I don't believe a power struggle exists. Instead I believe this is a good dynamic for Cassel one that could pay dividends downs the road. Haley has an abrasive style that isn't necessarily helpful to a quarterback trying to lead a team. However, with both Zorn and Haley the Chiefs have a good cop bad cop approach that could help Cassel repeat a Pro Bowl appearance.
2. DMC: How about Dexter McCluster? The do it all player has always stood out when on the field but the second year player has really impressed the last two weeks. McCluster looks like an entirely new player and his role on this offense is starting to become defined---he makes plays.
McCluster easily had his best game as a Chief Thursday night and looks to be a valuable weapon heading forward. Whether in the backfield or as a receiver, DMC proved against the Packers why the Chiefs invested a valuable second ound pick on the versatile player in 2010. If McCluster can stay healthy, which he had trouble doing last season, he will make a major impact in 2011.
3. Jamaal Charles: It's way too early to start panicking but Jamaal Charles doesn't' appear to have that bounce that made him a home run hitter a year ago. In his defense, Charles hasn't had much help from his offensive line. But the most alarming aspect of Charles struggles is the fact he's put the ball on the ground three times this preseason, including twice against the Packers on Thursday night.
The likely culprit is that Charles just needs some steady carries but the Chiefs rushing attack we have seen in 2011 is of very little resemblance of the one we saw in 2010. If this team is going to be successful they need to get Charles back to form and quick. If Charles stumbles out of the gate, it could haunt this team for the entire season.
4. Barry Richardson: I have been a big fan of Barry Richardson since he joined the Chiefs but I am starting to grow more concerned about the right side of the Chiefs offensive line. Richardson was pegged with his fourth holding penalty in the last two preseason games.
If Richardson continues to struggle it will put this team in an uncomfortable position. The Chiefs added Jared Gaither late in training camp but at this point nobody really knows what the Chiefs plan on doing with the once dominant player. If Richardson continues to struggle this offensive line will have to be shaken up which is a scary problem to have with just over a week before the season opener.
5. Tyler Palko: Well after several weeks of outperforming himself journeyman backup quarterback Tyler Palko finally came back down to earth. Palko had a forgettable night Thursday after throwing three interceptions and looking at times very pedestrian.
Many have speculated the Chiefs would bring in a veteran quarterback to backup Matt Cassel but so far GM Scott Pioli has resisted the urge. But with Palko struggling the Chiefs may be forced to scour the waiver wire throughout the next week. If they do indeed bring in a veteran QB, what would that mean for Palko? Guess we will just have to wait and see on Saturday.
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