Sunday, August 17, 2008
Chiefs' postgame look
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Here are some thoughts after the Chiefs' 27-17 home loss to Arizona on Saturday night:
- The Chiefs love the first drive of games. In the preseason opener at Chicago, Kansas City quarterback Brodie Croyle led the team on a 16-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. Against Arizona, the Chiefs had to settle for a 32-yard field goal.
The problem for Croyle and the Chiefs is they haven't been able to keep up the good work in subsequent drives. The Chiefs have been happy with Croyle in training camp. However, his numbers weren't impressive against the Cardinals as he completed 7 of 13 passes for 38 yards. Croyle likely won't put up huge numbers in the preseason in Chan Gailey's controlled offensive scheme.
- Croyle's backup Tyler Thigpen had a decent night as he completed 16 of 27 passes for 174 yards. Thigpen is not gaining on Croyle but he helped his cause as the backup.
- Top rookie Glenn Dorsey got some valuable playing time, even though it was just a few plays. The No. 5 overall pick in the April draft needed to taste some game action. He hurt his knee Aug. 2 and missed the preseason opener. The defensive tackle is expected to play extensively Saturday at Miami.
- Nick Novak may have stepped in front of Connor Barth in the chase to be the Chiefs' kicker. Novak made both of his field goal attempts while Barth made one and missed one.