We have seen the argument that it is preseason, so don't worry about it. We have seen the argument that while it is preseason the starters have looked pretty rough the last two weeks. The following are a list of points that say that yes, it is preseason and yes, the starters have looked rough, but the combination of the two still leaves us reason for some optimism.
Tamba is a man. He took his penalties outside of the game with dignity. Then, he took two absurd penalties, kept his cool, and kept grinding.
We are all reacting to these preseason games as if we forget we have a new head coach. Yes, he was on the team last year, but he is OUR new head coach.
We are all reacting to these preseason games as if we forget we have a new offensive coordinator.
We are all reacting to these preseason games as if we forget we have a new head coach AND a new offensive coordinator.
Daboll is still working on developing an understanding of his new players.
The players are still adjusting to a new offense regardless of the nice things they say.
Daboll has been calling a more pass oriented offense in preseason. We are built to be a run first team. Has anyone thought that maybe Daboll is seeing what the passing offense has and that we will still be a run first team and the decision to throw the ball has impacted our performance in preseason?
Matt Cassel is a talented quarterback. Regardless of your opinion of him (I'm not a fan), he does have talent. The trouble is, Matt makes some pretty funky decisions sometimes. Daboll will adjust to this.
Regardless of your opinion of Matt, he did something that he doesn't usually do last night. He adjusted to an issue he was having. His passes were sailing on him. No, they weren't thrown HIGH. They were sailing. Watch the trajectory of his passes early on. They started at one height and soon increased altitude. That's why passes were going over receivers heads early.
Things have been rough for the offense, but they had a 17 play drive last night. That says a lot more than some other things that have happened. Tell me the last 17 play preseason drive the Chiefs had?
The Chiefs have looked bad several times this preseason and that's unfortunate, but they have looked good several more times this preseason already than they've looked through the 8 preseason games before this season combined.
The offensive line is struggling much more than I think anyone expected. We know that they are better than they have been playing, so I think we can relax a bit there.
Eric Winston is struggling much more than I think anyone expected. We know that he is better than he has been playing, so I think we can relax a bit there.
People are being harder on Routt because he replaced a fan favorite in Carr. He has not played bad. For example. that TD he gave up was a well placed ball and a great catch. Besides that, I don't think there is much else to pick on.
Eric Berry is still rusty and is struggling much more than I think anyone expected. We know that he is better than he has been playing and the defense will get better as he knocks the rust off.
Jalil Brown is getting his butt kicked. But he has also gotten more game time experience this preseason against good players than he had all year last year. This experience will be huge for his development as long as he keeps his head up. Besides, he won't even be around much when the season actually starts (hopefully).
Poe has played like a rookie. Uh... he is a rookie. The thing, is he shows up and makes some great plays. He has been more promising than even the haters probably expected (I'm one of those).
Charles looks healthy, DJ has become everything we thought he would be, Hali is still a monster, DBowe is back (and in a contract year), and we've got depth at more positions than we've had in a long time.
Basically what I'm saying this: It's preseason and the starters have struggled, but we're about as good as we should have expected and it has does not necessarily reflect what will happen in the regular season.