Chiefs are not the 2014 Patriots, so forget about that
By Andrew Jones
The Huge Differences
Don’t get me wrong, I would love for the Chiefs to do exactly what New England did and go on a magnificent tear. But I have to be realistic as an author and even as a fan. Here is why it won’t happen.
I see two major differences in the teams that the Chiefs put on the field now and the one that took the Lombardi in 2014. Andy Reid is not Bill Belichick and Alex Smith is no Tom Brady. Andy Reid is a good coach. Denying that would mean that you don’t know football. He wins in the regular season. He knows how to plan for an opponent. He also gets the best out of his players. However, when it comes to the real important games, Reid falls short of a lot of NFL coaches. In the big games of his career, an Andy Reid coached team stays close enough to make it interesting but shows cracks in its decision making during crunch time.
The Super Bowl loss to New England while in Philadelphia, the three straight NFC Championship losses, the 28 point collapse in Indianapolis, and of course the 7 minute drill last year in New England. Andy Reid’s playoff history. Bad clock management, bad play calling, and bad decisions. Unless Reid changes the way he approaches big moments, the Chiefs will make the playoffs and fail.
I don’t think I need to go into the reasons why Alex Smith is not Tom Brady. Here is just one example at Green Bay.