The ‘15 Chiefs Potpourri: A realm of aromas

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Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Groundhog Day Brain Farts

For Andy Reid, his failings thus far in 2015 go far beyond the bad makeup, or poor coaching, of the offensive line. His continual in game decisions appear to be devolving as well. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “devolution,” just think of it as an evolution process in which things are getting worse.

That describes what’s going on with Andy Reid from a play calling standpoint because he is making the same mistakes. Repeatedly.  Then he’s standing at the podium after games and echoing, “It’s my fault, it’s my fault, it’s my fault… and… I will fix it, I will fix it, I will fix it… and… we’re on to the next game… we’re on to the next game… we’re on to the next game.”

At some point you have to wonder what you’re really hearing. At some point faith in him goes out the window. You can bet that if you’re feeling that kind of chasm of confidence in what Andy Reid is saying… then his players have felt it long before you and I ever did.

I’ve always seen Andy Reid as a good guy whose heart was in the right place and one who tells his players straight what he thinks and believes about their performance. Now, what fans from Philadelphia have said seems more relevant. This is not the first time I’ve addressed the inherent tug-of-war that is Andy Reid’s game time mindset. One month into last season (51 weeks ago to be exact) I wrote a piece called, “K.C. Chiefs Andy Reid: The Epitome Enigma” in which I pointed out his propensity to repeat his mistakes,

"“… after watching Coach Reid make the exact same mistake on Sunday afternoon, it’s at the very least… creepy. You could call it “schizo” or even a bit Jekyll-n-Hyde-ish but in any event, you can’t ignore it. What I think really happens is… when pressured… Andrew Walter Reid slips into panic mode. Even if you consider it a little bit of panic… it is panic. It reminds me of what happens to some kids who are studying in school and reading right along… and then something happens to distract them… and suddenly they are living a different reality. Andy Reid literally loses his place on the page. What page? The play chart he is holding in his hand throughout the whole game. The evidence for this is wide. In fact, some Philly fans warned us about this behavior when we signed him as a coach. The clock mismanagement at the end of halves is another sign that their is a breakdown in the thinking… or focusing… processes for Coach Reid.”"

What Philly fans you ask? Here’s a Philly blogger who responded to that piece a year ago.

Birdman60 wrote,

"“Philadelphia resident here, just wanted to say that this article is getting some publicity and discussion here in Philly, mainly because it’s exactly what we’ve been saying for years. The article reminded me of a friend of mine, an infamous sports talk radio caller who would call in and have these EPIC on air rants about Andy Reid and his many mental disorders. Sports talk radio is really big here and whenever the radio hosts would announce this guy was going to be on the air the amount of listeners would go up. I’d get texts like “Po from Marlton is going to be going on in 10”, and we’d all tune in. He’d have the radio host in tears because they were laughing so hard. Then what do you know I’m reading the comments and came across Rich’s post/rant. He mentions Po from Marlton, NJ so that has to be from that guy, and I can assure you that he is a board certified neurologist, that’s not a rumor, that’s a fact. One of his classics was starting a petition to have Reid remove himself from the sidelines at the start of every 4th quarter to give his team “the best chance of winning”. Great stuff! Thanks for the article and for another opportunity for a Po from Marlton rant!!”"

While it’s kinda cool to be getting air time in Philly as well as K.C., it is no solace for a lifetime Chiefs fan still waiting for the Chiefs to make a big move up to the top of the league rankings.

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What do you think, Addict fans? Do you sprinkle anything on your garbage to make it smell better?