Andy Reid Believes 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs Need To Improve

Is it possible for an 8-0 team to get better?

Well, if you listened to Kansas City’s detractors, then of course, the Chiefs can do many things to get better. After all, they’re not even that good, right?

With that said, even Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid understands that his team still has room to improve.

“You give me every phase and there’s going to be a phase that we need to get better at within that phase, whether it’s as a group collectively or if it’s as an individual,” Reid said in a recent press conference.

“That’s how this thing goes. I’ve said this before, it’s like being a farmer because you’re never, never, never done. It might be an individual player stepping with the right foot, the proper foot, going in whatever direction and not under stepping himself, whether it’s an offensive lineman or defensive lineman,” he said.

“It’s that detailed and yet very broad. That’s a loaded question, a good question, but those are all of the things that we’re working on. You can’t stand up here publicly, that’s for the other coach to try to discover and has to work on. It’s like an artist, only the artist knows where the mistakes are and you look at it from a non-artistic eye.””

For Chiefs fans, this answer should be exciting. Extremely exciting.

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The Chiefs are the best team in the NFL right now, by record at least, and they’re on top of the AFC West. This is after going 2-14 a year ago, mind you, so getting content here or feeling on top of the world could almost be tolerated, and at least understood.

That’s not the mindset Reid is taking though, and at the end of the day, that’s what’s going to make this team great.

No matter how good they have been, they’re always looking to get better. That type of mentality starts at the top, so credit the head coach.

Because of that mindset, weaknesses will improve, the team will grow, and ultimately, a contender will be born.

Topics: Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • michael mckee

    Go get tony,we will improve…

    • None ofyour Business

      That would require a QB that could actually throw the ball to him.

      • thabear04

        Also that will require an O line that will block for him. The Right side need to be fix

  • Stacy D. Smith

    He’s absolutely right. The offense needs to be much more consistent and stop leaving so many points on the field.

    • KCMikeG

      And the defense needs to stop giving up huge plays.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        It’s going to happen from time to time. At the end of the day they’re still only surrendering 12 points per game. The offense needs to create more big plays.

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I definitely think we have plenty of things to work on, particularly on the offense but the way some people put it we need to improve a lot because apparently we haven’t beaten anyone yet. That’s strange I thought we were 8-0 not 0-8. We’ve beaten a quarter of the league and all anyone can say is how we aren’t that good.

    • None ofyour Business

      I don’t think anyone other than charlatans are saying we aren’t any good. The pessimists among us (myself included) are saying that our O-Line and QB are no good.

  • Danny W

    That’s what I want the coach to say for sure. It doesn’t really take an artist to see that Jeff Allen, Eric Fisher, and Alex Smith need to improve though. Nor that it’s mainly the offense that lacks in execution in every facet barring the nifty footwork of the best running back in the NFL. Good news, the lineman are young and can get better. The not so good news, Alex Smith is an 8 year veteran, while with a new coach and scheme has been playing with the team and preparing for games for 12 weeks and doesn’t look to be progressing.

    • BigGil

      The artist comment is more focused than broad. It’s less “where they are” meaning “who’s making the mistakes” and more “where they are” meaning “what exactly did they do wrong in their technique or decision making (individually)” or “what exactly did they do wrong in their schemed effort”(severally).

      For the record, it is my opinion that the offense is improving. They came out much stronger in Sunday’s game than I expected them to against a strong Browns D. Had our D continued to demoralize the Browns O it would have been interesting to see how our O would’ve continued doing. Instead our D (Sean Smith, in particular, and to some extent Kendrick Lewis) allowed some big plays to the Browns O that gave the Browns D a spark of hope to feed on and the tides turned considerably. But still, moving the ball and scoring points on a fresh Browns D is pretty impressive considering that only a few weeks ago they were struggling to put points on the board against a much worse Eagles D (a game that should’ve been a blowout had they been clicking on more cylinders). It’s made even more impressive when one considers that the Browns were keying in on Charles from the get-go, and the offense wasn’t completely stonewalled as many a pundit or commenter speculated should be the case (getting stonewalled) if such a thing happened (a D keying in on Charles).

