Not much to get excited about, huh? If you fell asleep early you might not know that on FOX TV last night our boys went down 28-16 to the Carolina Panthers.
Wounded quarterback Cam Newton had little trouble throwing the ball against our defense. Newton was coming off ankle repair surgery, so he couldn’t run or even throw with his normal ability. In other words, our defense is so bad, knowing Newton couldn’t run at all, they still couldn’t slow him down.
Kansas City’s first string offense, led by quarterback Alex Smith, played the entire first half with no touchdowns and only two long field goals.
Smith looked decent, but not dynamic. He’s just a good quarterback on a below average team – nothing really special. And without Jamaal Charles our offense was next to nothing. The two young backs D Thomas and K Davis did little to impress. Dwayne Bowe was at his best with five catches but no scores.
The Chiefs look like what they are, an average to below average NFL team.
I’ve seen nothing thus far to hint that they might win more than 6 or 7 games.
Their defense is terrible and the O line’s not much better.
The one dynamic player we’ve seen so far is tight end Travis Kelce.
Again he caught a nice touchdown bomb, this time from rookie QB out of Georgia, Aaron Murray, who looks to be winning the three spot in the quarterback race behind Chase Daniels. Kelce reminds me of Aaron Hernandez, minus the murders of course.
Dwayne Bowe looked like he was ready to play. Which is good, because outside of Kelce he’s the only true NFL level receiver on the team.
We hit two long field goals.
Offensive tackle – and 2013 No. 1 draft pick – Eric Fisher struggled again. I like him, as mentioned before met him. He’s a great guy. I don’t see him at Left Tackle.
Carolina ran over our defense three times in the red zone for touchdowns.
Our first string defense couldn’t stop their run attack even though they knew it was coming and were boxed up inside to stop it near the goal line…TWICE. Jonathan Stewart ran right up the middle breaking tackles and walking into the end zone. Not good.
Cam Newton and his back up Derek Anderson had no trouble throwing against our non existent secondary. The few times our guys showed up, they got flagged for pass interference or holding.
Nobody on our defense – outside of linebacker Joe Mays – really stood out. Derrick Johnson, our star linebacker showed why he is good but not great. Early in the game, Cam Newton threw a ball right to him, fairly soft, but Johnson dropped it. A sure touchdown INT. I’ve seen this from Johnson too often. DJ is a solid linebacker but far from great.
It’s a rebuilding year (or two) for the Chiefs coming up. Unfortunately, I just don’t see enough talent out there to say our Chiefs will be competing for a Super Bowl anytime soon.
Like in this decade.
There are a few good players no doubt, but every team has a few. We just don’t have enough. There just are too many holes, way too many to compete in the NFL.