The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the San Francisco 49ers Friday night, 15-13, in what was new head coach Andy Reid’s first game in front of the hometown fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
While the final score doesn’t matter much in the preseason, at the very least you want to see plenty to build on for your first and second team units. The Chiefs were able to find plenty in their loss to the New Orleans Saints last week, but it will be hard to do this time around.
Special teams was able to deliver a rare big time play with a kickoff return for a touchdown by Quintin Demps, but neither the offense or defense could claim the same sort of victory.
The offense had the excuse of playing without Jamaal Charles, who had eight touches in limited duty against the Saints. But no matter who’s healthy, there’s no excuse for giving up seven sacks in a game, including three for starter Alex Smith.
Overall Reid was happy with what the defense was able to do in holding the Niners to just 15 points, but Bob Sutton’s defense allowed Frank Gore to escape for a 52-yard run that was reminiscent of what Chiefs fans have seen all too often the last few years.
Now Reid faces the unenviable task of needing something out of a preseason game, when his team travels to take on former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.
There wasn’t a ton to like on Friday night, but here are the best players on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Chase Daniel
No one on the Chiefs offense is going to put much from Friday night on their highlight reel, but Daniel was a perfect 6-for-6, even if he only picked up 51 yards and didn’t throw a touchdown.
There’s also something to be said when a quarterback can pick himself up off the ground after getting rocked and Daniel did exactly that on the second drive of the third quarter. CB Perrish Cox hit Daniel with a blindside sack and the veteran was able to shake it off.
Defense: Sean Smith
The Chiefs offense only managed 13 points, but three of those were thanks to Smith. With the Niners backed up inside their own 10 after a fantastic Dustin Colquitt punt, Smith picked off QB Colt McCoy at the 24-yard line.
Smith’s interception immediately put the Kansas City offense in field goal range and it was Ryan Succop putting three on the board six plays later.
The cornerback also had a nifty pass breakup on a pass from McCoy to AJ Jenkins on a third and 10 that to the Chiefs offense starting in San Francisco territory.
It wasn’t all good for Smith Friday night, thanks to a pass interference call in the first quarter, though it didn’t lead to any points for the 49ers.
Special Teams: Quintin Demps
We’re all too used to a special teamer being the star for the Chiefs, but usually it’s kicker Ryan Succop or punter Dustin Colquitt. Demps taking that kick 104 yards to the house is a huge development for special teams coach.
Devon Wylie also turned in a 52-yard punt return, making it two straight weeks the return teams have looked like they could finally be a factor.