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Chiefs’ final drive was historically slow

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been pilloried for his poor clock management throughout his career, but the final drive of Saturday’s loss to the Patriots takes the cake.

The Chiefs, trailing 27-13 in a drive that started with 6:29 on the clock, marched 80 yards down the field for a touchdown. The touchdown is the good part. The bad part is that the Chiefs took more than five minutes off the clock in the process.

How bad is that? It’s almost unheard of. According to the drive finder at Pro Football Reference, there have been 2,111 drives in NFL games since 1998 in which the team with the ball trailed by 9-17 points (in other words, they needed to score more than once but weren’t totally out of it) with less than seven minutes left. Out of those 2,111 drives, only one took more time than the 5:16 the Chiefs took off the clock on Saturday.

Over the course of his coaching career, one hallmark of Reid’s teams is that they play very well after bye weeks: Reid is 15-2 with an extra week to prepare. Reid has attributed his great success after bye weeks to self-scouting, saying that during a bye, he spends a lot of time scouting his own team and looking for ways to improve. If Reid is smart, he’ll take a lot of time this offseason looking at his own clock management decisions and finding ways to improve. Reid’s mismanagement of the clock has been a glaring problem throughout his career.

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  1. kcchefs58 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:11 AM

    Historically, we weren’t supposed to be in the playoffs, but we made it there and even (finally) won another playoff game. The season was a success. Chiefs Kingdom!

  2. pastabelly says: Jan 19, 2016 9:11 AM

    History is showing that Reid is more to blame for SB 39 loss than McNabb when same thing happened. I remember people were all blaming Donovan for choking. It was poor coaching last week and poor coaching 11 years ago.

  3. jnks10 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:13 AM

    This is 1 of a few things Philly fans would constantly complain about and we were told by the national media how ungrateful we were and how sorry we would be when he left. Obviously chip didn’t go as planned, but I rather have something new then watch Andy make the same mistakes over and over and over. I mean it’s been 17 years and he still hasn’t figured out clock management. That should be 1 of the easiest things for coaches to grasp! And it’s sad that half the comments on here will be from Philly fans saying we told you so… but it’s because sites like this 1 continued to tell us how stupid we were for complaining about this exact issue. And several years later it has come back to bite him once again.

  4. Cunning Linguist says: Jan 19, 2016 9:15 AM

    What the hell was he saving those time outs for? And a huddle on just about every play?! It was almost like I was watching the Super Bowl game when the Pats played the Eagles…

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:15 AM

    Classic Andy Reid horrible clock management.

    Not sure why someone coaching this long doesn’t get it.

    They had the ball with over 3 min left and ran one play before the 2 minute warning. Brady would have run a half dozen in that time.

  6. remstar10 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:16 AM

    You’re right. That was painful to watch.

  7. beattention says: Jan 19, 2016 9:16 AM

    Reid should retire and give a younger coach a chance as Reid’s coaching will never improve.

  8. crm0055 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:16 AM

    I still don’t understand whey anyone is shocked that he did this. This is classic Andy – he threw the ball 50 times and wasted the whole clock away at the end of the game. He does this all the time.

  9. titletownie72 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:16 AM

    Donovan McNabb is off the hook, dry heave and all…

  10. savethebs says: Jan 19, 2016 9:17 AM

    If Reid is smart, he’ll take a lot of time this offseason looking at his own clock management decisions and finding ways to improve.

    ——————————————

    At this point in his career I think clock management will always be a huge problem for him. And it seems like maybe the most simple part of coaching. Can’t fathom why he’s so bad at it.

  11. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:17 AM

    I liked the 3:50 4th quarter TD drive in SB 39.

  12. greg3117 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:17 AM

    Historically dumb.

  13. flaccodelic says: Jan 19, 2016 9:21 AM

    As we watched that game (with no rooting interest one way or the other) my seven year old son turned to me and said “Dad, why do they keep huddling up?” and “Why does the Chiefs QB keep looking to the sidelines? Doesn’t he know what to do?”
    Good questions, son.

  14. kcflake says: Jan 19, 2016 9:21 AM

    Fix It Andy. You are paid too much Money by the Chiefs to have such a glaring and fixable weakness. We can not lose any more playoff games in part because of your poor clock management skills. Hire an assistant, learn how to read a watch, do something.

  15. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 19, 2016 9:21 AM

    Every Eagles fan was painfully reminded of the last Super Bowl drive of 2005 in a game they could have won if not for the tortoise pace of Reid’s come from behind offense.

  16. amanistumor says: Jan 19, 2016 9:21 AM

    While Philly is in no better of a situation, you see why he’s gone and fans are content with the rebuilding. Big Red is a great coach during the week but gameday that goes out the window on .500+ record teams. There’s many more frustrating qualities with him like time management, but at least they seemed to have the challenge flag inside of 2 minutes thing figured out.

  17. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 19, 2016 9:22 AM

    Kansas City Sloths

  18. eddievortex says: Jan 19, 2016 9:22 AM

    Reminded me of the Super Bowl when McNabb was spitting up his guts…Two scores down and running the offense at a snail’s pace.

  19. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 19, 2016 9:25 AM

    He is too meticulous and risk averse to properly execute a hurry up offense until it is too late. As long as there are more than two minutes left, he sticks to the plan. Run whatever play his chart calls for for down/distance/proximity to the goal line, and take whatever time you need to make sure you have the right personnel and formations.

    He has no ability to think linearly- in other words he has no concept of what he needs to do now to make sure he has enough time to do what he has to do next.

