Kansas City Chiefs: What We've Learned Through Week 3 of Training Camp
The Kansas City Chiefs haven't had an encouraging few weeks throughout training camp and preseason games. Outside of Jamaal Charles' contract extension, most of Kansas City's news has been negative because of injuries and suspensions.
The Chiefs didn't look good during the third preseason game, which is considered as the most important exhibition game for every NFL team as the starters play longer than usual for one last major tuneup.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows there is still a lot to work on, and there is little time left as the team opens up its season in 13 days against the Tennessee Titans.
The Offense Is Far from Ready
Yes, the Chiefs were without Jamaal Charles in the past two games and without Dwayne Bowe on Saturday. But that is no excuse for Kansas City's poor performance on offense. The Chiefs' first-team offense has failed to score a touchdown through three games, only leading the team to four field goals.
Being without Charles and Bowe is no excuse for coming away with only three points in the first half.
If this is a preview of what is to come, the Chiefs might rely on Charles once again to carry the offense.
Tight end Travis Kelce has been the only bright spot on offense this preseason, and he's played mostly with the second-string offense.
The Offensive Line Won't Be Good
The Chiefs tie with the Buffalo Bills (who play an extra preseason game) for most sacks allowed this preseason with 14. The offensive line is even more of a concern, as the Chiefs learned last week that Donald Stephenson will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season.
With 13 days left before the first Chiefs game, is there a short-term solution? Possibly.
General manager John Dorsey has to keep an eye out, as teams will soon begin cutting players. Several players who performed well end up being cut. Dorsey needs to watch carefully and see if any notable offensive linemen become available.
If the Chiefs go into the regular season with their current offensive line, they will be held back from reaching their potential.
Daniel Sorensen Is a Liability for the Defense
Andy Dalton connected with A.J. Green in Week 1 for a 53-yard pass. Two weeks later, Matt Cassel and Cordarrelle Patterson connected on a 53-yard touchdown play. Other than both being 53-yard plays, what do those two plays have in common? Safety Daniel Sorensen was responsible for allowing them to occur.
Filling in for Eric Berry this preseason, Sorensen has started all three preseason games and has not shown that he can be a viable defensive back. Opposing quarterbacks have had an easy time gashing through Kansas City's defense by picking on Sorensen.
It is no secret the Chiefs are thin with their current secondary, but Sorensen has had the roughest outing among all defensive backs on the team this preseason and in training camp. With the Chiefs set to face a lot of high-caliber NFL offenses, they can't afford to allow easy, big plays.
The Chiefs Have Made Little Progress with Contract Negotiations
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey had the task of trying to make two players content by giving each of them a new contract. Alex Smith and Justin Houston are both seeking a new deal.
Last week, it was reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that Houston's agent and Dorsey are far apart in contract negotiations and it is likely Houston plays the 2014 season under his current contract.
As for Smith, not a lot has been made about his contract. However, it is probably safe to assume that the Chiefs are not even close to offering him an extension.
Contract negotiations are difficult, especially when a player sees what other players in the league are making and demands the same amount. At the same time, it is obvious the Chiefs don't want to let Pro Bowlers like Smith and Houston walk away.
Both players are valuable to the franchise, and the team will need them moving forward.
The Chiefs Might Not Be Center of Attention in Kansas City Anytime Soon
During this time of the year, sports fanatics in Kansas City typically move away from following the Royals and focus mostly on the Chiefs with the regular season coming up.
With the poor preseason play and bad news pouring in on the Chiefs last week, the Royals will probably get most of the attention in September when it comes to sports in Kansas City.
It makes sense. The Royals are the hottest team in baseball, coming off a 6-3 road trip and holding a two-game lead in the AL Central.
This is a rare moment in Kansas City, as some Royals fans have never witnessed this kind of success from the team at this point in the baseball season.
What does this mean for the Chiefs? It is nice to see other teams in town do well. The Chiefs always run Kansas City, and people put a lot of time, effort, energy and focus on the team from late July all the way until December and January. But when you compare the Chiefs and Royals right now, most fans are more interested in the Royals.
The situation is understandable, considering the Royals are likely to go to the playoffs for the first time since 1985. But with how the Chiefs are doing, there's even more interest in the Royals and less for the Chiefs.