I agree. I thought Derrick Johnson played really well. Palko looked decent against a (mostly) 1st string Rams defense, and Stanzi looked good, albeit against 2nd and 3rd stringers.
The offensive line is a big concern to me. Richardson was called for holding 3 times. The reason he was holding so much was because he kept getting beat. That needs to improve or the Chiefs are in trouble.
I don't know what to think about last nights game. Here's the stat line that really jumps out at me: The Chiefs passed for 251 yards and rushed for only 58. They threw the ball 39 times and only ran it 20 times. (2.95 yds per carry) Jamaal Charles had 2 carries for 4 yds and so did Jones. This is not what I expect from the best rushing attack in the NFL.
Which begs the question, was the pass heavy attack by design, or was it because the Chiefs fell behind early? The 3rd preseason game is supposed to be a dress rehearsal for the regular season, but if this is the game plan, the Chiefs are gonna struggle. My guess is that Haley is confident in his run game and wants to give his offense as much practice as he can throwing the ball. The passing attack should be much improved this year, provided the O line can protect Cassel.
However, for the Chiefs to have success this year they have to commit to the run and run the ball effectively. Running the ball eats up the clock and helps keep the defense fresh. The Ravens won the time of possession battle last night 32:38 to 27:22. That's fine if you are a "quick strike" offense like the Colts, but it doesn't work for a "ball control" offense like the Chiefs.
Because of the lockout This has been a weird preseason. With no mini camp, no OTAs and a shortened preseason, a lot of coaches are approaching these games differently. Normally, in the 3rd game, the starters play the entire first half, go into the locker room, make halftime adjustments and play well into the 3rd quarter. Palko was on the field in the middle of the 2nd quarter, although Cassel came back out for a 2 minute drill.
I'm still optimistic about this year, although there are definite areas of concern. Last night's game was much closer than the 1st 2, but the Rams aren't one of the NFL's elite teams. Wins don't matter in preseason but you still need to score points, and the Chiefs have been outscored 70-23. However, I don't think we will see the same play calling in the regular season that we are seeing now. The Chiefs went 1-3 in preseason, last year, and finished 10-6. My Bears went 0-4 and finished 11-5.
So I still haven't lost hope.