    If I were an Eagles fan, I would certainly be hoping the Doug Pederson has spent his years working with Reid not only learning how to coach a team, but also, in certain situations, how NOT to coach a team.

  20. redrew says: Jan 19, 2016 9:25 AM

    Reid has improved. His clock deficient QB didn’t puke all over himself this time like Donavon McNabb did vs NE

  21. cafetero1075 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:25 AM

    Maybe it was Alex Smith and the offence that can’t make a play over 10 yards.

  22. jimnaizeeum says: Jan 19, 2016 9:26 AM

    Can’t teach an old dog new tricks…his big flaw has always been clock management.

  23. Patskrieg says: Jan 19, 2016 9:27 AM

    For all of you who started watching football 2 years ago, this is what we’ve been telling you about Andy Reid. This is exactly why he lost Super Bowl XXXIX. Drive after drive late in the game, McNabb was calling for huddles while they were trailing, and taking forever to get the plays in. Reid stood there and watched it. It was all there on tape.

    For all the crybaby Eagles fans that think someone else was to blame, and hid behind their coward of an owner and some prehistoric senator that could barely string a sentence together: we told you. Andy Reid cannot manage a clock in the playoffs.

  24. kleahy51gmailcom says: Jan 19, 2016 9:28 AM

    Belichick and Brady had the locker room attendants put chewing gum in the time space continuum which threw Reid off. Cheaters!

  25. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 9:31 AM

    That offense gave a whole new meaning to deliberate. Not only did it burn time but with Jones and Collins out for NE it gave the Pats D ample time for substitutions and the opportunity to catch their breath

  26. dtm1088 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:31 AM

    Nobody has brought up the wasted downs either. After their third timeout in the first half, they come out on a 3rd and 1 and QB sneak for a first down to be followed by a spike. Every coach in that situation has a play called for after the QB sneak. It’s either a FG attempt if unsuccessful or your first end zone shot. No need to waste a play when the next play could be a throw into the end zone.

  27. dpdonny says: Jan 19, 2016 9:34 AM

    “Shocked!”

    — no one

  28. advocado5 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    Give Chip 1 minute and he’d run 6 plays. A pass down the middle(incomplete), a run (6yrds), QB scramble(sack)… PENALTY FOR Neutral zone (Defense, first down), a run sweep left(stuffed), a Pass (incomplete), QB sack … Punt.

  29. iamkillerfin says: Jan 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    Chiefs are a joke & realistically forgot to show up!!! Guess you’ll sitting on the couch watching the super bowl again since super bowl 4!!!

  30. accipiterq says: Jan 19, 2016 9:36 AM

    The odd thing is that he came out and claimed it was intentionally slow. Like that makes it better. So instead of just being terribly executed, it was INTENTIONALLY terribly executed.

  31. tajuara says: Jan 19, 2016 9:37 AM

    Sadly this is the reason why so many people call Alex Smith a game manager. He had to wait every single time for the OC or HC to call the play. He is a good QB, but he lacks ideas and leadership. The Chiefs are going nowhere with him at the helmet.

  32. billsrule2015 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:40 AM

    Typical Andy Reid season. Great reg season record with smart coaching only to follow it up with a terrible playoff game with head scratching decisions on clock management. How bout them Chiefs!

  33. tqaztec says: Jan 19, 2016 9:40 AM

    To be fair, Alex Smith can only throw passes behind the line of scrimmage. It will take awhile to get down field.

  34. 12444uggg says: Jan 19, 2016 9:44 AM

    install a real 2 min offense and run it. screwing around with subpackages to run stupid screen plays when the clock is running is beyond me.

  35. pauldeba says: Jan 19, 2016 9:46 AM

    it’s not the worst drive, so i wouldn’t call it “historically slow”. It was probably historically slow form the 1 yard line with 3 minutes to go, though

  36. seatownballers says: Jan 19, 2016 9:47 AM

    It was hilarious that he was using his timeouts at the end. With 32 seconds left, and patriots were on second down

  37. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 19, 2016 9:47 AM

    dtm1088 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 9:31 AM

    Nobody has brought up the wasted downs either. After their third timeout in the first half, they come out on a 3rd and 1 and QB sneak for a first down to be followed by a spike. Every coach in that situation has a play called for after the QB sneak. It’s either a FG attempt if unsuccessful or your first end zone shot. No need to waste a play when the next play could be a throw into the end zone.

    Ummm, people do still spike it. Ask Aaron Rodgers who changed from a spike to a play and got a 5 yard penalty and wasted an extra 7 seconds because he changed on the fly from a spike to a play.

  38. ttommytom says: Jan 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    My biggest pet peeve is the stop the clock spike.

    How many times does a QB waste a down and then they still have 22 seconds on the clock to end the game?

    Stop wasting downs.

    PS

    Practice the hurry up O, KC.

  39. mlvcfan says: Jan 19, 2016 9:51 AM

    Dryheave Mcnabb🙂

  40. mogogo1 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:51 AM

    It makes things all the worse that Reid is so good in other areas. How he has a blind spot to his terrible clock management is a total mystery. GMs, his staff, friends in coaching…. nobody ever brings up the elephant in the room?

  41. patsfan1820 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:53 AM

    Donovan McNabb was not to blame for that Super Bowl 39 loss it was Andy Reid just like Saturday it wasn’t Smith’s fault it was Andy Reid’s. His clock management is the worst in football despite him being a great offensive mind he needs an OC to tell him when he’s being stupid instead of a yes man who agrees with him on everything. Chiefs had the chance to get back in the game but wasting all that time doomed them.

