Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) makes adjustments at the line against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. The Chiefs beat the Titans 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs Are 5-0, But Here’s The Bad News


The last time optimism was this high in Chiefs Kingdom, George W. Bush was Commander-in-Chief of these United States. Fans have every reason to be optimistic about this football team. The Kansas City Chiefs appear to be bound for a return to the postseason. Since the playoff format changed in 1990, 90% of the teams to start season 5-0 have gone on to qualify. I’m never one to antagonize confidence, but I think it’s time to ask some very serious questions about this team.

Sunday’s victory over the Tennessee Titans might be the most satisfying flashpoint in Kansas City’s young season. It was a gritty win where the Chiefs came from behind, late in the game, to beat the Titans 26-17. The Chiefs got out to a 13-0 lead and were alone on the scoreboad going into the half. When play resumed, the Titans rallied with 10 unanswered points in the third quarter. Tennessee scored again early in the fourth quarter and looked to be on their way to handing Kansas City their first loss of the year. That was before Kansas City’s defensive heroics returned and helped close the door on Tennessee with two late interceptions. The Chiefs’ offense also chipped in, giving them 13 fourth quarter points to seal the deal.

The Chiefs are unblemished, but their offensive problems are glaring. Thus far, the team’s averaging just two offensive touchdowns per game. They’re getting another 6 points per game from kicker Ryan Succop. Scoring only 20 offensive points week in, week out needlessly strains the defensive and special teams units. Their offensive woes put them in a compromising position on Sunday and nearly cost them a game. A better team will make the Chiefs pay for stalling on offense as often as they do.

So what exactly is the problem with Andy Reid’s offense? I’m glad you asked. Kansas City is having real trouble establishing the run early in games, pass protection is inconsistent at best, and Dwayne Bowe has just 17 catches for 183 receiving yards. The Chiefs’ No. 1 receiver is averaging a shade over 36 yards per game. The offense has gotten solid contributions from unlikely heroes Donnie Avery and Sean McGrath (combining for 484 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns), but they haven’t made up for what the Chiefs are used to getting from Bowe.

Beyond Bowe and Avery, there’s simply not much in the cupboard at the position. The rest of Kansas City’s receivers have posted a grand total of 140 receiving yards (WR3-WR6). It’s possible they’ll be reminded of the talent the group lacks next Sunday when the Oakland Raiders come to town. Donnie Avery came out of the game late in the first half after catching a 41-yard pass from Alex Smith. Avery left his feet, fully extended his arms, and came down hard on his right shoulder. He returned to the game in the second half, but only for a few plays. X-rays were negative, but he now has a bruised shoulder and is reportedly having trouble raising his arm.

The Chiefs haven’t committed themselves to establishing the run early. Of Jamaal Charles’ 92 carries, only 36 of them have come in the first half (an average of just 6 per game). The Chiefs haven’t had much first half success with the run game, but there haven’t been enough attempts to develop any rhythm. Traditional run sets and dogged determination might help them get the ground game going (try saying that three times). The blisters on Charles’ feet prove he’s not being underutilized in this offense, but the same can’t be said for rest of the backfield. Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray have a total of 14 carries this season.

Alex Smith can’t continue to be the team’s 2nd-leading rusher. Having a quarterback who can improvise is a good thing, but it also exposes them to big hits. Smith has only played a full 16 games twice in his nine-year career. His scrambling has lead to him being upended in two straight games. It’s time to get the younger backs more involved. In the past, Reid’s been criticized for not running the football often enough. That’s become painfully evident in the 3rd-and-short situations where Kansas City has struggled.

The Chiefs’ offense is going to have to hold up its end of the bargain if their winning ways are to continue. Kansas City had only seven offensive plays in two third quarter drives. Neither of those offensive series produced any points. That hung the defense out to dry and kept them on the field for 12 minutes in the quarter. Unsurprisingly, the third quarter is where the Titans’ offense had the most success. Tennessee climbed back into the game with two straight scoring drives that cut Kansas City’s lead to three points (13-10, Chiefs).

It’s still early in the season, but the Chiefs’ offense should be trending upward at this point. Sunday’s game with the Oakland Raiders will provide a great test for Kansas City. Oakland’s defensive unit is surrendering just 21.6 points per game and is currently ranked as the league’s 9th-best run defense. The Chiefs opened the week as 10.5 point favorites, but I expect the game to be one more grudge match in a storied AFC West rivalry.

Am I overreacting or are these legitimate concerns about Kansas City’s offense? Use the comment section below to weigh in on the topic. As always, we appreciate your readership and support.

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • Blake Molina

    I absolutely agree, I’ve been complaining for the last couple weeks about not running the ball more in the opening minutes of games. And I also would like to see some more Knile Davis.

    The offense can’t afford to stall against teams like Denver.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      They drafted Davis so they’re just going to have to trust him.
      I know they’re concerned about the fumbles, but you gotta show the kid some good faith.
      If you just don’t trust him at all… Bring a vet in to shoulder the load.

    • Robin M Mcculley

      Denver is not going to let us stall at all!

  • Chris Tarrants

    Now is when it really hurts that we let young Rico Richardson go. He could bolster the WR corps with some blazing speed snd great hands! Also I honestly believe that when Fasano returns and Fisher gets 100% healthy if there is such a thing then our blocking both pass and run will improve greatly. You forget about the good TEs blocking until you don’t have them

    • John Palmer

      Hey Chris, I agree with you just some food for thought…He’s still out there and avail to my knowledge, so it’s not out of the question that they bring him back. Also, let’s not forget about young Junior Hemingway who is fast and a gamer as well. This Front Office has shown a committment to ball players and moving people to make the team better. I’ll go ahead and throw this out there, some will agree, some will try to throw me out of the blog for this one lol, but do not be surprised if Marcus Cooper is your new starter outside with Smith and Flowers in the slot. The kid is faster and bigger than Flowers and for God’s sake, he shut down Victor Freaking Cruz after he marshmellowed Dunta Robinson. By no means is that a knock on Flowers but a testament to the depth of our secondary. What are your thoughts?

