Andy Reid said before the Kansas City Chiefs' preseason opener that he simply wanted to see his team execute. Nothing fancy. Just get the job done.
He couldn't have asked the starters to execute a whole lot better.
Led by new quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs opened with a grinding, 14-play, 80-yard drive on Friday night in New Orleans. They capped it off with a short touchdown run by Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, who followed right tackle Eric Fisher, their No. 1 overall pick.
When they kicked the ball back to the Saints, a defense that features four more returning Pro Bowl players allowed just one first down before forcing Drew Brees and Co. to punt.
''Alex, I thought, did a nice job,'' Reid said. ''I thought that the first offense did a nice job. I thought that the first defense did a nice job for the series that they were in.''
After that, well, things fell apart besides special teams.
But in those brief glimpses of the new-...