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Chiefs Blitz: A look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Sunday’s loss to the Panthers

08/17/2014 10:27 PM

08/18/2014 12:45 AM

Do tell the truth

1. What was up with all the first-half penalties?

The offense had it’s fair share, but let’s focus on the defensive penalties — two pass interference calls and one illegal contact (which was waved off) in one half. Unfortunately that’s life in the new NFL, where you’d better not touch receivers beyond 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. The Chiefs’ corners, in general, aren’t the speediest bunch, so they’ll need to rely on legal physicality and technique to make up for it. They obviously have some work to do.

2. Is it officially time to worry about Eric Fisher?

Perhaps. To the naked eye, he didn’t play well. He gave up a quarterback hit, whiffed on a cut block on a running play and was also whistled for holding. But left guard Jeff Allen also gave up a sack, and Knile Davis whiffed on a block up the middle that resulted in a sack. It’s the preseason, so these games really mean nothing, but the offensive line has been an area of concern since camp began, so their progress from now until the regular season bears monitoring.

3. Were there any redeeming parts of an otherwise disappointing performance by the first team?

Sure. Andy Reid and Doug Pederson didn’t pull out all the stops because it’s the preseason, and a number of key players were sitting out. Jamaal Charles is the key to the offense, while Eric Berry is a difference-maker on defense. The Panthers churned out some yards on the ground, and it’s safe to say a veteran run-stuffer like Mike DeVito would have made a difference on some of those plays. So there’s that.

4. Were the Chiefs showcasing Dwayne Bowe?

Bowe has always been a guy who needs a few early touches to get going. That’s what happened in the playoff game last season, when he got involved early and finished with eight catches for 150 yards. You never know in this league, but maybe the Chiefs just wanted Bowe to remind everybody what he can do after news broke this week about his one-game suspension. They’re a better team with him than without him, and that much was clear Sunday, preseason and all.

5. Did Ryan Succop save his job?

I’m not sure he’d ever lost his job to begin with. While it’s true special-teams coach Dave Toub likes Cairo Santos, he was always going to have to take Succop’s job from him. Sure, the Chiefs can save some money by cutting Succop, but he’s a proven commodity. He boomed some kickoffs Sunday and also kicked a 54-yard field goal, which will only help his cause.

The number

0 — Touchdowns scored by the first-team offense in three preseason quarters.

| Terez A. Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com

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