Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) runs with the ball after a pass reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

How To Make Burnt Eagle Ends

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I don’t know for sure, but I think Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid understands how to make a good barbecue sandwich. You start with a base layer of white bread, slop on a layer of sauce, lay some melt-in-your-mouth brisket down and then finish with another layer of sauce. The secret is great ingredients, and, well, layering.

Reid is building the Chiefs’ 2013 season one layer of great ingredients at a time. In the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, we saw the foundation – a vastly improved and powerful Dontari Poe. In last Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, Poe continued his personal vendetta against opposing centers and quarterbacks, but then we also got to see, firsthand and up-close, the second layer – the running skills and clutch play of quarterback Alex Smith.

When the Chiefs line up tonight to take on the Philadelphia Eagles, you can bet a plate of burnt ends that Reid will take special care against his former team to unveil a third layer, something opponents have not yet seen this season. And not only will this third layer be shocking to opponents, it will flat knock the socks off of Addicts. Our new secret sauce, the third layer, is going to be….

Our wide receivers.

You’re probably asking, “Do you mean the same crew that has just 19 catches and three touchdowns this year?” You might also be asking, “Shouldn’t we just run the ball and keep Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense off the field?” These are all good questions but mark my words: the difference maker tonight will be wide receivers Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Junior Hemingway and Dexter McCluster.

The Eagles gave up 413 yards in the air to the San Diego Chargers last week. Here are the Eagles’ current starters in the secondary:

  • Left Cornerback: Bradley Fletcher (third round draft pick, 2nd NFL team)

  • Right Cornerback: Cary Williams (seventh rounder, 3rd NFL team)

  • Strong Safety: Nate Allen (second rounder, 1st NFL team)

  • Free Safety: Patrick Chung (second rounder, 2nd NFL team)

This secondary, not spectacular to begin with, is also banged up. Starting left cornerback Bradley Fletcher missed the Chargers game with a concussion (although he will likely be back tonight), forcing second year player Brandon Boykin into the starting lineup. Strong safety Nate Allen was burned more often than the fat end of rib that’s dropped under the grill.

We already know that Alex Smith is a deadly accurate short yardage thrower, can get by on medium range tosses and is probably weakest when throwing the bomb. Fair enough. In this third Chiefs game, I think Andy Reid adds in several plays designed to give his wide receivers opportunities for Yards After the Catch. I can see McCluster and Avery on quick slants and Bowe and Hemingway on some mid-to-long range passes – posts, fades and double moves. Both Bowe and Hemingway have slight height advantages over the 6’1” Cary Williams and the 6’0” Fletcher. Boykin will play a lot, and he stands at 5’10”.

Reid’s version of the West Coast Offense is ball control, via passing. With the Eagles keyed on Jamaal Charles and short passes to running backs and tight ends, tonight is the perfect time to introduce a new element into the game. Yes, Poe and the defense will be beastly. Yes, Alex Smith will move the chains with his legs and short, accurate throws. But tonight, look out for our wide receivers to come alive.

Addicts, are you ready for tonight? What do you think will be Andy Reid’s new layer?!!!

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    I hope we establish the run tonight. That will give us a number of options in the passing game. Play action hasn’t been a big enough part of this offense yet. Which is surprising since Alex Smith is so good at selling it.

    • Calchiefsfan

      I can see Charles going off tonight which forces the Philly D to come up to play the run. Then we could see more of Bowe.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I expect them to play the run from the gate. I think they’re going to sit on the run and the underneath routes. We’re going to have to spread them out.

        • Calchiefsfan

          I’m thinking our o line can play well against their front 7 which should open things up for Charles and Smith.

  • berttheclock

    Patrick Chung – Ah, the Matt Cassell 2nd round pick.
    However, I would submit the following. Kelly and his Nike squad blew out USC 47-20 and looked as though they were unstoppable in the Pac 12. Harbaugh and Stanford defeated them 51-42. Afterwards, Andrew Luck said, “We saw some things we could take advantage of, but, we focused more on us, not them. It came down to a very balanced offense which defeated Nike. It was not just the arm of Luck, but, they ended up running very well against them.

  • obrien5

    Bombs over Baghdad! Can’t wait!

  • Blake Molina

    As long as the offensive line handles the Eagles’ defensive line, I’m not worried. When Smith has time, his football mind is close to elite, he’ll make plays.

    And if there’s holes for a Mack truck to drive through, then run it down their throat.

    I like the argument to pass it, one way or another, whatever gets the win is the option I’m for! Go Chiefs!

  • chiefridgy

    More than ready! GO CHIEFS!!!

  • PunjabiPete

    I’m not sure about layers, but I’m hungry. Thanks a lot, jerk! Wonder what the OK Joes Thursday crowd is like…hmmmmm

  • steve james

    I hope Reid opens up a can of woop a** on Chip Kelly. Makes a statement to Philly. Out coach the new comer. He has the advantage of knowing a lot of the Eagles personnel better than Kelly does. I hope that translates into a lot of favorable mismatches for the Chiefs.

  • jesse

    I hope Reid and Smith make a statement here. Both were cast out by their former teams. The eagles secondary isn’t great so I could see Smith having a career day. Plus they haven’t played a defense like the chiefs yet this season. I wanna see this eagles offense banged up. Lots of 3 and outs and turnovers would demoralize the eagles and make sure they are banged up. I mean, if we take a big enough lead, Vick will throw a lot more and with our defense, that means mistakes for Vick and co.

  • Aaron

    I have to agree with you here. I think that Reid has been holding back for this game. I really do hope we establish the run then open the pass attack up! It would be exciting to see us all I’ll the facets need to go far this season. I truly believe the defense is here to stay and will keep us in every game. I’m so stoked, Go Chiefs!!

  • Michael Shaw

    I don’t care how we win as long as we WIN!! Don’t care if it is pretty, gritty or ugly!! A win is a win and will keep us paced with Peyton’s team.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I think you are spot on. Last week we have to deal with Ware and company coming off the edges, I don’t think that any team in the league looks at the eagles pass rush and says uh oh! Smith should have all day to go through his progressions and find the guys to start our ” bombs over Baghdad” bombardment and make those dumb talking heads on ESPN shake their heads as to how they can degrade our chiefs after this game. Then you also have to throw in the run game which should then be wide open, money is on Charles breaking a big one tonight and also Mr. Davis will atone for his fumble last week and have a few good runs and a giant return!

  • Dfrey87

    I have been thinking Reid has been holding back since this O has been on the field in preseason. I went to camp and I seen the way AS11 threw the ball deeper than he has been to the WR’s. it’s like these first two games he’s been hiding stuff or the O just hasn’t developed enough chemistry to open it up yet. I’m not sure we will see it this game but from what I seen in camp to what has been on the field so far it’s just a fraction of what this offense can do. I hope it’s him hiding stuff for this game and you can’t blame him wanting to have an advantage for as long as you can. I mean if you can beat teams with a fraction of your play book hell why not. Like I said I may be off by saying he’s hiding stuff but I do know for a fact that we haven’t seen no where near the full potential of this Offense.