The Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey sat down with Mitch Holthus to talk about the Chiefs after the first quarter of the season. The conversation happened to come shortly after the Chiefs had the worst loss of the Andy Reid / John Dorsey era - 43-14 in Pittsburgh.
“There’s an understanding after you play a game like this,” Dorsey said. “You have to look yourself in the mirror. We’re in the first quarter of the season. We have 12 games left. We’re sitting .500. We’re 2-2. Last year we were 1-3 at this mark. It’s always good to be optimistic but it’s also a point of emphasis and understanding what must be corrected.”
What has to be corrected? The offense has to get better. Jamaal Charles needs to be worked in more. The pass rush has to get some sort of pass rush. The young secondary has to get better.
“We have the sixth youngest roster in the NFL,” Dorsey said. “The mantra of this is next man up. Those young guys have to understand there is a degree of urgency in terms of making sure the little things are done. That’s why I say look yourself in the mirror. Make sure you’re doing everything that’s possible to achieve success.”
This is especially true in the secondary where the Chiefs are very young. Second year CB Marcus Peters already feels like a grizzled vet back there compared to the others.
“Just because you’re young, they lack experience,” Dorsey said. “They don’t lack talent. What they have to do is they have to learn how do I become a true professional moving forward. You can take those exercises and learn from them by following those veterans.”
I always go back to Phillip Gaines where he looked completely unprepared at the start of his rookie year and then developed a lot by the end of his rookie year. There’s a lot of development that happens in this first year so those young guys should - should - be better in Week 16 than they are in Week 6.
Oh and getting Justin Houston back. Yeah that will help too.