Friday, August 19, 2011
Three things: Chiefs vs. Ravens
By Bill Williamson
Three things to watch for in Kansas City’s preseason game at Baltimore on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET:
1. Play a little: The Kansas City first-team didn’t do much at all in a 25-0 loss to Tampa Bay last week. The Chiefs took a slow approach to training camp and many starters did very little in the game. Quarterback Matt Cassel didn’t throw a pass and running back Jamaal Charles didn’t have a carry. Still, it seems like coach Todd Haley is bent on taking it slow, so we may see the same, take-it-slow approach this week.
2. Play Jon Baldwin more: The rookie receiver looked decent at times when he played with the backups last week. He is expected to be a major contributor as a rookie. I’d like to see him and Cassel hook up for a few passes in this game.
3. The backup QBs: Tyler Palko and fifth-round draft Ricky Stanzi both struggled last week. These players need to elevate their game to give the coaching staff confidence behind Cassel. If these guys continue to struggle, the Chiefs might have to consider bringing in a veteran backup. The pressure is on Palko more than Stanzi. I doubt highly the Chiefs cut Stanzi. But if Palko doesn’t prove he belongs on the team, he could be on his way out.