Joining Chop Talk on Sunday was special guest, Steven St. John of 810 WHB Sports Radio in Kansas City. He joined myself, Matt Conner and Craig Brenner to help break down the good and the bad from the Chiefs loss to the Seattle Seahawks last Friday night.
Here are just a few small bits from the show, but if you want to listen to the whole show just follow this link.
Matt Conner -
"That (running the ball) is what's going to define them as a successful offense or not this year. Certainly there's a lot to improve upon, but I take that away at least. You gotta love how they ran the ball. When they open up the gates against the Atlanta Falcons (week one), I really think the Chiefs rushing attack is going to be dynamic and it's going to keep the offense on the field for a lot longer than what we're seeing right now."
Craig Brenner -
"There's a lot of negatives that you can take but two positives are that Jamaal Charles looked very good, very positive with the cuts that he made in the open field.....Another guy who's been a stalwart for the Chiefs is Derrick Johnson. That dude is a stud and he showed it on Friday night"
"There's a lot of negatives though. Defensive line, defense in general. The offensive line at times. Eric Winston kind of looked shaky along the offensive line for me along with Rodney Hudson."
Myself (BJ Kissel)
'Defensively, I'm not going to throw a lot of Kool-Aid out there. I was pretty down on how we played defensively, particularly along the defensive line. I thought that we would have been much better against the run. Seeing Tyson Jackson get cut-blocked and going down for the second week in a row is a little alarming.....Were we trying to do things defensively kind of the same way we were offensively by not showing too much? It didn't seem like we ran a lot of intricate blitzes, but when we did, we got to the QB."
Steven St. John
"The defense, again it looked bad but I will say this, in training camp I try to remind people that many times the defense will look bad, it's a vanilla scheme. Romeo (Crennel) is not going to show many of his cards and many times with the defense it's more about individual evaluations as opposed to evaluating the whole defense."
"I do think in the first game that the Chiefs wanted to go out there and win the game and make a strong showing, and try to break that mold of being a unorganized, unfocused preseason team under Todd Haley, and that's what they did"
"The Rams came off a beating in their first preseason game and maybe the Chiefs got fat and happy with themselves and listened to people talk about how great they were in that week leading up, then I think Jeff Fisher game-planned the hell out of that game. They were trying to make a statement. You saw some things you wouldn't normally see in a preseason game. It was more like a regular season game for the Rams. Hey look, the Rams outplayed the Chiefs and I'm not trying to make any excuses, but to me, watching that game it felt like there was more gameplanning and scheming on the Rams side on both sides of the ball, especially offensively."
"You're hoping that a rookie quarterback taken in the 3rd round, Russel Wilson, look he may be special when we look back at the end of the year. But boy, that surprised me that he was able to move that football up and down the field with that much ease being a guy that's making his first start in the NFL"