was that really his first target with three minutes left in the first half?

-Fasano = safety net for AS11.

-49ers really getting after Alex Smith. Can’t settle for field goals when you’ve got it in the red zone. That’s something I’m sure coach Reid will talk about this week.


Seventh Defensive Series:

-At this point I’m just waiting for halftime. Looks like Dunta Robinson is hurt though. Sure it’s not that serious.

- Husain Abdullah is a nice backup. He makes plays out there.

Eight Offensive Series

-Are we going to see the two minute offense? Chiefs start off with a run…

-Knile Davis still making some very impressive runs.


Overall thoughts on Chiefs’ Starters:

Decent half from the Chiefs’ starters. Davis was extremely impressive and the defense looked pretty good. The 49ers got a ton of pressure on Alex Smith so that’s something that KC will want to work on this next week in practice. Also, what’s with all the dropped balls?

Special teams was a highlight again and the secondary play was spectacular.

I saw a lot of good and some bad. It’s only the preseason, remember.

Kansas City has a lot to work on in the next few weeks, but the Chiefs also have some things they can build on.

What do you think, Addicts? Sound off below.

Tags: Alex Smith Andy Reid Dunta Robinson Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs Knile Davis

  • Justin R Groth

    Don’t understand why Alex is afraid to toss the rock to Bowe. Baldwin had one bad drop but to me it seemed like he was expecting that ball to be tipped up, notice the awkward half jump. The o-line wasn’t as impressive as last week. Alex had more completions in one drive last week than he did the whole half. Special teams looks special. D did good minus first play and the overthrow from Kaep. Overall not impressed with the O, taking D’s performance with a grain of salt.

  • Jim Harper

    I agree with you about Knile Davis. He had a great game, as did the 1st team defense. Pass protection definitely needs work. AS11 had way too much pressure on him. Near the end of the game when Reid decided to go for it on 4th and 2 or 3 instead of taking the chip shot field goal, upset me. That turned out to be the difference in the game. In light of the fact that Chiefs fans have had damn little to feel good about I thought he should have made a bigger effort to win the game. Also, it would appear that Stanzi is done since they did not even get him in the game. I am also curious as to why they are not getting Bowe more involved. He only had one ball thrown at him and it was uncatchable.

    • Andrew Kulha

      The Bowe thing is pretty strange. He was only targeted once. Jon Baldwin was targeted three times. Both had zero catches.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Two things come to mind. Was it intentional on Reid’s part? Was he trying to get Baldwin more involved? Secondly, if Smith still hasn’t found his grove with Bowe then we have something very special to witness when that does happen.

    • berttheclock

      It would not have been uncatchable had Bowe not turned up field which allowed the DB to reach in.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’m totally fine with this performance. Yes it left a lot to be desired but we were going against one of the very best D’s in the NFL and a Super Bowl contender. The fact that we held our own pretty well is a win in my book.

    Special teams-WOW! They are going to win some close games for us. Toub is the man!

    Defense and Poe played pretty well for the second week in a row. Between the D and special teams we should be in every game we play this year.

    Smith and the offense played okay against an elite D, without Charles. A lot of work to be done to be sure. Honestly we all know it’s going to take at least half a season to get this offense, (esp. the o line), in sync with a new HC, QB and complex system. So we struggled against the 49ers D. We are probably going to struggle against the tougher D’s at first but look who we play the first half of the season. With what I’ve seen so far I’ll be surprised if we are not 5-3 or better at the half way mark.

    I wonder if Reid wasn’t calling Bowe’s number intentionally. Maybe he wanted to see if Baldwin could do something, very disappointing. Smith needs to get a rhythm with Bowe. If/when that happens things will really start to open up on this offense

    Davis looked pretty good. Gray and Draughn not so good.

    One last note, this is the 3rd year that the 49ers have been playing in this system, they know it backwards and forwards and they have more depth than we do. They went to the Super Bowl last year for crying out loud. In reality they should have creamed us. They didn’t.

    • KCMikeG

      The Chicken Littles can’t wait for the sky to fall. In case they missed it SF didn’t score a TD until 2:02 in the 4th quarter BJ Daniels to Chuck Jacobs – OH NO the sky is falling!

