Week three of the preseason is now upon us. This is generally considered the biggest week of the preseason. The Chiefs head to the Windy City to face the Bears. This game features a few big headlines to look towards. Here are the three things to watch for in week three of the preseason.
Do Well, Young Grasshopper
The Andy Reid coaching tree continues to grow new leaves every passing season. A couple of years ago, we saw Doug Pederson leave the offensive coordinator job in Kansas City to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. How did that work out for him? Well, he brought the Eagles their first-ever Super Bowl last season in just his second year as head coach.
Now, Matt Nagy has followed suit. Nagy was the offensive coordinator after Pederson left, and he was a top three coaching candidate for most teams looking to upgrade to a new coach in 2018. Nagy takes over a Bears squad who has not made the postseason since 2010 and has a lot of new faces.
Even though it’s just the preseason, this should be fun to see how Reid and Nagy both try to counteract each other. Reid mentioned, “he’s doing some good things,” after watching tape of Chicago’s last game. “It’s a little bit like looking in the mirror when looking at their offense… he’s added a few wrinkles, but mostly the same stuff.”
Nagy obviously got the chance to be around Patrick Mahomes last season, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t get to talk to his current quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky. The Chiefs hosted Trubisky on a visit last year in the draft process, so Nagy knew what he had in a quarterback before taking the job this offseason.
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It is not guaranteed, but all signs point to some Chiefs making their preseason debuts against the Bears.
The first one is running back Spencer Ware. Ware suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third preseason game last year, and the Chiefs have brought him back slowly. All indications point to Ware being ready for the start of the season though. Ware received a bigger role in 2016, so it was devastating for him to suffer the injury last season.
Next, are two debuts at a position where the Chiefs need some production. Both inside linebackers Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens are guys that the Chiefs are building their defense around. After the release of Derrick Johnson and the performance of the run defense the last few years, Ragland and Hitchens are perfect fits for the Chiefs going forward. Both players are young, fast and sure tacklers. They both also possess the leadership qualities that Kansas City is looking for.
Finally, we will likely see the debut of a newly signed Chief. Defensive back Orlando Scandrick was signed by the Chiefs earlier this week, after being released by Washington. Scandrick has been used as the third cornerback at times in practice this week. He is a veteran who can help at a position that has struggled to provide stability for Kansas City.
Starting Off Hot
Mahomes and the starting offense have performed well for the most part in the first two preseason games. However, the first drive has stalled out in both games and the Chiefs failed to get into a tempo early on. Hopefully, this is a habit the offense can get out of soon before the regular season kicks off. Andy Reid is adding more playing time for the starters again this week. In the first preseason game it was two drives and then the offense played the entire first half last week. It will be three quarters this week, per the head coach. As always, health is something that the Chiefs want to have constantly, but more progress is a big goal here too.
Those are the three things to watch for the Chiefs against the Bears. This game should be a good one and be sure to follow along on Twitter during the game on the Full Press Chiefs account. As always, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage for great sports content.