Stop with the Chase Daniel talk….Please

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Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel has had less opportunity, sure, but percentages say, had he throw a really good game, his numbers would skew. They don’t. For his career, Daniel has completed 48 passes for a total of 460 yards, a yards per completion average of 9.58. That’s really not good. While Smith isn’t great, and the performance last Monday Night was awful, playing Daniel isn’t going to all a sudden present the offense with a bunch of deep passes.

Secondly, and this is worrisome going forward, is the book appears to be out on the Chiefs and how to stop them. Regardless of who is taking snaps, this is going to prove to be an issue. Going back to at least the Arizona game of last season, defenses have dared this offense to go over the top. Defenses many times are stacking the first five to seven yards off the line, and attacking.

As seen in the Green Bay and Denver games, the defenses attacked the Chiefs, forcing the offense into quick passes, which are easier to defend when everyone not blitzing is anticipating a quick pass. The swing passes and crosses that were open so often in 2013 and much of 2014 are no longer there, and either Reid hasn’t adjusted, or is realizing he may not fully have the personal to do what is necessary.

Makes it very difficult to double team and/or combo block to help open holes and get seals from a lineman’s perspective and limits the amount of time a quarterback has to make reads, making a deep pass route, in essence, a wasted exercise and route.  Much of the issues that we are seeing is the adjustments made by coordinators across the league, and you can be sure, they were all watching the game on Monday. As was mentioned before, Smith was not very good Monday, but, if we are all honest,  Daniel wouldn’t have fared any better.

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