  42. deacon85 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    Andy Reid knows a lot more about football than I ever will, but when there are 2,000 drives that took a shorter time than this one, then maybe he needs to get help on the clock management issue.

  43. eagles1960 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    Saw this in philly for 14 years. I need to do a better job. Time is yours.

  44. officialgame says: Jan 19, 2016 9:56 AM

    It is official, Andy Reid is a major Choke Artist.

  45. slyder2775 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:56 AM

    And the Eagles have a ‘Chip off the ol’ block’ in Pederson…

    God help us Eagles fans…

  46. justanotherdummy says: Jan 19, 2016 9:58 AM

    Three points, first off Andy is not a super quick on his feet thinker type he is very deliberate. B, the version of the WCO he runs has obscenely long playcalls. Like 10 or 12 words and numbers that are repeated in the huddle because it is so exacting. This is opposed to an Erhart-Perkins system that calls route concepts instead of directing every reciever’s pattern in his WCO. Lastly, until this year he rarely if ever let his qb call any of his own plays, which means his sticky BBQ stained fingers are in every decision made going from sideline to the field. In Philly he and Marty would actually discuss plays before sending them in, while the play clock wound down, as the qb would frantically wave his arms and beg for a play. Andy is a great organization maker, lots of players love him, and he will never win a Super Bowl.

  47. fordmandalay says: Jan 19, 2016 9:58 AM

    You can’t teach an old walrus new tricks. Reid’s not going to change his ways at this late stage in his career.

  48. billmiller1991 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:01 AM

    “2,111 drives since 1998 in which the team with the ball trailed by 9-17 points with less than seven minutes left. Out of those 2,111 drives, only one took more time than the 5:16 the Chiefs took off the clock on Saturday.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This is such an incomplete comparison. How many of those drives got first downs, let alone scores? Yes you want more time left for another drive, but let’s say they saved a bunch of clock on that drive, but in the process didn’t playcall and execute as well, resulting in no touchdown? Then the score is still 13-27. Would that have been better? Would that make Andy Reid smarter?

  49. brafootball says: Jan 19, 2016 10:01 AM

    Not to pile on the Chiefs and Andy Reid (he’s a classy guy and his team is good), but I’m sorry… this headline made me laugh out loud at my desk, literally. Good God, “historically slow!”

  50. slomyke says: Jan 19, 2016 10:02 AM

    It looked as though the Chiefs were playing to keep the ball out of Brady’s hands and was going to go for the onside kick hoping to get the ball back.

  51. rollotomasi14 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    All of their scoring drives took a long time. They burned a lot of time off the clock to only have to settle for FGs.

  52. bigdawg24 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:05 AM

    They looked like the sense of urgency of a Government worker….

  53. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 19, 2016 10:06 AM

    You might think that the Patriots defense had a little to do with that drive taking so long 😉

  54. terripet says: Jan 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    Then smith should of took charge of the game

  55. terripet says: Jan 19, 2016 10:09 AM

    If Kc could of caught Brady’s balls that were in there hands they would of won

  56. orivar says: Jan 19, 2016 10:09 AM

    This has always been Reid’s weakness though. It doesn’t always happen but when it does it’s bad, Reid is too much of a perfectionist and gets tunnel vision and if any of you have ever played the game beyond high school those last few minutes un the 4th go by a lot faster than it seems on tv. That’s why the other Philly fans got ignored, and rightfully so, as for the last there years they’ve been trying the I told you so game without perspective. Reid CAN manage late games, McNabb has 15 4th quarter comebacks and 23 game winning drives with the Eagles, but when Reid gets in his own way it’s Ugly.

    Also to put it in perspective Rodgers is only(nfl poster child) 10 and 14.

    That being said it still doesn’t negate their run or is coaching. It’s just that he has an obvious weakness like…everybody. But this is football so lets exaggerate it like the alleged throwing up to incident even though anybody that’s also played beyond high school knows that puking is pretty common actually.

  57. routerunner says: Jan 19, 2016 10:11 AM

    What the rest of the world calls slow, Andy Reid calls crushing them in time of possession. KC won 38-22… so there’s that.

  58. reprob8 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    In a league full of specialists, he needs a clock management consultant/specialist/czar to be in his ear in the 4th quarter

  59. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    to the pats fan, we knew about andy long before the superbowl with the pats. and by the end, everyone here was extremely tired of the arrogant look andy gives anyone who questions his performance.

    i see he finally started to run the ball more after he got to kc, but andy is and always will be a plodder. he’ll get 100 on any test he gets time to prepare for, and 30 on any one that requires thinking in the moment.

  60. getyourownname says: Jan 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    NFL radio pointed out some people cannot process quick decisions in pressure situations – in laymen’s terms, they freeze, or at least are unable to ramp up according to the situation. Some guys can excel at other critical aspects but never grasp the clock management thing. Game has become too fast for those who cannot adapt. Does KC want a coach who is always going to leave them a bit short?

  61. weepingjebus says: Jan 19, 2016 10:16 AM

    My living room of Pats fans was gleeful the entire drive, almost euphoric. How can a bunch of drunk guys covered in Cheetos powder know exactly what is happening while Andy Reid — by all accounts a smart and highly paid professional coach — be seemingly oblivious to it? I honestly think part of Belichick’s genius is having the best poker face on earth, because if I had been on that sideline I would have been grinning like a Cheshire Cat and Reid might have actually picked up on it.

