Let’s just say that when the Seahawks take the field in Kansas City tonight, they will not be facing the same Chiefs team that was a joke in the AFC West last season.
Out is Herm Edwards as the team’s head coach.
Gone is the team’s defensive coordinator.
Replaced as the starting quarterback are Tyler Thigpen and Damon Huard.
In Edwards’ place is first-year head coach and former Arizona Cardinals offensive co-coordinator Todd Haley.
Riding into town with Haley from Arizona is Clancy Pendergast, the Chiefs new defensive coordinator. Pendergast held the same position with the Cardinals.
The team’s new signal caller and face of the franchise is the man who waltzed into the hearts of New England Patriots fans everywhere after not starting a football game since high school, Matt Cassel.
Trying to win over his new head coach is veteran running back Larry Johnson. Reports thus far out of Kansas City indicate a revival of sorts with Johnson, saying that the former first round selection and Penn State Nittany Lion standout has found a new level of work ethic and is trying everything he can to prove that he is not a locker room and off-the-field problem that is aging and declining in physical abilities on the field.
Seattle will look to control the new Arizona Cardinal-esque offensive attack that the Chiefs are installing by clamping down on Cassel and overall third down conversions.
With two games in the books this preseason, Seattle averages 259.3 yards allowed through the air. Last week at home against Denver, the Seattle secondary made Broncos fans forget about Kyle Orton’s horrendous start to the preseason, by letting Orton complete 18 of 26 passes and throwing for 182 yards and a touchdown in just under two and a half quarters of play. With star wideout Dwayne Bowe, Cassel has a legitimate threat to opposing defense to pass to.
To make things worse, out still for Seattle is starting cornerback Marcus Trufant with an ailing back.
On third downs, the Seattle defensive unit is giving up too many conversions. Opposing offenses are converting 42.3 percent of the time.
If the defensive unit cannot shut down the running game and create more pressure for opposing quarterbacks, Seattle’s defense will tire like and will achieve the same results that it did in 2008.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00pm Eastern at Arrowhead Stadium.