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Alex Smith: It would have been nice to score before two minute warning

during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Getty Images

Late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game between the Chiefs and Patriots, the Chiefs got the ball to New England’s 1-yard-line down 27-13 with 2:33 left in the game.

Kansas City had all three of their timeouts left, so a score before the two minute warning would offer them the option of kicking off deep and trying to force a punt that got them the ball back with enough time for a shot at tying the game. Things didn’t play out that way.

Charcandrick West lost a yard on a running play and the Chiefs didn’t get another play off before the two minute mark as they huddled up while the seconds fell away. Coach Andy Reid, whose Eagles had some urgency issues against the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, said after the game that they “wanted to make sure we got our best personnel in for that play and we didn’t get that done.” Quarterback Alex Smith had a different take, though.

He said throwing the ball in that spot would have offered the team the chance to stop the clock with an incompletion and wondered if getting things exactly right was more important that keeping the momentum going after Albert Wilson put them on the doorstep.

“It’s a fine line, you know, we were down numbers there at receivers. We only had three there at the end and those guys going and doing the best they can,” Smith said in comments distributed by the Patriots. “Then it’s a fine line getting in the best play versus keep going at the line of scrimmage. Certainly would have been nice to get a score before the two-minute warning, would have helped, you know tremendously, with three timeouts. That probably hurt us there, you know, having the opportunity. Probably could have just kicked off and go for the stop and then would have had decent position potentially with the three timeouts. But it definitely hurt us there not being able to get that off before the two-minute warning.”

The Chiefs would make matters worse after the break with a false start and it took five more snaps overall for them to get the ball in the end zone with 73 seconds left to play. Getting in the end zone quicker might not have changed the outcome, but a minute of game time was too much for the Chiefs to lose at that point in the proceedings.

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56 Responses to “Alex Smith: It would have been nice to score before two minute warning”
  1. floridaslonechargersfan says: Jan 17, 2016 6:53 AM

    If only the NFL had allotments of time during the week where the teams can work on this stuff instead of sending their teams out blindly like that…oh wait it’s called PRACTICE and it’s held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Why don’t you work on it then…next season?

  2. TheDPR says: Jan 17, 2016 7:17 AM

    Andy Reid is what he is. A good, not great, coach who doesn’t ever change. Clock mismanagement is exactly what to expect from him and he delivered.

  3. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:21 AM

    Yes, would be nice to score before the two minute warning. It would also be nice to have a coach who can manage a game clock and not call running plays ending two scores with time running out.

    KC, welcome to the madness of Andy Reid. It’s not like you weren’t warned.

  4. patsfiend says: Jan 17, 2016 7:24 AM

    Is that drive still going? Reminded me of the Reid and McNabb special in the Super Bowl a while back. Couldn’t believe how they wasted time.

  5. 6ball says: Jan 17, 2016 7:26 AM

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    The level of ineptitude regarding clock management in the NFL is staggering. I’ve witnessed at least a half dozen games this season where poor clock control was a major factor in the outcome.
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  6. eddielionhead says: Jan 17, 2016 7:26 AM

    Score, wasted lots of time Mr. Smith, you deserve to lose. It’s over, slow poke

  7. seatownballers says: Jan 17, 2016 7:28 AM

    Andy Reid can’t manage a clock. It was the worst

  8. triaxfusion says: Jan 17, 2016 7:28 AM

    Oh Alex, we all know it’s an entertainment business and there was no way the NFL/WWE would allow one of their biggest stars and bigger media markets to be eliminated so early. Chiefs had zero chance in this game.

  9. jnks10 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:34 AM

    Felt like I was watching Andy coach th Eagles again. Wasting 2 time outs in the same drive in the first quarter, then huddling with no such of urgency late in the game down 14. Never change andy

  10. shinypartsup says: Jan 17, 2016 7:43 AM

    Scoring sooner would have helped? Ya think?