      • Shelia Chatman

        Hi John, Yes Rico is still available. We were hoping for that long awaited call-back but nothing yet. Rico is still looking to play in the NFL; if not this season, we’re hoping for next season. It’s good to hear that he still has some fans out there pulling for him.

        • Calchiefsfan

          I was just thinking about Rico yesterday. We could use him now especially since Avery is hurt. The young man showed a lot of promise, imho. I wish Dorsey and Reid would get on the phone!

          • Shelia Chatman

            We wish they would make that call too. Thanks for the support.

        • John Palmer

          Hey Sheila! Im glad to know all is well and for the record, Rico has mad love from us KC fans up here .Tell him to keep his head up and also keep it down grinding til that call comes…he’s got mad skill and as you can tell, KC’s faithful is pulling for him! God bless!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      We thought the same thing about Hemingway and he hasn’t done much thus far.
      Not that Richardson couldn’t help, but we haven’t seen any live game action to prove it.

    • Shelia Chatman

      Thanks for the mention on Rico Richardson. He and the family are still hoping for him to get an opportunity to show what he has to offer the NFL.

    • Suzi Conger

      That’s true Chris

  • travis

    Spot on read. ..J.C. needs about 10 more carries ( NOT TOUCHES) the fitst half. Alex is a avg. At best qb. Charles is a lethal back we need him to he used as such. We can’t keep leaving pts out on the field. More runs on first and 2nd downs. Im not saying all the time but more!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I think Smith’s an above-average quarterback, we just shouldn’t shrink our offensive options.

      • Danny W

        I think he’s above average in some areas and below in others making him just slightly better than average. He’s really slow sometimes in making decisions and that really doesn’t bode that well in the NFL. Utah sure, not in this league though. Accuracy and smarts I think he’s elite in these areas, just a bit unsure of himself in this offense maybe. I hope he evolves into something elite.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          He’s going to look indecisive at times because he just isn’t going to take many chances. He’d prefer not to throw into a tight window. He’s not been a turnover machine so I can live with this.

    • Suzi Conger

      Alex Smith is the #1 Winning-est QB in the NFL at 25 – 5 (soon to be 26, hopefully :)… hardly average, and not by coincidence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDd19Bf2fM Presently Alex has been dealing with sub-standard OLine pass/block/QB protection performance ( pressured/’hurried’/rushed plays are the norm thus far this season ),, excessive OL penalty yardage loss and excessive receiver drops

      • travis

        His wins this year have more to do with the defense than him. He has left over 40 ots on the field a above avg. Qb wouldnt leave that much our there. I love my chiefs but im jot delusional alex needs to have the confidence to throw the deep ball and he has been very lucky he should have about 4 or 5 more picks already look at the titans game. He almost had another 2 if they wouldnt had dropped them. Alex is avg. Thats why all the pundits call him a manager not a attacker. Now take away his defense in s.f. and kc. How majy games did he equal the opp. Points?

  • Jared Watson

    No doubt the Chiefs need to go out and get a legit receiver to help solidify the position. I would assume most of us would say this is the most glaring need on the team. I fully expect Dorsey and Reid to equip this team with the players needed to make a serious push for the Super Bowl in the next couple years, if not next year. The past couple years this team has reminded me so much of the 2010 niners, high expectations not being met, but you knew that with the right coaching and tweaking they would be legit contenders. To be the best you gotta beat the best, including Denver. I am expecting no less with this new regime. CHIEFS FTW!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I actually don’t think that’s the issue. Avery’s been very good. We haven’t gotten as much production from the slot, but I think the WR1 and WR2 spots are fine.

      • kcpauly

        I would like to see more Jr. Hemmingway I think the kid’s a baller
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!

  • tm1946

    Even the pretty girl at the dance may have Dracula fangs when she smiles, at least according to the latest movies.

    We are 5-0.

    We should not look ahead but anyone think we can compete in a track meet against the donkeys, TWICE?

    We are 5-0.

    Draft is not contributing much, yet, Bowe needs to get some “sports center” moments, and the offense needs to get its act together but we have Reid, savior with a small “s”, most free agents are better than expected, special teams are nutz, and defense is pure gold.

    And we are 5-0.

    Cannot figure out the why of Jenkins or Kelce, might be a dollars issue over ability to help the team. Can only hope we have 2 roster spots that can be wasted on guys who contribute nothing.

    It is Raider’s week, we are 5-0, and all is good today…..can we ask for more?

    • berttheclock

      Kelce has a hairline fracture in his knee. That is not something which heals quickly. Jenkins had one target against the Titans, but, he had some blocks.

      So many keep saying give Charles more carries. They said the same thing earlier in his career. Two things. Charles is not a work horse type of back and the offensive line at present is still very much a work in progress, not only pass blocking, but, early in the game run blocking. Stephenson was given the worst grade for the Titans game of any player on the field. They rated him at a minus 6.2. He may appear to be large, but, he is not strong in his upper body.

      • tm1946

        bert you have a real issue with WR blocking, to me it is the fine point of a good receiver becoming a great receiver. I said it before and will repeat…..WR are supposed to catch the ball first and that is where they make a difference for the team. WR who only block are called Olineman out of position.
        As for Kelce, may well be the next TE HOFer with a ten year career – great. Can we wait til next year to see it? 53 man roster and a “slow healing” injury for a rookie should mean IR and you get a journeyman who can step on the field game day.

