Saturday, August 23, 2008
Kansas City pregame look
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Here is a look at some key issues for the Chiefs as they prepare for their preseason game against Miami Saturday night.
- Glenn Dorsey; This is a vital game for the No. 5 overall pick of this year's draft. Dorsey played minimally last week against Arizona as he was coming back from a knee injury he suffered in practice Aug. 2.
Dorsey will be a starting defensive tackle when the Chiefs open the season at New England. He needs extensive playing time in the preseason, though. He will get it tonight. Dorsey, who has been excellent in practice, needs to make some plays tonight before the real bullets start flying.
- Move the ball: The Chiefs' first-team offense has had one good drive in both of their previous preseason games. The coaching staff wants to see more. The team has been inconsistent on offense. Led by quarterback Brodie Croyle, the Chiefs must show they can move the ball on every series. He should get plenty of chances tonight.
- The kickers: I hate to keep harping on the kicking duel, but it is a legitimate issue in Kansas City. Last week, Nick Novak seemed to move ahead of Connor Barth in the competition between the Chiefs' two inexperienced kickers. If Novak has a good night tonight, he should move closer to winning the job. If he and Barth stumble, veteran free-agent Jay Feely could step closer to Kansas City.