  11. iamapatsfan says: Jan 17, 2016 7:45 AM

    That was about the worst clock management i’ve ever seen. It seemed like no one on the Chiefs sideline was in a hurry. Did they just not feel like it was going to happen or something? I don’t know. They had a good chance to even it up. The time and the timeouts were there, but no one on the field or sideline seemed like they had a big sense of urgency.

    I’m not complaining, obviously, but it was a very strange drive by the team with the football when they were down two scores.

  12. quinzze says: Jan 17, 2016 7:53 AM

    Woulda coulda shoulda….no need to toss the coach under the bus it’s a team game,your D got sliced up and you only put up 6 points at the half there’s plenty of blame to go around before you get the coach.

  13. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 17, 2016 7:59 AM

    It also would be nice if you could throw a pass more than seven yards downfield, Trent-I mean, Alex…

  14. mickmars says: Jan 17, 2016 8:01 AM

    Welcome to the Andy Reid school of clock management Alex…..

  15. proudchowdahead13 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:03 AM

    Did the Chiefs ever hear of the no huddle,hurry up offense? Being a Patriot fan, I’m happy that they played slow down kill the clock offense!

  16. dal1as says: Jan 17, 2016 8:04 AM

    They should have done anything when they got the ball at the NE 35 In the first half. But Nope they punt and NE goes like 97 yards for a touchdown. Game over

  17. craigkintexas says: Jan 17, 2016 8:11 AM

    Come on man! Andy will never just own up and say I messed up!

  18. cbass59 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:14 AM

    Time management was terrible before halftime. It seemed Reid was ok with just getting a FG.

  19. thereyougo2 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:21 AM

    Andy Reid has NEVER managed the clock. 14 years in philly, three in KC. Same old same old. Now his right hand man is comming to Philly to, cough, cough, “coach”. Like CG25 has professed over the years, owner Jeffrey Laurie will never win a super bowl.

  20. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:29 AM

    Typical Andy Reid. Still can’t manage a game clock after all these years, you think he would learn at some point!

  21. manningcheats says: Jan 17, 2016 8:43 AM

    This is why Any Reid is always a bridesmaid and never a bride, he shrinks under pressure. Not a bad guy, and he’s a good coach in general, but he comes up short when it counts. Mental mistakes and strategy blunders are his hallmark.

  22. eagleswin says: Jan 17, 2016 8:50 AM

    Is anyone surprised? Andy Reid has an entire web page dedicated to his many clock related screw ups.

    One time with the Eagles he had the ball 1 and goal at the 4 with 1:45 left. They failed to score the td because they ran out of time, including a delay of game penalty.

    And the Eagles go out and get his disciple to be head coach … hopefully he doesn’t bring Andy’s game clock skills back to Philly.

  23. hopethechiefsalwayslose says: Jan 17, 2016 8:52 AM

    Wouldn’t have mattered.

  24. grandpoopah says: Jan 17, 2016 8:54 AM

    I will never understand why Andy Reid refuses to get help in this one aspect of the game where he struggles. It is maddening to watch.

  25. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 17, 2016 8:55 AM

    Andy Reid’s clock management was a running joke throughout his time in Philadelphia.

    How can a coach display the same weakness for the better part of 20 years and seemingly have no interest in correcting it?

  26. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 17, 2016 8:56 AM

    the whole drive took way too long and left them with very little chance to win.

    much like the drive andy directed against the patriots in the super bowl that brought them within a touchdown. eventually the folks in kc will see…

  27. shogunassasin30 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:01 AM

    Poor clock management yet again by Andy Reid. Howver, maybe if Alex Smith was competent and self sufficient enough he wouldn’t have to look to the sideline after EVERY SINGLE PLAY during that last drive. Not to mention I saw em huddle up at the 2 with the clock running. Can he not make calls and audibles at the line of scrimmage? My God that was painful to watch. This is why the teams with the Tom Bradys, the Peyton Mannings, etc go the furthest and the teams with the Alex Smiths will ultimately be the losers.