        • berttheclock

          Wide receiver blocking? I was talking about the so-called offensive tackle Stephenson who has problems blocking. I mentioned Jenkins being involved in the game, mostly blocking, because I thought Reid was trying to work him into the system. I do hope Jenkins can be able to find his Illinoisness returning. i believe he really lost confidence in SF.

          • Danny W

            I don’t think Don did all that bad. He got graded low sure, but from what I saw only one sack and one pressure were given and it wasn’t an immediate sack or pressure. Smith did have some time. I think Stephenson is doing better than Fisher at this point.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m not sure anyone is suggesting more carries so much as they’re asking for a more even distribution of those carries. Or better yet, that there are more carries from the backfield in general. Charles is running the ball an average of just six times in the first half of games. He’s running the ball an average of eleven times in the second half of games. Balance those carries out a bit. We can also use the other backs. Doesn’t necessarily have to be Jamaal.

    • Danny W

      Not every peice written on this site should be a rah rah peice yay we’re 5-0! It’s okay to objectively look at a team that has a 90% chance of going to the playoffs, yes I said playoffs, and ask each other, okay how we gonna do once we get there?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Honestly we don’t have to look ahead that far.
        Just ask yourself what happens if we don’t succeed in that late 4th quarter drive offensively?
        This will affect this team during the regular season if we keep failing to sustain drives and capitalize on turnovers.

        • berttheclock

          I just spoke with my cardiologist. He agrees with you as he is afraid the 4th quarters might prove hazardous to my health. That and eggnog being sold so early at Costco.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Already? I need a Costco membership.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Not as far as the record is concerned, but certainly we could ask for more offensively.

  • Robin M Mcculley

    Nothing against how the games are being won, but is this the Alex Smith show? Is that how we need to win games? Better question: Is it going to work all the time? Seems like the same old Chiefs, always lacking offensively and kicking ass defensively. 5th game into the season and we are still winning games this way? How long will it last?

    • berttheclock

      What part of the 2012 defense giving up 425 points and over 5700 yards and being ranked 25th in the league was “kicking ass defensively”?

    • tm1946

      If a team can execute the same plays over and over, it can work forever. Lombardi’s GB team was not a very tricky play team. student body right, student body left, run between the tackles and pass a bit here and there. Got tons of guys in the HOF and won superbowls. Different era but possibly this is what Reid has to do his first year. Deep in mind the draft is not doing much, big money guy Bowe is just there, players like Jenkings are not doing all that much (anyone think Hall is head for a HOF career),
      It is all about execution.

      • berttheclock

        Hmmm, have not noticed any Jerry Kramer or Forrest Gregg types on our current offensive line.

        • tm1946

          Sadly you hit the bullseys. But based strictly on age of players, there may be one or two we will look back on after a 8 year career…..assuming we are both alive in 8 years.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        That’s two or three bygone generations of football. This is a very different NFL.

      • Suzi Conger

        agree with you tm’46…Alex is constantly quoting ‘execute’. If I had to choose the most critical improvement needed, it has to be OLine pass/block/QB protection. Alex cannot execute when the opposing D is constantly getting (literally) in his face, he’s ‘running for his life’, and our OL is pushed-around and hammered at the line of scrimmage (not to mention the excessive OL penalty yardage loss) I sure hope they improve lots sooner, rather than later. But hey, 5-0 !! Proud of ‘em

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Nope, won’t work all the time. The defense will eventually play poorly.
      There will come a game that we’ll need the offense to win.

    • phantomebb

      You never watched the 2011 49ers and they were very similar. They focused more on running then passing but the result was the same. This style of play is very team friendly especially the defense. I would say the 2013 chiefs d is better than the 2011 49ers and the 2013 chiefs have much more offensive potential.

      • Suzi Conger

        You are right… a very fun film to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDd19Bf2fM A great demonstration of Alex’s great QB skills. When our OLine improves to provide adequate pass/block/QB protection, stop their excessive penalty yardage loss, and receivers catch good passes,,,we can expect the Chiefs to enjoy the true Alex in the film. But wow,, 5-0 !!! Fantastic :-)

    • Suzi Conger

      Robin, watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDd19Bf2fM A very fun film to watch; Alex is extremely accomplished with big deep plays when an OLine does their job with good pass/block protection, and receivers catch and don’t drop good passes. Alex Smith is the # 1 Winning-est ( lol, is that a word?) QB in NFL at present 25-5 (’11 to present) Alex is not flashy, but he is the quiet leadership force behind the team wins…

      Consider the ’13 season comparison between Alex and ck7/SF ( SF OLine pass protection is nfl top 5, D is top 5 and ck has the luxury of elite receivers) (KC’s pass/QB protection is bottom 5) :
      AS11 has 233 more passing yards than ck
      AS has 1 less interception vs ck7
      AS 0 fumbles, ck7 2 fumbles
      AS has rushed 7+ more yards
      Despite KC receiver 14+ drops, Alex has a 2.4% greater completion record than ck
      Alex has 18 less rushes than Trent Richardson, yet accomplish 10 more yards total

      Alex/KC has accomplished a 5-0 season, and ck7/SF only 3-2

  • jpopejoy

    Overreacting a tad. We have the 2nd largest point differential in the NFL behind the broncos. I think once fasano comes back that’ll open up that TE seam even more.

    But reality check, Charles ain’t getting more carries. This is Andy Reid’s mo. I’ve lived in Philly 9 years now, he did this with Westbrook and McCoy.

    Offense/personnel is still new, so I expect us to continue to improve.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Gray has talent, but he has just 52 career rushing yards. He hasn’t proven anything yet.

  • Chuck Burrell

    Most notable point- Alex Smith can’t be our 2nd leading rusher. JaCha can’t touch the ball more than he did Sunday for an entire season. Maybe Knile isn’t getting the carries due to ball security issues? Either way, I completely agree that we need more production from our other RBs.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Then if you don’t trust Davis, go and sign one of the vet backs still available.

