JACK'S SMACK: No excuse for Chiefs' preseason performance

It's only the preseason. It doesn't count.

How many times have you heard that?

I don't know about you, but I'm not buying it, not with the talent on this team.

The dismal showing by the Chiefs against Seattle sends a red flag to the very top of the pole. It signifies danger for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nobody's first team defense can afford to give up 37 points in the third game of the preseason.

It happened and there are no excuses -- just serious concerns that this unit isn't nearly what we expected it to be.

I'm not all that concerned about the other side of the ball despite a bad showing by the QB.

Look, the Chiefs are going to run the football. Matt Cassel is a dink ‘n dunk guy. It's painful to watch, but we might as well get use to it.

Any big breakaway scores by Bowe and Baldwin are going to be few and far between with this quarterback.

Dexter McCluster right now is the big playmaker on this team, and that's a scary thought for this offense.

Look, there's a lot of talent here folks, but the Chiefs have taken a step back. They have gotten worse in each preseason game -- never a good sign.

Scott Pioli had every intention of trying to win these practice games after Todd Haley went 1-11 in his three years.

Pioli wants positive things to happen to this young team early, and it's been anything but that.

A friend reminded me today that the Detroit Lions went 4-0 during the 2008 season and then proceeded to lose all 16 games that season.

I remember that. And I get it, but this is 2012. The Chiefs are expected to compete, but they've been horrible the last two weeks.

If they tank it Thursday night in Green Bay, watch out, Romeo. That good ol' boy image you portray will come under all kinds of heat from a disgruntled fan base.

We're tired of mediocre football in this town.

The Chiefs need to get better, and they need to get better in a hurry.

That's Jack's Smack.

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