1. The playcalling – I was glad to see the OC stick to the running game late in the game, even though we were down. This is what I was asking for last week. The big runs by Charles worked because the defense was getting worn down.
2. The defense in the 2nd half. Both the pass defense and run defense was outstanding in the 2nd half (I couldnt watch the 1st half). The only 2 2nd half scores that NO got were after turnovers and with a short field. The run was getting stuffed up the middle by the DL, and the DL was also occasionally giving a pass rush. Id like to see more frequent pressure on the QB, though.
3. Good job by the OL, even with Hudson out. The line was doing a decent job in both pass and run protection. Not great, but decent.
4. Arena is getting close to breaking some punt returns. All around the special teams looked better.
1. Inability to SCORE in the redzone. We need to get more TDs and less FGs.
2. Either WRs werent getting open or Cassel couldnt find them. Without looking downfield it is hard to tell.
3. Bowe had another easy drop that could have been critical. We were able to overcome it, but that deep pass should have been caught.
4. Judging from what Mccluster’s injury looked like, he is probably out 6-8 weeks minimum.
1. Jeff Allen played well as Guard.
2. Hillis was missed. Im hoping he just pulled a muscle and will be back this week.
3. Baldwin is making more of a presence in the passing game. I hope it continues.
4. Lilja did a great job at C. Hudson’s loss was not as noticeable.
Chiefs pick Quinn to be No. 2 quarterback
By ADAM TEICHER The Kansas City Star
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As a former first-round draft pick once considered the savior of another franchise, quarterback Brady Quinn wasn’t about to celebrate the news that he had officially been selected the Chiefs’ top backup to Matt Cassel.
“Everyone wants to be a starter in this league and play on the field,” Quinn said. “That’s the ultimate time you’d be pretty happy having a title of sorts.”
Even if Quinn wasn’t impressed, it was big news for the Chiefs, though not a surprise. Quinn has more experience than his competition, Ricky Stanzi, and outplayed him during the preseason.
Coach Romeo Crennel cited Quinn’s experience as the big factor. Quinn, a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2007, started 12 games for the Browns over three seasons.
Stanzi, a rookie last season, has never played in a regular-season NFL game.
“That’s the main thing I feel like will benefit us the most,” Crennel said. “He (Quinn) has experience in games. Both guys have good ability, and they both competed and worked very hard.”
Stanzi will stay with the Chiefs as their third quarterback.
“He’s a good, young player with a lot of talent, and he has a lot of upside to him,” Crennel said.
Because of the difference in experience, Stanzi needed to clearly win the competition, and that didn’t happen. His bid to be the top reserve was doomed with his play two weeks ago in a preseason game in St. Louis, where he threw an interception, lost a fumble and was sacked four times.
In their perfect world, the Chiefs would have loved to see Stanzi win the job. Not only was he their fifth-round pick last season, but he is signed through 2014. Quinn is on a one-year contract.
But Stanzi didn’t claim the job. Heading into Thursday night’s final preseason game against the Packers in Green Bay, Quinn has completed 59 percent of his throws with a passer rating of 76.1. Stanzi has completed 46 percent and has a quarterback rating of 27.1.
“Whatever spot the coaches want me in on this team, it’s my job to do that role to help out the rest of the team,” Stanzi said. “Just keep going to work. That’s all you can do.”
With no more competition at quarterback, the Chiefs are focused on getting Quinn ready if he’s needed this season. He was buried on the bench in Denver the last two years after his trade from Cleveland and hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2009.
“That’s just how it goes for a backup,” Quinn said. “You’re not going to get as many snaps, and you have to be prepared to just jump in and go play. I’ve been accustomed to that over the past couple of years, and I’m ready for that if that does happen in this season.
“The biggest thing for me is just being new to some of the personnel here and kind of getting in rhythm with some of the wide receivers. That’s something I think we’ve been able to accomplish through camp and throughout the preseason.”
Crennel didn’t say how much any of the quarterbacks would play in Green Bay.
“Let’s see how we do,” Crennel said. “If the good guys do (well) enough to come out, then the second guys will go in. If they do (well) enough, they might come out. Otherwise, we’re just going to play.”
The Chiefs kept their fourth quarterback, rookie Alex Tanney, through their first round of cuts. That’s surprising in that Tanney, a Division III player who wasn’t drafted, received almost no work in team drills during training camp and hasn’t played in any of the first three preseason games.
That suggests that Tanney, who could be on the practice squad when the regular season begins, could play against the Packers.
“We kind of like the guy a little bit,” Crennel said. “If we didn’t like him or we didn’t think he had ability, we’d let him go. He’s an unproven guy, but we like some things about him. He’s still trying to learn the system, and there might be an opportunity for him this game.”
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