The Kansas City Chiefs have gotten off to a start that has exceeded most expectations, but certainly not the expectations of myself.
The Chiefs produced six Pro Bowlers last year but had a miserable 2-14 record. After finishing the 2010 campaign with a mark of 10-6, the next two seasons were a huge disappointment and cost many people their jobs.
Part of the “New Chiefs” consisted of General manager John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid, and quarterback Alex Smith. So far all has been good. A 6-0 record is a huge improvement from a year ago and you would not even recognize some of the players on the field. Their defense is the best in the league in my opinion and can compete with anyone.
The offense is a different story. A 6-0 record usually means a team is firing on all cylinders and team chemistry is exceedingly high. I do not see it as such, however. Take away Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs could be sporting a 3-3 record if not worse right now.
The offense completely revolves around Charles and he has touched the ball far more than any other player on the team. Dwayne Bowe has been a shadow of his old self and sometimes you forget he is even on the field. I love Alex Smith’s aggressiveness when it comes to tucking the ball and running it and his smarts about not turning the ball over. However, his inability to have confidence in throwing the ball more than 20 yards is something that needs to change if this squad is going to make a run into the playoffs.
The 2013 Chiefs are a lot like the 2011 San Francisco 49ers, also led by Alex Smith. They both have a lot of talent, take care of the ball, have numerous Pro Bowlers, and have the ability to win a lot of games. The 2011 49ers had no vertical passing game and it cost them a trip to the Super Bowl. I fear this is the fate of the 2013 Chiefs as well. The ability to take care of the ball on offense and force turnovers on defense will win you a lot of games no doubt. The inability to stretch the defense may prevent the Chiefs from accomplishing even greater things than they already have so far this year. The Denver Broncos have a solid core on defense, but their two starting corners aren’t who they used to be. Throw the deep ball against them, as we saw the Ravens do last year and the Cowboys do a couple games ago, then you can have a lot of success against them offensively.
Considering both the Broncos and Chiefs stand tied atop the AFC West and meet in a month with the chance of both teams being undefeated, it would be a good idea to start incorporating a more balanced offense for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs take on the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon and should be able to come out with their seventh victory of the year, The Texans, an early Super Bowl pick, have not played to potential and it is unclear if Matt Schaub will remain their starting QB.
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