Now Clark Hunt through all the rubbish that plagued the Chiefs in 2012 somehow managed to keep his head on straight. After the planes stopped flying and the disaster that was 2012 was over(thank god)he went to work. His first move was to rid the Chiefs of poor coaching,goodbye Romeo. And this led to the search for the Chiefs next head coach. Clark it seems got some good advice from a couple ex coaches, Marty and Dick. Now we really don't know exactly what transpired in that airport in Philly for 9 hours(that must have been one hell of an interview)but the long and short of it is we got Andy Reid.
The ring above symbolizes what the Chiefs are working towards and that is a world championship, a super bowl victory, the epitome of winning in the NFL. Andrew Walter Reid or Andy, a.k.a. Big Red, The Walrus, said this to Peter King on MMQB pleasure in your job puts perfection in your work. Think about that for just a minute, he is back doing what he loves. Has a GM he trusts and is friends with and genuinely likes. So if Andy is loving what he is doing that may be why we are seeing it translate to wins for the team on the field. I also think that Andy found something else that was missing the last few years, himself. You know the old saying if you aren't happy how can you make someone else happy?
Well in my opinion it works with your job too. If you aren't happy in your job how productive are you? So Andy is doing what he loves again,coaching, teaching and helping young men become winners at a very high level of professional sports.
But the biggest lesson I believe Andy learned through all he has been through is that you can't do it all by yourself. He made many moves this off season that let me know right away he would be successful in KC. the first and probably the most important of all was assembling this coaching staff. Andy surrounded himself with men he trusts to teach the same things he believes in and teaches. This staff he has brought here to KC may just be the best staff ever assembled on one team. And just what is this super staff going to do now? It would seem that the defense has fallen back some to a more normal state of being and the offense has come out of it's shell some. With the amount of coaching experience on this team and the true amount of player talent we should see just what the 2013 Chiefs are all about. As a fan base we will argue till blue in the face about our QB, and our defense but really what are the 2013 Chiefs?
Is this a defense led by Sutton and his band of men to be the stingy defense we saw the first 9 weeks? Or is this defense more Romeos bend but don't break unit of the last few years? My thought is that somewhere in between lie's the answer to our questions. This defense has been very very hot and cold so far. From a ton of sacks and QB pressure to what we see now as a hold and contain group and man coverage morphing into some type of zone/man combo. From my point of view I see a defense trying to find it's true identity. The schemes have changed from week to week and they are searching it seems to find the balance. Well I stated above that this should be the best coaching staff in the league and they best be finding it real quick and if they don't I lay that at Andy's feet. This far into the season the scheme should be set and the players should be playing, not thinking and then reacting. But I also think that this week against the Bronco's we will find out if this team is play off worthy because realistically this is this teams first play off game. The only difference is that you don't go home from here you have more games to go.
So the long and short of it is this, is this defense play off caliber or searching for an identity? Mr Sutton you have gotten all the accolades so far of being brilliant and a great defensive coach. Unfortunately this is Missouri and the NFL so you have to show me what you got. Beat Pey Pey and the Bronco's and you have my vote,lay an egg and you have me wondering why all this money was spent on the coaching staff.
Offensively we are still waiting and wondering why the offense has been so slow to come together. You know light up the scoreboard and lead the league in rushing and receiving blah blah blah. Andy's west coast version has not been very good at this point to say the least. Now give credit where credit is due the last 2 games we have seen a little bit of the style of offense we would like to see. Pretty well balanced and a decent passing game to help open play action. But if I hear one more time that we take what the defense gives us I am gonna be sick. If that is the case when they have 9 in the box and single man outside with a single safety that tell's me they are daring you to throw it. But I am yet to see this offense get aggressive, and with a back like Charles I believe you must take your shots and make them pay for sitting on him all game. Team is the name of the game and the whole offense must step up and be more aggressive from receivers fighting for every ball in the vicinity to the linemen defending their turf every frickin inch of it. This team has almost at times had a nasty attitude and I for one am a fan. Let's take the attitude all the time, this is my ball and you cannot have it till I hit pay dirt. We are the Chiefs tough, family and very proud and we are gonna give you all we have, so as Owens used to say get your popcorn ready.
So as a fan I guess what I am saying is this. This is the most expensive and experienced staff of coaches in the NFL. I would like to see the defense be aggressive and dictating to the offense rather than reacting to what the offense does. If they get beat so be it,they got beat doing what they thought was the best defense they could bring to the field. Just punch them in the mouth and cover your man and do not let anyone take your piece of the field from you. On offense I know you plan and adjust, you look at how they react to what you are doing but the basic principle should be the same. When they have 8 and 9 in the box let it rip, when they are backing up and 2 deep cover give them a healthy dose of Jamaal and Knile. When they blitz screen them to death. It just is not as complicated as it looks is it. Overall it is still my 11 against your 11 and I really feel like the Chiefs 11 on either side of the ball can take you and yours. So this week is the test and we shall see if we are a playoff caliber team or still a year away from being able to play without thinking first.
Thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS
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