Although Atlanta was a playoff team last season, the Falcons have new offensive and defensive coordinators, which puts the Chiefs in a little bit of a bind in preparing for Sunday’s opener.
Do they trust preseason tapes or go back and look at what new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter did at previous stops?
”When you have new coordinators, you just don’t know exactly what you might get,” Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said. “I know that coordinators have their things that they like and things that they feel like will work against a particular style of offense or particular style of defense.
“They’re going to tweak it the way they want to tweak it and sometimes in the preseason you don’t see all of their tweaks because they’re still trying to evaluate young players as well.”
Nolan, a former head coach with San Francisco, and Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll were in the same positions last season with the Miami Dolphins.
"Brian is a very intelligent and great football coach," Nolan told Atlanta reporters. “I was very impressed with him at Miami. Players like to play for him because he tries to utilize all of the players' strengths. They have a lot of explosive players. I guess his biggest problem is who is he going to give the ball to next because I'm sure has a lot of guys who want the ball."