Chiefs Get Whitewashed By Bucs 25-0

From Arrowhead Stadium

More than a few fans, players and maybe even at least one owner have to be wondering one thing after Friday night’s 25-0 Tampa Bay pre-season victory over the Chiefs:

Is this what we waited four months for? Is this what surviving the lockout was all about?

It was certainly a fruitful night for the Buccaneers and their young QB Josh Freeman. Enjoying a homecoming to the place of his birth and the city where he grew up, Freeman had a nice evening. He led hi tem to 15 points in the first half, scoring the game’s first touchdown on a five-yard scramble.

The same cannot be said for the Chiefs. Todd Haley’s decision to allow his team time to get into shape, rather than immediately put them through a lot of contact and padded practices came back to bite him against the Bucs.

“Every time we come out here especially in our own stadium we like to come out on the winning end,” the head coach said. “That did not occur tonight. There were a number of different reasons for that.”

Haley listed turnovers, poor pass protection and poor tackling as the major culprits in the loss. There’s no question that all three could be traced to the lack of physical practices the team has gone through in St. Joseph. There are legitimate reasons for how Haley has approached this training camp, looking t the bigger picture of being ready for the regular-season opener against Buffalo than a game against Tampa Bay.

But there was a price to pay for that approach and the bill came due Friday night. 

“Turning the ball over early will get you bet mot time in the NL,” Haley said. “Not being able to protect your quarterback will get you beat most times. Not tackling will get you beat most times in the NFL.

“Those were the most glaring deficiencies out there.”

With a significant number of the teams starters on both sides of the ball sitting on the sideline, there was not much of a chance off a stellar performance. The differences without those guys became obvious on the Chiefs second offensive possession when QB Matt Cassel couldn’t handle the snap from center. It was not an exchange from 16-year veteran Casey Wiegmann but from first-year snapper Darryl Harris. Wiegmann was on the sidelines.

Tampa Bay’s rookie LB Mason Foster recovered the ball at the Kansas City 9-yard line. Two plays later, Freeman scrambled to his left and got the ball across the goal line at the pylon for the score.

When the Chiefs got the ball back, they called four running plays. On the fourth, RB Jackie Battle coughed up the ball and it was recovered by SS Sean Jones. Tampa Bay picked up a pair of first downs, one coming on a 21-yard completion from Freeman to former KU receiver Dezmon Briscoe. They eventually settled for a 25-yard FG from Connor Barth and it was 10-0 Bucs.

The Chiefs No. 1 offense did not return. They were on the field for eight running plays, producing 38 yards, one first down and two turnovers. QB Tyler Palko came in with the No. 2 offense and they finished out the quarter against the Bucs starting defense.

Palko was allowed to throw, and he promptly hit his first two passes, one to the left, one to the right, and both to WR Terrance Copper. But the offense couldn’t convert any third downs and thus could not stay on the field. In fact they gave up points when Tampa Bay DE Michael Bennett sacked Palko in the end zone for safety.

Along with another Barth FG this one from 40 yards, and it was 15-0 at half-time.

The second half dragged on like a bad movie for the Chiefs. Offensively, Palko handled the first possession before giving way to rookie Ricky Stanzi. Combined, those two helped produce 60 offensive yards in the second half, with 37 rushing yards and 23 net passing yards.

Overall, Palko and Stanzi were sacked six times, with the rookie biting the dust four times. Those guys took off running four times and gained yardage.

Nowhere in the post-game statistics is there a reckoning of missed tackles. Let’s just say they were plentiful.

“I don’t know what the number was but there were a lot of missed tackles out there,” Haley said. “But looking from the sideline, it was a lot.”

In the second half, the Bucs added a 3-yard TD pass from QB Josh Johnson to WR Micheal Spurlock and K Jacob Rogers kicked a 46-yard FG. Overall Tampa Bay had 353 offensive yards and did not turn the ball over.

“Guys played smart, guys played fast,” said Bucs head coach Raheem Morris. “We’re pretty excited about that and the effort they used.”

Haley was not unhappy with his team’s effort, just its execution.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Haley said. “They’ll get a little time off Saturday to recover and then we’ll be back at it Sunday in St. Joe.”

