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Matt Nagy calling on veteran leadership to get through adversity

The Chiefs offensive coordinator is turning to offensive leaders Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce as the team tries to rebound from its loss vs. Green Bay.

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All but one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ losses have come against NFC teams this season, most recently the Green Bay Packers.

Offensive coordinator Matt Nagy believes that tapping into the veteran leadership of players like quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce is critical to overcoming the offenses’ recent bouts of adversity.

“You start with the leaders that we have; these guys have been doing this in this offense —I’m speaking of [Mahomes] and [Kelce], for a long time,” Nagy said of the two. “We gotta have this ability to make sure that when adversity strikes, the leaders in the room take over, and we as coaches can help with that as well.”

The offense has struggled in the red zone this season — and it has made costly turnovers at critical points in the game that have led to losses. Nagy said the easiest issues to address are the penalties and turnovers.

“You got to be locked in at all times,” he said. “When you get those opportunities (in the red zone) and those possessions, you got to come away with seven, not three, and so that’s really what we’re hitting home right now.”

The offense has made mistakes that have been uncharacteristic of them over the past few seasons. Nagy said they are putting their focus on finishing the season strong and not dwelling on past errors.

“You navigate through some [adversity] as the year goes on, but the guys are seeing right now that where we sit, it’s hard to win in this league,” Nagy confessed. “We got the talent, we got the guys, it’s now time to really start putting this thing together and make this push and play our best football at the end of the year.”

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