After months of the off season and training the wait was finally over Friday night, as the Chiefs took on future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzales and the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn't pretty for the Kansas City Chiefs as we failed to score a touchdown until garbage time, to make the score not look as bad as it was. We showed some good things, and some bad things in this first pre-season game, unfortunately it was more bad than good.
Why we should be worried about a bad season.
1. The defense still can't stop the run.
The Falcons marched all over the Chief's starting defense including rushing for 44 yards on their way to a field goal. The Falcons ended up with only 100 rushing yards on the game, because the back-ups did better than the starters. Which brings me to my next point.
2. The back-ups did better than the starters.
Now i know this isn't a huge deal in the pre-season with the back-ups trying to make the team so they are playing harder than everyone else, but it is still a cause for a little worry. Even though they weren't trying as hard, Cassel and Bowe looked really off their game.
3. Dwayne Bowe is still a moron.
He wasn't thrown the ball the whole game because Cassel didn't have time to find him, so he went away from his teammates in the second half and held the television boom to gain attention from the media. Sigh, D-Bowe lives on.
4. Cassel still only has 2 seconds to throw the ball before the defense sacks him.
Although Cassel did fair in this game throwing 6 for 8 with 25 yards, his line failed him the entire game. he could've had a lot more if he had more than 2 seconds to get rid of the ball.
Why we shouldn't be worried about a bad season.
1. Charles is still good.
Jamaal Charles was a breakout star in the second half of the season last year, and he showed it again why he should be good this year with 37 rushing yards, averaging almost 10 yards per carry. The combination of him and Thomas Jones will booster the running game this season.
2. The rookies are good.
Javier Arenas, Eric Berry and Dexter Mccluster all looked fairly well in the game. I think with some experience they could all be really good. Arenas reminds me a lot of Dante Hall and Berry and Mccluster have lived up to the hype.
3. Cassel can still complete passes under pressure.
Even though he has about 2 seconds to throw the ball, he was still able to complete 6 out of 8 passes for 25 yards. I know he needs to rack up more yards during the regular season , but he is looking fine now.
4. It was an away game against a good Atlanta team.
We would've probably played better at home, and Atlanta is no Cleveland, so they're not going to let us just run all over them.
And now for my most important point on why the Chief's are not doomed to a bad season after this game's performance,
5. It was the First Pre-Season Game.
There is no need to call the death of our season just because we did not perform up to par in our first pre-season game. So all of you nay-sayers need to shut up until at least the regular season, because of right now we do not need to worry.