The Kansas City Chiefs had arguably the most momentum of any team in the AFC West coming off last season, and had a pretty solid 2011 draft class including 1st round Wide Receiver Jonathan Baldwin. They also made a move on ex-Charger linebacker Brandon Siler, signed ex-Ravens Jared Gaither(OT) and LeRon McClain(FB), as well as picking up ex-Cardinals standout receiver Steve Breaston. The Chiefs also secured their defense by franchise tagging the beast sack machine Tamba Hali who had 16.5 sacks in 2010(including post-season)!
Their first preseason game was help against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Final score: 25-0
I don’t think this was necessarily a case of the Chiefs not having the talent to put up a fight, but more so that they were completely unprepared to play! Either way, I love it. QB Matt Cassel only played on the opening drive but did not even attempt a single pass. To me, that is a little concerning especially with Rookie Wide Receivers needing to find the speed of the game. As far as depth on offense, well let’s just say that the KC Chiefs had 137 yards of TOTAL offense all game. (86 rushing, 51 passing) AND 2 LOST FUMBLES!
But let’s not take away all the respect for KC’s weapons because really Cassel didn’t throw a single pass, Bowe didn’t make a single catch, and Charles didn’t carry the ball once. Also Tamba Hali, Steve Breaston, and Brandon Flowers did not play. Still, shouldn’t your #2’s and 3’s be able to put up numbers on other #2’s and 3’s?
DID YOU KNOW?
Kansas City has barely held practice in pads and they decided it would be smart to NOT HOLD A CAMP SCRIMMAGE. Let’s all take a moment of silence to thank head coach Todd Haley for leaving them unprepared to make or take hits (3…..2……1…..) Okay now jump up in glory as the Chargers are taking the high road to the top of the AFC West in 2011!
“I don’t think you ever see that coming,” Haley said. “You don’t want to do that, especially on your home turf. But that being said, that’s the first one, not the last one. What’s important is that our guys recognized that they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them and a short time to do it.” – Todd Haley (Head Coach Kansas City)