Many have called into question the Chiefs fast start due to their "poor" finish. Would it be better to be the 2011 NY Giants limping into the playoffs with an 9-7 record? Winning games whenever that happens is what punches your ticket to the NFL playoffs. Marty Schottenheimer "had a Gleam" that the Scheme is too win all four Quarters of the game and the season.....
"Alex, You want a Cheeseburger? Maybe, A frozen Snickers Bar? You KNOW what to do." - Andy Reid
It was exactly the debut Reid was looking for from an offense that ranked dead-last in the NFL in scoring last year.
"He had some nice checks to put us in good positions and no turnovers," Reid said of Smith, who lost his starting job in San Francisco after a concussion sidelined him midseason in 2012. "I thought it was just good, smart, solid football and he made some good throws out there, too."
The Chiefs also got a rushing touchdown from Jamaal Charles and six sacks and two picks from their defense in a dominating performance. Smith finished 21-for-34 for 173 yards, while Charles tallied a 100 total yards (77 receiving, 23 rushing) before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a quad contusion and did not return.
"Obviously, we would have liked to play better," lamented Bradley, who took over a franchise that tied the Chiefs for the NFL's worst record last season of 2-14. "I just never felt like we could get in a rhythm. A lot of credit goes to Kansas City; they have a good defense, we knew they played good defense and credit should go to them."
With Derrick Johnson leading the way with seven tackles and Justin Houston tallying five tackles, including three sacks, Jacksonville managed just 49 yards of total offense and one first down in the first two quarters, leading to a chorus of boos from many of the 59,416 fans in attendance as the Jags left the field at halftime -- and again by those who stuck around for the end of the game.
The Jags, who finished with 178 total yards of offense --- 78 of those coming on the final drive --- also failed to advance the ball past their own 36-yard line on any of their first 13 possessions, which ended in 11 punts (breaking the previous franchise record of 10 for a single game) and two interceptions by second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was picked off by the Chiefs' Brandon Flowers late in the first quarter and later by Chiefs Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali early in the fourth. Hali returned his interception 10 yards for the final Chiefs touchdown to put the game away with 13 minutes remaining.
The all-red outfits they donned for the first time Sunday drove home the point. Playing nearly mistake-free for the second straight week, Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns against the ball-hawking Dallas Cowboys, and the Chiefs defense held when it needed to in the fourth quarter to preserve a 17-16 victory.
"When you're trying to build something, you need to win games like this," said Smith, who also had a game-high 57 yards rushing. "These are the games you look at in November and December. You need these types of wins, not only the caliber of the win but the style of win.
"It's not always going to be pretty," he said, "but you have to find a way to bear down."
And Smith has given the Chiefs the stability and direction they lacked and that's a big reason they've already won as many games as they did all of last season. "Alex Smith does a good job managing the game,'' Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "And he can move. He's a very athletic guy who can make plays with his feet, also.''
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said the Chiefs' new offense — which features the "pistol,'' a hybrid of a regular NFL offense and the spread "gun'' offense so many teams use now, including, of course, the Eagles — plays to Smith's strengths.
"Alex is a mobile quarterback and really smart guy,'' Kelly said. "So, I think that fits with him.'' Both Ryans and Kelly mentioned Smith's mobility, even though he's generally considered to be a pocket quarterback. In fact, Smith has more rushing yards this season than Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, perhaps the best running QB in NFL history. Vick has rushed for 77 yards and a 5.1 yards per carry average and Smith has rushed for 82 yards and 6.8 yards per carry.
Eric Berry credits Kansas City's 4-0 start to the ''family feeling'' that held everyone together during the hapless 2-14 season of 2012.
Maybe so. But after theChiefs (4-0) pounded the winless New York Giants31-7 on Sunday, it's obvious that importing a cool, savvy quarterback from San Francisco and bringing in a smart, no-nonsense coach from Philadelphia also had a lot to do with a rags-to-riches transformation.
Even in a league known for quick turnarounds and breathtaking free-falls, this seems preposterous.
Andy Reid's lame start to the 2013 season was a perfect 4-0, he followed that up with another perfect 4-0 2nd Quarter in 2013. No Chiefs fan can say that Andy did not have Cheeseburgers and Ice Cream for us in 2013:)
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