  62. jvw1982 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:18 AM

    It was painful to watch…it was bad enough that it took them 3 minutes to get to the 3 yd line as they were walking around after every play with no sense of urgency but with 3 minutes left to play at the 3 yd line and it takes you more than 2 minutes to score…….plus he had 3 time outs that he never used….Andy Reid is a real good coach just hope that he doesn’t have to be efficient with the clock in a close game because you will lose…..

  63. whywerule says: Jan 19, 2016 10:18 AM

    Historically slow only because Bill Belichick, the evil genius, used aspects of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity’s time dilation to speed up time, thus slowing the drive.

    Roger Goodell’s bosses, John Harbaugh, Ryan Grigson and Mark Brunell are demanding an independent investigation.

    Film at 11.

  64. quicktaker says: Jan 19, 2016 10:19 AM

    . Exceptionally unaware (dumb?) receivers that will fight for an extra yard instead of stopping the clock.

    . A QB that only excels at throwing short (very short). Smith is smart and athletic but it isn’t a mystery why the 49ers dropped him after watching the 2012 Kaepernick complete the intermediate and deep balls.

    . Reid is also devoid of clock management skills.

  65. MongoRawBlow says: Jan 19, 2016 10:20 AM

    Certainly not to defend Reid…he is ultra conservative, but how many of those 2000+ drives ended in touchdowns???

    At least they scored????

  66. duffman19101 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:22 AM

    #Timeisyours

  67. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 19, 2016 10:23 AM

    The Chiefs/Alex Smith aren’t built to play from behind unfortunately…Alex can’t throw middle/deep and can only hit 5-10 yard out routes and an occasional seam…

  68. mmack66 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    getyourownname says:
    Jan 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    NFL radio pointed out some people cannot process quick decisions in pressure situations – in laymen’s terms, they freeze, or at least are unable to ramp up according to the situation. Some guys can excel at other critical aspects but never grasp the clock management thing. Game has become too fast for those who cannot adapt. Does KC want a coach who is always going to leave them a bit short?
    ————————–

    We’re used to it.

  69. patsfiend says: Jan 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    Watching both of those drives (KC last week, Philly in the SB) as a seasoned Pats fan… I was literally cackling. “Yeah, go ahead, run it up the middle. Huddle up!! Celebrate that first down, absolutely! Dance around a bit! Don’t throw any quick sideline routes! Great plan guys!” Even when they DID hurry it up a bit an got to the line… that was slow, too.

    Seeing Reid/Smith vs. Belichick/Brady is most definitely the far-far ends of the bell curve. The bumblers vs. the jedi ninja masters. KC absolutely had a chance to win that game if they moved even just a little more quickly, and you’d expect Smith or McNabb, both veterans at the time, would know that too and be pushing for it.

  70. the8man says: Jan 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    I think there is room to question the play selection for the Patriots on the drive prior that began at 7:28 of the 4th. A couple of running plays or better execution would have taken a lot more time off the clock and potentially made this discussion less of an issue.

    Of course we could just point to outstanding defense in both situation.

  71. thebirdofprey says: Jan 19, 2016 10:29 AM

    Watching that drive I thought they were running the four minute offense. It was frustrating, they huddled every time came out late and moved with absolutely no urgency. It wasn’t just Alex Smith it was the whole offensive team.

  72. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    Was Alex Smith blowing chunks too???

  73. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:32 AM

    …..I just don’t get it….with all the specialty coaches, why can’t SOMEONE be given the job duties as CLOCK MANAGER? Stand right next to Andy and help the guy out……it’s been his Achilles heel for his entire coaching career….especially in tight games.

  74. upperdecker19 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:39 AM

    “I gotta do a better job. I gotta put the players in a better position to succeed. That’s on me. Blah, blah, blah…….time’s yours….”

    Get used to it Chiefs fans…..

  75. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:42 AM

    It was like watching a replay of the Eagles next to last drive in Super Bowl 39 against the Patriots in with Donovan McNabb, again who was the Eagles head coach?
    Andy Reid is a very good coach but sometimes you wonder about his clock management.

  76. bleedgreen says: Jan 19, 2016 10:47 AM

    “This one’s on *huff* me. I need to *huff* put these guys *huff* in a better position to win. Time’s yours.”

    Every Andy Reid press conference after a loss for the past almost 2 decards.

  77. stewart09 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    Old andy the walrus cant fit a watch on his flippers

  78. bullcharger says: Jan 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    One of the things that makes Brady play so well in 2 min situations is defenses tend to give away the intermediate middle of the field in 2 min situations to keep the clock running and that is Brady’s bread and butter. Then the team is prepared to get to the line on those plays.

    Smith can’t make those throws. He can’t throw accurately over the middle for more than about 10 yards or so.

  79. therealraider says: Jan 19, 2016 10:50 AM

    It’s no surprise that an extremely obese man has trouble with the quick movement concept.

  80. bullcharger says: Jan 19, 2016 10:59 AM

    As much as Andy Reid had a chance to win statistically, he didn’t really have much of a chance.

    The Patriots are 93-1 at home when leading at half time since 2001, including playoffs.

    Their only loss was the 2012/2013 AFC championship against Baltimore.

    If a team playing at Gillette loses the first half they are 99% finished.

  81. lambeauheap says: Jan 19, 2016 11:00 AM

    Hey kcchefs what’d you think of the game bud?

    Not bad, eh!

