What we learned in Week 1 of the preseason

  • Now Josh McDaniels doesn’t want to make any “knee-jerk” reactions. That was the phrase he used to characterize his decision to stay with Kyle Orton. He also had this classic coach-speak line when he said, “I feel very confident where we’re at.” Somehow, I don’t think Broncos fans are sharing that assessment.
  • I don’t know whether it was the monsoon-like rain or the stars not being aligned, but it appeared that Brodie Croyle looked like the best QB on the Chiefs on Saturday night. If this performance is an indication of things to come, it’s going to be a long year in KC.
  • The Detroit Lions are going to have a hard time taking the slow approach with Matthew Stafford. Stafford showed poise and a command of the offense. With $42 million in guaranteed money, fans have an expectation that Stafford should be on the field earning that big contract.
  • The headlines are already extolling the uneventful first game of Jay Cutler, and while he did not have a Cutler-type game there are bigger fish to fry. It’s abundantly clear the Bears are in need of not one, but two wide receivers. Devin Hester is a talent, but he lacks receiver instincts. There were several passes where Cutler and Hester just were not on the same page. Even on the ill-advised interception, a seasoned receiver would not have allowed the defender to come down with the ball.
  • Who said the Bills need Terrell Owens? Trent Edwards completed all 10 of his passes for 79 yards.
  • Maybe the ‘Skins and 49ers should have taken that shot at Michael Vick. Both teams have the defense to get them to the playoffs, but the offense leaves a lot to be desired.
  • We got our first look at Shawne Merriman, and he looks to have the standard post-surgery “Peg-Leg,” which is the phenomena of a slight limp.
  • The Colts are having growing pains without Tony Dungy. Some would say the Colts traditionally lose in the preseason and they would be right. But the Colts don’t traditionally give up three sacks in a quarter. The Colts’ offense has always been known as a finesse offense, but they have never been manhandled in the passing game. The Colts’ O-line will have to man up, or Peyton Manning is going to have a long season.
  • We always talk about the three facets of football: Offense, defense and special teams. Well, the Cleveland Browns are in need of help in all four facets. Facet No. 4 is coaching.

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