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Chiefs Have To Own Up To Poor Play And Get Better

Nobody likes losing, and if you do, there’s a good chance that there could be something wrong with you.

It’s not natural to enjoy losing. Human beings are competitive by nature. Whether it’s our natural will to survive or the positive side of pride—most of us want to be the best at what we do.

Losing hurts. It churns our stomachs and puts a sour taste in our mouths. It puts us in a bad mood and for some of us, steals or sleep.

The Chiefs have felt this sensation two weeks in a row now, and this is coming off a stretch that saw them win nine games in a row.

Losing streaks are never fun, but it’s the Chiefs job as a professional football team to dig down deep and figure out a way to overcome and press forward.

The Chiefs need to get back on the winning track, and according to Andy Reid, accountability will be an important part in that process.

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“That’s important to have within the locker room. We all know we can get better. We have to make sure we fix a couple of things and get it right,” Reid said. “As long as everybody is real with themselves—I mentioned that feels like you had your heart ripped (out) — well that’s how it feels after a loss. You spend so much time and effort, both physical and mental, getting yourself ready to play in a game, that when you come up short, then you feel that way,” he explained.

“You’re real with that and you don’t want that to go away. That’s an important part of it. The important part is that you look inside and make sure you get done what you need to get done so that you can rebound that next week and play good football.”

Rebounding will be easier said than done, and that’s an unfortunate truth this week.

The Denver Broncos come to town fresh off their own loss in overtime to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Denver will also be trying to get rid of that horrible feeling of losing, and last time these two teams met up, Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense put up 427 yards and 27 points on the board.

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The Chiefs have to get back to their winning ways, and if that means holding each other accountable, so be it.

That means blockers need to block, tacklers need to tackle, and playmakers need to make big plays. We saw that on offense this week against San Diego, but now the defense needs to regain its old form.

The Chiefs’ defense has allowed far too many big plays during this losing skid, and that’s something else Reid talked about.

“Defensively, we have to—I would tell you about both sides of the ball and special teams—we have to execute better. The short catches and long games, you have to negate those. Good passing teams are going to catch the football and you have to tackle them at that point and not give up the big yards”, Reid explained.

“We had a chance again for a couple of turnovers there, one right down the stretch. The ball bounces funny, so we weren’t able to pick up on that. But we had a chance for two big ones, one for a score that they ended up throwing the ball in the end zone for a score,” he said. “We were in a position to make an interception there, and it ended up being three points, but points are big in a game there when you’re going back and forth.” 

“That last drive we had a chance. We had a 3rd-and-10 there. I’ll tell you that my defense, I have tremendous confidence in them in situations like that. I think we all felt that something good was going to happen right there, and 99-percent of the time, my defense is going to hold the team when the offense has put up 38 points,” Reid said. “My trust level hasn’t decreased a bit in the guys at all on either side of the ball. The main point here is that we need to get better.”

And just how do the Chiefs work on getting better? What kind of adjustments do they have to make?

“Well, we’re working on that,” Reid said. “We’re all doing that, as coaches and players. I can’t sit here the last two weeks and tell you we’re not in the win column, so we have to do more.”

“That’s the fact of it. We have to do a better job—a better job coaching, a better job playing, keep working hard and keep the attitude right.”

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  • JDInOregon

    That was a weird game against San Diego. KC lost Hali and Houston yet KC continued to blitz a lot, and got burned a lot. Sutton is pretty great but I’m guessing he has to modify his approach with Hali gimpy and Houston out. More pressure yet on the DB’s.

    I like how he modified his coverage schemes late in the second half, the Chiefs almost picked off Rivers. Also, bringing Berry on the blitz now and again seemed effective.

    • StayxsieJohnson

      it was so effective that the vaunted chef defense gave up 41 points….LOL…..Loss three coming up this sunday.

      • berttheclock

        Forgot to add your “just say’in”, eh, benny or are you dirk diggler, etc.?

      • paul pace

        I truly hope you are wrong BUT I have the same feeing you do about the game coming up against the donkeys. KC should have never lost that game against SD. You need to win the games that our played in your house and not allow a team to rack up 41 points against you! Unacceptable and I fear a losing streak coming up. It could get ugly Sunday with Houston out and Hali not 100%. Again, hope I am wrong and I would gladly eat my words if it turns out differently but the deck is stacked againt KC.

