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2013 Chiefs A Great Enigma

How much more puzzling could one team get. So great a defense… and a not so great offense… all under one roofless stadium. How can an offense look so lethargic for three straight quarters, then out execute the opposition enough down the stretch, just enough to bring home a win? And then follow the exact same script one week after another?

I hope you’ve gotten every moment of enjoyment out of these 6 and 0 wonders as you possibly can because there doesn’t appear to be a mid-season fix for these Chiefs.

Because of their offensive inadequacies, their fate is to be vanquished to the dungeon eventually but not until they pass by the throne room to have a good look at the crown first. And what is holding them back beside the Denver Broncos?

Themselves: specifically, their offense.

Ten years ago another great enigma flourished here in Kansas City. A dazzling offense with a hall of fame tight end and a hall of fame left tackle surrounded by players with speed and agility and a will to win. And “win” they did, going 13-3.

However, their offense gained 5910 yards and their defense that gave up 5707, approximately a 12 yards per game difference. Oh, those 2003 Chiefs could score points but, barely enough points to cover the number spread because of points their defense was giving up.

They eventually lost to a Peyton Manning led team (the Indianapolis Colts) 31-38 in the playoffs. The irony… is lost on me because this year’s team appears ready to suffer the same fate as the 2003 team faced (losing to a Manning led team) and… because it’s not funny at all.

Compare the 2013 Chiefs to the 2003 squad: this year’s team is gaining 20 more yards per game than they are allowing. A measly 5 yards per quarter advantage. Of course if you remove the Chiefs 4th quarter dominance you can see that during the rest of the game Chiefs fans spend in an animated state of “oh-crap, what-the-H, & I’ve-seen-this-horror-story-movie-before.”

Can you say “re-enigma?” Not to be confused with “enema” although these cardiac Chieftons have made the latter sound more comfortable than the former.

History Repeats Itself

This season’s defensive success might even possibly be tied to that season of defense-less play in 2003. That season had such a negative effect on the organization that from 2004 to 2012 their next 6 out of 8 first choices in the draft were defensive players (Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Eric Berry, Jonathan Baldwin and Dontari Poe).

In 2013 all of these high defensive draft picks are having a major impact with the exception of Glenn Dorsey, who’s now playing nose tackle in San Francisco.

Now, it appears the Chiefs are in need of some offensive firepower. God forgive if Jamaal Charles should have an injury. However, Charles’ presence on the Chiefs roster may also be traced, in part, to the 2003 season.

Head coach Dick Vermeil coveted defensive help that year because it was obvious the team had to improve on that side of the ball. So, who did the self-proclaimed draft day cardsharp GM Carl Peterson draft with the 27th pick of the first round in 2003? A running back: Larry Johnson. Year’s later JC was nearly released because he didn’t fit into HC Todd Haley’s ideal of a RB. When LJ began to falter JC took over and hasn’t looked back since.

Priest Holmes, Trent Green, Tony Richardson, Dante Hall, Eddie Kennison, Will Shields, Brian Waters, Tony Gonzales, Willie Roaf, Casey Weigmann and diaper dandy Larry Johnson. Those are all names of offensive players from 2003 that I came up with off the top of my head. Many of you could probably add a name or two to that list.

Now, can you name one player from the defense that season?

In 2013, without Jamaal Charles on the roster… this team would reflect a “complete” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde transformation: passive by day and monster by night.

I’m sure you don’t have to be told that the Chiefs offense is Dr. Jekyll in this scenario… way too passive… and needs a potion, while the defense is one of the scariest defenses in recent memory.

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  • berttheclock

    This team is definitely “Not your Daddies Caddy”.

    • ladner morse

      Not even Uncle Hugo’s Yugo!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    There’s no question about it, this team needs to get better on offense. Part of the problem is Smith isn’t comfortable throwing into a tight window for Bowe. I think he’s gaining more trust in him, but that needs to come along a bit quicker. He’s not going to be open by 2 or 3 yards as often as Smith would like. He’s a guy who’ll fight for the football and use his body to seal a defender off. Trust him and throw it his way. Occasionally he’ll get Prince Amukamara’d, but there just aren’t any good alternatives. I’d like to see them use Dex a bit more often as well. And hey… How about Knile Davis? You drafted him… Trust the kid with the ball!

