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Tribal Warfare
08-16-2009, 11:23 PM
Monsoon Leftovers From Arrowhead (http://www.bobgretz.com/chiefs-football/monsoon-leftovers-from-arrowhead.html)
August 16, 2009 - Bob Gretz |

On the way to River Falls, Wisconsin

All the way up I-35 through Iowa there was evidence that Arrowhead Stadium was not the only place that got some rain Saturday night. Puddles and giant pools of water dotted the corn and soybean fields of Iowa.

That kind of moisture may be good for the crops, but it’s not so good for a football game and it made a difficult evening for the Chiefs more so as they fell to the Houston Texans 16-10.

It’s not so much the score or even the game’s outcome that furrowed the brow of the Chiefs fans who bothered to show up to watch the game, or saw it on the telly. It was the fact that despite massive changes in the organization – a change in culture according to GM Scott Pioli – the results on the field looked just like last year’s Chiefs.

Not enough offense, not enough defense and after Dustin Colquitt, very little from the kicking game. Yet, there the Chiefs were, late in the game, with a chance to win.

Down by the final score, the Kansas City offense has two possessions to get the winning TD and PAT. On the first one with three minutes, 14 seconds to play, three snaps produced five yards. On the second possession, the Chiefs offense had seven plays that produced 11 yards and an interception that all but ended the game with 17 seconds to play.

The Chiefs arrived back in the northwoods for dinner and a meeting Sunday night. They’ll be back on the practice field first thing Monday morning for the first of what’s scheduled to be two practices.

Some other items worth mentioning from the pre-season opener:

– There was nothing on the post-game stat sheet that cleared up the situation at both the punt and kick return positions. Sometimes in practice the Chiefs have had 14 different players catching off the ball machine. Against Houston, only three players got a shot: WRs Rodney Wright and Quinten Lawrence and RB Dantrell Savage. Combined, they returned six punts-kickoffs for a total of 88 yards, the longest being a 24-yard kickoff return by Lawrence. None of those involved claimed the job(s).

– ILB Zach Thomas’ injury has opened the door for Corey Mays and the –year veteran has made something of his opportunity. He started next to Derrick Johnson on the inside of the Chiefs defense and he was active and around the ball. Press box stats credited him with five tackles and he got things done at the line of scrimmage and several times dropping in coverage. Thomas did not make the trip to Kansas City; he was left in River Falls for treatment of his unspecified injury.

– One of the few offensive players with explosion on the Chiefs roster was nearly invisible Saturday night: RB Jamaal Charles. He came in on third-down passing situations, where he lined up as the only back next to QB Matt Cassel who was in the shotgun. After Larry Johnson went to the sidelines midway through the first quarter, it was Jackie Battle that got the carries next, then Dantrell Savage in the second half. Charles ended up with only two carries in the game for two yards.

– Those that have been here in the northwoods watching practices were disappointed when Haley did not make LT Branden Albert and OLB Tamba Hali run a sprint after they were flagged for a false start and offsides during the game. That’s what happens on the River Falls practice fields.

– Rookie K Ryan Succop did a nice job with that 47-yard FG under tough weather and field conditions. But since that score came on the final play of the first half, Succop kicked off just twice in the game. His opening kickoff went three yards deep in the end zone and was brought out to the 25-yard line. Succop’s kickoff after the Thigpen-Cottam TD pass went one-yard deep, but it was returned to the 41-yard line; not enough hang time on that kick.

– It was a first look at how Todd Haley deployed his coaching staff on game day. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is in the coaching box, while defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is on the field. So is special teams coach Steve Hoffman. Working the sidelines for the offense were line coach Bill Muir, assistant head coach Maurice Carthon and WR coach Dedric Ward. In the box with Gailey were TE coach Bob Bicknell and assistant line coach Joe D”Alessandris. Defensively, line coach Tim Krumrie was on the field, with LB coach Gary Gibbs in the box.

– We’ll write about the Arrowhead Stadium changes later in the week, but one thing that’s very different are the video panels on the façade of the club level that goes all the way around the interior of the stadium bowl. When those panels have something bright on the screen, it really lights up the inside of the stadium.

shaneo69
08-17-2009, 11:37 AM
It’s not so much the score or even the game’s outcome that furrowed the brow of the Chiefs fans who bothered to show up to watch the game, or saw it on the telly. It was the fact that despite massive changes in the organization – a change in culture according to GM Scott Pioli – the results on the field looked just like last year’s Chiefs.

How happy is Gretz that Pioli's Chiefs look no better after one preseason game than Carl's Chiefs?

HemiEd
08-17-2009, 11:49 AM
– Those that have been here in the northwoods watching practices were disappointed when Haley did not make LT Branden Albert and OLB Tamba Hali run a sprint after they were flagged for a false start and offsides during the game. That’s what happens on the River Falls practice fields. How about the McIntosh false start? It killed a promising drive, killed it. Haley should have made him run all the way to RF.

KCtotheSB
08-17-2009, 11:50 AM
It's been one ****ING PRESEASON GAME

Christ almighty....

Mr. Krab
08-17-2009, 12:25 PM
It’s not so much the score or even the game’s outcome that furrowed the brow of the Chiefs fans who bothered to show up to watch the game, or saw it on the telly. It was the fact that despite massive changes in the organization – a change in culture according to GM Scott Pioli – the results on the field looked just like last year’s Chiefs.

How happy is Gretz that Pioli's Chiefs look no better after one preseason game than Carl's Chiefs?
Carl was Gretz's bread and butter for years. He will be beating that drum as long as he can.

DTLB58
08-17-2009, 12:38 PM
Succop’s kickoff after the Thigpen-Cottam TD pass went one-yard deep, but it was returned to the 41-yard line; not enough hang time on that kick.

We finally get a kicker that puts it in the freaking end zone and "Coach" Gretz complains it didn't have enough hang time. :shake: Yea, That 42 yard return was clearly the kickers fault.

Mecca
08-17-2009, 12:39 PM
Succop’s kickoff after the Thigpen-Cottam TD pass went one-yard deep, but it was returned to the 41-yard line; not enough hang time on that kick.

We finally get a kicker that puts it in the freaking end zone and "Coach" Gretz complains it didn't have enough hang time. :shake: Yea, That 42 yard return was clearer the kickers fault.

Um actually, it's a valid point to make. It doesn't matter if you kick it in the endzone if you kick low line drives because they'll get returned for 40 yards.

DTLB58
08-17-2009, 12:44 PM
Carl was Gretz's bread and butter for years. He will be beating that drum as long as he can.

Yup, you can see he is clearly not as at ease with this new regime and it sticks a hair up his butt that Pioli hasn't put his arm around him and embraced him.

DTLB58
08-17-2009, 12:45 PM
Um actually, it's a valid point to make. It doesn't matter if you kick it in the endzone if you kick low line drives because they'll get returned for 40 yards.

But it wasn't a line drive.

underEJ
08-17-2009, 01:58 PM
Sure there's room for improvement, but Succop looked pretty darn good for a rookie in the rain. Even Colquitt had one shitty punt.