Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley conducted his Wednesday press conference which is the day he breaks down the opposing team. This week, that's the Detroit Lions who have a young and talented team.
Here's what Haley had to say about the Lions (via KCChiefs.com) with my thoughts sprinkled in.
Quarterback: "As far as their offense goes, I think they've got one of the real good, young quarterbacks in the league that looks like he has a very good grasp of what the coaches are asking him to do."
I'm a fan of QB Matthew Stafford -- when he's healthy. That's been his knock. When he's on the field -- like last week's 300-yard, three-touchdown performance -- he's very good. But he's only played 14 of 33 games in his career. He's a young guy so the hope is that Romeo Crennel can throw something at him to confuse him.
Wide receiver: "Calvin Johnson [is] one of the premier receivers in the league that can hurt you in a number of different ways."
That's an understatement. Megatron and Haley's old player, WR Larry Fitzgerald, are at the top of the best receiver conversation. He was the second overall pick the year the Chiefs picked WR Dwayne Bowe. Considering Bowe was picked 21 spots later, the Chiefs didn't too badly themselves.
Running back: "They've got a very good young running back in [Jahvid] Best that is quick and fast and makes a lot of plays on tape."
They lost rookie RB Mikel Leshoure over the offseason. You gotta keep an eye on Best as he nearly had 60 receptions last year (which would've been second on the Chiefs last year).
Tight end: "[They have a tight end that they picked up in [Tony] Scheffler and [Brandon] Pettigrew, they have a nice tight end group."
Two big tight ends will be a big problem for the Chiefs. Normally, you'd have S Eric Berry in there to handle one of the tight ends but he won't be there. Can Jon McGraw or Sabby Piscitelli do that? Certainly not as well as Berry, even from just a size stand-point.
Overall offense: "[They have a] number of weapons offensively and they're very versatile and they can hurt you in a number of ways. And like I said, their quarterback looks like he is playing pretty good football and on top of what he is doing."
They really can hurt you in a number of ways. Focus too much on the tight end? Megatron will get you over the top? Blitz Stafford? Jahvid Best and the tight ends could have a big day. They really pose some problems for the Chiefs and, after last week's performance, I must say I'm a little worried.