The Chiefs were back in full pads Thursday morning after having the day off on Wednesday. The practice consisted of a lot of 11 on 11 reps, more or less a scrimmage. Coach Brad Childress was marking the ball and calling the “obvious” penalties as Coach Reid said in his press conference.
A lot of the notes taken away from day 6 consisted of how dominant the defense was. According to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star, the defense was able force several turnovers including a pick six by corner back, Brandon Flowers. Turnovers weren’t the only issues for the Chiefs offense today. Jamaal Charlesdropped a screen pass, Travis Kelce fumbled after making a catch, and Jon Baldwin dropped a wide open pass up the seams on a 3rd down and 15 situation. The very next play, Baldwin was flagged for a false start. Looks like the camp warrior trend may be wearing out of Jon Baldwin.
On the flip-side, the defense really shined. As mentioned earlier, Brandon Flowers jumped a pass by Alex Smith that was intended for Dexter McCluster, and was able to take it back for a touchdown. Rookie linebacker, Nico Johnson, tipped a Chase Daniel pass that resulted in an interception for fellow rookie safety, Bradley McDougald. Reports also said that the defense was in the quarterbacks face most of the time. They did a good job of applying pressure and moving the quarterbacks out of the pocket.
“I thought the defense did a nice job,” Coach Reid said. “That’s what you expect, early in camp, for the defense to be dominant. It always takes the offense a little longer to get going. That’s how it normally works.”
Typically, defenses are ahead of offenses especially this early in camp. The Chiefs have almost everything new on the offensive side of the ball when it comes to coaching. New coordinators, position coaches and of course, a new quarterback. It’s still very early and there shouldn’t be very high concern after the way the offense played today.
“All in all, it was a good day of work,” Coach Reid said, concerning the offense. “We had a chance to move the ball, so play the game in other words.” Coach Reid continued, “We also had a goal line and short yardage day today, which was live, and I thought there was good work there.”
The Chiefs take the field again tomorrow at 8:15 A.M. in St. Joe. I expect to hear a better day from the offense.