Let's look at what plagued us during this game and come up with potential answers for how these problems could be potentially solved.
Defending the tight end: This is a pretty simple one, we need Eric Berry back. We have an extreme lack of depth at safety. Eric Berry in the latter part of last season did to star tight ends what Revis does to star wide receivers, removed them from the game. Our free safety play has looked subpar all preseason and looked horrible against the Bills. Crennel may want to start McGraw next game .
quick answer: Get Eric Berry back and start McGraw until Kendrick Lewis improves.
Stopping the run: Another problem we faced throughout the preseason. Right now the glaring points of weakness for the run are Kelly Gregg, Jovan Belcher, Tyson Jackson, and Studebaker/Houston. That is a lot of weakness in the front 7. One easy thing to do with the players we currently have to not only stop getting gouged for 8 yard passes is to keep the cornerbacks on the line of scrimmage. The corners will be able to pursue the ball a lot easier if they are actually near it. Moving the safeties closer to the line of scrimmage would also help tremendously. Crennel and Haley have been so focused on not giving up the big plays that they have totally neglected the fact that two quick screens with your safeties 15 yards down field can become big plays on their lonesome.
quick answer: Move the defensive backs into the box and force the opposing offense to throw the deep ball.
Moving the chains: Last but not least is the biggest problem our franchise is currently facing, converting. For starters, the Chiefs need to always feed the run when it is working. It is that simple and there is no need to expound more on that point. The most important thing is we need to find a medium. Ok who am I kidding, Muir needs to find a fucking medium! There is an option to throw the ball for 6, 7, 8, 9 yards. It doesn't have to be a screen pass every single play. Throw the ball to someone running a 6 to 8 yard route on first or second down. You have to get the ball moving vertically to keep the defense on their heels. Dwayne Bowe is MADE for medium routes. He is a 7 to 19 yard guy. He's not quick enough for the screen and he's not fast enough for the deep ball (neither is Cassel accurate enough). Get the ball to him for some medium gains. Same goes for Steve Breaston. Unlike Bowe, he can be a vertical threat, but Cassel is not a vertical passer, so the option with him is to run crossing routes and slants.
quick answer: Give the rock to Charles when he is hot and keep the receivers moving to a distance in which Cassel can remain accurate and we can still move the chains.
As for this week the bad news is we look horrible and that at least one AFC West team will be 1-0, but the good news is we have A LOT of room to improve and the Chargers are currently down 17-7 against the Vikings.