    • Danny W

      Cyrus Grey is a very capable back in this league. Plenty of vets sitting on the bench waiting to be called up. Running backs are a dime a dozen.

    • hipnetic

      I agree. Jamaal is doing a great job, but I will say that I don’t like him when he’s trying to bust it up the gut. Most of the problem may well be with the O Line, but having come from being a 49er fan, he doesn’t look like he’s built like a Frank Gore. Jamaal looks more like a TE to me. I think we need to get one or more of our other RB’s, who are built to punch it up the gut, out there and put some wear and tear on them.

  • John Palmer

    Love the profile Mr.Smith, looking New York & Big Time! Great Article and insight and no, I don’t think your analysis is wrong. I’ll admit this to y’all but I won’t to my brother as he’s a massive hater on D.Bowe, but Bowe has got to win his one on one battles and not stop running when the cb has a little contact. On the other hand, what defenses have done is bracket bowe because they know AS11 will not challenge them but take a safer throw, which is a large part why bowe has not seen more targets or catches. In addition, AS11 is on average hitting 7 different receivers a game vs our last qb who shall remain nameless, that all he saw was Bowe and those other 6 receivers that AS11 sees, were Deion Primetime walking up the seams unmolested with zero targets. AS11 is also now starting to trust his receivers and that is starting to show in the more vertical passing game. The point I am making is this….and this in my opinion and I welcome any engaging dialogue on this….Bowe is playing a lot of decoy right now, which is giving our other receivers one on one matchups that they MUST win. Reid has given a lot of game film on short-intermediate patterns thus far and is now challenging AS11 to take those deep one on one throws, which will open up the run game with JC25. I truly believe Reids plan is this, 1 7-10minute 10-12 play drive a game with 3TD’s to 1FG, let your ELITE defense that man up with any squad keep opposing offenses off the field and you will win ALOT of games. Outside of Jacksonville, that has been the recipe. To spark a little spirited debate….this is how he intends to beat Denver. Keep PeyPey on ice on the sideline as much as possible because you CANNOT outgun him…ask Dallas! Thats my take….

    • tm1946

      Sort of agreed until you said “ask Dallas”…..one bad pass and game over, Dallas loses. Being perfect to keep up with donkeys might not be the best game plan.

      • John Palmer

        That was exactly my point. You do not want to shootout with that team…its a recipe for disaster! Denver’s defense feasts when it can just pin its ears back and come after you. Once they make you 1 dimensional, it’s a wrap. Thank you for your feedback

    • Jordan

      I think bowe has regressed he runs lazy rounded off routes doesn’t blow up one on one coverage and I know people say oh he’s double covered bracket what have you that’s BULLSHIT you can’t tell mee he hasn’t faced those in the past and had success it’s time for him to buck up act like a vet and get it done if I’m Dbowe I’d have a damn presser addressing all the excuses being made for him and say its on me bombs over Baghdad? More like whipper snappers in the backyard.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        In fairness, he was targeted almost nine times per game last year.
        This year? Try six.

        • berttheclock

          Against the Titans, he was targeted 6 times as was McGrath. Charles was targeted 9. However, I wonder had that inept ref not called him out of bounds and he had scored the 50 yard TD, how many would still be criticizing him, today?

          However, one point about the running of Alex Smith. Last week, he slid on his first run and came up a yard short. This week, he ran the ball three times and did not slide on any of them. But, the scary part was when he did that flip and landed very roughly. Not really what one wants to see from their starting QB. May do wonders in the locker room, but, far too dangerous.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I never criticized Bowe. He can’t throw it to himself.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Exactly, Smith is making the safe, short throw. Cassel took chances with Bowe that Smith would never dare to at this point.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Hold on now. He threw two 40 yard passes to Avery just last week.

          • Calchiefsfan

            The one where Avery had to come back on was a great throw. A lot of people thought that he under threw Avery but watching the play again it was the perfect spot. Avery shielded the defender from having any kind of play on the ball plus there was a safety coming over to lay the wood on Avery if he caught it in stride. That’s another thing I can appreciate about Smith, he thinks about protecting his receivers.

            I have to think on both those throws Avery was a better, (a la safer), throw than Bowe. I don’t get the coaches tape so I’m not sure on that. I’ll watch it again and try to see anything that would indicate that.

            The good news is that Smith is opening things up a little bit more. Maybe not as fast as we would like but it’s there.

          • D forte

            Alex is the kind of that, he will see the db with his back turned and throw it short. Almostalwaysresults in a catch or PI.

          • Suzi Conger

            Smith has to have the time for the deep plays, which our OLine pass/QB protection, at present, is sadly lacking. Alex, more often than not, is (literally) facing the opposition D up close and personal in under 3 seconds time

          • Suzi Conger

            Didn’t cassel have many INT/TO’s, I think?

          • Calchiefsfan

            Lots of int’s. Smith will get in sync with Bowe but without all the game losing turnovers.

          • owensgone

            Hey BTC, your post is the first time I have read anyone else mention the phantom out of bounds call by the ref on Bowe’s catch and run. The broadcast showed a couple of replays, but the angle was not conclusive. I don’t believe it was eligible for replay because the ref stopped the play, but it sure did not look to me like he had stepped on the line. You’re right…had that call not been made, Bowe would have scored and a lot of the criticism he has been receiving would have been muted. The other thing a lot of people are not realizing about Bowe’s early season thus far is his downfield blocking. He has been a beast out there. I’d really like to see Dorsey make a bold move and trade for a guy like Larry Fitzgerald to come in and balance out the defensive coverages. What do you think?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I posted two all-caps stats on Facebook when he was ruled out of bounds. I NEVER saw that on the replay though. That would’ve been a touchdown. I wonder if the Chiefs got a letter about that from the league office?

