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Top 5 Headlines 8/29: Chiefs Need Reid's Expertise

Posted Aug 29, 2014

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1. Chiefs need coach Andy Reid’s expertise to separate preseason stink from regular‐season hope

GREEN BAY, Wis. If we lived in a world where the NFL preseason wasn’t so generally boring and irrelevant in predicting real‐world success that the league is thinking about cutting out a week, then the 2014 Chiefs would be more of an excuse to put off yard work than a returning playoff team.

Now that it’s over — with only rare smiles during a limp 34‐14 loss to the Packers on Thursday — any optimism in this group has to come from reasons that have nothing to do with what we saw in any of the four preseason games.”    READ MORE…

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2. Snap‐count observations: Travis Kelce logs 15 first‐team snaps

Here are some observations based on the snap‐count data from the Chiefs’ 30‐12 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday. Numbers are provided by the NFL.

Offense - Of the 39 snaps tight end Travis Kelce played, 15 came with the first‐team offense (by my count, at least), with most (if not all) coming with starter Anthony Fasano also on the field.”    READ MORE…

3. A lot can change in the NFL in 10 days ‐‐ and for the Chiefs, that's the best news of all

A year ago at this time, the Kansas City Chiefs' leading tackler was Tysyn Hartman. Their third leading stopper was Vince Agnew. Twenty‐two punts had been recorded; The various offensive lines had allowed 21 preseason sacks; Only 17 of 60 third‐down attempts during exhibitions ‐‐ 28.3 percent ‐‐ had been converted successfully. Most pockets of optimism were firmly in the cautious camp.

Then the lights went on for real, Chiefs 28, Jags 2 happened, and the happy wagon was off, rolling into history.”    READ MORE…

4. Observation Deck: Kansas City Chiefs

Since the fourth preseason game never gives any indication about a team’s true potential, the only real takeaway from the Kansas City Chiefs’ 34-14 loss to Green Bay was that it followed a familiar pattern established in the previous two exhibitions. The Chiefs' offense struggled for long stretches. There was a dearth of noteworthy plays. And since this game was a showcase primarily for backups and players hoping to make the 53-man roster, there are still questions about how much quality depth the Chiefs have at certain positions heading into their season opener against Tennessee.

Here are some other thoughts on the Chiefs’ final preseason effort: Quarterback Tyler Bray blew his opportunity to secure the coaches’ confidence. There had been plenty of discussion about Bray’s potential to unseat veteran Chase Daniel as the top backup to Alex Smith. That conversation ended with Bray completing 8 of 15 passes for 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception. This game was typical of what we’ve seen from Bray throughout the preseason. He displayed his tremendous arm strength on some plays, then made poor decisions on others, including the interception tossed to Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush in the second quarter. Bray had nearly two quarters to make a statement after replacing Daniel, who played the first quarter. The only message he sent was one Daniel surely liked hearing.”    READ MORE…

5. Buy a ticket? Psh! NFL teams selling memberships

The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle — one word, really — yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans.

Season‐ticket holders became known as “season‐ticket members.””    READ MORE…

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