  28. nels1959 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:17 AM

    Worst clock management I’ve seen in forever. I was yelling at my tv. Not just one play either. The whole last drive

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:19 AM

    Andy Reid is a good coach except he is among the worst clock management in NFL history.

    His teams never show any sense of urgency late in the game when they’re behind. They always waste a lot of time. Don’t understand how he can be so detached from that aspect of the game.

  30. therealtrenches says: Jan 17, 2016 9:20 AM

    Andy Reid: the bigger the game, the closer the score, and the closer you are to the 2 minute warning, the worse the case of brain freeze.

    Every year that this happens to end a Chiefs season will remind Eagles fans of one of the big reasons why they wanted Andy gone.

  31. 2chronix7 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:38 AM

    Is anyone at all surprised by an Andy Reid team having poor clock management?

    It wasn’t just inside the last 3 minutes either That entire final drive wasted time in ways you would not have seen by most of the better coached & quarterbacked teams.

  32. orivar says: Jan 17, 2016 9:39 AM

    They only had three receivers at the end? What happened?! (Didn’t see the game)

  33. patsfan1820 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:48 AM

    orivar says: Jan 17, 2016 9:39 AM

    They only had three receivers at the end? What happened?! (Didn’t see the game)
    ——————————————————–
    Maclin tried playing through the pain, but eventually it was too much for him can’t say I blame him high ankle sprains are no joke.

  34. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 17, 2016 9:51 AM

    The Chiefs would make matters worse after the break with a false start and it took five more snaps overall for them to get the ball in the end zone with 73 seconds left to play.
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    Gee, do you think a solid New England defense may have had something to do with those 73 seconds?????

    KC’s drives all too waaaaaaaay too long, and it’s mostly because they couldn’t get the upper hand on the defense they were facing.

    Proud of that Patriots D yesterday. Well done.

  35. goldenboyoffootball says: Jan 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    Someone needs to buy Andy a Rolex, maybe this can be a going away gift when he eventually gets fired in the future.

  36. stipez says: Jan 17, 2016 9:55 AM

    Looked like KC gave up. Someone’s gonna lose his Game Manager title. Coffees for closers meng.

  37. realdealsteel says: Jan 17, 2016 10:10 AM

    KC fans got a dose of the Andy Reid clock blenders that he did every year in Philly. And he wont change.

    He’s a second tier coach; Smith a second tier Qb; Combination that will never bring a championship to Kansas City.

  38. therealtrenches says: Jan 17, 2016 10:11 AM

    goldenboyoffootball says:
    Jan 17, 2016 9:52 AM
    Someone needs to buy Andy a Rolex, maybe this can be a going away gift when he eventually gets fired in the future.

    —————-
    In fact, according to Ray Didinger (a HoF Philadelphia football journalist who wrote a long think-piece on Andy Reid), Andy is obsessed with clocks and how they work. He even builds clocks in the offseason.

    Think this clock management problem isn’t a huge psychological problem for him? Think again. It is.

  39. bornahawker says: Jan 17, 2016 10:12 AM

    Horrible clock mgmt. the whole game for KC. They stunk the joint up, took a nap waiting for the powder puff game to end.
    Seattle at Arizona for the right to destroy the AFC Chump.
    Go Hawks!

  40. phillyphanatic77 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:12 AM

    Im not here to gloat in another teams demise (even though there were atleast several Chiefs fans incessantly talking trash after Chip was fired) but we Eagles fans said this over and over. Reid is a solid coach who will win you a great amount of regular season games but in the playoffs he becomes next to useless as his lack of ingenuity and stubborn, slow decision making hurts his teams. The guy cannot make competent choices when the lights are brightest. I found myself yelling at the tv in a game I had no vested interest in. It’s what we witnessed for 14 years and many people on this site blamed the fans for “running Chip and Andy out of town”… As if a decade and a half isn’t enough time in the NFL to get things done. This is EXACTLY how he and Donovan bungled the Super Bowl. I mean a huddle at the goal line in a two score game where you actually had the clock on your side??? I couldn’t believe my eyes. If they had scored right away or atleast THROWN the football (as Andy loves to do) they could’ve kicked off and had a much better chance of getting the ball back. But Reid is incapable of processing like that in big games. And the nation and especially Chiefs fans should finally understand this.

