Since the end of the 2012 season the Kansas City Chiefs nation has watched Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager John Dorsey, rebuild their roster into a group of men that could compete for an AFC West title this season.
Those feelings of optimism emerged after a solid off-season and a stellar pre-season where the team went 4-0. But since then, Reid has done a less than satisfying job in leading his troops in believing they can win at the highest NFL level.
This most recent downfall started with their demoralizing loss to the Denver Broncos at home last week and continued Monday night with a 38-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The culprit in this game continues to be Reid’s belief his offense line can protect Quarterback, Alex Smith. He cut his teeth as an offensive line coach but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand there’s no magic button Reid can push to fix the mess he’s created with his stubborn approach in developing a legitimate game plan his offensive line can execute.
I’m not sure there’s a quick fix, but at some point, even Clark Hunt has to be sick of Reid’s, “we have to do a better job of coaching”, routine that’s been a constant tone in every big game Reid fails to win in Kansas City.
We are two years and three games into the Reid regime, and I can say without hesitation, the Chiefs are a better football team today than the one Reid inherited after the 2012 season.
Though the Chiefs offense showed some life in the fourth quarter in Green Bay, the team sits at the bottom of the AFC West. Though they’re tied with the San Diego Chargers for the division cellar at (1-2), Kansas City is clearly at the bottom of this heap.
The Oakland Raiders (2-1), a team on the rise, plays with more heart and more discipline than the Chiefs. Don’t get me wrong they have their shortcomings as do the Chiefs, but Oakland plays hard on every snap and their coaching staff has their attention.
I never thought the words would come out of my mouth but Reid might not be the answer in Kansas City.
At the heart of his failures, he’s relying on a coaching staff centered on the buddy system rather than abilities to get the job done. Case in point, Reid refuses to promote Brad Childress as his offensive coordinator, nor is he willing to challenge Sutton’s authority and insist he make adjustments within from one quarter to the next. It’s a recipe for further failures.
The fact Reid can’t fix his own offensive line, doesn’t take advantage of defensive weaknesses, that are as glaring as a bright shiny day with your finest pair of Ray-Ban shades shielding your eyes, it’s no wonder his team doesn’t know how to finish or win big games.
With the Kansas City Royals about to head into the post-season (despite back-peddling their way to the #2 seed), a deep run into November will push the Chiefs farther down the priority list within a city that’s nearly run out of patience with their football team.
If act three of Reid’s tenure doesn’t get any better this season, Chairman Clark Hunt might have to dip into the coaching tree in January and start from a scratch with a new head coach.
And if that happens, it’ll be a long time before Kansas City becomes a football town worthy of the warmth the city gives it’s baseball team.
Then again, Reid could rally the troops to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and shut up his growing critics.
However, at this point, I’m not optimistic.