10 Responses to “Chiefs Get Whitewashed By Bucs 25-0”

  • August 13, 2011  - TimR says:

    Not sure what people thought they would see considering other teams are hitting & we haven’t been…

  • August 13, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Guess we should have been listening earlier in the week when Haley said that he was taking the team to Arrowhead to show them where the locker rooms were and how to enter the field. That was apparently the entire Game Plan and Game Prep for Preseason Game 1.

    Haley can blame turnovers, blocking, tackling, etc. but obviously the Chiefs had no intention of competing in this game. First play was a handoff to a Round 7 FB up the middle…and the plays didn’t get muck more imaginative all night.

    In New England Thursday night fans booed and called for refunds because Tom Brady didn’t play. At the least the Patriots (and every other NFL team) put on a show for their fans and esp. ticket holders. Not the Chiefs.

    Everyone from Roger Goodel to Clark Hunt to Scott Pioli to Todd Haley should be apologizing to NFL fans for having a team show up with no intention of competing in a game that had paying fans.

  • August 13, 2011  - indplschiefsfan says:

    I have a sinking feeling in my gut that says the game I have loved since I was just a kid, has been watered down to the point where it won’t be worth watching anymore. Since April, these so-called “professionals” have had all the time in the world to get in shape, stay in shape, and be ready when the inevitable signing of the new CBA took place. It is obvious that most of these “pros” couldn’t be bothered.

    Coupled with the fact that now, because these pampered “pros” don’t want to be bothered with actual padded practices, I think the NFL is headed for the dust heap. This season looks like it is going to be a throwaway and this isn’t based upon the Chiefs performance. It is based on what I have seen so far in the two games I have watched.

    What was it Lombardi said? You play like you practice? If you don’t practice, or only practice like it’s touch football, then touch football is what you get.

  • August 13, 2011  - el cid says:

    We were privileged to see the golden age of pro football, the Chiefs were not part of it, really, but we saw it. Now we may be witnessing the demise of same. Concussions are the new byword of football, the day of hard hitting are coming to an end. And without the hitting we become soccer moms. The Hunts have shown the way, spent their football money to build their own stadium and increase their investment, no leave that to the fans, no they spent their money on a pro soccer team in Britain.

    Do not mean to be the voice crying in the wilderness but the writing seems on the wall.

    As for this game, Haley treated game, THE FANS ACTUALLY PAID TO SEE, as a tryout camp for cannon fodder. He did not play starters, he did not try to get the first string gear togerther into a unit, no, he just stood around and glared like he was some kind of head coach whose players were not playing. Most impressive.

  • August 13, 2011  - Russell says:

    We are underestimating our coach here. The game has evolved, and it is not for preseason excellence. Our instant culture does not allow patient endurance. TAMPA BAY mentally has to jump ahead of schedule b\c
    their div IS BRUTAL. Our is too, but timing is prep right at the right time and our 1′s have to survive till 9/11. Watch the next 2 games.

  • August 13, 2011  - el cid says:

    Guess but how did not playing help out #1 to survive. Guess they are still breathing? Not playing, ok, when do they get their timing down? Next week, better because teams like TB are preparing for 9/11, preparing to kick some cans. Just what did the Chiefs prepare for with Cassel out there with subs?, no Hali, DJ and backup on defense, what does that prepare this team for?

    The Chiefs do not look like a team that won 10 games last year, improved WRs, added RBs and Raven players. No look like a team looking for help not building on what was here.

  • August 13, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I think last night was about finding out who the last 10-12 players on the roster will be.
    I give my pre-season tickets away instead of making the 2 1/2 hour drive.
    I do think we found out we need a decent back up QB.

  • August 13, 2011  - Mark says:

    I saw pretty much what I expected, when 1 team wanted to win the game, and the other team had their 1st hitting scrimmage. I predicted the game to be 31-0 TB, so anything better than that was fine. i like Haley’s approach to this wacky offseason, and think it’ll bear fruit when the games actually mean something. To those paying customers, it sucks, but Haley is interested in preparing his team for games that count, NOT in putting on a show in games that don’t. That’s an NFL problem, not one Haley should care about.

  • August 14, 2011  - john says:

    I was totally disgusted with the pitiful display in that game. I watched several pre-season games, and the Chiefs looked worse than most high school teams. These players have been playing football since 8 yrs old, and they didnt look like they knew even the mere fundamentals!

  • August 15, 2011  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    The Chiefs need to resign Brodie Croyle and STAT! Because palko is garbage and standstill is but an IR spot waiting to be filled.


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