  41. tonebones says: Jan 17, 2016 10:26 AM

    So what Alex Smith is saying is that he thinks he could have beaten Tom Brady, but his coach screwed up. I’ve never seen a QB throw so many coaches and teammates under the bus. He does this every year, with every coach he’s ever had. Remember last year after they lost, he said in the press conference that they had never practiced that last play, with that particular player running it. This guy is the biggest loser and one of the biggest busts in draft history. If he could complete passes in the red zone, maybe they would have called a pass. Why do his kickers always lead the league in field goal attempts? Last year, for the very first time in NFL history, not one of his WRs had a TD catch. Game managers don’t usually lead their teams to playoff victories. QBs do.

  42. ragejet says: Jan 17, 2016 10:37 AM

    First off I’d like to say Andy Reid is easily top ten on active coaches… The OC should share some of that blame… Have fun with that Philli… Andy seems to have surfer guy type clock management, but let’s not forget Donovan losing his McNabb sandwich in the huddle… Someday Andy will have the right personnel in and the tumblers will all fall into place for his quality not quantity management… Maybe he just needs to play more Madden? Every Madden player knows a timeout before 2:01 is the same as 2 time outs… On behalf of the Cleveland Browns I would like to be worried about clock management rather than team management… Go BROWNS!!!

  43. seahawksbmx says: Jan 17, 2016 10:38 AM

    That was maddening to watch. I began calling the Chiefs out for their lacking sense of urgency somewhere around the 6:00 mark IIRC when they still needed TWO TDs just to tie it up. Horrible clock management by Alex Smith and Andy Reid.
    Reid is a Mike Holmgren disciple and Holmgren also had issues with the clock, none more glaring than in Super Bowl XL. I’ve also been bewildered by some of Pete Carroll’s clock management blunders. It never ceases to amaze me that these great football minds can struggle with such a rudimentary yet vital part of the game.

  44. eagleswin says: Jan 17, 2016 10:52 AM

    lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jan 17, 2016 8:55 AM
    Andy Reid’s clock management was a running joke throughout his time in Philadelphia.

    How can a coach display the same weakness for the better part of 20 years and seemingly have no interest in correcting it?

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    It doesn’t seem to matter to the people who pay him.

  45. toybkshr says: Jan 17, 2016 10:55 AM

    One truism after all these yrs with Reid, if it’s close in Q4, he’s like a “deer in the headlights” when it comes to time management!

  46. dougchillin says: Jan 17, 2016 11:12 AM

    Alex smith cripples that offense

  47. oilerthentexandiehard says: Jan 17, 2016 11:14 AM

    Actually, it was imperative to score before the two minute warning. Neutral fan, but wondering how the entire nation realized what your whole team seemed to miss.

  48. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 17, 2016 12:44 PM

    goldenboyoffootball says:
    Jan 17, 2016 9:52 AM
    Someone needs to buy Andy a Rolex …
    ————
    The way KC managed the clock yesterday, even a sun dial would have been helpful.

  49. oiler1980 says: Jan 17, 2016 12:59 PM

    The last time I saw clock management like that was when the Pats played the Eagles in the Super Bowl. Reid did the same thing. The huddling part just doesn’t make any sense.

    So I guess the Pats must have cheated.

  50. joetoronto says: Jan 17, 2016 1:04 PM

    When the chips are down, you need a leader, not a game manager like Alice Smith.

    A leader would have taken control of the situation.

  51. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 17, 2016 1:18 PM

    tonebones says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:26 AM

    So what Alex Smith is saying is that he thinks he could have beaten Tom Brady, but his coach screwed up. I’ve never seen a QB throw so many coaches and teammates under the bus. He does this every year, with every coach he’s ever had. Remember last year after they lost, he said in the press conference that they had never practiced that last play, with that particular player running it. This guy is the biggest loser and one of the biggest busts in draft history. If he could complete passes in the red zone, maybe they would have called a pass. Why do his kickers always lead the league in field goal attempts? Last year, for the very first time in NFL history, not one of his WRs had a TD catch. Game managers don’t usually lead their teams to playoff victories. QBs do.

