The Chief’s offensive line and QB, at this point , are pretty mediocre. Our line is not going to overpower anyone and Cassel is not going to be able to carry the team by himself in any way. I believe that our hopes lie in our ability to be a good finesse team. We have talented running backs and potentially, talented receivers.
What I would like to believe, based on the so so showing at Atlanta, is that Haley and Weiss are already “game planning” as such for San Diego, holding back and not wanting to show too much. If KC can pull off the big win on Monday evening, September 13th, it will go a long way to building their confidence and defining our season.
In the big picture, if KC can open up and demonstrate a strong “wide” running game (Charles and McCluster), with sweeps, reverses, screens, pitches and so forth, it will cause defenses to spread out. And this is what will open the in line plays for Jones and Charles to some degree and then, the passing game. If KC develops a smart, zone blocking line and if defenses can not “load the box” and “tee off” in their rushes, that will allow our pass blocking to be more effective, give Cassel more time and open up the middle for Jones.
On the other hand, if, like at Atlanta, we start off with two runs by Jones up the middle (for little or no gain) against SD, I will be one very disappointed fan. I will be hoping and looking for quick opening plays to Charles and/or McCluster like we saw later on in Atlanta. We must have a wide open offense that will put defenses back on their heels and completely open up the entire offense.
A lot of "if's", but I have great confidence in Haley and Weiss, I actually believe that this is what is being done and what we’ll see it on September 13th and probably very little before then. We just can not afford to show our hands too much right now. Preseason is for experimenting (per Haley) and KC's strength's and potential successes will come from surprise and finesse. I hope I’m right.