So, what’s the reason for such little output from a group that started out this season with such promise?
To understand the answer to this question, we may first need to understand the plan general manager John Dorsey and Andy Reid have for the team as a whole. This may include understanding they are men with egos.
Now, “ego” does not equate to “evil.” In football, ego can often simply mean you have great confidence. That’s who I believe these two men are inside: supremely confident in their choices and their abilities to accomplish what they’re attempting to accomplish. To a great extent, this is also the reason they were hired by Clark Hunt and paid millions per year to do what they are asked to do: produce a Super Bowl-caliber team.
However, these “supremely confident” egos can often go unchecked. It’s also one of the reasons Clark Hunt has set up the organizational structure with both men reporting directly to him.
Now, back to the original question: “What’s the reason for such little output from a group that started out this season with such promise?”
Well, as it just so happens, GMs and head coaches come on the job and rediscover that Rome cannot be built in a day. So, they have to cut corners somewhere. Consequently, the conversation between Andy Reid and John Dorsey may have sounded a lot like this at some point:
John: I think the priority with this team is to fix the QB position.
Andy: Right. We’ve got to go get Alex Smith and pay whatever they want to get him.
John: Right. Then I think we have to fix the wide receiver position.
Andy: Let’s sign Bowe. I can work my magic on him, He’s got some talent.
John: Then I should lock him up?
Andy: I think that’s a good idea.
John: Then we better draft someone or sign someone who can start across from him right?
Andy: I think a speed guy like Donnie Avery would be perfect. I can work my magic on him too even though I know he drops the ball a lot.
John: Then we’re set at wide receiver.
Andy: Not on your life… but I can use my magic to turn some of these lesser players into real contributors.
So goes the tales of John and Andy. Not to diminish what these two have done in Kansas City, because it should be noted they have made great headway with many positions and made good calls that are proving to be right across the roster.
However, while the development of players in other roster spots is working, that approach at the wide receiver position hasn’t worked. Good and great wide receivers are born in the first, second and third rounds of the draft. Mostly. Take a look at the following graph to see what I mean.