YAY! Preseason has arrived, whch means real football isn't far behind, and that's a good thing, right? As a longtime fan of the Chiefs, I miss the Good Ol' Days when the Chiefs would play the Seahawks, a good divisional rivalry 'til Seattle's Best (see how I got coffee into the conversation?), but the upstarts defected to the
Dark Side NFC. The days of Jim Zorn are over. Wait, scratch that, Zorn has seen the light and is coaching the imcomparable Matt Cassel (you try saying that with a straight face)
Seriously, though Tamba Hali will likely be on the bench for the next three weeks, and he will be, as per league suspension gone for our opener against the Atlanta Falcons. CB Brandon Flowers is most likely out (again) with a deep heel bruise (or something), and our First Round draft pick, Dontari Poe, is second string NT; all is not bleak in KC. All-Universe S Eric Berry is back and healthy, with All-Universe ILB Derrick Johnson and Sophomore OLB Justin Houston along with Free Agent CB Stanford Routt, and an underrated Tyson Jackson on the DLine with Glenn Dorsey and starting NT Anthony Toribio.
In the other side of the ball, Cassel really has looked good in two games thus far, All-Universe RB Jamaal Charles is back and healthy, and RB Payton Hillis looks to be in 2010 form. Dwayne Bowe has signed his tender, but don't look for many (if any) snaps. Jonathan Baldwin, last year's 1st Rounder, is beginning to come into his own, and the speedy Dexter McCluster looks like a legitimate weapon. The OLine has been revamped, with Free Agent OG Eric Winston being perhaps the biggest and best signing in a long time. Add 2nd Year C Rodney Hudson and former Raider TE Kevin Boss to a returning Tony Moeaki, and Chiefs fans are more hopeful than we've been in a long time.
For the preseason, the Chiefs are 1-1, looking very strong in the opening exhibition against the Cards, but falling short (though looking decent in some ways) againt the Rams.
Question about the enemy? You've got 'em, and even though they don't count (ie, it's preseason) it doesn't mean you don't matter. Here's to a fun, informative contest with no injuries for either team. Salut!