The Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive offense
First, the offensive line has to play better. The Chiefs need a productive run game and a “non jittery” Alex Smith in order for their offense to go. Bad offensive line play makes both of those things unlikely.
The Chiefs were down both of their starting guards against the Texans and while many thought the drop off would be marginal the line was definitely an issue on Sunday. It wasn’t just the guards though, Mitch Morse had a bad snap that turned into a turnover and both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz had bad days (especially Schwartz) against the Texans front seven. The offensive line must be better for the offense to take a step forward.
Second, Andy Reid needs to get out of the offense’s way. Andy Reid is a great teacher. I believe he teaches the game of football as well as any coach in the NFL. He’s a great calming influence on a team. I even believe he’s great at coming up with a game plan to attack specific defenses. His problem comes on game day when he tends to overthink things and get too “cute” with his play calling.
Establish the run, run play action off the run, throw quick passes that Smith is comfortable with and minimize the amount of time the line has to pass protect, throw an occasional deep pass to Conley or Hill to stretch the defense, but mainly get the ball in the hands of KC’s playmakers and let them….you know….MAKE PLAYS. That’s KC’s key to success on offense. I know you have to be creative at times to keep teams on their toes but at some point if you aren’t doing what you do best in order to confuse the defense then you’re actually playing right into their hands.