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K.C.-Miami live

Posted on: August 23, 2008 6:09 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2008 11:09 pm

11:06 p.m.: I got a chance to speak with Dwayne Bowe, Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez and Brodie Croyle after the game. You can read more about it during the week, but here are some of the highlights ...

Bowe said he expects to reach the 1,000-yard mark this season and is confident in Croyle as his quarterback.

Johnson said he remains an elite running back and feels in the best shape of his career. He said 1,500 rushing yards is a goal.

Gonzalez said he's surprised "fantasy" owners are down on him because of his age. He said "look at the stats" last year when he had 99 catches.

Croyle said it was frustrating and the offense should be embarassed by how they played against the Dolphins. However, he was not disappointed with failing to throw a touchdown pass through threee preseason games. He said they will come, and he knows the Chiefs "are a running team."

10:28 p.m.: Never thought I would see a shutout in a preseason game, but the Chiefs looked that bad. Even kicker Nick Novak missed a field goal. Terrible.

9:57 p.m.: All the starters are done for the night, and I am concerned about Larry Johnson. He only had 13 carries for 36 yards, and the offense around him is bad, mostly because of Croyle. If they can't throw the ball, Johnson is going to suffer. For now, avoid him in the first round and let him fall to you in Round 2. He's a great pick at the beginning of the second round, but he's a reach in Round 1 at this point.

9:24 p.m.: The Redskins DST and Fantasy owners in IDP leagues just took a big hit with Jason Taylor apparently suffering a torn ACL. He was hurt in Saturday's preseason game at Carolina. Initial reports say it's just a sprain, but the injury is likely a torn ligament. He will probably miss the rest of the season, but he could now end his career since he talked about retirement prior to being traded from Miami to Washington.

9:21 p.m.: The Chiefs open the second half with a nice drive. Jeff Webb made a nice catch, and he is trying to earn playing time with Will Franklin (knee) out. Croyle looked better, and Larry Johnson was moving the ball. But they get down to the 1 and get stuffed, turning the ball over. K.C. is still scoreless.

9:00 p.m.: Fittingly, the first half ends with Brodie Croyle throwing an interception.

8:54 p.m.: I guess DeAngelo Williams was jealous of Stewart. He ran a 60-yard touchdown. Fantasy owners would love this game of anything you can do, I can do better.

8:49 p.m.: Almost halftime here, and looking around at some of the other games, it appears Jonathan Stewart has arrived. He had a 50-yard run for the Panthers against Washington and is finally looking like the rookie RB we all expected.  ... Kevin Smith also had a nice run today with a 35-yard carry, but other than that, he had nine carries for 10 yards, which isn't very impressive. ... Aaron Rodgers looked good Saturday and threw a touchdown to Donald Driver, which looked good. Jay Cutler also played well in that game, and it would be nice to see Brandon Marshall on the field for 16 games.

8:45 p.m.: Kansas City GM/President Carl Peterson is sitting behind me. I can't see if he's crying or not, but he has to be depressed. You can't spell ugly without the L and Y in Croyle.

8:32 p.m.: Pennington throws a touchdown to Fasano. I still think Fasano is a good tight end to draft if you like taking two in your league. And Pennington is starting to impress me more and more. He's worth taking as a backup right now, ahead of guys like Vince Young and Jeff Garcia. RIght now, he's creeping up the list.

8:23 p.m.:  Here's an IM conversation I just had with Jeff Lippman at our office.

Me: K.C. might be the worst team in the NFL.

Jeff: Really? I can see that. Croyle not so hot?

Me: He's not even cold. Cold would be an upgrade.

And as I'm writing this, Croyle takes a sack and fumbles. Terrible.

8:19 p.m.:  I've seen enough -- the Chiefs stink. The offense went 3-and-out, punted and Ted Ginn Jr. took the ball 59 yards for a touchdown. If you're looking for a sleeper DST, take the Dolphins with a late pick. Ginn is a great return guy, and the defense might surprise you. Or maybe after watching two K.C. drives, they're just that bad.

8:03 p.m.: The Chiefs, and more specifically Brodie Croyle, looked bad in their opening drive. Johnson had two carries for 10 yards, and he ran with authority, which is what I was looking for after his foot injury last year. There is no hesitation to get the ball and go. But Johnson is going to face lots of eight and nine-man fronts with this QB play. Croyle scrambled twice on the drive and threw the ball away. On one, he missed Tony Gonzalez wide open over the middle, and he also took a sack. It didn't help that Dwayne Bowe dropped a pass also. Let's see if he gets better as the game goes on.

7:55 p.m.:  The Dolphins go on a long drive that stalls inside the 5-yard line. They had seven tries inside the 5 to score and couldn't get it done. But on the drive, Pennington had a nice scramble, WIlliams led the way and looks all the way back and Ginn had a nice catch. If you're drafting this weekend or this week, plan on taking Williams with a pick in Round 5 or 6 at this point. I might take him ahead of Brown because he looks tremendous running the ball, and the Dolphins offensive line is playing great.

OK, Chiefs ball, here comes Larry Johnson.

7:38 p.m.: Game started. Dolphins ball. First play to was Chad Pennington to Ricky Williams. Here's the thing with the Dolphins offense, whether it's Williams or Ronnie Brown. You know they are going to run the ball, you know Pennington is not going to make many mistakes and the receivers (Ted Ginn Jr., Ernest Wilford, Derek Hagan and tight end Anthony Fasano) will have a chance to make some plays. Now, they won't be great on offense and put up great stats outside of the running backs, but the passing game could be serviceable.

If you didn't know, Brown is out with a thumb injury. Also out for the Chiefs are rookie RB Jamaal Charles (shoulder) and rookie WR Will Franklin (knee).

6:10 p.m.: The pregame warmups are going on right now. It's always fun to watch the guys catch passes and run around with the kickers hitting booming punts and field goal attempts. I'll have more as the game starts. Now, it's off to get press box food.

Category: NFL

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 9:06 am

K.C.-Miami live

I think that Pennington, Ginn, Fasano, and Williams are going to help a team in need of rebuilding.


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