    • Nemoi

      I know Tony G is controversial but he would help open Bowe by drawing double coverage in the red zone. Dex is one of my favorite players and I’d like to see more of him. That kid is amazing. I agree, we have find a way to get him on the field more.

      • berttheclock

        I don;t see anything controversial in Tony G. What I do see is the massive problem his $5.25 M contract would cause to the cap. He would have to agree to a whopping cut and/or other players would have to do major adjustments or some very talented current player would have to be cut.

      • Danny W

        I think we’re more likely to give NY a 3rd round pick for Hakeem Nicks than get Tony G back.

        • elly violette

          Do you think the Giants would take less than a 3rd round pick for Nicks?

          • Danny W

            No and nor should they. Dude will demand a fairly big contract at years end. It shouldn’t be Bowe sized by big enough. May not have the cap for him.

        • Nemoi

          We have capable tight ends on the roster. We need a one and done. Besides I’d love to see Tony G retire as a Chief.

    • Michael Shaw

      I see two issues Stacy. 1) One of Alex’s first two picks involved Bowe NOT fighting for the ball. Well that and a bit of defensive passing interference, but I digress. So I am not surprised that Bowe is not Alex’s favorite since he is known to drop a “lot” of balls. 2) Knile Davis has already shown a propensity to fumble the ball, without anyone touching him, so I would rather they used Cyrus Grey more often or maybe give the ball to Sherman some???

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Things happen. That one play doesn’t define Bowe. Just as one errant pass doesn’t define Alex Smith. He has no choice but to trust his receivers. Otherwise, he puts entirely too much pressure on himself to get this offense going. He’s just not THAT kind of quarterback. You’re stuck with these receivers. Bowe was a really good wide receiver before you got here, give him a little credit.

        I don’t think Davis has “lost” a fumble yet this season. They knew about his fumbling issues when they drafted him. You’ve had him for 6 months now. Think maybe you could show a little faith in the kid and give him some touches?

        • berttheclock

          The bounce of the ball out of bounds against the Raiders did help that stat.

      • berttheclock

        Sherman is the player many keep forgetting. Glad to see Gannon gave him kudos. Another very wise Dorsey move. Remember reading comments from many concerning why the Chiefs drafted a FB, traded for one and brought in FA FBs? Sherman has shown all what Andy Reid really wanted as a FB in his system.

        • ladner morse

          BTW… Gannon has been the only game announcer this year who seemed to really know anything about the Chiefs!!!!!

          • Priest4Prez

            I thought he was a Raider rah rah group to be honest. Couldn’t get a thumbs up from Gannon for anything. We get it, we’re sorry! I didn’t want Grbac, I promise!

      • Michael Shaw

        True, I was just making a case as to why AS doesn’t trust Bowe and why
        the coaches may not trust Knile Davis. Not really say I agree with it,
        but I am not the one making those decisions either.

      • ladner morse

        Michael, 1) I know Bowe had dropsy issues in past years but I heard of no such problems this summer and Bowe was convinced he was going to lead the league in receptions before the year started. It doesn’t figure. 2) Knile Davis has had problems holding on to the ball but Reid is going to keep giving him chances until he loses a game for he Chiefs. By that time I think Davis will have licked his problem. At least I hope so because I think he’d be a terrific complement to JC going forward and even be a possible JC replacement in the long haul. I think that’s what he was drafted to become.

        • Michael Shaw

          Laddy, with Bowe it does figure, because Alex doesn’t seem comfortable throwing to him past 10 yards and yet he has NO problem throwing to Avery beyond 10 yards. As for Knile Davis, I was originally thinking the same as you, but I am not sure the team as a whole believes that, otherwise they would use him more as a bruiser. However I am hoping you are right.

    • Danny W

      Good take. You can tell they don’t trust Davis at all. He got one play last game dropped the ball and you didn’t see him again. I think he’s cut next year. He was a reach at where he was drafted anyway.

