We'll come back and take a look at these issues again after Friday's game, in order to see what we've learned.
Offense - Charlie Weis:
It will be interesting to see how aggressively Weis calls the offense this first time out. He hasn't worked in the NFL since the 2004 season, spending the last several years at Notre Dame, and it's no secret that his critics have accused him of having a rather large ego.
Even in the preseason, is there any possibility that Weis could be tempted to come out and make a bit of a statement with his offense?
Will Weis gamble in his KC debut?
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Along those same lines, how will the Chiefs handle Dexter McCluster during the preseason? The speedster has been the star of Chiefs' training camp, and tons of fans are excited about getting their first look at him against the Falcons. But it remains to be seen how much he'll actually be used.
Will Weis want to get the ball into McCluster's hands a few times, just to give the league a little glimpse of the Chiefs' newest weapon? Or will he mostly keep McCluster under wraps until the season opener on Monday Night Football?
Defense - Romeo Crennel:
The biggest question on defense is, again, centered on how aggressively the unit will play. Even though teams tend to play harder in the preseason than they used to, some teams still cry foul when a defense brings too much pressure, as the Denver Broncos did after a game with Dallas in 2007.
But it's the nature of the 3-4 scheme to send various rushers after the quarterback. Ideally, the goal is to confuse the opposing QB as he wonders which side he'll be getting pressure from and whether it'll come from the linebackers or secondary.
Still, it would be unusual to see Crennel come out with guns blazing. It seems far more likely that he'll keep things fairly simple and use this game as an evaluation tool, watching to see which players properly executed their assignments.
Crennel should be aggressive versus Atlanta.
If there was to be any minor game planning on the defensive side of things, it might focus around Tony Gonzalez. Friday night marks the first time in his career that Gonzalez will play a game against the Chiefs, even if it's only an exhibition.
It's probably a safe assumption that the team doesn't want to see him come out and light up the defense, so could Crennel have a plan in mind to prevent that? Keeping Gonzalez covered by two guys, for example?
Team - Todd Haley:
Everyone always says that wins and losses don't matter in the preseason. But when victories are as hard to come by as they've been for the Chiefs the last few years, you want to win a game no matter what the circumstances are.
Just how interested is Haley in making sure the Chiefs come away with the victory? If things are close in the fourth quarter, perhaps we'll find out.