          • berttheclock

            It would be great, but, our present salary cap wouldn’t allow it. However, one of the things I have wanting to see is more fly patterns on the outside to Avery. I read recently about how important his speed is to the offense scheme. Hemingway is closer to Bowe in speed. I, also, read where Andy wants to use both Hall and Dexter in the slots for underneath work. Philly made the mistake of allowing Avery to slip underneath and the Giants game planned to take that away. That set up Avery to stay outside against the Titans and it worked. Now, one thing about Hall is those Anti-Andy guys who show up here from Philly have kept harping about some kind of love affair has to be going on between Hall and Andy. Reid has seen something in him and wanted him. Remember, Hall tried out with the Niners, but, was a late cut and Dorsey swooped. Last week, he was targeted early in the game and he was a go to guy in the end zone in an earlier game. Time will tell if Andy is right in his assessment.

          • John Palmer

            GREAT call BTC! I was PISSED looking at the screen as it appeared he didnt step out and they let the Titans off the hook for that boneheaded jump on the ball by the corner AND missed with what appeared to be no safety help. All scoring plays are reviewable, so I thought. should’ve let it run…I’ll admit that I dont have the best eyes in the world, so to my Chiefs faithful I ask, was Bowe out??

    • Jim Harper

      Thank you Mr Palmer for your insight. From where I sit you are right on target. Bowe is doing exactly as he has been coached to do. There is a method to the madness. In my observation this has been one of his best seasons to date. He is selling the decoy business and his blocking downfield has been exceptional and anything but lazy. Most of the people around here are not used to having a QB who goes through his progressions and throwing to the best target. What I really do not understand is all the complaints. The Chiefs are 5-0 for crying out loud. Nothing pisses me off more than people that bitch about success. So thanks again for your input.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Who here complained about the Chiefs being 5-0? That’s a straw argument Mr. Harper and you know it. By chance, do you know what became of the last Chiefs team that started the year 5-0? That team went on to win 13 games in the regular season. They lost in the divisional round of the playoffs though because they couldn’t force the Indianapolis Colts to punt. That team lacked defensively and it eventually caught up with them. A phenomenal offense ultimately went to waste.

        There’s always room to improve. ALWAYS.
        The idea that you can ONLY be happy about 5-0 OR concerned about the areas where the Chiefs need improvement is…well…silly.

        • Jim Harper

          First of all you are taking my comments out of context. I am talking about all the people who think they are smarter than the coaches and players as well. Yes, I am well aware of the last team to start 5-0. It was 2003 and they went on to 9-0, and that has nothing to do with what I am talking about and I would appreciate it if you did not talk down to me. I have no idea what a straw argument is so I guess I don’t know it. Lastly my comment was not directed at you, but rather giving thanks to Mr Palmer for his comments. Now apparently I have done something or said something to piss you off, because this is not the first time I have been the target of one of your attacks which I do not understand because I have been supportive of your posts in the past. Whatever my transgression on you has been, I apologize. For whatever time I have left I don’t want any ill feelings with anyone. Again I am sorry if I have offended you. It was not my intent.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Dude we’re talking football. It’s never personal. I disagreed with your ideas, but that’s as far as it goes. I have no personal issue with you. Please don’t take offense to my being disagreeable about football. I’m a passionate guy about it, but it’s ultimately not worth any vendettas or bad blood. So… Hope that clears it up. You’re good with me. I would never attack you. I might attack one of your ideas, but I think that’s okay so long as I’m respectful and kind about it. If I wasn’t, my apologies.

            Context, inflection, and so many other key parts of normal conversation are absent here. It’s easy to misread what someone intends in writing.

            We’re cool!

          • Jim Harper

            Thank you

      • Suzi Conger

        As usual, TOTALLY agree Jim…. 250% improvement over last year (to date).. We have the Winning-est ( a word? lol) QB in the NFL ’11 to present with 25-5 ( soon to be 26 hopefully :-)

        OK, I admit that I’m unhappy with our inept OLine pass/block/QB protection. But only because of big injury risk to Alex and his inability to execute the big plays that I know Alex is so capable of accomplishing
        Hey, you going to the raider/KC game?

    • Suzi Conger

      Good insight John

  • cd3382

    I expect Bowe, Hemmingway and DMC to be heavily involved in the game plan this Sunday. Andy Reid is a brilliant offensive mind and I have a feeling he will make the necessary adjustments. We 5-0! Chiefs!!

    • tm1946

      That assumes that Reid is not already put together game plans that maximizes what the talent on the roster is capable of doing….major fear what if this offense is all there is this year? NOT saying it is but why would any of us think Bowe will all of a sudden become a pass catching machine? He has in the past but under Reid he is a decoy and blocking machine, not the best use of talent.

  • Stykman81

    Provocative piece Stacy.
    Keeping in mind this is the first time these particular pieces have been put together the offense is likely surpassing expectations. Yes things need improvement on O … the fella know that. And not scoring more than 20 per game does not put undue pressure on special teams and defense nearly as much as the putrid 3-and-outs. The longer drives have been resting the D most likely. Agreed that the O needs to CONTINUE to develop … I just think the fact that the team has performed better than most folks anticipated may have also thrashed up the angst and worry. That’s as normal as a parent both exhilerated and horrified seeing their kid do something kool they have no business doing at their age. I’m with ya and hope WR threats emerge to roll cover off Bowe, thatDavis to steps up and spells Charles, and the O performs better than the 3rd quarter of the last game. We’ll see how this young unit moves out – part of the fun that wasn’t last year. Also … Andy kinda called himself out as well in the press … and realizes he needs to change some things. But then again … he probably always feels that way … whether publicly admitted or not. Good article! Keep ‘em coming Stacy!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Even undefeated teams should be looking for ways to improve.
      This team could’ve dropped Sunday’s game if not for late defensive heroics.
      They aren’t always going to succeed in late game drives. More consistency throughout the game would keep them out of situations where they need a late score or turnover defensively.
      We left points on the field at the end of the half. Had we gone into the second half up 17, it would’ve been a much different game.

