Chiefs Improved But Still Lose, 31-13

From M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

The day started poorly for the Chiefs here on the upper channel of Chesapeake Bay. The story of the altercation between RB Thomas Jones and first-round draft choice WR Jonathan Baldwin finally escaped into the mainstream news cycle.

If only the team had played defense as well against the Baltimore Ravens as the Chiefs organization did on the St. Joe rumble between their veteran running back and young stud receiver. There’s a silly approach within the upper ranks of the franchise that if they ignore a story, it didn’t happen, or it will go away.

But that was the sideshow around pre-season game No. 2, as the Chiefs played much better than they did in the opener last week, and in fact led this game 13-10 midway through the third quarter. The Ravens threw three late touchdowns on the board and walked away with a 31-13 victory.

There was plenty to talk about afterwards:

7 Responses to “Chiefs Improved But Still Lose, 31-13”

  • August 20, 2011  - el cid says:

    I liked the effort. I thought several players made a good showing and will add to the future Chiefs. Got a new favorite Mims, as a aub/future LT. Houston if he does not got the superstar glam route. Even Lawrence, never a favorite, added something. But where was Arenas on special teams? Did McClain play? I did not see a power running attack, but there is time. Way to many slot type recievers, Pioli/Haley must have a WesWelker fixation.

  • August 20, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Maybe Haley shouldn’t have said anything, but Harbough ran up the score and it was really low class. That being said, I think he knows his offense is in bad shape and is trying to give his team a shot of confidence. The Chiefs, who have had a terrible time getting consistent QB pressure, really exposed Baltimore’s weak O line.

    It appears the Chiefs may have made big strides in improving their pass rush. Houston looks like a player, but the linebacker position suddenly looks to be an area of strength.

    A few years ago, the Chiefs seemed incapable of running the screen play. They’ve vastly improved with that play and now they have to master the slant pass. Stupidly simple, but that seems to be a problem. Gotta get that figured out.

    I like that the Chiefs locker room is policing itself. That was a goal from the beginning for Haley/Pioli. Baldwin has an opportunity to grow up, it will be interesting to see if he takes advantage of the “tough love” coming from his teammates.

    The defense looks very good. Kelly Gregg and Powe, so far, appear to be an upgrade over last year.

    Tyson Jackson showed up. How about that?

    I like what I saw and I like the fact that the players are not putting up with Baldwin’s act.

  • August 20, 2011  - el cid says:

    Give the devil his due, Jackson looked like his position was earn not given by Pioli. Solid effort. If only Gregg was 4 years younger, still only a stop-gap, but I liked it.

    LB may be an issue, not the starters but the backups. Seems a lot of equals, Crennel has some tough choices to make.

    Lastly, our 3rds are pretty bad. Wonder we should not cut many and grab castoffs from other teams.

  • August 20, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    It seems to me our 53 will be better than last year. We’ll have some tough cuts to be sure and some of the guys will play in the NFL. That being said, I’m sure Pioli will be looking to fortify our weaknesses. O Line seems to be where we are thin and maybe D line, too? The QB position seems to be the most troubling and it will be interesting to see how that falls out by the time the season starts.

    I hope Haley can work his magic on Baldwin and Gaither. That’s a lot of talent and it would be a shame if those guys stay stupid.

  • August 20, 2011  - el cid says:

    Just had a terrible thought -

    1st draft pick damaged thumb diva
    2nd draft pick backup C
    3rd draft pick backup NT

    Last two might be better by seasons end but none of the three will help, as in dominate enough to be considered the starter until late in the season. Seems we always used to say the first picks needed to be starters. Thank goodness we got some decent FAs.

  • August 21, 2011  - Michael says:

    El cid, you say top draft picks have to be starters right away. No, they should be eventual starters or key players, usually sometime during their first or second year. Number one picks sometimes are, depending on the position they play, and the needs of the team that picked them.

  • August 21, 2011  - el cid says:

    If you are talking about an above average team who dominate most years their division, absolutely. But we are short that mark big time. No, I feel our draft picks need to play and start because our roster is not full of probowlers. Not really a jab at our picks just the whole preseason process this year, it is a one year problem but do not see a lot of “we are going to succeed this year” attitude.

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