  82. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 19, 2016 11:01 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 19, 2016 10:16 AM
    My living room of Pats fans was gleeful the entire drive, almost euphoric. How can a bunch of drunk guys covered in Cheetos powder know exactly what is happening while Andy Reid — by all accounts a smart and highly paid professional coach — be seemingly oblivious to it?

    I can’t get this picture out of my head, too funny.

    It’s not easy beein cheesy

  83. nfl fan says: Jan 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    You know when Andy starts coughing, it never ends well.

  84. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    terripet says:
    Jan 19, 2016 10:09 AM
    If Kc could of caught Brady’s balls that were in there hands they would of won

    Reminds me of a guy I used to bowl with,

    he’d always say he was a better bowler and he’d win if he knocked down more pins then I did.

  85. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    Yeah, Andy Reid is known for this, but it also tells me Alex Smith doesn’t want to ruffle feathers. Brady, Rodgers, both Mannings, Brees, Roethlisberger, and a couple other top QBs would have just gone into “I got this, coach” mode and started calling their own plays instead of waiting for the sideline to get their act together.

    Hey Andy, when you’re down two scores, time remaining is FAR more important than time-outs remaining.

  86. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 19, 2016 11:06 AM

    It appears Andy has the same ability to process football plays and processes as Phil Simms does during the broadcast.

  87. jjackwagon says: Jan 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    For a team that was “literally” written off on these same pages after week 6, I would say they did alright.
    I said last week that they would need a defense/special teams score to win. they didn’t get one and lost. It’s really that simple.
    But go ahead and pile on Andy if it makes your small life seem bigger.

  88. kanodogg says: Jan 19, 2016 11:10 AM

    Welcome to the Andy Reid school of clock management

  89. armchairqb says: Jan 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    #TheAndyReidWay

  90. sonhoodoo says: Jan 19, 2016 11:16 AM

    As a Pats fan having benefitted from two such drives I will say he really did a bad job both times. And, while in game situational stuff might force one to lose track, the justifications for it after the fact are probably worse as they show a tendency to not want to admit it was a mistake much less a desire to learn from it. I like Andy Reid and respect him as a coach. I just think the clock management is his Achilles heel.

  91. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 19, 2016 11:17 AM

    Yet of course KC believes Andy Reid walks on water. That’s why they have made him the second highest paid NFL head coach, tied with Bill Belichick. Only in KC (“We’re Off to See the Wizard………………….”)!

  92. Gabe Smith says: Jan 19, 2016 11:17 AM

    Because few of you revelers on this thread are Chiefs fans, I’ll forgive you for not knowing that Doug Pederson has called all the plays in the hurry up offense for the past three years. Enjoy your new coach, Eagles fans!

  93. mrkbuilders says: Jan 19, 2016 11:17 AM

    kcchefs58 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 9:11 AM
    Historically, we weren’t supposed to be in the playoffs, but we made it there and even (finally) won another playoff game. The season was a success. Chiefs Kingdom!

    80 186

    This is EXACTLY why the Patriots win as much as they do. We, as fans, or the team would NEVER have this attitude of being handle in the Divisional round is a season success.

  94. jbaxt says: Jan 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    Put either Mannings, Brady, Ben, in other words top tier QB’s and they run it faster. I blame Smith more than Reid. He dumped the Ball to Avant 1 yard and was tackled in bounds, from their own 3 yard line. That alone cost 30 seconds. It can’t be blamed on Reid.

    Nor can the Davis fumble, the injuries to their top 3 players, or the defense giving up 3 3rd and longs on the 1st drive. At some point players, especially 10 million a year QB’s, gotta play.

    I was surprised they kept it within 7 with their 3 best players out. No team in the league wins a playoff game with those injuries. Unless you’re playing the Texans…

  95. chuckxx says: Jan 19, 2016 11:19 AM

    The final score of the game does not really reflect just how Tom Brady dominated the game all day. No pressure on him even once. There’s no way the Chiefs deserved to win this game and of course they didn’t.

  96. phuckauffewe says: Jan 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    I was watching TOPS CBS other Pre game show.

    Amy Trask, former Raider head office member, in the segment about what bothers each of the talking heads, brings up Reid’s historically bad clock management. She recommended have Reid hire a college kid with good math skills to stand next to him to help with clock management, one of the talking heads, says, “You don’t need that, just grab a drunk fan, he’d do a better job than Reid” or words to that effect.

    Truer words were never spoke.

    While a Pat’s fan, I’ve always liked Alex Smith, and respected KC. I actually felt bad for them, Smith in particular as you could see him pleading with the sideline for a play time and time again on that last drive.

    KC fan base, you’re one of the best in the league, filling the stadium good times and bad. One of you needs to run on to the field stand next to Andy, and give him a hand. Maybe let him finish your beer while you whisper into his, “call time out Andy, you’ll still have the 2 minute warning and more time on the clock.” Maybe the beer will loosen him up.

  97. superpatriotsfan says: Jan 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    My guess the Pats jammed their receivers in the headsets. They always cheating.

  98. bjwbrown2011 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    Even Injured Roethlisburger from wild card weekend who couldn’t throw the ball more then 3 yards down field, would have made sure that drive ended before the 2 minute warning.

  99. bryonneufeld says: Jan 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    Andy Reid is an excellent coach in a vacuum (1st and 10, game tied, plenty of time left), but struggles in situational strategy.

    You almost don’t even need a HC on the field during NFL games anymore. OC calls the offense, DC calls the defense. They need a Strategy Coordinator to be in charge of when to go for 2, when to hurry up the offense, when to call timeouts, etc.