      • Stykman81

        Agreed! We’ll see how they continue to develop. I think our relatively easy schedule is helping the growth, gaining confidence … but as you point out … we may hit a reality check that knocks even this fairly balanced team off kilter. What would be your number 1 improvement to make next?

        • owensgone

          Would love to see Dorsey pull off a trade to bring in an accomplished WR to offset Bowe. I don’t know which one makes the most sense, but someone like Larry Fitzgerald comes to mind. Also, I expect the O-line to improve and provide Alex more time as the season progresses. That will help this offense find a better rhythm and lead to more catches by Bowe as Alex has more time to allow him to get a little separation.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            We aren’t going to see a big splash at wide receiver this year. I wouldn’t mind a more productive slot guy, but I think Dex is fully capable. Avery’s been very good as the #2 thus far.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Offensive consistency. Sustaining drives. Establishing the run.

  • oldchiefsfan

    Imagine how bad we would all feel if we weren’t 5-0.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      You can be happy with 5-0 and still want to see improvements. Those two things are not mutually exclusive.

  • Doc

    Grea write up Stacy! I have been questioning why our #1 receiver is not more involved in the game. Don’t give me any of the double coverage BS. Bowe is not shedding his blocker. Does A Smith not have confidence in him? Are there too many offensive weapons that the OC is in a daze on whichlay to call? Where is Gray and Davis in the backfield? Where is Reid in this mix?
    Granted the o-line is young and a patchwork due to injuries. They are doing an adequate job – but needs to show a whole lot of improvement. Learning a new offense? They are not running routes, they are holding blocks and opening holes for the RBs. They have been together since OTAs, mini camp, training camp, and now through 9 games – they should have a feel for each other by now. And how does an o-lineman get a concussion any way? Is this playing possum so his back and thumb can heal before the divisional gauntlet?
    A Smith is doing a good job with what he has to work with – but he needs to be better. His running is saving drives, but one good lick and we are using Daniel (who I think Bray is better).
    The defense is keeping us in ball games but it cannot last. While they are playing better than we have seen them in years, we can’t put all of our faith on them to win games for us WITHOUT the offense putting 6′s on the board (and I don’t mean double field goals)
    We can be 9-0 by the bye week, but we are going to need some dramatic improvement from the offense production in making TDs. 1-12 on 3rd down is not good at all.
    Anyway – Go Chiefs!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Bracket coverage plays into it. I don’t think that’s an excuse. We just have to make them pay with other receivers so Bowe gets normal 1-on-1 matchups.

  • Danny W

    Objective piece. The offense is horrible on third down effeciency. I mean bad. I posted on something else that Reid has to stomach some of the blame for the plays called for sure. Not enough commitment to the run not just by Charles but Cyrus Grey and Davis too. Alex Smith leaving his feet every game and slamming to the turf is going to get him sidelined with injury I agree. At this point we have to put it on Reid, he knows what his quarterback is capable of and incapable of. His playcalling must revolve around that. Excellent point about the Raiders not being a push over. They beat the high flying Chargers pretty handidly. We’re going to have to start showing improvement on offense if this playoff team is going to have any success when we get there.

  • Arrowhead Magic

    A lot of our offensive ineptitude stems from our poor blocking up front. Alex gets pressured too much and our run blocking has taken a step down from what it was last year. Though all things considered, I think it won’t be too long until our o-line starts to come together and when that happens our offense will pick up considerably.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      We definitely need some continuity there, but I think you’re right.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      You hit the nail on the head. More consistent line play helps this team out quite a bit.
      Some of it’s philosophical though. We need to run the ball in 3rd-and-short situations.
      We also need to stop abandoning the run so quickly.

    • Suzi Conger

      Totally correct about the poor OL pass/block protection. Alex needs more time to execute big deep plays than the average meager 2.5 seconds/play average. Not to mention excessive yardage lost due to inept OL penalties. I sure hope you are right, and the OL will improve sooner rather than later… Alex has done an incredible considering the frequency of pressures/’hurrieds’ plays and opposing D literally in his face…
      I agree with Stacy, too…Alex’s injury risk has skyrocketed due to his determination to Win… But 5-0!! Mighty proud of the guys!

  • michael mckee

    Go get tony g…

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He’s not coming back. EVER.

      • michael mckee

        Why are there chiefs fans that hate on tony g possibly coming back??only a negative hater wouldn’t want him back.we need receiving help and we are THIN at TE…go get tony g

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I’m not hating on it. I just recognize it’s unlikely that he’ll return until he retires.
          Besides, he’s probably done after the year. Are you going to trade a valuable pick away to bring a guy back for 10 games?

          • Calchiefsfan

            I thought I just saw a couple of days ago that he came out and said this will definitely be his last year

        • tm1946

          Would not be available until 2014, I do not want to look past this Sunday, although I do.

      • berttheclock

        He could, but, there is a huge money problem. He has a $5.25 M contract. The Chiefs could not even come close with making enough cuts to their present payroll to be able to meet that figure. Plus, it would leave them with no or very little money in case they have to pick up an emergency player. One scenario would be for Atlanta to cut him. The Chiefs would be first in line to claim him, but, they would have to honor that large contract. There is no chance he would clear waivers. If that did happen, then, he would become a FA and the Chiefs could offer him a lower salary. Not going to happen.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          The waiver process changes after Week 3. The order is determined by the standings (worst to first). So we’d currently be last in line.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Ha, I love it. I was just thinking, with Atlanta playing so poorly, I wonder if Tony G wishes he had played out his last year here in KC. Much better chance of making it to the Super Bowl on this team. Who’d have thought that at the beginning of the year?

