Saturday, August 13, 2011
Reviewing the Chiefs' opener
By Bill Williamson
Notes from the Kansas City Chiefs' 25-0 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Chiefs kept a lot of key players out of their preseason opener. As a result, it was a sloppy loss.
It didn’t seem the Chiefs' coaching staff was interested in winning this game. The starters left the game before Tampa Bay’s starters did. Starting quarterback Matt Cassel didn’t throw a pass.
Many backups made mistakes. It seemed as if the Chiefs just wanted to get through with this game and back to training camp. The Chiefs have barely practiced in pads during camp. Kansas City ran just 46 plays for 137 yards
Backup quarterbacks Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi each threw for 34 yards on 4 of 8 passes. Running backs Jamaal Charles and Le'Ron McClain didn’t have a carry. Thomas Jones had two carries for 25 yards.
Kansas City's first-round pick, Jonathan Baldwin, played with the backups and had one reception for 14 yards. His playing time should increase as the preseason goes on. Tampa Bay had 353 yards of total offense, yet it seemed as if the Chiefs just wanted to get through this game and move on.
There wasn’t much to get excited about for Kansas City fans, but the team didn’t show much, either.