That’s a fair statement.
Do I think new head coach Andy Reid should be NFL coach of the year?
Sorry, Chiefs fans.
That award should go to Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera. Granted, both teams lost in the playoffs but the Panthers defeated some serious opponents like the Seattle Seahawks, whereas the Chiefs really had no impressive victories on their resume.
More importantly, you could make a strong argument that Andy only did a good job during the first half of the season when the Chiefs went 9 and 0. However, by season’s end the Panthers were one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL, while the Chiefs were one of the worst.
You can’t ignore the fact that the Chiefs went 2 and 6 in last half of the season making them one of the NFL’s worst teams. End of season collapses by Chiefs playoff teams are now a recurring theme. And lest we forget, the 2003 Dick Vermeil Chiefs team that also went 9 and 0 became one of the worst teams in the NFL by the season’s end.
And who can forget Todd Haley’s 2010 Western Division Champions who limped into the playoffs as the worst team? No argument about that one.
Alex Smith who has proven himself a rock solid starting quarterback. With Smith, we finally have someone to build the team around. Clearly the Chiefs will have to draft two or three receivers in the first seven rounds of the draft since we have none. Jamaal Charles is an outstanding running back but the pounding he is taking will likely shorten his career. So we need to find his replacement as well.
The offensive line has improved but needs a top-notch tight end since we don’t have one.
Offense is Andy Reid’s strength and with a few additions the Chiefs could have one of the best in the AFC next year.
The Chiefs defense continues to be one of the worst in football. Our secondary is so over-rated I don’t know where to begin. Our defense has no leadership. Clearly it’s split between Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali.
As sports analyst (and former Chiefs star) Bill Maas has said, “Losing the big leads the Chiefs have had lately simply shows a lack of desire and commitment to finishing and no leadership.”
Pretending we have five All-Pros on our defense is ridiculous. I don’t think we have one. If I had to name two outstanding players on the defense, it would clearly be Tamba or Derrick.
What would I do?
Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton needs to be fired for doing a terrible job. How can you keep a guy like him when the second half of the season your defense was ranked 32nd? The biggest line of BS on this year’s Chiefs defense is that they had a sack attack.
Both Tamba’s and Justin Houston’s sacks came in the early part of the season, but after game 6 that ground to a halt. We also need a linebacker who can get to the quarterback. The number one reason our defense fell apart in the second half of the season is that they put no pressure on the quarterback.
If Andy Reid and the Chiefs are going to be an ascending playoff team, they must reach the playoffs again next year.
Sneaking into the playoffs every four or five years means you’re just an also-ran with a weak schedule.
Next year our boys get to face the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco ‘49’ers, Denver (twice), the Chargers (twice) and oh, yeah, the New England Patriots. How’s that sound?
Here’s how it sounds to me; without major changes on the defense and a couple new, good receivers the Chiefs will be lucky to go 8 and 8. It really irritates me that they named eight of these losers to the Pro Bowl. It just blows their heads up and gives this team false hope.
I think Andy Reid needs to make a strong statement soon by trading ineffective players like Eric Berry, cutting Kendrick Lewis, and I would try and trade Dwayne Bowe (but nobody would take him unless we could trick Todd Haley in Pittsburgh into it).
It was fun to go week to week and watch meaningful games all season. On the other hand, it was painful to watch our Chiefs limp to the playoffs again with the hopes of winning one game, which they obviously couldn’t manage.
NFL Playoff Picks:
New England Patriots (+11) over Denver teased with San Francisco (+9 ½) over Seattle.
PS: I think New England and the Niners may win outright. Enjoy the Super Bowl.
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