Big let down, huge. In fact, it was likely the most watched preseason game on TV here in years. Our number one defense was awful and looked like that phony D of 2003. The one that was the worst in modern football, the one that never made the Colts punt once in the playoff game we lost that season. That one.
It was ugly last night.
We were down 14-0 in the blink of an eye to one of the worst teams in the NFL.
But before I go off on all the bad, we did have some important good stuff.
Well, one thing anyway – Matt THE FRANCHISE Cassel looked pretty good. No, he still can’t go deep, but he has command of the short game and sees his second and third receivers now. And he has confidence. He’s our it player, sorry.
And the new tight end Kevin Boss looked sharp. He’s likely Matt’s go to guy. The starting backs still showed promise too and our two star defenders still look deadly, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali.
The rest of the team were terrible.
Without a solid defense this is a 7-9 or maybe 8-8 ball club at best.
Right now that’s in question again because the Chiefs stopped nothing. The pass D was an F- and the front line run stoppers were on vacation. Bad stuff, yikes!
Yep, they looked as crappy last night as they did good last week.
And that leads to another nothing season.
I like Romeo Crennel‘s post game comments: “We were bad in all phases of the game. There was nothing good to take from this contest. Everyone played poorly, the coaches, the players, all of us stunk”
Hey, the guy doesn’t pull punches.
“You can’t win in the NFL if you don’t play hard on each and every play” the Chiefs head coach said.
And he was pissed.
See, it’s his goal to win all the games, even the pre-season ones. Why? This franchise has no pedigree, no winning culture and our head man knows this, so he’s trying to create a winning habit. Something the Chiefs lost in 1997.
This club has been a very bad team ever since.
The Chiefs still need to learn how to win. So yes, these games don’t count, but they matter. Hey, the St. Louis backups looked good and they scored at will and shut our offense down.
And poor Ricky Stanzi.
He lost any chance of being a number two quarterback on this team. In fact, he may even get cut or moved to the practice squad at some point. He was given no real chance. They put the kid in with no weapons and the soon-to-be-cut line. He sure didn’t get the first or even second team offense to play tonight. He got jacked.
Likely Chiefs fans will never know what Stanzi might have been able to ever do with a first string squad. Brady Quinn is now the number two for the season. Ricky was “not so fine,” after all.
Yes, Chiefs Nation has fallen back to Earth.
Nobody is as excited today as we were a before this trouncing by a last place Rams team.
Now we can all see why the Chiefs magic number for wins and loses is 8. Now it looks like they will be up and down all year unless they can find a way to harness their talent.
This team does have some big talent. And those guys have to force the rest of the team to follow, but right now that’s in question.
I’m not giving up yet. I still think this can be a very good football team.
Let’s see if the Chiefs can use this bad loss and lack of direction to build on. In the past that hasn’t happened, but there’s still hope for the 2012 Chiefs.
Dwayne Bowe is back, as I said he would be. John Baldwin has to get involved in the offense much more. The coaches have to get that first string defense to show up every game. The potential is there, but it has to come together in game one, at home, against the Atlanta Falcons.