      • Calchiefsfan

        I’m with you Mike, what is with “this sky is falling” bs? The fact that we played the 49ers as tough as we did shows me the Chiefs are on the right path. Does anyone on this site think the Jaguars, Cowboys, Titans, Eagles or Raiders are going to show us a defense even close to as tough as San Francisco’s? The Giants or Browns? I think not. Houston is the only team we will face in the first 8 games with a truly elite D.This team is going to win games even while going through it’s growing pains.

      • Chiefswatch

        I was impressed with the Defense owning the backups of SF as well. No seriously I am not worried about D or special teams but to not be a little worried about how pathetic the O is without Charles to check to. Baldwin simply can’t get his nerves in order and play a game; The O Line is worrisome, Smith did nothing to show he isnt a dink and dunker. The sky isn’t falling but 8-8 is looking pretty likely.

        • KCMikeG

          I’m ready to move on from Baldwin – a totally wasted 1st round pick if it wasn’t for the fact that we got Houston with him. I’m going to pretend that Houston was our #1 and JB is a 3rd that failed – hurts less that way!
          Our OL will be fine over the next month they will gel when Fisher’s healthy and has a few more weeks to adjust to the NFL game speed.
          I’m concerned about our offense w/o Charles too but then again take the best player off any team and the concerns are obvious. Donkeys w/o Peyton, Vikes w/o AP or GB w/o Rodgers – all create serious performance issues.
          As far as SF goes the DL played most of and the starting DB’s played the entire 1st half. And while CK only played a series.
          The jury is still out on AS being to throw down field as the OL has to do their part, the play has to be called to go there and we have to have a WR who can get there. I didn’t see anything out of that group Friday night at Arrowhead that made me happy. Then again we all need to remember that “going deep” isn’t what Reid’s WCO is about. Go back and look at the leading receivers during his years in Philly. Every year a RB or TE or both were the #2 & #3 receivers. Westbrook was #1 in 2007 with 90!
          While 8-8 is realistic, if we stay healthy overall, a single play in a game or two could make all the difference. I am expecting to see that play or two come from what looks to be a very special ST.

    • berttheclock

      The reason SF has far more depth than the Chiefs is due to the vast difference between Baalke and Pioli. I can not recall the exact numbers, but, the majority of their roster is made up of either UFAs or their own draft picks, many of which are from the 4th round to the 7th. Last year, they selected a DE in the 7th round and he became their starting FB. This year, they took B J Daniels late in the 7th round and he was a steal. Look for him to move up rapidly. He was a leading QB out of South Florida and had he not been injured in his senior year would have had the BIg East records for a QB. Strong arm and he can run who will be a clone of CK. Baalke is one type of GM who never falls asleep at NFL drafts and doesn’t just leave the room after the 3rd pick, which, with only very few exceptions Pioli appeared to excel in doing.

  • chiefridgy

    Where was the offense?

    • Calchiefsfan

      Stuffed by an elite D. Special teams looked awesome though. The defense looked like they are going to be good, not great but good.

  • bobber

    I had to listen on the radio, so I didn’t actually see the game, but it sounded awful. I get so tired of this. No matter who the coach is, no matter who the players are, the Chiefs offense is just timid, tentative and plays scared. Its been that way for years – maybe decades.

    • BurtGummer44

      Actually under Vermeil the Offense was Superbowl Caliber……… was the Defense that was horrid.

      • Chiefswatch

        Agreed man were those game fun to watch. BTW Fuck Peyton Manning; we would have won the Superbowl.

        • Danny W

          I don’t know if we could have won with that D. I think we could have gotten there though for sure. I still think the year we were supposed to win the big one is when Marty pulled Gannon for Grbac. Got himself fired and for good reason. Gannon had us rolling.

