After watching the Chiefs vs. Rams game, I have a lot of thoughts that I thought I should share with the die hard fans on AP. Even though We lost, I think that there are a lot of positives. My thoughts are after the jump.
The first team offense looked pretty good other than the Baldwin fumble.
Cassel played the first half very well and had a good 1:15 drive in the end of the half. He showed improvement, and seemed more comfortable, and more of a leader to me. I'm becoming very confident in Cassel. (Never thought I'd say that 5 months ago)
Hillis looked good. I don't see him being a stat-sheet stuffer, but I really think that he will be a big part of the offense. In short-yardage situations and at the goal line he'll get it done. I Think that he completes the Chiefs offense, and gives them just another option in the rushing, and passing game.
The Chiefs Offense can be very, very hard to defend when they are on. In the passing game, there are 7 players that you will have to watch out for. Bowe, Baldwin, Breaston, Boss, Moeaki, McCluster, and whichever RB is in the game. No, they won't be all on the field at the same time, but they sure do have a lot of weapons.And then in the running game, you will either have to defend Charles, Hillis or McCluster. Hillis can run through almost anyone on any defense, Charles can break tackles, and swerve right through defenses, and McCluster, with good blocking, can be dangerous in a little bit of open field.
The O-Line is looking much improved. The singing of Winston, and upgrading to Hudson is really showing.
Charles had his speedy burst once again.I'm Very, very excited to have him back. I think he'll be himself again this year.
Poe struggled. He didn't make any plays and continued to get no push. If he eventually does become what we want, I think it'll take a year or two.
Belcher looked very slow. On the rams 2nd touchdown, Belcher failed to stay with the wide-out, and then failed to at least slow him down by taking a bad angle and then missing the tackle. Siler also didn't show any signs of being able to beat out Belcher. That means the UDFA Dexter Heyman has a decent chance at making the final 53, but I am worried about how Belcher will play next to DJ. Yeah, it's only pre-season, and he had a good year last year, but he needs to improve in the second half of the pre-season.
I think that Stanzi looks a bit better than Quinn, but really, We will not be in a good situation with any of them being our starter if Cassel goes down with an injury.
Overall, I think the Chiefs played down to the Rams and did NOT play anywhere close to their best game. I still am confident that we can finish 1st in the AFC West in front of the Broncos and Peyton Manning, who by the way, through two INT's yesterday! I never really shared my thoughts after the first game so I had to after this game! I think the Chiefs will be great this year. When they are at, or close to their best, they can beat almost anybody.
Those are my thoughts, what are yours? Share them in the comments! Thanks!