With preseason over with, we now move on to Jacksonville but I thought it would be good to look at what happened during preseason.
I opted not to do a post over each game like I have been (New Orleans not withstanding) because it would be a lot of the same things.
- Run Defense- To put it lightly, to any team wanted to run it down our throats, good luck. With the exception of the Frank Gore run, teams didn't really get very far on the ground. Not just our starting defense either. Maybe a 10 yard run here and there but nothing huge. I am very happy with this.
- Big Air Plays- I expect us to get gashed a few times through the air. In the new scheme, we are going to be aggressive and that is all good but you are prone to those big plays. You have to take the good with the bad.
- Offense- If there was any side of the ball where I really couldn't tell what we are planning, it was the offense. We know about the West Coast offense and we are going to run the pistol but that is it. I guess this is good but I would like to know a little bit more.
- Final Cuts are not going to be easy- There are going to be some really tough cuts. Our biggest problems could come on the Linebackers and Wide Receivers. There are about 4 or 5 players that are going to be cut that should get picked up by teams. Good problems to have.
- Special Teams- This is one of the two elephants that I will conclude this on. I had my worries with Dave Toub. My biggest fear was that Devin Hester made him look better than he actually is. Now I am feeling the opposite. Sure you need a good Return Man but blocking is key. On Quentin Demps' TD, the Chiefs parted a Sea of Gold and there were Chiefs looking for people to block. I am not looking for Dante Hall style returns where he can make a whole team miss twice but just competence. Dave Toub expects perfection and this is the best return unit we have had in years. Mark my words, Dave Toub will win us a couple of games before the season is done. On the topic of Colquitt and Succop, Dustin Colquitt hasn't lost a beat and Ryan Succop looks even better. By not bringing in competition, Succop looked more composed and didn't miss a single FG or XP in the Preseason.
- Tyler Bray- If you know me, you know I love me some Tyler Bray. He is one of the primary reasons I even watched the preseason (other than the fact that it's football) and I am quite surprised. He looked poised for the most part and didn't look like the game was getting too big for him. I was happy that he played most of the game yesterday against Green Bay as it really told me a lot about him. I know it was against players fighting for a spot but that made it even better. He looked very good and I think he will have a bright future. That arm is going to make plays and possibly get him in trouble. I feared that he was going to break down after he threw that pick or second guess himself. It appeared to me that he never really let the NFL game get to him. I think he looked a lot better than every other QB that was drafted. With a little seasoning and time, he could turn out like Gates compared to say grocery store BBQ.