The starting offense ran 14 plays in the Chiefs’ preseason opener last week in New Orleans, and quarterback Alex Smith threw eight passes, completing seven.
None of them were caught or even directed toward either of the starting wide receivers, Dwayne Bowe or Jon Baldwin.
Even in practice, while Smith has taken shots down the field with deep passes, he’s been mostly content to throw shorter routes in front of the coverage.
But Bowe, who during the spring predicted he would lead the NFL this season in catches and receiving touchdowns, said he isn’t worried.
“We’re progressing,’’ he said. “Coach says we’ve got to crawl before you walk. As long as you’re moving the chains, the offense will be productive. It’s preseason. We’re working on the mechanics of getting the ball thrown deep. It’s all a process. We’ve got one game down, three more to go and then the real season starts. And that’s when you’ll see Bombs Over Baghdad.’’| Adam Teicher, firstname.lastname@example.org