  • ArrowFan

    O line O line O line

  • GDL40

    Legitimate concerns…… some of us have been worried about that since week 1..nobody took it serious and people would say, “it will get better as the season goes on ” ….. but it hasnt. The great thing is that we are 5-0 with an average offense, if our offense can somehow start being more productive then we are a threat bc we already have the D and SP teams …… oh it was great to see Alex throw somewhat of a couple of deep balls against Tennessee…..hope to see more of that

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I think it has gotten better because the passing game’s opened up, but… We need even more consistency.

  • freshmeat62

    I agree w/ those below who see the need for improvement in the o-line. That’s why I was concerned in preseason that they weren’t getting more work than they were getting. I stated right after Sunday’s game that if I were coach, I’d have the o-line in the weight room every spare minute putting on mussel. They seem to get pushed around to easily.

    Right now the Chiefs have half the wins I predicted for the season, and none of the loses. So I’m happy at where the Chiefs are at, over all. Of course the more they win, the more I want and expect them to win. Kind of a Catch 22.

    Right now I couldn’t give a rat’s patoot about the playoffs. Just beat the crapout of the Raiders. The team of Lamonica, Hubbard, Davidson, Sistrunk, Otto, Shell, Upshaw, Blanda, and the one I think I hated more than any (except maybe Hubbard) Biletnikoff. That scrawny looking little runt seemed to always come out of nowhere to make some impossible catch.

    • Suzi Conger

      Right on freshmeat… the OLine is my main concern…they DO get pushed around and dominated by opposing D. Alex has to try to execute with an opponent (literally) in his face more often than not… it starts with good OLine pass/block/QB protection…the QB cannot execute when he’s blinded by a body or flat on his back

  • DoubleD

    I don’t view this as a major problem. The NFL is more about passing than rushing these days. The biggest problems I see have to do with Bowe, McCluster and lack of OL pass protection. The run game has to be there in the 4th game to seal the deal, not win the game for you. Seems to me it’s doing it’s job on that front.

  • michael mckee

    I’ll bet tony g would make 3rd down conversions a lil easier…

    • tm1946

      He was done here, wanted a ring, chose Atl. to try to get it. Can we please get past not being his choice as a good team?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Yep. That ship has sailed.

  • Doc

    Here is a point for discussion. Could it be possible that Reid is playing possum with the offense until the divisional game gauntlet gets here? We hear that Charles has these blisters on is feet and we see very little of him in the first half. Then the second half, namely the 4th quarter he is running like a man possessed. Bowe has been targeted very infrequently but we have seen Avery and McGrath come on. Is this to ge teams thinking away from Bowe and then turn I’m loose in the divisional games? The offense controls the ball for the most part during the game. Not much scoring in the first half, but get into the 4th quarter and its as if a new offense stepped on the field where they move the ball at will to put up just enough points to win. So, could it just be possible that Reid is playing ultra conservative right now until after the bye week to make the run for and through the playoffs?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I doubt that very seriously. You can’t take a chance on losing non-divisional games just so you can surprise AFC-W teams.

    • Robin M Mcculley

      Can we say risky? However, if that was actually the case and it worked? Bravo Andy.

    • kcpauly

      Doc, I said the same thing yesterday in a post, I think there might be something to it
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!

    • Calchiefsfan

      Great thought but I don’t know if it’s playing possum as much as just methodically bringing the offense along. Installing parts of it step by step. I think Reid definitely has his eye on the post bye run and the playoffs, Denver especially.

      As far as fourth quarter performance, is it conditioning? Smith, (and the whole team for that matter), gets more focused when the pressure is on? Reid opens up the playbook more? All of the above? I don’t know but I love how the Chiefs put the hammer down when it’s winning time!

  • michael mckee

    Yes id gladly give up a 4 or 5.what have our valuable draft picks done this year??its ok,ill wait…

  • Brett VanZant

    We should trade for Josh Gordon from the browns . ASAP.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Not gonna happen. The Browns want an R2 for Gordon.

      • berttheclock

        Plus, who Dorsey put on him to baby sit on his drug issues?

  • michael mckee

    Tony gave the chiefs 11 great years.some need to quit sounding like scorned exes and admit he could REALLY help this team..he left us,we weren’t his choice(whiney bitch voice)

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He could help. So could Aaron Rodgers.
      Neither will ever play for the Chiefs.
      #acceptanceiskey

      • tm1946

        Toss in Lombardi, Stram, and every QB in the HOF, Will someone please get these fans over Tony Gonzales. If he stayed, he would have been so beat up by now, it would be sad. He chose to go to Atl, gone, GONE
        HE IS GONE.

  • STEVE

    ONE MORE TIME MR. NEGATIVE FIRST WRITES WHEN WILL THEY LOSE AND NOW THIS. OPEN YOUR EYES THIS IS A GOOD TEAM

    • Stacy D. Smith

      This is a good team, but that hardly means they won’t eventually lose a game.
      This is a good team, but that hardly means they don’t have areas where they need to improve.
      My work is much more nuanced than you’ve given it credit for. Perhaps the both of us could benefit from some eye-opening?

    • Suzi Conger

      I think, if I’m not mistaking your intention: the useage of the word “when” will they lose….” denotes the assumption that the Chiefs will lose…”cup half empty” attitude vs ‘cup half-full’…. “here’s the bad news” speaks to itself regarding negativity

  • hipnetic

    My biggest concern is with pass protection and receivers dropping easy balls. Alex throws accurately when he has time, but can be off-target when he’s scrambling, so that’s on the O Line (and Alex). But the easy drops need to stop. This last game was probably one of Alex’s worst performances, IMO, but I need to go back and watch it again.