          • Chiefswatch

            Dont remind me of that bro. I think Green/Holmes could have got us past anyone that year except Peyton. We were rolling along fine all year with that shitty D

  • cyberry

    After Sean Smith, Robinson and Flowers the cornerback play/talent seems to drop off…that scares me. Especially since Robinson seems to get nicked up often so far.. I never was a giant fan of Arenas (and I like Sherman) I don’t want to start any of that BS but.. I am hoping a descent vet or quality back-up get’s cut because he makes too much the last years of his contract.. Jalil Brown doesn’t seem to be making the next step in development…IMO

    • Calchiefsfan

      I’m already thinking draft a CB with our first pick in 2014.

      • Chiefswatch

        Man that D is stacked with first rounders, the last thing we need is another when our WRs are so shitty after Bowe.

        • Calchiefsfan

          Another quality WR is definitely needed. Let’s hope Dorsey is better at finding good receiver talent than Pioli. We wont have a 2nd round pick next year so we’re going to have to make the best of what we’ve got.

        • Danny W

          Yep.Wide out is a good idea. Or this is a wild idea I know. But actually drafting a quarterback in the first round may be something to roll around with. I know I know who does that right? Just people who win super bowls is all. But still something to think about. LOL

          • Chiefswatch

            Danny my man!!! Agreed, Lots of QBs worthy of 1st rounder coming next year. TBH we are not in need of anything that bad so I say drafting a QB would be worth it.

  • Dave in SD

    Fisher was awful, Smith hasn’t completed a down field pass, defense was ok. No sense in sugar coating, not a good game overall except special teams. Hope this is just preseason vanilla.

    • Jim Harper

      I don’t know what game you were watching, but the one I watched Fisher was not awful.

      • Chiefswatch

        He certainly didn’t look great.

    • berttheclock

      I don’t where I may have heard this or read this, but, somewhere, I recall it takes two to complete a pass. First, there must be a thrower and secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, there must be a catcher of said pass. Lemme see here. AS throws a pass to Kerce which hits him perfectly, yet, it is dropped. AS leads Gray with a pass which would have resulted in a first down, but, Gray was looking at the defender. AS throws a crossing pattern to Bowe, but, Bowe, for whatever reason, decides to turn up which allows the DB to reach across and knock down the ball. AS hits Baldwin in the hands, but, Baldwin still only wants to have passes special delivered to his chest by FedEx Yes, indeedee do, AS simply can not throw passes.

      • Andy

        It looked like we were totally unprepared for 3rd and long. That has to change. The dink and dunk is only good until the D floods the box. So far, we have not kept the Defenses honest. Hope it is just vanilla.

        • Andy

          Not at all defending Baldwin, but I think that pass was tipped. I looked at it three times, and it looked like the ball changed it’s rotation.
          He needs to leave his brain the locker room. Quit thinking and allow your body to do what it is capable of doing.

    • Danny W

      I think awful is a little strong for Eric Fisher. He’s already playing through some injuries.

  • BurtGummer44

    I figure there’s only about a 10% chance that Alex Smith doesn’t miss more than 1 game this season with injuries. My guess is that He’ll miss 6 games this year. Opposing defenses will stuff the box for runs as well as the WCO/Marty Ball Hybrid pump and dumps, then when it’s 3rd and long they’ll send the house after AS. The line isn’t that improved as it is obvious Mr. #1 overall has a long ways to go. I just don’t see anyway this team can be a serious down field passing threat to any legit NFL Defense. AS is reluctant as it is to throw down field, he requires unmolested time in the pocket to make those throws (Dan Marino he’s not). You just can’t turn Ford Fiestas into Ford Mustangs overnight, especially with a second hand V6 under the hood. Though passes over 15 yards will probably work on obvious running downs, and occasionally on 1st down. But when push comes to shove 3rd downs better be under 5 yards.

    The NFL has turned into a QB driven passing league, and the Chiefs won’t be a passing team with the likes of AS under center. It’s not the 1990s anymore, the rules are tailored for offenses to attack through the air…………..the days of 49ers castoffs leading a running team to a 13-3 records are ancient history.

    • Chiefswatch

      Started to feel the same thing. Smith kind of looks like an improved 2010 Matt Cassel; dink and dunking his way to the pro bowl. Sure doesn’t work without Jamaal Charles does it? If Baldwin can’t figure out how to catch a fucking pass in a game, and if this Oline is molested all season we are done for. And heaven forbid someone goes down because we are about as deep as a kiddie pool.

