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One of the strongest narratives coming out of the blowout in Tennessee was that after three seasons of lighting the league on fire, the NFL had finally figured out how to stifle the Chiefs’ offense. Speaking with the media on Thursday, Reid pushed back against that idea. He even provided some evidence to back up his claim.
“I’ll tell you, last week it sure looked that way,” Reid said with a smirk on his face. “Right, it wasn’t a very good performance. The week before, you almost had 500 yards. So, I mean, I don’t know if they’ve caught up to it. We’ve been giving some things away free and we’ve got to take care of that.”
While teams have seemingly found a successful coverage to run against Kansas City, turnovers and penalties remain the bane of any offensive success. There is no denying that this offense remains among the most explosive in the league when it’s at its best. They’re still top-3 in total offense and have scored the eighth-most points in the league through seven weeks of play. For the Chiefs, it’s just a matter of minimizing those costly mistakes moving forward.
Heading into Week 8, Reid is focused on getting his guys to learn from their past failures in an effort to not repeat them on “Monday Night Football” against the New York Giants and beyond.
“Yeah, well listen, you get kicked in the tail, how are you going to handle it,” Reid asked rhetorically. “Do you bow up and move forward? Do you learn from it? Do you practice the right way? Do you attack the issues that you might be having? And that’s all of us, as coaches, starting right here. Are you willing to do that? If you all do that, collectively, you’ll be fine.”
Reid remains confident that he has the coaching staff and locker room to get things turned around, but it’s one thing to talk about it, and an entirely different thing to execute it. Well, Big Red is tired of talking about it and expects to see the results on the field from his players and coaches.
“Yeah, it’s a strong locker room and we’ve got good coaches, good players, we just need to do it,” Reid said. “I’ve done a lot of talking and we haven’t had the results that we need. There is not a lot that I can say that I haven’t said, we just need to get it done. That’s what we need.”