This thread is specifically geared toward expressing your satisfaction and/or dissatisfaction with the Chiefs performance in game one.
I'll begin this thread by listing just a few positives and negatives I've gathered from game one. Being the eternal optimist when it comes to the Chiefs, let me begin with the positives.
1) Brodie Croyle--although Bowe was his primary receiver, he made some great throws, took some hits, and kept his composure. Whatever rehabilitation program he is using seems to be working. It's as if he hadn't missed a season of football.
2) Starting defense & sacks--WOW! To think the defense actually recorded sacks while keeping it vanilla is a huge relief. Can you imagine how many sacks this defense could compile when Pendergast unleashes the pain?
3) Secondary--specifically, I love to hear Pollard's name in a positive light. I believe the guy, while not a pro-bowl caliber safety, is solid. If he's running all over the field while injured, it is very telling the guy has a lot of heart. I loved Brandon Flowers last year...he's definitely a steal. And Page has been nothing short of a miracle...a gem, if you will.
4) Linebackers--These guys played a major part in creating those sacks (as did the defensive line). I'm glad certain players increased the level of their game and, in return, increased expectations and level of respect from coaches. Corey Mays and Andy "Stud" are prime examples. DJ also did extremely well, but I also have high expectations of him this season.
5) Second string offensive line--what can I say? They were creating running lanes and protecting Croyle very well. However, this can be seen as a concern...will touch on that soon.
6) Dwayne Bowe & Bradley--they are the only receivers to show up at the game.
7) Starting defense & run stopping--I thought they did a fine job and should continue to improve this area. We will need the defense to make a statement to opposing offenses: "Hey, we're not letting you shove the ball down our throats. You're going to have to beat us through the air."
On to negatives:
1) Return game--no need to explain this. The play at this position speaks for itself.
2) First string offensive line--I can't read too much into this. I'm sure they weren't terrible, but they weren't that great either. If the second string offensive line is outplaying the starters, there is a definite problem there.
3) The rest of the WR corps--entirely too many dropped passes. Cassel's stats would have looked much better had his receivers actually, you know, caught the ball. Isn't that their job? I would like to keep Bowe, Bradley, Toomer, Engram, Lawrence, and T. Johnson. That looks like a stellar WR group to me, don't you agree?
4) Defense giving up too many big plays--was it the fault of our lackluster offensive showing? Were we just not quite where we need to be conditioning wise? Was it due to the scrubs subbing for the starters? Whatever the cause, this situation needs to be under control. We cannot be expected to win more games than last year if our defense doesn't buckle down. Again, I don't want to be overly critical because we were playing it very vanilla.
5) Turnovers & penalties--I have no doubt Haley will address this issue next practice.
6) Third string offensive line--YUCK! That's all I have to say regarding the situation.
All right, AP Chiefs fans...it's time to hear from you. Have anything to add or debate? I'm already looking forward to the next game. I sure hope we see vast improvements in the negative areas.