  100. phuckauffewe says: Jan 19, 2016 11:26 AM

    ” I was surprised they kept it within 7 with their 3 best players out. No team in the league wins a playoff game with those injuries. Unless you’re playing the Texans…”

    I was surprised that with three of the Patriots top defenders out, two of them starting linebackers, hurt during the game and our sack leader DE, that the Pats kept KC from scoring more.

    See how that works?

    What I was really surprised about was how well designed and run the onside kick recovery team was. This from a special team that used to be ranked in the top three and has become a liability and dropped to number 11.

  101. 1captain1 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:27 AM

    And of those 2100+ drives look at how many ended on failure to convert 4th down or turnovers.

    A lot!

  102. charliecharger says: Jan 19, 2016 11:29 AM

    If Reid is smart he’ll look for another QB this offseason. I give Andy all the credit in the world for getting as far as he got with Alex Smith. That in itself should earn Reid coach of the year. Smith is a low risk low reward QB. He’s not going to do a lot to get you beat, and he’s not going to win a lot of games for you either. The Chiefs have too strong of a roster to waste it on Alex Smith. The one NFL record Smith will end up with is number of coaches fired. Reid can help get him with that record.

  103. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 19, 2016 11:30 AM

    It was painful to watch. I knew New England won once they had the lead with Smith and Reid on the other team.

  104. TheDPR says: Jan 19, 2016 11:30 AM

    What Reid needs to do is admit to himself that his teams need a 2-minute offense and trust his quarterback to run it. He isn’t going to get any faster so he needs to defer to the QB to call his own plays in these situations. Quit being a micromanager.

  105. coachmike327 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:31 AM

    You have to give the Patriots credit fir this slow drive also. They led the offense in a way to make this happen. Easy to critisize Reid.

  106. FinFan68 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:41 AM

    There are way too many that seem to have no understanding of clock management and exhibit no sense of urgency in the waning minutes of either half. That concept should be football 101 but it isn’t. The ineptitude is surprisingly widespread.

  107. rogerWWEgoodell says: Jan 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    I thought I was high when I seen the chiefs huddling, then I remember I don’t smoke weed.

  108. draculalambert says: Jan 19, 2016 11:56 AM

    Vindication for Chip Kelly

  109. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    chuckxx says:
    Jan 19, 2016 11:19 AM
    The final score of the game does not really reflect just how Tom Brady dominated the game all day. No pressure on him even once. There’s no way the Chiefs deserved to win this game and of course they didn’t.
    ========

    This is actually the worst example of Reid’s conservative and risk averse coaching affecting the outcome- far worse, actually, than the two minute drill foibles.

    The offensive line has been a weakness all season for the Pats- no fault of their own, just too many injuries. Yet the Chiefs sent 4 men after the QB virtually the entire game. Playing it safe, refusing to give Brady the opportunity to beat them deep with the man coverage that would have resulted from blitzing.

    The Chiefs should have been blitzing the minute they got off the bus. And frankly, if that’s not their “style”, than their inability to adjust their “style” to exploit an opponent’s weakness is just as serious a coaching blunder as huddling up with 2:30 to play down two scores.

  110. axesbluestar says: Jan 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    History is showing that Reid is more to blame for SB 39 loss than McNabb when same thing happened. I remember people were all blaming Donovan for choking. It was poor coaching last week and poor coaching 11 years ago.
    =====
    Reid has ALWAYS had a problem with clock management, but a key part of the issue in that Super Bowl is the fact McNabb couldn’t remember two plays in the huddle – just a mental block he had.

  111. jonwill57 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:00 PM

    Andy once called a timeout after the 1st quarter break! Quarter breaks are at least 5 minutes long…they came back onto the field and had to call timeout.

  112. kchoya says: Jan 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    Fix It Andy. You are paid too much Money by the Chiefs to have such a glaring and fixable weakness. We can not lose any more playoff games in part because of your poor clock management skills. Hire an assistant, learn how to read a watch, do something.

    Funny, Andy was the first Chiefs coach to win a playoff game in 23 years. Marty couldn’t win one in that time. Nor Gunther. Nor Vermeil. Nor Herm. Nor Todd.

  113. TheWizard says: Jan 19, 2016 12:06 PM

    Cowherd had a good take on this – Reid runs normal offense, take the time to get it right, get down to around 2 minute warning before you have to risk Brady getting the ball again.

    Pats offense was blowing right through them, but if you get under 2 minutes, you steer the Pats into ostensibly 3 running plays which you figure on stopping and you have your 3 time outs. Pats theoretically have to punt back to you with well over a minute on the clock.

    It’s logical. I don’t really know if this is what Reid was thinking and the Pats subsequently risked a pass and got a first down, game over. But it’s workable.

  114. bkg63 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:08 PM

    As an Eagles fan, all I kept thinking was “there Reid goes again…” Kansas City, now you feel our pain…

  115. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jan 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    Painful, painful way to end that game (and season) given all the other blown possessions the Chiefs had during that game…. To not give yourself (and fans) any chance for a comeback there due to horrendous clock management is just criminal in this day and age of no huddle offenses…..

    Have I missed anything….?

  116. packer4life4ever says: Jan 19, 2016 12:13 PM

    Gronk’s push-off for the first TD was historic too.

  117. eagleswin says: Jan 19, 2016 12:15 PM

    kchoya says:
    Jan 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    Funny, Andy was the first Chiefs coach to win a playoff game in 23 years. Marty couldn’t win one in that time. Nor Gunther. Nor Vermeil. Nor Herm. Nor Todd.

