It has to be said: Glenn Dorsey doesn't possess the instincts to be a guy that can get to the quarterback. In the second quarter, he had a clear shot to sack Johnson, but he stopped running. The allusive quarterback ended up completing a 53-yard strike to Michael Spurlock. Dorsey's counterpart Tyson Jackson had an opportunity to get Johnson as well, running him down on a boot leg, but he could not contain him from escaping.
However, there were some bright spots. Defensive tackle Shaun Smith was solid in the middle and so was Dion Gales. Third string defensive Alex Magee continues to get into the offensive backfield. In fact, right now, Magee and Wallace Gilberry are the team's best pass rushing defensive ends. But they're playing behind two top five draft picks. So they're going to have to play lights out the next two weeks to land a spot on the ‘A' team.
It could be interesting to see what kind of opportunity they might get next Friday night in Kansas City.
Tamba Hali has that regular season look about him.
With all the talk about Derrick Johnson moving up to first team, he didn't register a single tackle. He was a little soft in pass coverage, but he's still the most gifted linebacker on this football team. The good news is that Jovan Belcher's addition in the starting lineup was a success.
The former Maine product was all over the field, plus he provided solid coverage on special teams. He's so much better than Corey Mays and Demorrio Williams at this point that I can't see him losing his starting gig anytime soon.
And of course Mr. Consitancy, Tamba Hali nearly had a sack. He did force an errant throw that was nearly picked off by his linebacker mates. Right now he's the best pass rusher this team has and I was impressed with the angles he took trying to get that elusive sack. Eventually they'll come.
But this unit had some other bright stars. Andy Studebaker was solid and so was the senior member of the crew, Mike Vrabel. He might be old but he's been playing with far more passion than I saw him play with a year ago. He's brining high energy and this team needs that from him.
I can't say that I'm all that upset with Brandon Flowers for getting burned on Spurlock's touchdown run. It could have been prevented, though. Had he taken a better angle, Flowers probably could have shoved him out of bounds. Instead he whiffed on the tackle and the Bucs scored their only first half touchdown.
Chiefs Rookie SafetyKendrick Lewis found the footing a bit more slippery Saturday night in his second preseason game.
Brandon Carr made some strides, but he still plays too soft in pass coverage for my tastes. That was the case with Travis Daniels, who was rock solid until he gave up a fourth quarter touchdown to Terrence Nunn when he didn't challenge him. But Donald Washington played a great game.
At the saftey position, Kendrick Lewis was nowhere to be found on the long touchdown completion. That's bound to happen with a rookie safety. He's still had a stellar camp and I don't think hurt his chances to stay with the first team defense.
On the injury front, corner/safety Maurice Leggett was taken off the field on a stretcher. The local broadcast said it was a neck injury. Let's hope it was nothing serious. He might be down on the depth chart but he also might be on of the Chiefs hardest workers on defense.