Chiefs are their own worst enemies

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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

You could say that since the time Andy Reid has joined Kansas City that we’ve seen more Jekyll then Hyde up to this year. We had reasons to be optimistic because under Reid the Chiefs had back to back winning records for the first time in many years. We went to the playoffs his first years after only winning two games the year before. We bought in as fans. Why wouldn’t we as the previous regime was an absolute train wreck?

Expectations among fans and “analysts” were fairly high for the Chiefs heading into 2015. The team made some off-season moves through free agency and the draft to patch up what were holes on the 2014 roster. The team was also getting back starters Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, and Mike DeVito who were missing most of the 2014 season. Things were supposed to be better.

I feel so foolish for believing this. I tried to get friends and fans of all different teams to buy in and believe that Kansas City was going to be a good team this year. That couldn’t be farther from the truth now as the Chiefs have lost now four games in a row including this last Sunday which was the most winnable opponent on the schedule. A maligned Chicago Bears team came into Arrowhead Stadium and found a way to hold the Chiefs to 10 offensive points and scored a touchdown in the final seconds of the game without two of their starting wide receivers playing.

This is bigger than Alex Smith or the offensive line that’s been getting a lot of heat for the previous losses. This team is just bad and it’s shocking to me. I don’t know how that defense is really that bad. Is it that the injured players returning from being out for the year in 2014 are shells of what they once were? It’s possible. Is it possible Donatari Poe isn’t the same after the back injury and the secondary can’t function without Philip Gaines who’s out for the year? Not too far-fetched. Even if there’s a sliver of truth to these possibilities there has to be adjustments made in scheme by Bob Sutton if players depended upon can’t perform the required tasks.

Next: Sutton, got a plan?