In losing to the Tennessee Titans 26-10, the Kansas City Chiefs continued to show the misery that resulted in a 1-3 pre-season. During August the Chiefs could not find the end zone offensively nor stop anyone on defense. Perhaps we thought it was a blip on the radar but instead it’s a gigantic crater.
The Titans are a good football team but they’re not world beaters. The Chiefs are a bad football team but they are not as bad as they played on Sunday. However, what is glaring is the coaching staff under, Andy Reid, was out performed by Titans Head Coach, Ken Whisenhunt.
The Titans head coach knew how to beat the Chiefs offensively and defensively. Considering the Chiefs didn’t use All World Running Back, Jamaal Charles, on consecutive plays after the teams initial drive, it was easy pieces for the Titans underwhelming defense to force three Alex Smith interceptions.
Making matters worse the decision by General Manager, John Dorsey, to cut kicker Ryan Succop over money, cost his team on Sunday. Succop scored 14 points, including four field goals, for the Titans who were prepared to go into the regular season with a pair of inexperienced place kickers. On the flip side, Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos hit the upright twice in his two attempts - fortunately one of them slid through the goal posts. ?
Add that with the season ending injury to Linebacker, Derrick Johnson, the fact defensive end Mike Devito is going to miss some time, it’s going to be a long season defensively for this football team.
On offense, the game could not have gone worse for quarterback, Alex Smith. Not only was he running for his life, thanks to a horrific performance by his offensive line, but he displayed the inability to throw the deep pass and could never overcome the helter skelter nature of his passing pocket.
There are so many reasons to be upset about this opening season loss. It’s clear this team that both Reid and Dorsey put together for 2014 lacks talent, depth and any cohesiveness. The Titans came into Arrowhead as a lean, mean fighting machine that played with passion and heart. Further, talent wise, the Chiefs still possess more talent on their 53-man roster than the Titans.
In the exhibition season, we saw this team fail delver the goods over and over again. At times, they were stagnate, slow and generally disorganized on both sides of the ball. For a team that should have learned a lesson from their playoff meltdown a year ago, they simply didn’t have the ability to come together nor have they put that loss in the rear view mirror. After all, the Chiefs just lost their fourth straight home game.
Perhaps Dorsey and Reid knew all along this team was sub standard. Perhaps they hoped their players could step out of the shadows of that Colts playoff loss and deliver a bounce back game. Instead, they played with little energy and once the Titans went up by double digits, lost the confidence to create an Arrowhead miracle.
Next Sunday the Chiefs travel to Denver to face the Broncos, then a week later to Miami, who defatted the New England Patriots on Sunday, before rounding out the month of September with a Monday Night showdown versus the Patriots.
It was imperative for the Chiefs to defeat the Titans on Sunday. Unless this team suddenly finds the magic potion, they’re facing an 0-4 start. Right now all I see is a team void of talent, confidence and a coaching staff that is going to have to junk the system they’ve been working on since OTA’s began in May. Because whatever they came up with on Sunday won’t win but a pair of games this season - if that.
Still my plan is asking an awful lot but there might not be any other choice for the Chiefs who clearly might have to surrender the 2014 season to gain footing for 2015.
If Reid doesn’t want to put the white flag up, and quit settling for the feel good stories on his roster this season, he’s going to have to search for playmakers on his football team, or ones on other rosters, to help him build KC’s future. Because the present is looking pretty bleak with no quick answers in sight without another major shake up. I'm afraid the Chiefs are all out of those for the moment.
It’s too bad the Chiefs whiffed so badly against the Titans in the opener. But reality can’t be argued at this point, this Chiefs football team just isn’t very good.
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