    • berttheclock

      Considering my 1966 Ford Mustang convertible was the biggest piece of junk I ever owned, I question your analogy. The 289 engine was too big for the front end and the front end was consistently out of alignment. Engine blew out at 50,000 miles. Great day when I dumped it and switched to a Datsun 510 which was 10 times the car.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    Doesn’t sound so good right now for the offense. Just happy it’s preseason! Anyway, I’d like to see passes to Bowe more often. Where are Moeakie and Wylie? Haven’t heard anything about them. IMO, Smith should work on more longer passes. It seems that he can’t hit the target to well.

    Baldwin…….I hope he starts to pick things up FAST! He needs to use his hands, like they said, and be a playmaker.

  • Cj Meznarich

    Long time reader first time poster. I had high hopes like every year, but had a more this year. I know it’s still preseason but dam if that’s what we have to look forward we will be lucky to win 2 games. Hope they shape up. Let’s have a winning season #crossesfingers

    • Andrew Kulha

      Thanks for posting.

  • 44WinMag

    Its obvious this team goes as far as Jamaal Charles will take them. Alex Cassel is a below average NFL Starting QB. He requires great players around him to elevate his play, and the only great player on Offense is Jamaal “5.8 yards per Carry” Charles. Bowe is a good NFL WR but apparently it will take a while for Alex Cassel to figure that out. Everyone else on this Offense is Average or worse.

    The Defense will be good, maybe top 10…………maybe.

    • Chiefswatch

      It’s preseason so the plays aren’t exactly flashy. I am fine with Smith throwing anywhere but Bowe because he is the one reciever that does not need help. I would toss every fucking ball at “hit me in the chest and I won’t catch it” Baldwin. That boy needs some major confidence.

  • clay simester

    This is exactly what i meant in my post a few days ago about the overreaction to the first game! We open the game with a nice touchdown drive, and all of the sudden we are the 99′ Rams. This week, things don’t go so smoothly and all of the sudden we’re in panic mode thinking it’s going to be the same offense as last year!

    Let’s focus on reality here, the 2 defenses we’ve faced so far are on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Saints D is coming off a historically bad year, and the 49′ers D is arguably the best in the NFL and barely lost in the super bowl a few months ago! Not to mention there was no JC to worry about coming out of the backfield, which limits what we can do, or at least threaten to do.

    From what i saw tonight, the defense looked pretty good all overall. We did let Gore turn a no-gain into a big run, but we had him stuck but over pursued and nobody stayed home for the cut-back. Davis looked pretty good, and Baldwin is 1 drop away from losing any hope i had left for him. My only potential reason for concern is the offensive line play. I was disappointed in the run and pass blocking of both our starting tackles. Fischer needs to grow up quick and Albert needs to show why he’s worth all of this money he wants from us or anyone else in the future.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Agreed Clay. The o line getting in sync will be what gets this offense going. They’ll be fine against weaker d lines but they have to get their assignments and execution down if our offense is to perform well against the better D’s in the NFL. Fisher is a rookie so I expect him to take some time learning his position but I was surprised with Albert’s play. We have 2 more preseason games to get better and some weak opponents to start the season, so hopefully we’ll be okay.

      • Chiefswatch

        Albert punishing the Chiefs for the Franchise you and then draft your replacement trick?

  • Lucia Elizondo

    For those making assumptions about Reid strategy … he has a history of making stupid calls … or doing the opposite of what logic tells you … he’s very arrogant … glad KC has him now … Philly hates this guy for just these reasons.

  • Andy

    I like the quality of teams we play during the pre-season. It shows our true colors. OL was bad last night. None of our QBs had time with all the pressure up the middle. Must work on blitzing assignments as well. We look unprepared for 3rd and long. Is Bowe not open? Are we targeting others to give them some reps? I think one target in two games should not be the game plan going forward. Liked the starters’ run D. Stretches plays out. Special teams is special again :)