        • berttheclock

          Speaking of giving up 41 points in your own stadium, on November 25, 2007, the NYG gave up 41 points in a loss. Again on December 29, 2007, the same team gave up 38 to the Pats in another loss. Their season ended at 9-7. BTW, January became kinder and they won out in the playoffs and won the Super Bowl.

          • paul pace

            We can only hope.

        • jimfromkcj

          It’s amazing to me how so many fans are unwilling to admit that other teams have something to do with Chief’s losses. The way San Diego was playing, I doubt that the best teams in the NFL would have done any better. The Chiefs played their butts off and came up a little short. We have nothing to be ashamed of and should not be seeking scapegoats. I have been saying that we are short on talent at key positions and need quality backups to make this a real super bowl contender. KC fans have a habit of building up players more than their talent warrants and then getting bent out of shape when they don’t play up to our expectations. The game with San Diego was a disappointing loss, but it was a great entertaining game from start to finish. When you look back at last year, how many games can you say the same about?

      • PunjabiPete

        Haters gonna hate.

  • redchiefs

    The Offense finally showed up. Great timing too as with a hurting D, the O can carry the team like the D did up to the bye week.

  • StayxsieJohnson

    I sense a 9-7 finish…..It was obvious the Chefs were a flash in the pan….they are really a 6-10 team that went on a hot streak.

    • berttheclock

      Well, bennie the movie and jazz moniker guy is back on AA. You were 86ed the last time you tried to post. Hey, saw your racist comments posted on a CNN story. Only a matter of time before you start spewing your vile comments here, eh? BTW, please, do tell us far more about your beloved New Orleans Saints and how Shaq was the most dominant player in the NBA.

    • berttheclock

      Hmmm, 9-7. I remember when the New York Giants won it all after going 9-7, in fact, they had a 4 game losing streak at one time.

    • PunjabiPete

      Wow dramatic much? It’s 2 losses here. San Diego is one of those teams that is very familiar with KC, and like Oakland, it doesn’t matter WHAT their record is they play tough against us every time. Calm down, put down the torches and try to look at this objectively. It stings, sure, but I just don’t see a losing streak like that coming up.

      • berttheclock

        The poster you are responding to wants to see the Chiefs fail. He is a poster who lives in the Greater KC area, apparently, against his will and abhors anything about the area and the sporting teams. He has posted at the Star for years, constantly, changing his monikers from movie characters to jazz types. He has used the threads concerning the Chiefs and the Jayhawks to attempt to turn them into a Saints, LSU Tigers and Shaq thread. His only happiness is seeing the Jayhawks, Tigers and Chiefs lose, so, he can gloat.

        • PunjabiPete

          LOL that’s awesome… It always amazes me when people who hate the Chiefs inevitably seek out pages on them to whine to people posting about how much they hate them, and then get all shocked and butthurt when people don’t bend over backwards in capitulation agreeing with them.

  • PunjabiPete

    Learn the zone and take away those crossing routes.

    • tm1946

      Wish it was that simple.

      The NFL is currently on an “offensive is better” jag and “awareness to player injuries” and def. coor. have not caught up yet. There were always rub plays and, at one time, WR had to have tons of guts to run across the field but not now.

      Looking at it coldly, this is Reid’s first year and I am betting he feels he is short more than a few good players. Still after a 2-14 season and now 9 win, we seem to be throwing away a once in a life time opportunity.

      • PunjabiPete

        I can agree with that.

        With the personnel we have, what would you suggest we do? It’s obvious playing Man coverage will come back to bite us with those plays, and I agree with your response to berttheclock that a lot of this came about because WRs are no longer scared to run over the middle of the field, but we have to adapt somehow, right?

        Zone seems the easiest solution, but if I am missing something (and I very well could be, I just learned the difference between zone and man coverage very recently) I’d like to know what.

    • berttheclock

      Learn the Oakland Raiders bump and run.

      • tm1946

        In either case, you need the players who can execute it. Old fans like you and I know only to well a great zone guy may be terrible bump and run.