I noticed a lot of people were starting to make these observation posts during camp, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm no expert at this, so be kind. I'll some points about what I noticed after the jump.
- The starting offense fumbled the ball twice, once during the snap, and once by Jackie Battle.
- The starting offense was on the field only three times, all of which no passes were thrown. I must say it was very disappointing as a fan not to see any of players such as Breaston, Cassel and Bowe in action.
- The score last night ended up being 25-0 Bucs, so that puts KC in the same category as Jacksonville, Cincinatti, and San Fransisco (all teams who got crushed).
- Ricky Stanzi looked good with his legs, avoiding sacks many times, looking simular to Aaron Rodgers in that respect.
- Thomas Jones looked good during his 2 carries, which came out to a grand total of 26 yards (13 yards per carry average).
- I missed part of the game after the chiefs suffered a safety in the endzone
.So, I missed some Palko action. To my untrained eye, he didn't look like anything special. He made some throws, but threw some bad passes too.
- When Haley meant the QB battles between Palko and Stanzi were equal, he must have really meant it. Both quarterbacks were 4/8 for 34 yards in the air. That's right, their stats were identical. Stanzi rushed for more yards though.
- Stanzi had some trouble making quick decisions. Sure, he could scramble out of pressure well, but after that he was clueless, often getting sacked when he could have rushed for 1 or 2 yards. On 4th and 1, Stanzi was out of the pocket, and could have easily rushed for a 1st down and more, but instead choose to throw it into tight coverage, which became incomplete.
- Even Tampa Bay's 3rd string QB, Carpenter, had better stats than both our quarterbacks (4/6, 50 yards). (Perhaps a sign of a need for a vet backup?)
- Bill Muir's play calling looked awful in my opinion. It was either run, run, run or pass, pass, pass. Not very verified.
- Ricky Stanzi's offensive line looked horrific. It seemed as though every play ended up having Stanzi scramble out of pressure.
- It looked as though Kansas City choose not to return any punts or kickoffs, as it seemed they never returned anything, probably for safety.
- I liked what I saw from Quinten Lawrence. He made some really nice tackles (5), including one behind the line of scrimmage.
- The only time I saw WR Tucker in action, was when he dropped a nice pass from Tyler Palko on 3rd down. Perhaps it's goodbye time?
- Jon Baldwin looked good when he could get open. He attempted to make a circus-like catch when Stanzi underthrew a pass to him, but ended up bobbling it, but catching it out of bounds. He had a little bit of trouble getting off the line of scrimmage, as was seen when Palko threw a deep pass intended for him, but he just couldn't break free to get it.
- Only 5 Chiefs caught passes, Battle, Baldwin, Horne, O'connell, and Copper.
- Dexter Mccluster got a couple carries, one carry for -2 yards and another for 8 yards.
- Jerrell Powe had a lot of tackles (4) compared to the rest of the team. I noticed somebody on the defense was constantly being shoved around by offensive lineman, at first I thought it was Powe, but I'm not sure.
- Allen Bailey had a sack. He was only one of three Chiefs to have one.
- Micah Johnson looked like a beast. He had a huge tackle for loss and it looked as though nobody had touched him before he got there.
- Jamaal Charles was never on the field.
- 12 points were given up by offensive mistakes (2 fumbles, one safety.).
- Nobody became a star overnight, unless you want to count Adrian Clayborne of the Bucs, who looked good.
That's my observations! It's from an untrained eye, so be kind.