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Andy Reid’s food for thought, Week 2: Alex Smith’s scrambled legs

I once went to a restaurant chain and ordered a steak medium rare. It was delicious. About a month or two later I went to the same chain but in a different location and ordered the same medium rare steak. The second time around it was so bad I honestly thought it was microwaved.

The Week 1 Chiefs offense was like the really good steak cooked to perfection, and the Week 2 Chiefs offense was the rubbery abomination of a steak I was given the second time around.

Welcome to Andy Reid’s food for thought; Week 2 edition, where we’ll discuss some plays that took place during the Chiefs Week 2 game against the Texans.

Really Good Cheeseburger of the Week

It seemed as though the read option was a valid weapon against the Texans, but wasn’t used frequently enough during the game. In this example, Alex Smith makes the right decision to pitch the ball to Charcandrick West. I remember during the game begging the Chiefs offense to attack the outside of the Texans defense more often.

If Smith is struggling at the start of the game Andy Reid should call designed runs for him because it helps him get into the rhythm of the game. It seems like Smith usually makes the right call with the pitch. More designed runs and read option plays for Alex Smith please.

Freezer Burnt Veggie Burger of the Week

I can’t be for certain, but this play looks like it was an option for Smith. If you look to the bottom of the screen you see a lot of open field. John Simon is the defender on the edge for the Texans.

Simon ran a 4.62 40-yard dash coming out of college. I don’t think it would be easy, but I do believe Alex Smith may have been able to get to the edge on this play if he keeps the ball. With Travis Kelce ahead and in a position to block it could have been a huge run for the Chiefs.

This play could have been designed for Ware the entire way, so we’ll take this with a large grain of salt.

Alex Smith’s Scrambled Legs

Sometimes I think we take for granted how good Alex Smith is at escaping pressure. I have absolutely no idea how he didn’t fall over on this play. Also the fact Smith was able to run away from John Simon while stumbling backwards makes me think he probably could have beaten Simon to the edge on the veggie burger play.

Sweet and Sour Pork of the Week

You were probably expecting a Marcus Peters interception weren’t you? I didn’t want to be predictable.

This is a great open field tackle by Dee Ford. Ford maintains great edge responsibility and doesn’t over-pursue. This came on third down so it was a big play. Andy Reid said Ford had a solid game and it’s plays like this that show why.

Sweet and Sour Puke of the Week

With roughly four minutes left in the game the Chiefs defense was hoping to get off the field and give the Chiefs offense a chance to tie the game. Unfortunately, Philip Gaines missed this tackle (granted it was a pretty nifty juke by the Texans player.) If Gaines makes the tackle here the game could have ended differently.


Food Fight!

Last week burnt ends beat up on pulled pork by a score of 63 percent to 37 percent. This week’s competition is between ketchup and mustard.

I’m team mustard all the way. In the rare occasion I eat a hot dog there is no doubt I’m putting mustard and relish on it. Mustard is also more versatile than ketchup because there are several different flavors.

If you’d like to suggest a food fight let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

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