The Offensive Blueprint
Here are the primary things that the Chiefs should take away from this game on offense.
1. Calm down and be patient
We would all love it if the offense made incredible highlight reel plays for touchdowns on every single drive, but that isn’t realistic, even for this offense. They have to be okay not being incredible all the time. It’s okay for a play to fail. It’s okay to take the short, safe option. Stop trying to save the day on every play. I know the defense made you feel like you had to early in the season, but now you’re in your own head about it. If you don’t beat yourself no defense is going to beat you.
2. Make running Darrel Williams between the tackles a regular part of the offense
Running Darrel Williams behind your improved interior offensive line isn’t flashy, but it’s effective. This ties into the first point on this list. You don’t need to look for a homerun on every snap. Let Williams wear out the defense and get you into more manageable second and third down plays. I’m not saying to make him the focus of the offense, but when Mahomes seems frustrated or jittery, use the run game to get everyone calmed down.
Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce each finished the game Sunday with a lower average yards per reception than Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson, and Jody Fortson and that is just fine. Once again, this is going back to the first point. Don’t press and don’t try to score a touchdown on every play. Just use your two best weapons to keep extending drives and good things will happen.
Hill finished with 9 receptions for 76 yards. That’s just 8.4 yards per catch, but he was huge for them in the second half. Andy Reid now knows that every team is going to play two deep safeties to take away the deep ball so he needs to embrace it and feature his stars in a way that takes advantage of what the defense is giving them. The Chiefs did that in the second half and it worked great.
So there you have it Chiefs fans. The Chiefs may have continued to be their own worst enemy on offense in the first half, but in the second half they showed us all the blueprint for becoming a Super Bowl contender again. Do you agree with the blueprint steps I laid out on both offense and defense? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.