Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has said on a number of occasions that the players "need to be the same guy everyday." That consistency allows the coaching staff to put the players in the best positions for them to maximize their abilities.
That consistency isn't quite there yet on the defense, Romeo Crennel says.
"We're inconsistent overall," Crennel said Sunday when asked about the defensive performance on Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons. "We made some plays and gave up some plays."
Crennel says Tyson Jackson "did okay" in the 20-10 loss.
"There's nobody that really stood out," he said.
"You didn't say, 'Wow they guy had a tremendous game', for any of them. I think they tried to work the scheme we've wanted them to work the scheme. There's some consistency things that we need to continue to work on."
One of the rookies that people have been talking about is Kendrick Lewis. He had a good game and showed a lot of effort being around the ball a lot.
"He's a sharp young man and he's pretty heady," he said of the fifth round pick. "He has a comfortable feel back there and he has some confidence."
Lewis has a great opportunity for first team work with Jon McGraw sidelined for some drills on Sunday.
As for the rest of the defense, Crennel says they've got a long way to go.
"Anytime you put a new defense in there's a process you have to go through," he said. "We have to find out who plays the defense we want it played. In each preseason game, we find out how they react to other people and that's the big thing.
"Here, we know each other now. They know every offensive linemen, his strong points and weak points, but when you go against someone you haven't been practicing against, it's a different deal. If they can hold up against someone new, we feel better about it."
Though practice is important, the preseason games offer a real evaluation of how the players are doing in game situations, which is what ultimately matters.
The Chiefs are back at it next Saturday against the Bucs.