That was brutal. The refs helped decide the game early and took the wind out of the defensive sails. The flags that the zebras threw in the first half made a big statement that the Chiefs defense is not allowed to even look at a Texan offensive player funny. I had a five-gallon bottle of Bert’s lined up for a get straight win for the Chiefs. It is now being used to drown my sorrows. It’s hard to single out just one thing that is going wrong. It just seems like everything is in free fall, and there is no real answer.
One hot teak put up by me is that we should bring back Berry. Some of you don’t agree, but on a one year prove it deal with our current defense what could it hurt? He plays balls out in the box, and when he was healthy our run defense was better. With our current cap bringing back Berry won’t hurt anything, and at worst could actually fix our run D. Who else would you rather have back there? Dirty Dan?
This team has spent three years with the knowledge that our defense needs some upgrades and has done nothing to fix it. Truth be told, it looks like the Chiefs are trying their best to blow up the defense to make it worse than it was the last two years. I get it. We have had injuries on both sides of the ball. But a good team will overcome those injuries, this team let’s those injuries stop it cold. A lot of pundits were saying early on that the only team that could stop the Chiefs is the Chiefs. It is looking more and more like they were correct.
As it stands right now there is no easy fix by trade that will help this team. We have no pressure up the middle on the defense, the run up the gut is not getting stopped, and our DB’s are being tasked with doing things that no other team would ask. Another corner will not fix this. Another pass rusher will not fix this. The only real fix I can see is a return to fundamental tackling.
On offense the line is at best really bad from the center out to the left tackle. With that in mind the play calling shouldn’t be for long developing plays, or shots down the field. We should be running short passes that will allow Mahomes to get the ball out of his hands, and into the hands of our playmakers.
When you see Kelce getting mugged on every play start throwing his way. You will end up getting holding calls and DPI calls on almost every play. Continue doing this until they stop mugging him. Sure, you may end up with an interception or two, but make it obvious that you aren’t just trying to get those calls, make it obvious you are pointing out the ref’s non-calls on those plays. Reid needs to get in the face of the ref’s on the non-calls. Show a little bit of fire if only to let the fans know you realize things aren’t working.
With that said, a statement win this Thursday will go a long way. It will help show the league, and us fans that what we saw for the last few weeks was just an anomaly. A win should get the entire team back on track.
Until next time, the Granddude abides.