The quick recap
The important players, the first team, looked excellent as the Chiefs jumped out to a 10-0 lead thanks to an outstanding 14-play touchdown drive from Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles to open the game. The Chiefs second and third teams struggled as the Saints scored 17 unanswered. Ryan Succop responded with another field goal but it wasn't enough. The Saints were able to hang on in the fourth quarter and run out the clock on the Chiefs. The Chiefs lost 17-13.
Asked at halftime by @kcchiefs_rachel, Andy Reid said that the first team did well and that the second team needed to do better. That's a fair assessment and the same takeaway I had.
The quarterback report
Alex Smith: 7-of-8, 68 yards. Alex played one drive. He did not go deep and threw mostly underneath against the zone.
Chase Daniel: 6-of-10, 42 yards. Chase took over after Alex and played the rest of the half. He struggled more than Alex but showed good mobility. Chase was sacked twice.
Ricky Stanzi: 5-of-12, 42 yards. Stanzi came in with 10:40 remaining in the game.
Of the first 13 completions from Alex Smith and Chase Daniel: Backs (8), WRs (3), TE (2).
Special teams BLOWS UP
The first highlight: Dexter McCluster's 55-yard punt return. He was seen later getting the fist bump from Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub, who previously called McCluster the Chiefs best punt returner.
Dave Toub considered one of top ST coaches in league. DMC just went 55 yards on his first punt return— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 10, 2013
The second highlight: A 79-yard kickoff return from Knile Davis in the third quarter. He made an open field move to make a man miss and was pushed out after taking the kick 79 yards. He has had his issues catching the ball but wow.
Knile with a huuuuuge kickoff return. Hot damn! That's 79 yards!— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 10, 2013
The third highlight: Devon Wylie getting a nice block and making his way up the field for a 22-yard punt return.
Dustin Colquitt pinned the Saints inside their own five-yard line.
Ryan Succop was 2-for-2 on field goals from 32 and 42 yards out.
First kick returner: Quintin Demps. The ball was kicked out of the end zone.
First punt returner: Dexter McCluster
I want to be ... Jamaal Charles fantasy owners
If that drive was any indication, Jamaal Charles is going to be a fantasy monster this season.— Austin Cannon (@NotAustinCannon) August 10, 2013
Jamaal Charles gets a carry on the one yard line. Touchdown. Fantasy friggin gold.— Ian Meredith (@Cui2iousGeoi2ge) August 10, 2013
*drafts Charles in all fantasy leagues* RT @ArrowheadPride: The Chiefs had 14 plays. Jamaal Charles touched it on 8 of them.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) August 10, 2013
I don't want to be .. Vince Agnew
Vince Agnew is gonna have to take the train home. He ain't gettin on that team charter. #WoodShedded— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr24) August 10, 2013
From what I've seen, Vince Agnew needs to be among the first that are cut from the team. Gettin lit up all night.— Levi Thompson (@LeviThompson93) August 10, 2013
Well if you didn't know who Vince Agnew was, you learned today.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) August 10, 2013
Eric Fisher hurts thumb, but he's fine
More information and context here but the gist of it is below:
Eric fisher was just taken to chiefs locker room by doctors— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 10, 2013
X-rays on Fisher's thumb came back negative, according to Burmeister— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 10, 2013
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Notes and quotes from the broadcast
- Paul Burmeister on Chiefs first drive: "I don't know if that could have gone any better."
- Clark Hunt: "Many [training camp] practices have been over 100 plays of 11-on-11 and about a third of those are live (full tackling)."
- Trent Green: Chiefs have 3 different speeds - no huddle, hurry-up, traditional huddle. Chiefs were in the hurry-up in the first quarter with Alex Smith.
- Dexter McCluster: "This offense is amazing. Everybody gets the ball. .....It's just runnin' and gunnin'."
- On the day Dontari Poe announced to the media he quit barbecue, the Chiefs cafeteria was serving barbecue. But he steered clear. It was apparently not a joke.
- Paul Burmeister on Dontari Poe: "I understand he has had a tremendous training camp."
- Paul Burmeister: "Ricky Stanzi not even taking his helmet off. He's ready to get back in there."
Alex Smith's first drive, the San Francisco perspective
David Fucillo, Niners Nation, writes:
"As a 49ers fan, I still am intrigued by Alex Smith, so I found myself watching his first drive as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. You could call it vintage Alex Smith. Andy Reid devised a game-plan that suited his strengths on shorter passes. When Alex did look deep, he did not wait too long for something to develop and went to his check-down option. That's what you get from Alex. He will go deep, but he has to feel comfortable with what is available.
"Alex put together an incredibly efficient performance against a Saints defense that played into his strengths. They gave him shorter zones and he took full advantage. And having a pass catcher out of the back field like Jamaal Charles will be a boon for him. From 2006 to 2010, Frank Gore caught between 40 and 60 passes each season. Charles will easily surpass that in this offense.
"Alex looked sharp, but the big question will be when teams get a little less vanilla, and start mixing things up. Alex started to develop into an effective QB the last two years in San Francisco, but there were still moments that had fans pulling their hair out. We'll see what the coming weeks bring in that regard."
Three to think about
1. Will the receivers be more involved in the passing game? Little presence there tonight.
2. Is the Bray-Stanzi battle closer now? Bray struggled.
3. Was the special teams performance a fluke?
Can we quit with the Tyler Bray hype for awhile?— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 10, 2013
Right before the Chiefs score their opening drive touchdown.
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