    • Justin Jones

      we also need to remember that any is calling these plays. not alex. alot of them r very vanilla. yes alex needs to open up some but its not all on him.

    • ladner morse

      If that’s true about Smith… why do you think Cassel had more success getting the ball to Bowe than he’s having?

  • Justin R Groth

    Problem on Sunday was you would have wide open receiver but Alex would never turn his head that way and everyone in my section would be pointing and screaming.

    • Cha-iefs

      did anyone see the SD v Oak game? Oak can bring the heat incase nobody notices.

      • berttheclock

        Rivers threw 48 passes and completed 36, but, he, also, threw 3 INTs.

    • berttheclock

      Kind of hard turning ones head on the playing field, when, you are being chased and hit. Easy to sit in the stands and see the open man. If you really check out many programs of NFL games, you can always spot open men, but, that does not mean the QB can see the same thing when he has mini seconds to spot them and release the ball. What usually happens, is the OC assistants high in the booth above spot what you have spotted and will try to make the needed adjustments.

      • Justin R Groth

        Your right but on the particular plays I referred to Alex had time, he just never looked that way ( in the instance of Avery he was around the left hash) also bowe one in one shoyld at least get a glance early.

    • ladner morse

      You obviously had a better view of things from an Arrowhead seat. However, my take on Smith during the 6th game of his time with the Chiefs and this specific OL is that he’s becoming increasingly skittish. Mobility is a two edged sword and if A.S. can get himself out of “perceived” trouble then he’s going to do it. While those WRs you were talking about did look open from my seat in my living room… the close-up of Alex Smith seemed to indicate he thought time was up and he had to bolt… even though it also looked like he could have lingered in the pocket a tad longer.

  • Jeff Grasser Jr

    Great article! So do you think we’ll go on an offensive drafting tear the next 4-5 years until our defense is depleted and it’s 2003 again?

    • Michael Shaw

      I don’t see this regime drafting heavily on either side of the ball. They will likely look to plug holes and add depth to other area’s. It isn’t their fault Jon Baldwin was a douche!!!

      • berttheclock

        I don’t understand why anyone would hit you with a negative. Jon Baldwin went to a team in dire need of a wide out to replace the ones injured. Harbaugh has made positive comments about his working hard with the team, yet, in three games with SF, he has only caught 3 passes, the longest of which was for 15 yards against the Rams. He had zero catches against the Texans and only caught one last week for 9 yards. Same problem. If you jam him he stops playing. He really does not look as though he has been any favorite of CK. But, then, when, you have Vernon Davis rumbling down the field, why look for anyone else?

      • ladner morse

        I’m not a JB fan anymore either but I don’t follow what you’re saying about the drafting pattern and what did JB have to do with any of that?

    • ladner morse

      Reid and Dorsey appear to be committed to the “best talent available” so that depends on who they are signing in free agency during the off-season. They seem to have the ability to draw talent to KC when other coach/GMs have not.

      When you look at the really good offensive team you will see they have multiple threats. The Chiefs have one. Gronkowski PLUS Hernandez actually made Brady look better… at least better than he looks this year.

      Another offensive playmaker is a must because that person… assuming they are a WR or TE… will make Bowe better (and A.S. better too) because teams will not be able to double both. However, when next off season is all said and done the Kansas City Chiefs organization has to address the offensive line at LG and RT. Another off season and Eric Fisher MAY be ready for combat. You would hope so but, the way his season is going I really would like to see him on the bench and if the solution for him was to move him inside and give him the LG position, so be it. In any case, the OL must be addressed or A.S. will continue to look like he’s a squirrel running around with his nuts cut off.

    • ladner morse

      Hey… thanks Jeff!

  • Cha-iefs

    This is the most negative chiefs site on the whole web

    • berttheclock

      You would not get much support for that over at ESPN, where Teicher keeps getting hammered. I happen to believe his articles are far more informative than they were when he was with the Star, but, during the last few years at the Star, he was muzzled by the front office at Arrowhead.

