Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks on from the sidelines in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
It starts with quarterback Alex Smith. Yes, his offensive line is abysmal, and the amount of pressures and sacks if left unfixed will result in over 70 sacks for 2015! But even when it is not the offensive line’s fault, his reluctance to step up and be a leader on the field shows.
For example, look at the end of the first half on Sunday. What happened? He had time to get in the play, talk it over, and yet he still managed to get a delay of game penalty for not corralling his players. That’s not the leader that this team needs, and certainly does not deserve. If the change is going to happen and the “heart” return to this team it starts with Smith.
Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid looks on during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Kansas City 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Another fault for the lack of heart, is head coach Andy Reid. He is a good coach, liked and respected by players. But, he knows this team and knows it’s strengths. If he knows and recognizes that then he should know what to call. Questionable calling is killing the heart of the team and while the players don’t say it it does affect them. Andy knows what needs to be done, and he needs to make those adjustments.
The lack of heart shown by this team is not a permanent fixture, it can be rekindled. Perhaps a much needed win over the visiting Chicago Bears could be part of the solution. However, if the team continues on the path they are currently on, then it will be a long season ending in another non-trip to the postseason.
There you have it, Addicts. Do you feel the same way about the team right now as I do? Am I wrong? Let us know in comments.
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