    ————————–

    I’m not sure how many of those coaches actually reached the playoffs but i’m sure if they did, none of the teams they faced in the playoffs were as bad offensively as the Houston Texans and 5 turnover Hoyer.

  118. notmanning says: Jan 19, 2016 12:36 PM

    Well, you do have to score to have a chance. If huddling up is what it takes to get the TD, then so be it. BUT, I think you also have to a QB ad a system that can an effective2 minute drill. This is where some of the FRANCHISE QB’s separate themselves.

  119. listenupcupcake says: Jan 19, 2016 12:37 PM

    From a comment above, on Reid:
    “He is too meticulous and risk averse to properly execute a hurry up offense until it is too late. As long as there are more than two minutes left, he sticks to the plan. Run whatever play his chart calls for for down/distance/proximity to the goal line, and take whatever time you need to make sure you have the right personnel and formations.”

    Pretty much spot on. Andy Reid is a good HC, smart and thorough, but he has a slow-twitch mind. At planning ahead, he excels. At adapting quickly to changing circumstances, or making in-game or last minute adjustments – not so much.

    It’s his nature, and it’s been his Achilles’ heel for decades. Until he finds someone he trusts to whom to delegate in-game and tactical management, whether a coach or a QB, he will never win big games against smart coaches with quick-twitch minds – those who can and do make smart adjustments on the fly. Such as BB (and others).

  120. psljax says: Jan 19, 2016 12:41 PM

    For a team that has thrived on turnovers to get field position and turning them into points..to get none. The game was decided. The Patriots played ok. Nothing great. If the wr did not drop all those passes. I doubt time management played into it.
    I think the NFL wanted broncos very patriots. Good versus bad. The problem is who plays the good guys.

  121. goawayeverybody says: Jan 19, 2016 12:51 PM

    Let’s not overlook the fumble by Knile Davis, shall we? The Chiefs were driving and that turnover turned into 7 points for the Patriots.

  122. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 19, 2016 12:51 PM

    Because few of you revelers on this thread are Chiefs fans, I’ll forgive you for not knowing that Doug Pederson has called all the plays in the hurry up offense for the past three years. Enjoy your new coach, Eagles fans!
    ____________________________________
    Oh, and Pederson wasn’t accountable to Reid? Homer on Chief Boy!

  123. darthbelichick07 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:56 PM

    And, before the game, the NFL NETWORK gave the coaching advantage to the CHIEFS.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  124. Bill's got balls! says: Jan 19, 2016 12:57 PM

    advocado5 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 9:35 AM
    Give Chip 1 minute and he’d run 6 plays. A pass down the middle(incomplete), a run (6yrds), QB scramble(sack)… PENALTY FOR Neutral zone (Defense, first down), a run sweep left(stuffed), a Pass (incomplete), QB sack … Punt.

    _________________________________

    That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!

  125. sammievee says: Jan 19, 2016 1:03 PM

    You all have been kind as related to the botched clock management just prior to halftime. Ran a third and one designed to pick up two yards and had no play called for first and ten? Spiked the ball, gave up a bullet and settled for three after having to throw away on third down.

  126. xmatt0926x says: Jan 19, 2016 1:05 PM

    “Are they playing the same game we are?” – Bill Bilichick actual quote during final stages of the Superbowl as he watched in amazement as the Eagles just slowly huddled and walked up to the line when time was crucial.

    The announcers weren’t much more kind. It’s amazing. He must just choke up or something in those situations. It’s like he blacks out mentally and just can’t pull the trigger while under pressure to be quick and precise.

    The Chiefs fans and the national fan base and media are finally catching on. This is Andy’s fatal flaw as a coach. You keep thinking that such a seemingly simple flaw can and will easily be fixed but 17 years in there it is again.

    Have you also noticed the strange talent for just blowing timeouts for seemingly no reason, Chiefs fans?

    Andy is a very good coach. He’ll give you that 10-6 or 11-5 season with a pretty good team almost every season. He did it with the Eagles. The problem is come playoff time against the best of the best you always felt your team was somehow overmatched player wise and by the other coaching staff.

    It’s nice to be that solid team every year but you need to get over the hump at some point. Andy might not be the guy that can do that (unless your owner has one year where he goes crazy in free agency and gets you an in prime Terrell Owens and Jevon Kearse).

  127. markjones2000 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:11 PM

    Reid saved his timeouts to use on the defensive side if they couldn’t recover the onside kick, as Pats would still need one 1st down to end the game.

    That said, the huddling and taking 20-30 seconds to run a play is horrific.

  128. packergator says: Jan 19, 2016 1:17 PM

    This is nothing new; the 2004 Eagles had 4-5 minutes on the clock with a 3-point deficit in SB39 and Reid pissed that opportunity away. It’s no mistake that he’s been such an epic failure deep in the playoffs. Five NFCCG appearances, only one win – leading to a SB loss. Philly fans got tired of it, and KC will get there eventually too.

  129. packergator says: Jan 19, 2016 1:24 PM

    axesbluestar says:
    Jan 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    History is showing that Reid is more to blame for SB 39 loss than McNabb when same thing happened. I remember people were all blaming Donovan for choking. It was poor coaching last week and poor coaching 11 years ago.
    =====
    Reid has ALWAYS had a problem with clock management, but a key part of the issue in that Super Bowl is the fact McNabb couldn’t remember two plays in the huddle – just a mental block he had.
    __________________________________

    McNabb’s problem was that he got antsy in big moments – key third downs – and began throwing inaccurately. There are plenty of examples of wormburners he threw to wide-open receivers in those NFCCGs.