      You really must read more of the excellent work of Laddie Morse and the other fine writers at this site. Perhaps, you are confusing realistic assessments with negativity. I prefer their reality to simply Pom Pom waving. Many of those types remind me of the days of Monte Moore. The only time Moore was ever critical of the game he was calling was when Charlie Finley paid him to be a spy. Moore would see something on the field, say it, and Finley, from his home in Indiana would call the dugout and chew out the manager. Other than that, Moore was Rah Rah Rah when he was calling Jayhawks sports or the A’s.

      • Nemoi

        I read many Chiefs websites but this is absolutely my favorite. I want to hear balanced analysis of the Chiefs. This may be why I somewhat avoid the mother ship. I’ve been an avid Chiefs fan for 40 years but have never played the game. Laddie, you know enough that you teach me when you write but you don’t write over my head. Put in nothing but theory and stats in an article and you’ll lose me. It’s still a game of emotion for me. This site is balanced and also allows a personal connection where you don’t get trampled in a stampede. Guys, keep up the good work. Go Chiefs!

        • berttheclock

          One of the reasons I switched from posting at the Star is the Star has gone the ad hungry way of other newspapers and wants that Face Book money. The argument from management is Face Book users would have to be less confrontational and mean spirited. The Star maintains they switched due to political discussions. Arrowhead Pride has excellent writers, but, it is hard to post there as they limit the number of words. This site offers Face Book free postings and they employ many talented writers and, most of them will interface with you on comments. That is something I never saw happening at the Star. Their writers hid behind the screen. One other thing I like about this site is their moderators know how to allow discussions to flow, but, they will, also, cut off someone in a heart beat if that poster becomes abusive to others.

          • Nemoi

            I remember when the Kansas City Star daily newspaper was my only source for Chiefs stories. Off seasons were brutal and bone dry of the stories I craved. It’s a good day when I can feed my addiction all year long on the internet with the plethora of Chiefs content daily. I do have my favorites. Anymore I only read a star article from the Star when there is a link to one that sounds interesting.

      • ladner morse

        bertyourock

    • steve james

      Is it the only one you go to? Only way that statement makes sense. I think Teicher is a Buffalo fan or something. He sure isin’t a Chiefs fan. You can be unbiased in your reporting & still have some color show. Teicher is horrible. Bland & negative with a farm market writing style. IMHO.

    • Danny W

      This site offers a variety of writers bud. Had a guy this week actually grade our offense out at a B last Sunday! That’s right a B grade. If that’s not rosy enough for you should just stay on kcchiefs.com

    • ladner morse

      Maybe you’re right… however we’re all painting a reality using the palette provided by our own prism.

      No concealed negativism intended… just revealing that which already exists.

  • vchiefsfan

    Six weeks! That’s all the time that this group has been playing together under a completely new system and they don’t look good enough? Geeeez…. Yes, we might get beat because of a bad offensive day or a good defensive day by our opponents. But guess what? That happens to 31 teams every year. This is not a SB or bust team, and too many fans are listening to the media.

    • Danny W

      Have you seen our offense play? We get like three third down conversions a game. Three of them.. We don’t sustain drives. If our defense isn’t shut down your looking at a 2 and 4 ball club. Are you still happy then? They’ve had all of the summer and minicamps not counting preseason as well. It’s not just been six weeks. Even so you would want to see progression, not regression in their play.

      • vchiefsfan

        Oh don’t get me wrong. I would love to see our offense being dominant just one game. And I truely believe that we could be a one win team without our defense. But I also know that we’re starting our 4th and 5th string TE’s. (Dont think that’s important, ask Tom Brady) I would love to see progression every game, but defenses now have tape on us, and are adjusting faster than our offense is. Is it frustrating….. a little. But no where near as frustrating as the last two years.
        Here’s the thing, we’re winning. Sometimes ugly, brutal games. But we’re winning. Does this O-line scare the **** out me. Yep, but we’re winning. Basically, I guess I’m more patient then most fans. But yes, I’ve watched every single snap we’ve played this year at least twice (sometimes more, thanks NFL Rewind).

