Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams: Lack of Preparation Allows Rams to Win

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Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams: Lack of Preparation Allows Rams to Win
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 26: Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sideline against the St. Louis Rams during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rams beat the Chiefs 14-10. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Chiefs are letting their opponents control these preseason games and there is no sign of this team making any progress.

I hear you. It’s the preseason. Everyone is well aware of that. However, it’s not hard to realize that this team is unprepared after watching Friday’s loss to St. Louis.

Matt Cassel called two consecutive timeouts in the second quarter after a misunderstanding with the team.

“That was disappointing but you cannot call two timeouts in a row, and we did,” Haley told the media following Friday’s loss. “That’s something where we have to make sure that everyone is aware of the rule and makes sure something like that doesn’t happen.”

After allowing the Rams to score a touchdown on their first two drives of the game, the Chiefs held the Rams scoreless for the rest of the game.

Early in the second quarter on a second-and-11 play from the St. Louis seven-yard line, Sam Bradford throws an interception to Derrick Johnson. Two plays later, the Chiefs thought they capitalized after Jamaal Charles ran a touchdown from seven yards out, only for the play to be nullified after Rodney Hudson was penalized for holding.

The Chiefs were unable to get back to the end zone on that drive and only came away with a field goal.

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 26: Cody Slate #80 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a touchdown pass against the St. Louis Rams during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rams beat the Chiefs 14-10. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

In the third quarter, the Chiefs bounced back after rookie Ricky Stanzi connected with Cody Slate on a 32-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to four.

The Chiefs had a couple of opportunities in the fourth quarter to take the lead or cut the deficit to one and were unsuccessful in doing so.

From the St. Louis three-yard line on fourth-and-3 with 3:13 left to go in the game, Ryan Succop’s chip-shot field goal was blocked and the Rams kept their four-point lead.

The Chiefs had a chance for a prayer with 19 seconds left to go when St. Louis had the ball on fourth-and-3. The Rams took a delay of game penalty to eat up the clock, bringing up fourth-and-8 as the punt team was out on the field.

With an opportunity to get one more possession, the Chiefs defense was called for back-to-back neutral zone infractions, giving the Rams a victory off of a penalty and allowing them to knee the ball with a new set of downs to end the game. Rookie Shane Bannon and Micah Johnson were penalized and helped the Rams walk with a win in a rare manner.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the starters or the players in this case. The Chiefs are showing us that they are not mentally ready and are setting themselves back with penalties.

The Chiefs have two weeks left before they open the season at home against the Buffalo Bills. Although the Chiefs did start 0-3 in last year’s preseason, the Chiefs are a different 0-3 team in this year’s preseason.

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