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Tribal Warfare
08-12-2010, 11:22 PM
Chiefs hope to start preseason on the right foot (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/12/2146705/chiefs-hope-to-start-preseason.html)
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

ATLANTA | Former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer used to say few things were forgotten quicker than the result of an exhibition game. The Chiefs of a more recent vintage stand as evidence that for at least one NFL team, exhibitions can serve as an omen of things to come.

Their last three preseasons have been unproductive in terms of victories and progress toward games that count. Dismal regular seasons followed.

So while none of the Chiefs are suggesting there’s an urgency about tonight’s exhibition opener against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome, neither is anyone proposing it’s a casual affair.

“We’ve been talking about it all offseason,” quarterback Matt Cassel said. “We’re ready to get that taste of last year out of our mouth. We’re ready to go. Atlanta will be a good first test.”

It’s been a painful process for the Chiefs to dig themselves out of the hole they’ve created for themselves by winning 10 games over the last three seasons. So another lost preseason can’t help but place here-we-go-again thoughts in at least some of their minds.

“When you win four games, any win is a positive thing as far as trying to figure out how to win,” guard Brian Waters said. “We haven’t won very many games the last three years. Winning football games can be contagious.

“As a young football team, I think you have to have that mentality. We understand preseason games don’t count, but we also understand that they matter.”

Nothing suggests coach Todd Haley will sell out to win tonight’s game. He didn’t disclose his plans for using the regulars, but it’s unlikely they will play more than the first quarter, if they even last that long.

Still, Haley is looking for ways to jump-start the process of turning the Chiefs in a different direction and in that regard tonight’s game can be an opportunity.

“When you haven’t won a lot of games, you have to learn how to win,” Haley said. “Winning is critical to us.

“I would never say these preseason games aren’t important for a young, developing team. For some individuals that have a lot of experience, maybe they’re not so important from the gaining experience standpoint. But for me as a head coach and for our overall development as a team and playing together as a team and learning how to do things as a team, they’re very important.”

Last season was Haley’s first with the Chiefs, and things quickly spiraled downward once the preseason began. They scored two offensive touchdowns, fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, lost Cassel to a knee injury for the regular-season opener and finished winless in four games.

So it’s no coincidence the Chiefs weren’t ready when the regular season began. They lost their first five games on their way to finishing 4-12.

“I was with New England and we were (2-2 in the preseason) and we turned out going (16-0),” Cassel said. “And (another season), we were 0-4 and turned into an 11-5 team. Preseason is just about getting your team better. Now would we like to go 4-0 in preseason? Absolutely because I do think it builds momentum.”

Momentum doesn’t always carry over from exhibition to regular season, but the Chiefs are in no position to take that chance.

“There are so many examples of each way,” Haley said. “I know I’m not smart enough to figure that out. But I do know that there’s never anything wrong with good things happening.

“We need to go out and we need to take some of these things we’ve been doing in practice well into a game. This is our first opportunity.”

In the end, the results of an exhibition game are often determined by the players on the field in the second half. A lot of them won’t be around when the regular season begins.

So for a team like the Chiefs, who are still trying to find their way, it’s more about making some good things happen against the Falcons.

“If you lose a game,” Waters said, “you have to be able to say, ‘Yeah, we lost, but we did all these things correctly and these are all things we need to do correctly to win games during the regular season.’ ”

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH TONIGHT

1. Matt Cassel’s poise.

2. This year’s top three draft picks.

3. The Chiefs’ new-look defense.

4. The team’s response to seven promising months.

5. The changes since Tony G last played for the Chiefs.

KCrockaholic
08-12-2010, 11:23 PM
Teicher must think all football fans are retarded.

I love his attention getter. :rolleyes:

"Chiefs hope to win games"

"Chiefs hope Tyson Jackson isn't a bust"

See I can do it too.

SNR
08-12-2010, 11:34 PM
I hope to one day find my right foot kicking Teicher squarely in the balls

DaneMcCloud
08-12-2010, 11:38 PM
I'm guessing they start on the left foot and can't stop Gonzalez in Atlanta's first two drives.

BWillie
08-12-2010, 11:39 PM
I don't know what it is about NFL pre-season games. I'd rather watch pre-season NBA, college basketball practices, MLB spring training, I mean anything other than pre-season football.

DaneMcCloud
08-12-2010, 11:40 PM
I don't know what it is about NFL pre-season games. I'd rather watch pre-season NBA, college basketball practices, MLB spring training, I mean anything other than pre-season football.

