Chiefs Inept in Loss to Dolphins

Matt BrowningContributor IAugust 24, 2008

Some may call it a step back, others may say its progress halted. Whatever you want to call it, the harsh reality of the Chiefs’ 24-0 beating by the Dolphins is that this is the way it’s going to be this year. This team isn’t very good and it’s going to take a couple more years of work and more infusion of talent in order for them to be good.

There was nothing encouraging about Saturday night’s embarrassment to Miami, which finished 1-15 last season, as the league’s worst team. The first team offense was inept. The defense missed tackles and applied little, if any pressure on Miami quarterback Chad Pennington.

The special teams gave the Dolphins great field position and couldn’t give KC’s offense any kind of lift. This is something Chiefs fans better get used to. There is no question that there is some good, young talent on this team, but those players need to mature. The first team played the entire first half and some of the third quarter.

Some of the low points from the 30 plus minutes of work: -The offensive line, which had played relatively well the first two preseason games, let Brodie Croyle get sacked three times, one of which led to a turnover and a Miami touchdown on the ensuing play. -Speaking of Croyle, he had an interception to go along with the fumble.

He also held on to the ball way to long in the pocket and looked indecisive. He finished 12 for 21 for 112 yards. -After watching the Dolphins take 10 minutes off the clock on their 15 play opening drive, which led to a field goal, it was easy to see the Chiefs were in for a long night defensively, unless they got to Pennington.

Obviously, that didn’t happen. There were too many “arm tackle” attempts and the front four managed no sacks. -If there was a highlight, it was the defense only allowing a field goal on the first series, stopping the Dolphins inside the 10-yard line.

-On the kickoff following that drive, rookie Dontrell Savage stepped out of bounce on the two and the Chiefs were stymied inside their own territory. Two weeks away from the opening of the regular season and there’s nothing happening that leads anyone to believe that this team can win very many games.

Even if this proves to be an aberration, in terms of mental lapses and lack of fundamentals, there isn’t enough talent. If the Chiefs first team offense and defense can lose to Miami’s first team 17-0 after the first half, it’s scary to think what it’s going to be like in New England week one.