There doesn’t seem to be an easy fix.
It would be a lot easier if the Chiefs’ struggles were contained to a few players or a position group. For example, last year in the Super Bowl, the problem was the Chiefs’ offensive line. GM Brett Veach went to work in the offseason to fix that issue and the early returns have been good.
But what is happening to the Chiefs this season isn’t just one player or position group. The problem is the entire team is underperforming. Their once respectable defense can’t seem to do anything right. They can’t tackle, they can’t rush the passer and they can’t cover. Their once explosive offenses is sputtering, failing to adapt to the way teams are playing them. The Chiefs are not patient on offense and they can’t seem to punish opponents for giving them light boxes by gashing the opposition on the ground. As a result, Patrick Mahomes is leading a clunky offense that, while still potent, seems to have lost its swagger.
There are no grand scheme changes Andy Reid and the coaching staff can implement to fix this mess. No adjustments will work until the players start executing and through five games, it doesn’t seem like they are interested.
If they don’t snap out of it soon, the Chiefs can forget about making the playoffs.