  130. goodellsucks43 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:24 PM

    Welcome to having Andy Reid as your head coach. I saw this for 14 years as an Eagles fan.

  131. 4sacroc says: Jan 19, 2016 1:26 PM

    A pattern…

    In MNF earlier in season, Chiefs were down 16 at Green Bay with under six minutes left.

    They took 17 plays and 4:23 to travel 83 yards.

    When they didn’t convert 2-pt PAT they had left 1:25 to make up 38-28 deficit …

    Again, no urgency … 17 plays!

  132. brawlkc says: Jan 19, 2016 1:27 PM

    If we combined the total playoff wins from the author and the commenters here, Andy Reid still has more.

    God guys we should win the super bowl every year!

    Not a single coach has a perfect team, the ones with the highest winning percentage in the playoffs are accused of cheating (right or wrong) constantly.

    You’re picking nits here.

    The Chiefs lost the game and while the last 6 minutes had a factor there’s still 90% of the game that could’ve rendered this whole topic moot. A few bonehead plays removed and he clock is not the major talking point.

  133. lambeauheap says: Jan 19, 2016 1:29 PM

    Historically, we weren’t supposed to be in the playoffs, but we made it there and even (finally) won another playoff game. The season was a success. Chiefs Kingdom!

    Says the guy who was clamoring all last week about how the BIG BAD KC defense was going to crush “whittle tammy”

    How’d that go? Brady diced that overrated unit up like a hot knife through butter.

    I asked KC fans where they would be come monday after all their trash talk, and I’m right where I said I would be. Here. Where’d they all go? I think the answer is self evident.

  134. goattoday says: Jan 19, 2016 1:34 PM

    KC wasn’t going to win this game regardless of that final drive. Pats are simply better, even with even with all of their injuries. It would have been a 2-3 TD win had the Pats pushed it.

  135. chromesoxbeamin says: Jan 19, 2016 1:39 PM

    Crazy how this guy is so good schematically with drawing up concepts and drawing out the skill of his players but man is he a slow thinker. That’s probably why he’s a walrus.

  136. haleyistheman00 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:40 PM

    He was playing for an onsides kick who cares the defense didn’t play good (bc Brady) like they did in the past 3 months when they didn’t lose a game (bc Reid). Hopefully the Chiefs can get back to the playoffs and make a run next year. Also he NFL got what they wanted Brady vs Manning

  137. orivar says: Jan 19, 2016 1:42 PM

    “weepingjebus says:
    Jan 19, 2016 10:16 AM
    My living room of Pats fans was gleeful the entire drive, almost euphoric. How can a bunch of drunk guys covered in Cheetos powder know exactly what is happening while Andy Reid — by all accounts a smart and highly paid professional coach — be seemingly oblivious to”

    Watching the game and being in the moment are TWO different things.

  138. brainsmasher66 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:47 PM

    With Hali and Houston not able to apply any pressure the Chiefs had to blitz and Brady picked them apart.

    Andy Reid did the right thing and ended the season.

  139. brainsmasher66 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:52 PM

    The Chiefs defense lost this game. They were holding teams to 12 points a game. with Hali and Houston hobbled they weren’t the same team.

  140. relggigeht says: Jan 19, 2016 1:54 PM

    Andy Reid is a legendary playoff choker.

  141. savethenflfirerogergoodell says: Jan 19, 2016 1:57 PM

    chiefs were out of their league regardless.

    Patriots are just better

  142. brainsmasher66 says: Jan 19, 2016 2:05 PM

    There is a reason why Andy Reid is a head coach and you are not.

  143. rajbais says: Jan 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    Is it me or does would the word “slow” not be used with a coach whose physique is like Sean Payton or Mike McCoy?

  144. goattoday says: Jan 19, 2016 2:34 PM

    I’m still stuck on being happy the Colts got to watch on TV after the Texans won the division.

  145. kfoyo808 says: Jan 19, 2016 2:46 PM

    Bodes well since we just hired Andy Reid, Junior as our new head coach…and he apparently was calling the plays the 2nd half…so some blame probably goes to him.

  146. upperdecker19 says: Jan 19, 2016 4:39 PM

    The Chiefs must pay be the hour. As these guys had the urgency of a contractor on an hourly wage.

  147. primemundo says: Jan 19, 2016 5:28 PM

    He did better then Chip Kelly. Time is yours.

  148. ygghh says: Jan 19, 2016 6:07 PM

    Isnt his history getting there and choking? Seems like he did what he was supposed to do. Maybe if he looked up from his playsheet for a minute he would realize the time was ticking away

  149. gm19cal says: Jan 19, 2016 6:53 PM

    It was ridiculous. Never ceases to amaze me how teams do this quite often. I personally think the QB should be in charge of the offense. Too often they wait for a play and frankly look unsure what is going on. When trailing by 14 with 6:29 left you need to score in no more than 4 minutes. Must be left with enough time to stop clock and must have the 2 minute warning as one of those clock stoppages . It happens every week in the NFL. Let the QB run the hurry up without any interference from the sideline. Any starting QB should be able to take over in that situation . You know my packers did a terrible job before that Hail Mary . Clock should have been stopped by Rogers at the 32 yard line but for some reason he runs a play and uses up 20 seconds. Really?

  150. dolomite78 says: Jan 21, 2016 3:54 PM

    He’s the only coach that I’ve ever watched call a timeout after the 2 minute warning with a TV timeout because they couldn’t get the play off.

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