Just grab a few beers and some Taco Bell.

You'll be fine.

Bugeater
08-12-2010, 11:40 PM
I'd put my money on them shooting themselves in that right foot.

Katie
08-12-2010, 11:48 PM
We're so used to losing, we have no optimisim even for a preseson game...sad.

HotRoute
08-13-2010, 12:10 AM
Just grab a few beers and some Taco Bell.

You'll be fine.

Precisely I don't like to even drink until about the end of the 3rd quarter during the regular season but when it comes to preseason I like to go into the 1st quarter with a buzz, still don't know about that taco bell though

Mr. Arrowhead
08-13-2010, 12:14 AM
how does Teicher still have a job? seriously anybody on here can write what he writes.

CrazyPhuD
08-13-2010, 01:53 AM
how does Teicher still have a job? seriously anybody on here can write what he writes.
I'm sure if he ever gets fired by the star he can always go work for WPI.

buddha
08-13-2010, 08:04 AM
Teicher has gotten so lazy, his stuff is almost unreadable.

Things to watch tonight:

1. Is the QB any good?
2. Are the rookies any good?
3. Have the coaches gotten any smarter?
4. Can any WRs catch a pass?

Purile and a complete waste of time. At least Fatlock is interesting in his own moronic way.

Dayze
08-13-2010, 08:09 AM
Teicher's pieces are very elementary.

and holy hell, has anyone heard him on 610 in the morning? Jesus, that dude stutters and stumbles over every word.

Baby Lee
08-13-2010, 08:25 AM
I look for two, well 2.5, things in the preseason.

The execution by the first units
Breakout performances by the scrubs.

The .5 is just getting a return to FB fix.

AndChiefs
08-13-2010, 08:26 AM
"Chiefs Hope To Win Superbowl"

Dayze
08-13-2010, 08:27 AM
I want to see our 1st O manage a few first downs on the same drive. I want to see if they can come out and NOT go 3 and out.

OnTheWarpath58
08-13-2010, 08:29 AM
I could give a shit about winning in the PS. Wins and losses usually are usually determined by guys that are selling insurance in September.

I want to see our 1's play well against their 1's.

OnTheWarpath58
08-13-2010, 08:30 AM
I hope to one day find my right foot kicking Teicher squarely in the balls

I'm guessing they start on the left foot and can't stop Gonzalez in Atlanta's first two drives.

I'd put my money on them shooting themselves in that right foot.

LMAO

MOhillbilly
08-13-2010, 08:34 AM
i just wanna see someone get knocked cold.

OnTheWarpath58
08-13-2010, 08:47 AM
i just wanna see someone get knocked cold.

Cassel?

LMAO

boogblaster
08-13-2010, 08:47 AM
Just glad to watch Chiefs football ... one of the few things in life I still live for ....

MOhillbilly
08-13-2010, 09:07 AM
Cassel?

LMAO

On the outside id be all bummed.

On the inside id squeal for joy, like a fatkid locked in a donut shop.

KCrockaholic
08-13-2010, 09:08 AM
Just glad to watch Chiefs football ...

Yep.

I'm just glad it's back now.

talastan
08-13-2010, 11:23 AM
I like looking at the preseason because we get a look at our depth and can find out how screwed we are should a starter go down. Hopefully our backups look decent tonight and there are no injuries on either team.

Detoxing
08-13-2010, 11:29 AM
I can't believe he gets paid to write this shit.

"Chiefs hope to start preseason on the right foot".........No fucking Kidding? Really? Wow. And this whole time I thought they wanted to suck and lose. Thanks for the insight Tiecher, you're a real man of genius.

ChiefaRoo
08-13-2010, 11:57 AM
I'm guessing they start on the left foot and can't stop Gonzalez in Atlanta's first two drives.

I love Tony G. from back in the day but dude is getting old and while he's still good he's not great anymore. Great being defined as a guy who can make a game altering difference. He can't do that anymore, especially from the TE position.. He's more worried about his catches and life after football now. He probably won't even try hard in the preseason. If you all recall he usually didn't even bother to block in preseason games when he was in KC.

KCrockaholic
08-13-2010, 12:02 PM
After further review...It is the Left Foot. The Left foot of Dustin Colquitt that is.

ChiefsCountry
08-13-2010, 12:05 PM
Cassel?

LMAO

Well the true fans want him to be Trent Green. :D