Playing Catch Up: Kansas City Chiefs’ Passing Game Must Improve in 2013

By Ryan Heckman


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Arrowhead Stadium must have felt like “Arrow through the head” Stadium for Kansas City Chiefs fans last season with how poorly their franchise played. A lowly two wins and ten losses by double digits doesn’t exactly draw the attention of your fans. In fact, I’d be embarrassed to have sported any apparel that remotely had to do with the Chiefs last year.

The biggest reason for their despair lies in how well (if that’s what you want to call it) Chiefs did through the air on offense. Kansas City was dead last in the NFL at 169.6 passing yards per game. Ranking 27th in completion percentage, 30th in yards per attempt, and dead last in passing touchdowns were also among the likes of achievements on their resume from the 2012 campaign.

To expand on that very last statistic, I’ll put it this way: For every five passing touchdowns thrown by Drew Brees, the Chiefs notched one. The New Orleans Saints also nearly doubled the amount of passing yardage attained by the Chiefs last season. Hopefully, that puts the dire need of the situation into perspective.

If the Chiefs are going to have any success on offense next year, running back Jamaal Charles needs some serious help. As the AFC’s leading rusher, you would expect his team to at least be near seven or eight wins at minimum. With the way he can move the chains averaging over five yards a carry, last year’s performance in the passing game is unacceptable.

By re-signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, they also managed to lock down their other main offensive weapon. If they can nail down the quarterback position, they could be in much better shape than last season.

For Chiefs fans, there is a bit of hope. First of all, there is almost no way that the upcoming season could be worse than last year’s effort. Second, by bringing in a pair of fresh new faces to compete at quarterback, their passing game got a lot more exciting. Chase Daniel and Alex Smith will provide two different styles that may both work depending on the scheme new head coach Andy Reid decides to implement. And lastly, as previously mentioned, coaching will be improved greatly with the veteran leadership of Reid in place now.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NFL contributor for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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