What have the Kansas City Chiefs done for you lately? Following a fantastic offseason orchestrated by general manager Scott Pioli, they have sputtered in the preseason, being outscored 75-31 in the last two games against the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks—two opponents the Chiefs should at least be able to keep up with.
Most would say that preseason results absolutely do not matter. However, the actions leading up to those results could have implications on the upcoming season.
The offense has looked inept (for the most part) and the defense even worse. A 92-yard punt return for a touchdown by Seattle’s Golden Tate has the special teams keeping a comparatively bungling stride along the other two important facets of the game.
The pessimistic fan has already given up on the 2012 season. They have seen enough and decided that the Atlanta Falcons will march into Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 9 and rip the hearts out of every Chiefs’ player, leaving Kansas City in ruins.
Save from a few bad passes, a couple costly turnovers and a handful of stupefying missed tackles, the Chiefs look like any other team in the NFL right now—they are just trying to get their feet wet when the results honestly do not matter.
While it may seem that the Chiefs look a lot like the 2011 version, there is actually a lot different from last season.
Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki, Matt Cassel and Brandon Siler are all returning from serious season-ending injuries. Romeo Crennel is trying to make his transition into head coach as seamless as possible (Crennel is also running the defense as well).
New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is still figuring out how all of his shiny new toys will play together on the field. And there are a lot of new faces taking over key roles within the roster.
NFL teams deal with similar issues on a yearly basis. But when coming into a season with such high expectations as the Chiefs are—and with such a full plate—it is assumed that things will get off to a slow start.
Did anyone expect what they saw in last Friday night’s 44-14 loss to the Seahawks? Of course not. But with the talent on this team and the coaches they have leading the charge, results like that should be the exception and not the rule going forward.