      There’s obviously still room for great improvement, but considering that our greatest weakness (offense) has been persevering against some of the better defenses in the league as of late (and will be tested a little bit again against a quickly improving Bills D) and the team is coming away with wins, I’d take that as a positive sign of things to come.

      • Danny W

        I think our O line can improve. So we agree there. I don’t think Smith is going to though. I’ve seen enough of him to know we need to develop a quarterback of the future soon. Alex Smith doesn’t have the abilities of Tyler Bray when it comes to throwing the football. He can extend with his legs though so maybe we draft the best of both worlds next year.

        • BigGil

          It’d be great if we could put Alex Smith’s mind (decision making and such) into Bray’s body (big arm and such). But that’s just science fiction at this point (of course, maybe some of Alex Smith’s methodology/football knowledge will soak into Bray as they spend more time together on the team).

          Smith undeniably has certain physical limitations that affect where and how well he can throw the ball on the field; however, I’m not sold on his current stat line and iffy completion percentage being unable to improve. As they continue to practice on plays in the playbook (which they look to keep introducing new sorts into actual games here and there), and the coaching staff continues to get a little bit better on their play calls throughout entire games (rather than one or two quarters per game), his statline could reasonably increase significantly despite the physical limitations. Now his physical limitations will affect the frequency with which certain plays get called, mainly ones of the first-reads down deep variety, and some might not get called at all as a result, but that does not preclude them entirely from calling plays in his wheelhouse that still keeps opposing D’s off balance and/or exploits them.

          They can continue to play to Smith’s strengths, improve as a unit and improve in the playcalling department, and get more convincing wins. Long term I would like to see us get a QB with less arm limitations (especially if they had Alex Smith’s intangibles), but that’s pretty much every fan of a team that doesn’t have a proven (or at least very promising) commodity in that department. Short term, Alex Smith can be a part of an improving offense and get us to win more convincingly, so long as Reid & Co. continue to play to his strengths.

          • Danny W

            Well I think that’s what almost cost us against the Browns. The defense qued in on the short pass thus leaving him vulnerable to not pulling the trigger, holding onto the football and taking a pile of sacks. I know the line is suspect in some areas but several of those sacks were coverage sacks which isn’t Reid’s fault. He is playing to his quarterbacks strenghts or limitiations however you want to phrase it. You start shutting down the screen pass and the short crossing routes and bam you have this passing game solved. You put a Tyler Bray in and he stretches the field with his arm and they can’t stack the box on us. Give him Alex Smith’s legs and he overcomes our line issues. Either way Smith is too easy to solve.

          • BigGil

            He’s completed more deep passes than he’s generally given credit for, granted that’s “deep passes” by the literal 15+ yards definition, as he only completed (or even attempted) a small handful of the 30+ yards variety. And that’s pre-YAC (though the average is killed in the statline due to a much greater percentage of short/screen/flats compared to intermediate/deep throws). They can continue to succeed with the throws he can make, if they keep the defense guessing. That he spreads the ball out helps with that. If they can continue to improve in pass protection (they have been) to limit yards lost to sacks (with Smith doing his part to limit coverage sacks, of course), and they can limit penalties and yards lost to that (causing greater than the standard 10 for a first, I mean), they can keep the chains moving with the throws he can make.

            I have to admit the grind it out style is getting to me, though. If I were thirty years older, the “heart attack” moments they’ve given me this season would likely be much more literal and a lot less hyperbole.

            At least when it’s “grind it out” in closer games.

            I think I would rather enjoy a grind it out offense where a higher percentage of drives ended in points (even if just FGs), and the defense was suffocating enough where even FGs could add up to a breathable point padding.

          • Danny W

            I think he can do enough to win some more games too. I don’t think he can do enough to win it all though. Too many throws and points left on the board.

          • BigGil

            Yeah it’ll be a team effort for the most part (though I’m sure some would point to the SF/NO playoff game in the 2011 season). For the most part It takes a Greg Jennings to “put da team on yo’ back”.

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