Observations from my untrained eye: Preseason Game 1

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.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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