    I will add that I was disappointed in Andy Reid not going for it on 4th & goal at the 1-yard line early in the game, and instead taking the easy FG. If successful, I think that could have been a huge boost to their confidence. Likewise, before the half ended, they were up by 10 points already and it was 4th & goal at the 5-yard line. Again, they took the easy FG.

    Adding to the questioning of Andy’s play-calling…what was with the commitment to Chad Hall? He must have looked pretty outstanding during practice, because he seemed to be the go-to guy at the beginning of the game, despite only catching one of the balls thrown his way.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The drops have been problematic.

  • slapnuts

    Absolutely correct…just keep running that dang ball and get davis more involved. jamal can’t do everything for this offense and the thought of daniels throwing his rainbows is not comforting(after smith gets blown up on one of his scrambles)…2nd and 6 and sure enough andy just has to pass. Just run and if we have to punt so be it but at least we try and get our running game on track!!

  • Jarad

    Its a big concern! The O-line is a disappointment so far. And i keep hearing/seeing people say that they will get it together. Well sorry, but they had training camp , preseason, and 25% of the regular season to get it together. Is that not enough time!? Sometimes things just arent as good as we had hoped. Im loving Charles in the passing game, but at the same time, i want to see more carries. Its a tough balance cuz u cant wear him down, but he is the Chiefs offense! And despite what some of the ALEX homers feel, he’s exactly what people said he was. A game manager. A vast improvement from last season, but not a top 10-12 QB. But enough of the negativity, CHIEFS ARE 5-0 and the DEFENSE IS SICK!!!!!!

  • Canad-Ian

    I think Donald Stephenson needs to start at RT. If Fish starts impressing in practice then make the switch back.

    • Danny W

      I guess PFF graded him out low on the game but I didn’t think he did that poorly at all.

  • Bosco Cletus

    My problem is that they don’t even attempt to give Charles a chance running on 3rd and 2 or maybe even 3rd and 3. When did picking up 2 yards via the run with a back like 25 become such a big deal? Moving the chains and gaining field position is the most important thing in close games, we all know that.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I don’t mind throwing on 3rd & 3 or longer, but I’d like to see us run with just 1 or 2 yards to go. Let Sherman lead the way, but give Jamaal the ball!

  • RepOurChiefs

    You are spot on stacy and I find it hard to be completely excited about the 5-0 start which is awesome but im at 75% excitement level right not for the same reasons you’ve mentioned. To be able to have a chance with teams such as denver those 1st downs are critical to eat clock and keeping the Mannings of the NFL on the sideline debating water or h2o with the waterboy! 3 home games til mid season and I expect to see a better gel work of improvement with the off. Our bread and butter is making love to the clock and punching it for 7 once the 4play is done!

  • STEVE

    ARE YOU THE ONE WRITING THESE ARTICLES? CHECK OUT ARROWHEAD PRIDE AND YOU WILL SEE HOW ITS DONE

    • Calchiefsfan

      Hey man, what’s that all about? It’s legitimate concerns about where the Chiefs need to improve. All of us here enjoy Stacy’s articles and appreciate the work he puts into them. Back off!

      What’s with all the caps too?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The good folks over at A/P are allies of ours. They do great work. As do we.
      Different strokes for different folks. Don’t knock AA’s hustle though.

  • Calchiefsfan

    We’re 5-0, no need to start panicking yet. I hear what everyone is saying but what I’m seeing here is a pattern. Andy Reid is systematically installing this offense bit by bit, game by game. The game plan is obviously to be ready to make a run in November and December. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have the schedule we’ve had that allows Reid to do this and yet win every game. Notice how Reid is handling injuries, not rushing anyone back too quickly. He wants them fully healed and ready to play for the stretch run and the playoffs. He’s got Denver in his sights.

    It sounds like most of the people on AA agree, the O line is the biggest factor. As their execution improves so will the whole offense, the run game especially. All of this is what has me so optimistic about the Chiefs, they have sooo much room to grow. Once the O line starts executing well, consistently, knowing their assignments without having to think about, everything automatic, we’ll begin to see an efficient, scoring, dominating offense. We have the talent. We just have to be patient and let it come together.

    As far as Bowe is concerned, it just seems like Smith has to get the confidence with him that Cassel had. Cassel would just toss it up in hopes Bowe would come down with the ball and most of the time he did. As conservative as Smith is that is totally out of character for him. Once Smith gets it, hopefully sooner rather than later, we’ll start to see more of Bowe. I also think that if we get into a situation where we are down a couple of TDs late in the game Smith will be forced to go to Bowe. That could be a good thing.

    • Suzi Conger

      Ccf…wasn’t cassel one of the highest intercepted, or the most intercepted QB last year, I think? Or do I have that wrong, not sure.?…. If he was, why would anyone want to use cassel as a yardstick for Alex’s QB skills as he is the #1 winning-st QB in NFL at present (from ’11 season – present ) 25- 5 … hopefully 26 soon :)

      Our QB is not remotely our O problems this year, but rather, simply put…poor OLine pass/block/QB protection, excessive OL penalty yardage losses, and well executed pass drops. Many are forgetting already the 100% RedZone success of the first two games,,,of course, for those two games Smith didn’t have opposing D in his face (literally) at 2 – 2.5 seconds/play average …

      But, isn’t is great that Chiefs are 5-0!! 250% over last year, yahoo Chiefs

  • Mauricio Isaak

    I agree with you, the offense needs to get rythm and stablish the run game and hava a beter selections of plays, if not, sooner or later we will loose

  • berttheclock

    Hey, Stacy, I just read your reply about the waiver wire change after Week 3. I knew at some point in the season, the Chiefs would lose their position, but, forgot it came so early. Thanks for the update. I am still very happy we were in the One Spot just after training camp.

  • michael mckee

    makin room for tony g:)…

  • Suzi Conger

    Good read Stacy., Thanks