The Kansas City Chiefs put a lot of good qualities on display in their opening preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Andy Reid’s team came out firing on all cylinders. The starting offense looked crisp and was able to move the ball on a rebuilt San Francisco defense. The defense was able to get off the field on 3rd down and played well in the red zone. In the latter, they showed a continuation of what made them an upper-tier defense in 2016.
Andy Reid allowed all the quarterbacks the freedom to take shots down the field. Alex Smith to Tyreek Hill. Tyler Bray to Chris Conley. Patrick Mahomes to DeMarcus Robinson. The team got to see the top three quarterbacks in similar play-calling packages. In addition to working in downfield throws, the younger quarterbacks were able to show how well they can work through progressions. That will be the key difference in the battle for the backup position behind starter Alex Smith. On the night, only Mahomes and Smith were able to get their squads in the endzone.
Deep Chiefs Defense
The defense came away having shown a lot of faith in its young talent. Bob Sutton has a lot of film to review on a number of linebackers and defensive backs in particular. Those players were able to show their capabilities within the man-cover shell that Sutton likes to run. With zone defense sprinkled in, the 3rd string defense, in particular, showed some gaps that need to be corrected.
Beyond the starters getting a couple of series to knock the rust off, the team concentrated on the roster’s younger talent . Players that stood out on film included David King, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Marcus Eligwe, Eric Murray (for both good and bad reasons) and long-shot Ashton Lampkin.
This particular group of represents the next generation that will grow to take over pivotal roles as veterans depart Kansas City in coming years. This defense will see departures at every level in the next two seasons.
It was just the first preseason game, but a step in the right direction for the team’s group of two-deep personnel.
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