Leftovers From Dinner With The Cheeseheads

From the Truman Sports Complex

It happened about 45 minutes before the Chiefs and Packers kicked things off on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Dark clouds had passed over the playing field, leaving behind some rain as they headed east. To the west, the sun was breaking through some light, fluffy clouds. So while it was still raining, right above the sports complex sprouted a rainbow.

It was a big one too. It looked like it might have begun in Wisconsin and the other end was somewhere in Texas. The colors were vivid and the rainbow sat there for several minutes.

Maybe that’s all the Chiefs needed to get their first pre-season success in a couple of years – a rainbow with a pot of victory gold sitting underneath.

DEMORRIO THE DESTRUCTOR

When it comes to playing football, it really doesn’t matter where the game is played or what the rules are – count in Demorrio Williams.

At least that’s what Todd Haley says.

“I think if we said ‘Hey we are going to have pickup game outside this wall, right now after this game, he would be in, whether it was two-hand touch, whatever it was, he would be playing.

“He likes to play, he’s relentless. That’s a good sign for us.”

Williams was the Chiefs leading tackler last year for a defense that finished 30th overall in yards allowed and 31st against the run. Although he had 142 tackles, he did not have a sack, did not have an interception, did not force a fumble or recover a fumble. It was the quietest leading tackler performance in the league.

And that’s why he’s been in a dog fight with Derrick Johnson for the weak inside linebacker spot. Williams got an extra chance to shine as he became a defensive end in the No. 1 nickel defense, rolling in on obvious passing plays and lining up with his hand on the ground. He picked up his third sack in a week. That’s three more than he had in the previous two seasons.

Even after the Chiefs 17-13 victory over the Packers on Thursday night, Haley was not ready to name the starters at contested positions. But he did say he could use a few more Demorrio Williams.

“This Demorrio Williams, I’ll take more of him any day of the week because he doesn’t let up, he likes to play the game,” said Haley. “Without a couple of rushers out there, it was a great opportunity for us to be forced into looking for those (versatile) guys. Demorrio and (Jovan) Belcher are guys that have shown up in practice, whether it’s on show team periods or in our periods that they have skills to rush the passer.”

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

Jackie Battle finished the pre-season as the fifth leading rusher with his 180 yards. He was behind San Francisco’s Anthony Dixon with 300 yards, former Chiefs RB Michael Bennett ran for 236 yards with the Raiders, Peerman gained 201 yards with the Bengals and Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Dwyer ran for 183 yards.

As a team, the Chiefs ran for 595 yards, the third highest total in the league behind Pittsburgh (621) and Cincinnati (617).

Against the run, the Chiefs allowed an average of 94.3 rushing yards per game. That left them ranked 13th in the league.

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH II

Not really sure what these numbers mean, but it’s interesting to see what has happened in the regular season after the Chiefs have gone 1-3 in the pre-season.

The ’10 season is the eighth time in the 51 pre-seasons played by the Texans-Chiefs that they finished with just one victory. In six of the previous seven years they won a single exhibition game, the Chiefs finished without a losing record. And in three of those seven seasons, they made the playoffs after going 1-3 in the pre-season.

Here are the seasons and the numbers:

 Year

 

Pre-Season

Record

Regular

Season

Record

 

 

Playoffs

2010

1-3

?

?

2004

1-3

7-9

No

1997

1-3

13-3

Yes

1992

1-3

10-6

Yes

1990

1-3

11-5

Yes

1989

1-3

8-7-1

No

1984

1-3

8-8

No

1981

1-3

9-7

No


4 Responses to “Leftovers From Dinner With The Cheeseheads”

  • September 3, 2010  - Mike says:

    I’m excited about our D. Having Romeo Crennel on board has definitely made a difference.

    I wish I was as excited about Cassel as I am about the defense. We’re beginning to put some “can do” guys around him, so he needs to improve on last year’s play. If he does that, we’ll have an O that won’t be an embarrassment. In fairness, though, Cassel can’t throw accurately from a prone position!


  • September 3, 2010  - Don says:

    Jason La Canfora is reporting over at NFL.com Page signed his tender. Now what?


  • September 3, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Well, a rainbow came up just as I handed over command of my batallion to my successor. Initially I wasn’t sure whether it was a farewell to me for a job well done or a hello to a brighter future.

    Finally I decided it was both …

    Whatever .. it was just the right thing to happen at just the right time.


  • September 5, 2010  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    ::handshake:: Thank you, KC_Guy, for serving. I appreciate it.




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