Kansas City Chiefs: It's Not Always Wise to Stay the Course

By Jonathan W. Crowell
Alex Smith and the Kansas CIty Chiefs
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When something isn’t producing the desired results, it is human nature to want to overcorrect.

The 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs took their first loss of the season to Peyton Manning and the 9-1 Denver Broncos. The two long-time rivals are now tied for first place in their AFC West division. Denver was indeed favored to win, and had the home field advantage, but this is a loss that could have been avoided. Still, the Chiefs are looking good for the playoffs, and still have a solid chance at their division title, not to mention the Super Bowl in February.

Who knows? They could even win it all this year.

NFL Week 12 will see the Chiefs take on another division rival, the San Diego Chargers at home in Kansas City, and then another game against the Broncos, also at Arrowhead. They have time to regroup and a chance to redeem themselves after their loss to the Broncos.

Adjustments and improvements are always an inevitable part of football. It’s a constant, ongoing process.

It’s always been counter-intuitive and counterproductive for a stick-to-the-script head coach who is so set in his ways he can’t make adjustments to his own offense to accommodate his players and their individual styles. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid has a set offensive system, yet he has obviously made adjustments to meet the styles of quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, to name a few. If not so, it’s likely that the Chiefs would not have the stellar record that they do.

Being new to the club this year, it’s surprising and impressive that Reid has had such great success, and that he’s worked so well with established as well as new players to achieve a common goal together, particularly with the Chiefs’ defense.

Already flush with talent, the defense just needed a good coordinator to get them on the right track to success.

Smith is gradually coming into his own in adapting to Reid’s system. Reid is known for a disposition to throw the ball, and many of those passes, especially the short ones, are running plays, in essence. This hasn’t hurt Smith’s production. In fact, he is averaging 10.3 yards per completion and 7.8 yards per completion to running backs. These are enviable numbers.

Without the defense’s help, Kansas City has scored an 18.3 points per game average this season, which is still very consistent for an offense. But it would be hard to argue that the offense as a whole is improving. If it hasn’t gotten worse, it has certainly stagnated.

The Chiefs continue play the same offensive game, regardless of how strong their opponents are on defense.

With more daunting games on the horizon, and the playoffs around the corner, Chiefs fans are hoping for a comeback and turnaround by the Kansas City offense, and they hope it will come on time.

Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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