The Kansas City Chiefs are in Atlanta to take on the Falcons tonight to kick off the preseason. Adam Teicher reports that while the team isn’t going to push the starters longer than normal for an exhibition victory, the players know how good it would feel to start things off with a win.
“When you win four games, any win is a positive thing as far as trying to figure out how to win,” guard Brian Waters said. “We haven’t won very many games the last three years. Winning football games can be contagious.
“As a young football team, I think you have to have that mentality. We understand preseason games don’t count, but we also understand that they matter.”
Nothing suggests coach Todd Haley will sell out to win tonight’s game. He didn’t disclose his plans for using the regulars, but it’s unlikely they will play more than the first quarter, if they even last that long.
Still, Haley is looking for ways to jump-start the process of turning the Chiefs in a different direction and in that regard tonight’s game can be an opportunity.
“When you haven’t won a lot of games, you have to learn how to win,” Haley said. “Winning is critical to us.”
I have no issue when people disregard preseason records, but you can tell a lot by watching each team closely. How did they lose, did the starters put together solid drives?
Was there anyone that was encouraged by what the Chiefs did in the preseason last season? If you remember, all four of those games were close enough on the scoreboard but the team was a disappointment across the board, capped by an injury to Matt Cassel and the firing of Chan Gailey.
There are so many young players throughout the roster that a win in at least a couple of these preseason games will go a long way towards helping with the development of the team.