        • Danny W

          Dude, I’m not gonna lie I want the NFL rewind. I’ve got NFL network (watching it now)but I want that all 22. Tight ends are a huge part of the west coast offense as is the running back. But we have a pro bowl wide out he’s getting looked at all of two times per game and McCluster whose an awesome screen threat. I’m think maybe we need to have Bowe put his finger in the ground if that will help.

          • vchiefsfan

            ROFL, I actually think the Bowe part is pretty complicated and the one thing that really should be looked at more. As I’ve watched the games, Bowe really hasn’t been our featured reciever in a lot of the sets. That’s on Andy. Alex hasn’t had a ton of time to wait for Bowe to get open. That’s on the O-line.
            But there’s been quite a few plays where I think Bowe and Alex are reading different coverages and that the adjustments that Bowe is making isn’t what Alex expects. And that’s the part that needs to get fixed ASAP!
            But before I get labeled as an Alex ?appologist?, I wish Alex would calm the **** down in the pocket when he does get protection. Guess who’s that’s on :o)

          • Danny W

            Indeed. I don’t hate Alex Smith….believe it or not. I think his is capable of playing good ball. Where is it? Some of it is the line. Some is Andy Reid. We have playmakers that need the ball for this offense to evolve. I think it’s funny you say that Bowe hasn’t been our featured receiver and I think your exactly right. On Smith’s progression tree Bowe looks like he’s a third choice most plays!!! That’s stupid!!!! He’s a pro bowl receiver!!!! Find a way to get him the ball! First read!! That’s what I scream at the tv anyway.

    • ladner morse

      Why would you say this is not a “SB of bust” team? In six weeks the Chiefs defense is excellent. We can all see that. So, why isn’t it alright to say we see the holes in this offense? And… like in every other major sports league there is a cut off date for a trading deadline. A deadline that exists so that teams who, 1) want to make a run at the big prize can trade future considerations for instant gratification and 2) teams who obviously have no hope this season can plan for the future by trading away assets to to achieve those future goals.

      I think the Chiefs are one or two playmakers away from having a legit chance to win it all. No, the OL is not great but some playmakers can change all that.

      • vchiefsfan

        I’m not opposed to the Chiefs using the trade to make this team better. But with this O-line, they just aren’t there yet. I think that we need to be patient and good things will come. Yes I want to make a run at the SB, but I want a team that can do that every year.
        I’ve heard the statement “one or two playmakers away” before, ask Houston or Atlanta how that’s worked out for them. All I’m saying is that as fans we need to be more patient with the Offense. It’s been a magical Six weeks so far, we should be enjoying it. I know I am.
        P.S. Love your articles Ladner.

      • elly violette

        I agree. If the Chiefs can win it all this year, why wait until next year. So many things can happen in a year’s time… like players getting hurt or retiring… why wait until the team is a year older?

  • Michael Shaw

    Ok, I am missing something. When did the league change the trade deadline away from week 6??? Not that I am complaining as I have always thought the trade deadline should be around mid-season.

    • berttheclock

      October 29 at 4PM EST.

    • berttheclock

      October 29 at 4PM EST, or if you prefer 1600 hours.

      • Michael Shaw

        Nice!!! Thank you for acknowledging my military ways!!! LOL!! Thanks for the info Bert!

  • tomflex

    Wow…talk about laying it all out there in one nice package…only thing you left out was the final score this coming Sunday. Nice piece.
    Offense….We need a tight end who makes plays and gets those first downs. If we don’t have that we might as well pitch the West coast scheme and go with some type of spread with 4 wideouts. At least it might loosen up the middle a bit for Jamaal.
    I expected the offense to have problems against Oaklands defense because our O line doesn’t match up with their D line at all not sure why…..seems like that isn’t the case so much when we play out there?
    The only thing that is starting to crawl softly into my worry box is Alex Smith suddenly not being able to hit close to what he is aiming at. Can’t seem to hit people in stride, his touch is way off and if he is not throwing it straight into the ground he’s getting it up in the tipping zone….All QB’s have bad days (cept turtle head) so maybe I ought to just shutup.

    • Danny W

      No man awesome take. Spot on really. Alex Smith looked so good out in San Fran because of Vernon Davis and the trust they shared. He’s a duck out of water with out a good tight end.

