Saturday, August 11, 2012
Observation deck: Cardinals-Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
Here are some thoughts from the Chiefs’ 27-17 home win over Arizona:
Last year, the Chiefs were awful in the preseason and it spilled over to a horrible start to the regular season. If the first preseason game in 2012 is any indication, the Chiefs are heading into the regular season on the right track.
Kansas City looked crisp and executed beautifully under coach Romeo Crennel, who finished the 2011 season as the Chiefs’ interim head coach.
Kansas City’s first-unit offense staked the Chiefs to a 14-0 lead.
The most maligned Chief of them all, quarterback Matt Cassel, led the way as he completed 5-of-6 passes for 67 yards. The team’s first series were an impressive 12-play, 72-yard drive.
Running back Peyton Hillis had 41 yards on four carries and Jamaal Charles had 12 yards on three runs in his return from an ACL injury.
It was a terrific start to Brian Daboll’s tenure as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator and it shows Kansas City’s offense is well on pace for the start of the regular season.
“It’s definitely meaningful. Coach Crennel has been preaching all camp long to get off to a good start,” Cassel said. “That’s exactly what we came out and accomplished tonight. I think offensively, defensively and special teams got off to a great start. I think that gives us momentum going forward. But again, we know it’s only the first preseason game. We’ve got a ways to go. We’ve got a lot of work to do. There will be a lot of corrections made tomorrow. But, at the same time, I was proud of how everybody came out and got off to a good start today.”
Kansas City’s first-team defense also did well as the Chiefs ran out to a 17-0 lead.
Crennel said first-round pick Dontari Poe made some nice progress Friday night. Still, Poe didn’t do much against an undrafted rookie on an Arizona scoring drive.
Crennel said there were no injuries of note, which is a nice change in Kansas City.
Like Charles, safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki got some good work in their first game coming back from torn ACLs.
I would think Brady Quinn will remain the backup quarterback for the second week of the preseason. Quinn completed 7-of-13 passes for 81 yards and he did have an interception. Ricky Stanzi was 2-of-7 for 42 yards.
There appears to be no movement in the holdout of receiver Dwayne Bowe. He flew to Kansas City on Friday and there was an unsubstantiated report he was ending his holdout. But that has not happened.
New cornerback Stanford Routt was called for pass interference. He led the NFL with 17 penalties while with Oakland last season.
Fourth-round pick, receiver Devon Wylie, ripped off a nice 33-yard punt return.
Tackle turned tight end Steve Maneri had three catches for 69 yards.