I’m hard pressed at the moment to come up with enough reasons to believe between expectations, suspensions and contract stalemates, that Head Coach, Andy Reid, will be able to get his team back into the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
This hasn’t been a graceful month of August for the Chiefs. They went 1-3 in the exhibition season. Normally that doesn’t mean anything but you would like to see your starters play better than what we saw in Kansas City over four games.
Granted the final game Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers, the Chiefs starters looked nice in their white jerseys but never made it on the field. Still what we saw in the last exhibition game, even though on paper they have more depth than a year ago, this group has yet to display enough consistency to make me feel good about their fortunes ahead.
That might be the biggest ticket item I take away from this pre-season. The Chiefs are certainly better, faster and more of a football team, than they were last season; but they never showed any real spark on offense or defense.
There best game was the first one at home against the Cincinnati Bengals but the last three were awful duds. The offense never got on track and the defense couldn’t sack opposing quarterbacks. If those two items collide in the regular season, Kansas City won’t be in too many contests over the course of the season.
Still I can make a solid argument this isn’t the least talented team Reid has coached in his career that made the post-season. In fact, he entered NFL seasons with far less talent than his 2014 Chiefs teams when he was the head coach at Philadelphia.
For me, that’s the wild card that I can hang my hat onto believe, the Chiefs could win ten games this season. Reid nearly pulled off a miracle last year. In fact, I always felt had he defeated the Colts, Kansas City would have made the AFC Championship game.
The NFL represents a very fine line between winning and losing. Sure the Chiefs don’t have the overall talent of division rival, Denver but they have the same talent as the San Diego Chargers.
Reid to his credit understands that building a consistent winner takes time. What happened a year ago really doesn’t matter but it does set the tone for the head coach in regards to pushing up that timetable. Over the next couple of days he and General Manager, John Dorsey, will have to trim their roster hoping to find the right mix of 53 guys. That could include adding players from other teams or making trades. But no which players find themselves on his roster come Monday, he gets paid big bucks to push the buttons to get back into the post-season.
Though things appear gloom right now in Kansas City on the football front, I have confidence that Reid will have the Chiefs fighting for a playoff birth in December.
Photos: Aaron Murray (1) & Mike McCarthy / Andy Reid (2) Benny Sieu USA Today Sports
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