Here’s a look at a chief concern- how the Chiefs use the other wide receivers.
In Andy Reid’s offense in Philadelphia, the passing game was about the tight end, Jeremy Maclin, oh and a bunch of others. In Kansas City, it’s been about the same flavor of offense.
The Chiefs lost their offensive coordinator when Doug Pederson left to become the Eagles head coach. They replaced Pederson with Brad Childress and Matt Nagy. They will share the duties as co-offensive coordinators.
Reid could hire 50 offensive coordinators and it still wouldn’t mask that it is going to be his offense running things his way. As Terez Paylor wrote here ” though Reid will continue to run the daily meetings where plays are installed, as he’s done the last three years in Kansas City.” It’s Reid’s show.
Change is not really expected, but we’re going to hope for it.
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In 2015, there were only three occasions where a wide receiver not named Maclin had seven targets. Maclin missed a game due to injury so you can almost discard one week here since “the other wide receiver” had to be the primary target. Chris Conley has been the other wide receiver those times.
Conley was a rookie in 2015 and can be given some sort of a mulligan here as he “learns the ropes” in the NFL. The time is now, though, in 2016. The Chiefs need to become confident in him and quarterback Alex Smith needs to ‘hit him’ more often.
Conley only had 17 catches for 199 yards. That’s not enough. He needs to be given more opportunity and then he needs to succeed with that opportunity.
In 2010, the Eagles had Jeremy Maclin grab 70 passes for 964 yards with 10 touchdowns. DeSean Jackson had 47 catches for 1056 yards and six touchdowns. That’s very close to two thousand yard wide receivers.
Note the low catch total but high yardage for Jackson.
Brad Childress has had some success incorporating the deep ball into his prior offenses. Chris Conley has speed. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
The Chiefs need to work this into their offense right away. Not a once in a while deep pass, but often like with DeSean Jackson. Jackson had 95 targets that year. Maclin had 115 targets in 2010.
Here are the number of receptions of more than 30 yards to wide receivers not named Maclin. Three to Albert Wilson, one to Chris Conley, and one to DeAnthony Thomas. A measly five receptions by a wide receiver (not named Maclin) of more than 30 yards.
That’s not enough. Conley needs to run. Go deep young man!
The running backs, tight ends, and Maclin will all benefit from Conley bringing defensive backs deep too.