Thanks to AP reader Jersey49Chief for pointing out this Peter King interview on the Rich Eisen Show this week. It seems like everyone has a take on what’s wrong with the Chiefs and King does, too. He says this is about defenses saying they’re not going to let the Chiefs offense beat them with big plays anymore. I can agree with that to the extent that the Chiefs offense doesn’t have as many big plays lately so there’s probably some truth there.
Here’s what he said on the Rich Eisen Show:
“I think it’s one of the really great and interesting stories in a long time in the NFL. This is more than just the decline of one aspect of this team. Kareem Hunt has gone from Gale Sayers to Don Knottingham. What in the world happened to Kareem Hunt and I am sure that I echo nine million fantasy football owners of Kareem Hunt in the United States of America right now.
“It’s not just the fact that they’re not an explosive offense anymore, it’s that their running game is not good enough.
“I will make this point and I think Travis Kelce said it well at the Meadowlands nine days ago when he was asked what the heck is wrong with your team ... I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that teams have understood that they’re not going to be afraid to throw the ball deep so they’re playing a lot of very conservative cover 2 and they’re saying you’re not going to throw the ball over our heads and you’re not going to beat us with Tyreek Hill on 50-yard go routes down the field.
“I think the lazy way of looking at this is saying Alex Smith, every November and December, he just comes down to Earth and he can’t play when the weather is bad and blah, blah, blah. It isn’t that. It’s that teams are saying basically to them you’re not going to beat us deep anymore. You’re not going to send people up the seam over our heads. You want to beat us in front of us, that’s fine. But you’re not beating us with big plays anymore.”