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        And his completion percentage was way better. I think the Chiefs should send Bowe across the middle more.

        • Danny W

          I agree. You have to whatever it takes to get Bowe and his YAC ability the football more. Shoot I don’t know make him put his finger in the grass if that helps.

          • ladner morse

            Bowe has become a good blocker and he’ll never be able to perform man sized TE tasks… but… sending him over the middle from the TE position would open up the outside passing lanes. In any event, they must figure something out. After all, they have that brain power there with Brad Childress.

          • Danny W

            I was being facetious about him putting his finger in the ground.

    • ladner morse

      First of all — great post. Second of all — turtle head — broke my side laughing. I LOVE that!
      Really… the offense is close… a playmaker or two… or even one of the other players on the roster stepping up and this could easily be a scoring machine. Prior to this season I was expecting the mid and longer range passing to open some wide holes for JC but that hasn’t happened at all with no hope in site for that plan. One thing I’ve learned… Dorsey and Reid can be trusted. It’s amazing they have taken the Chiefs this far in such a short amount of time. Amazing really.

    • elly violette

      Great post! I couldn’t agree more!

  • Nemoi

    I am certainly not trying to make a case for changing quarterbacks but the 1997 Chiefs had a monster defense and an average offense under Elvis Grbac, albeit an awesome offensive line, If we had stayed with Gannon, we could have gone all the way that year and continued to dominate in all phases of the game for years to come. Marty Shottenheimer probably would have continued as our coach clear into the Vermiel years. (It seemed then I was the only one who hated to see Marty go.) I see more current correlations to the ’97 Chiefs under Grbac, than our years of great offense and bad defense, That year, we were 13-3, had a +14 in turnover ratio, lost to Denver in the playoffs and traded Rich Gannon (instead of Grbac) to the Raiders where he flourished. Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

    After arguing against myself… FIX OUR LINE AND ALEX WILL BE FINE! We will then dominate in all phases for all four quarters.

    (Comparisons to the 1996 Chiefs are also interesting. That is the real year the dynasty could have begun had we had Ryan Succop as our field goal kicker in the playoffs against Indy.)

  • ArrowFan

    I would argue that if Dumber plays the way it did last Sunday against the Chiefs They will loose.

  • ArrowFan

    The Offensive help we need is for Fisher and Allen to grow up fast and wear big boy pants. Then the rest will take care of it’s self.

    • ladner morse

      Chiefs are going to need someone else to punch out the light besides JC……. then……. what you said.

  • Priest4Prez

    I’m having a difficult time buying into this 6-0 team. I imagine 31 other fan bases in the league wouldn’t have this issue. I’ve been very reserved watching games; loving the defensive effort but despising the offensive play calling, lack of protection, non existent down field threat and the 5.2 avg per pass. I’m a jaded Chiefs fan, 2010 was a mockery and 2003, while magical, was destined to a no punt playoff loss. I see so many correlations to shadows of glories past and as Chief fans I think we’re very aware of every year we’ve been through. Okay with that being said….
    This offense needs to get it together; the only route that gains any yardage cannot be a crossing route to Donnie Avery every game. The more we center our offense only on Charles to get any sort of yardage; the sooner we’re going to reach heartbreak. Bowe can catch; I’ve seen him do it. Alex can run through his progressions. This O line though, goodness, suspect is not a strong enough word; this is horrible play by the trenches. I feel, seeing how Denver hasn’t seen a defense yet this season; that the Chiefs have the best match up problems for them. Our defense can beat their offense but can Alex Smith & Co. even put together a drive down the field against any team…we’ll say three times a game. If the offense can put up 21 points a game; the dense can give us another 14 points every game. That would be a consistent 30 points every week; but this lack of capable drives starting from our 40 and 50 is inexcusable.
    I won’t get my hopes up this year and I should be able to with a 6-0 team but I just don’t see a contender. Denver can be beaten; Manning showed he is human but we’ll get in our own way as is typical of the Chiefs and lose. They have three games to clean up this offensive play that should have been addressed 3 games ago. I’m here like the rest of, waiting for this to come together so I can say that: “This year is the year”….but then again…..
    Welcome back Arrowhead and Go Chiefs!!!