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    Perhaps Jim Harbaugh was right in benching Alex Smith for Colin Kaepernick.

  52. lanman11 says: Jan 17, 2016 5:11 PM

    Why didn’t the ref just blow the whistle and tell everyone he didn’t have time to “officiate the play,” and give the Chiefs all the time they needed to get their house in order before the next play? That’s what they did on a sideline pass play when the Patriots tried to snap the ball before KC could challenge it. Apparently there is a new unwritten rule that says even though teams routinely rush to snap the ball for this purpose every week, and even theough the officials had placed the ball “in play,” if it is the Patriots, the officials can stop the game until the opponenet feels they are ready enough to play. Good grief, it’s obvious to anyone watching these games that there are two sets of rules in the NFL now. I see this getting worse next week, and in the Super Bowl, should the NFL be unsuccessful in derailing the FU Tour next week. The line between NFL rosters is fine. Rogue officiating can easily determine the outcomes of games. One only needs to rewind the tape from the NE/Den game earlier this season. Gotta find a way to take it out of their hands.

  53. jbaxt says: Jan 17, 2016 7:23 PM

    Just wish KC was as healthy as NE. When you’re missing your top 3 players the playoffs will be tough. And Spencer Ware was out too. He was KCs top back over the last 10 weeks. Was glad they kept it respectable though. The 1st drive by NE set the tone, three 3rd and long conversions. KC’s defensive playmakers were no where to be found. Brady never tested Peters, smart on his part, but DJ, Berry, Hali, Poe were all missing in action. Also hurt that Alex Smith missed all of his long passes, never gave his WR a chance. I think he was 0-5 on those, and none were close to catchable.

  54. sullijo1 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:17 AM

    Every year the Chiefs are left with a narrative that the team/ willing media counterparts develop to sell tickets……what ifs/ could/ should/ would……and “next year will be great.”

    While the Broncos head to their 10th AFC championship in the past 40 years, the Chiefs go home again. How is that possible?

    Facts:
    – KC beat 3 teams with a winning record during their 11 game winning streak……Pitts (without Big Ben), Denver (Manning injured), and Houston (a 9-8 club). Not impressive.
    – They were 4-6 against teams with a winning record….the other win was against…..Houston (again, not impressive)
    – They were 27th in total offense

    ALEX SMITH has…….GOT TO GO!

  55. med515 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:37 AM

    This isn’t about Andy Reid so much as it is about Alex Smith. He can only get you so far. He is a game manager. Nothing more.

    You fans and some in the media cry and moan way too much about QBs who throw a lot of interceptions. And while you must take care of the football, you MUST sling it if you’re going to win big in this league.

    Kill the Eli Manning’s of the league, but the guy is a 2xSBMVP and future HOF QB because he has NO FEAR.

    Andrew Luck will win a SB before Alex Smith ever does.

    You gotta be willing to risk everything to win everything. Alex Smith is one of the most frustrating QBs to watch.

  56. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    As indicated by many of the posts herein, KC believes Reid is one of the best coaches of all time given the remarkable 10 game winning streak which qualified the Chiefs for the playoffs. What it doesn’t take into account is: 1) why did the Chiefs find themselves at 1-5 and virtually out of the AFC West race yet again; 2) is making the playoffs as a wildcard all KC really cares about; and 3) Reid’s coaching abilities were again exposed by his unbelievable clock management in the Pats game. He has made a career of these bone headed moves.

    Reid is already the third highest paid coach in the NFL thanks to the benevolence of the Chiefs. In Denver, he would have been fired last year (see John Fox, 48-15 with Denver, 4 straight AFC West championships). Remember KC, do what you’ve always done, get what you’ve always got.

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