Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was very cautious with his starters last week in the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints. After successful first drives, he put them the rest of the night off.
If things go according to plan Friday night when the San Francisco 49ers come to Arrowhead, the starters will have a much heavier workload. Reid said he expects to keep the first team in for the entire first half.
Of course one starter we shouldn’t expect to see is RB Jamaal Charles, as he recovers from a foot injury suffered earlier in the week.
Other than Charles, Reid and the Chiefs fans at Arrowhead should get a good look at the team that will try to rebound from a disastrous 2-14 season. Even with both units likely staying fairly vanilla, we’ll get to see the speed they will want to play at once the regular season rolls around.
Extended playing time for the starters also could give them a big boost as they continue to learn a new system. After all, the Niners starters aren’t likely to play nearly as long, putting the Chiefs first team in a great position to succeed.