    • ladner morse

      Excellent post… you should post more. Really!

  • Danny W

    Laddie
    WOW!!!!! Awesome read good Sir. I wanted to stand up and applause this article. Sometimes I think you wear rose colored shades then you come out and put some like this down. Three pages of pure Chiefs Gold!!! Even though it mirrors how I feel about this ball club objectively it was well done either way.
    I personally think Tony Gonzales is happy where he’s at. I think we may be able to get Hakeem Nicks from NY for a third round pick. They’re gonna lose him at the beginning of next year anyway. Comp pick is going to be a third for him.
    I couldn’t agree more about sitting Jeff (cough bust cough) Allen and playing Schwartz instead. I don’t disagree that’s it’s time to sit our number one overall pick either. Kid needs some serious time in the weight room. Like all day and night. He looks like he’s 280lbs right now. If Alex Smith isn’t comfortable throwing the ball to his receivers then their too deep. Run some five yard slants or something. Reid has to swallow some of the blame for this offense. Chad Hall? Let’s run that again with Dexter McCluster….He can’t be (as on offensive guy) pleased with what he’s seeing on his football team right now. What happened to the crossing routes with Donnie? Haven’t tried them since they were our only source of offense that one game. It’s like they’re out thinking themselves here. Great read.

    • berttheclock

      That crossing pattern by Avery against Philly was shut down by the Giants who placed a DB on him to jam him at the line of scrimmage. However, there is one positive about him and Alex Smith (I had been screaming for it before they even began). That is they are trying to get him open deep on a straight Go pattern. Three near misses. On one of them Avery hesitated. On the last one, Smith was just a little too far in his throw. One thing about the usage of Dexter. Ever since San Diego had their top safety sit atop him at the line, other teams have brought up DBs to pick him up whenever, he crosses the line. Plays need to be set up where he could get open without their immediate coverage. Having another pass catching TE in the game at the same time as McGrath could solve that problem.

      • Danny W

        Yeah they keep saying Fasono may be ready any time soon. Other than that who else is out there? Tony G? I really doubt it but would welcome it as long as it’s team friendly.

    • ladner morse

      Someone else said… but I’ll repeat… there have to be more routes that are consistently successful than a crossing route to Donnie Avery.

      Timing may take time but he’s been working with many of these guys for 5 months now. Daily for nearly 3 months now. I’m expecting more from A.S..

  • phantomebb

    I think this offense is just out of sync in all phases and it starts with the o line.
    JC hasn’t broken one big run all year and has way to many 1 yard runs because hes dodging ppl in the backfield. I think this is part horrible o line and fullback blocking and part bad playcalling.

    When McGrath gets invloved it opens up everything. Bowe seems more like a d Thomas or r white to me. Hes a very good 2nd receiver but not a calvin Johnson julio jones type so with double teams he wont see much. When the TE gets production Alex always does better. I think better play calling can fix this.

    And that leads me to playcalling. They look lost at times. I think they are still trying to find thier rhythm. Although it’s hard with such inconsistent execution.

    Wide receiver play. This teams Wrs seem to be a matchup thing. Against some teams they are ok, others they look horrible. Avery is so small to not play the slot, mccluster looks like a rb to me and never seems to get separation. Jenkins just has so little experience. They need to do everything better.

    Alex smith is having the worst two games, especially this last one, I have seen since 2009. He never feels footsteps, has good pocket presence, is smart, and deadly accurate on short throws but last game this wasnt the case. He had something like 5 high passes and 4 low ones. He was also sacked hit or pressured close to 50% of snaps. I chalk this up to bad o line play and lack of chemistry.

    • ladner morse

      I wrote about the same point you’re making here… that Bowe would be an excellent #2. In fact, he’d be far more productive as a #2 because he’d get less double coverage.

  • elly violette

    I like this articol,thank you for writing it! I feel the same frustration about the offense.

  • elly violette

    I’m wondering why the Chiefs can’t give Tyler Bray a few snap in some of these games where they are way ahead late in the game?