KANSAS CITY -- The game plan put together by the coaching staff is going to be, as we know, relatively plain and ordinary. The intent, though, is to execute at a high level for tonight's game, one that provides the best hint possible at how ready the Eagles are for the 2010 season. Here are some random thoughts as kickoff nears ...
What adjustments has Bobby April made to his kickoff coverage group? Probably not a whole lot. He is evaluating personnel now, and he likes a lot of what he sees. April, deep down, believes he has the makings of a very good group with a lot of players who can be core members of the special teams. David Akers should be fine for kickoffs, but would the Eagles experiment just a little and allow Sav Rocca a kickoff in case he is needed in an emergency situation during the course of the season? Akers had a bothersome heel injury that kept him out of practice earlier in the week, so you never know.
- The Eagles are going to try to establish the running game a little bit in this game. They have to do so. They need to build some confidence on the ground, and they need to get a look at Todd Herremans at left guard and Mike Bell in the backfield. I just want Andy Reid to go for it on fourth-and-short situations if he has a chance. It is worth challenging the offensive line and the running game to establish a physical mentality.
- It would not surprise me in the least to see Brandon Graham get some snaps at tackle tonight, as well as his left defensive end position. The Eagles want to see the kid take some extended snaps. With Juqua Parker sidelined with a sprained ankle, you will see a bunch of Graham and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim tonight.
- You look at the Chiefs depth chart offensively and try to find a "have to watch it" matchup against the Eagles. I think the Chiefs will try to win this year with the running game and a short-passing game. They don't have a ton of explosiveness.
- For the Eagles offense, I want to see Kevin Kolb get the tight ends involved, and that includes Clay Harbor. Rookie Eric Berry is playing strong safety for Kansas City. Let's see what he does against Celek.
- This is a good test for the offense against a 3-4 defensive scheme that attacks. Coordinator Romeo Crennel is outstanding at changing looks and having movement until the snap. Kolb is going to be called upon to make some calls at the line of scrimmage.
- Yeah, big game for Stacy Andrews at right guard. He has to play well. At the same time, I think Andrews deserves the chance to start and to stay there until he is beaten out. And as of now, no guard has stepped up to beat Andrews out of a job. Nick Cole needs to get healthy.
- The guy to watch for Kansas City's offense is rookie Dexter McCluster. He will line up all over the formation as the Chiefs try to get the ball to him in space. He is a handful for the defense, any defense, to cover.
- There are a lot of nervous players on every NFL roster right now as teams position their numbers. Knowing how Howie Roseman works, I'm sure he has been on the phone talking about a lot of potential player movement. Whether anything comes to fruition remains to be seen. But there should be some talks going on with every NFL team right now.
- Michael Vick must play better tonight. Let's not give him a pass for his turnovers. He looks athletic and he is going to help the offense, but Vick also has to improve his ball security and consistency throwing the football.
- I sure hope to see Riley Cooper get some reps tonight. I think he could also play as a gunner in punt coverage, too. He is a valuable piece on this team as a rookie.