ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — For 59 minutes on Saturday afternoon the Kansas Chiefs had control against the Seattle Seahawks, but little mistakes by the team’s reserves let to a preventable loss in the eyes of head coach Andy Reid.
“I thought the one and the twos did a pretty good job, the threes and the fours we’ve got to do better there,” Reid said Monday after practice. “We had too many penalties – we shot ourselves in the foot.”
The Chiefs committed seven penalties for 57 yards, all in the second half. None was bigger than the 12-men on the field penalty following a timeout after Seattle’s lone touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter. The penalty moved the two-point conversion try half the distance to the goal. The Seahawks converted with a run up the middle.
“It’s good for these young guys to learn that and see what it does when you do that in the National Football League – it costs you a game,” Reid said.
In addition to the three fourth-quarter penalties, quarterback Kevin Hogan also threw an interception on a pass intended for Da’Ron Brown. The pass deflected off Brown’s hands into the clutches of Seahawks safety Tyvis Powell.
“It wasn’t necessarily the quarterback, but it’s that quarterback-receiver relationship there and those two working it out and figuring it out,” Reid said. “It’s a big picture to learn from.”
Chiefs defensive back Marcus Cooper thought the team played well but the ending left a bad taste.
“Definitely always room for improvement, we need to tighten up some technique stuff but we played good,” Cooper said. “We just got to finish out the game.
Rookie defensive lineman Chris Jones the smaller details are what separate great players from average players.
“I need to get a lot of work done,” Jones said. “I’ve got a lot of areas I got to improve on. It means I have to come out here and work hard, push myself every day.
Linebacker Dee Ford agree.
“It’s little things that you need to learn, that’s what preseason is for,” Ford said. “And you never make the same mistake twice.”