Andy Reid: It’s not just Alex Smith

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As the Chiefs try to reverse a 1-5 slide, they’re also trying to avoid making quarterback Alex Smith the focal point of the team’s offensive struggles.

Coach Andy Reid once again tried on Wednesday to spread the blame well beyond the position that historically gets too much of it when things go poorly.

“I think it’s not just Alex,” Reid told reporters. “I think people do that, and I told you that I’ve got to get better at doing my part. Each position has got to do better. This is a team game and so everybody has a piece of the pie. You’re bringing it to Alex. I’m bringing it to all of us doing a better job. Alex is part of the team so he’s included in that. But it’s surely not just one person. . . .

“I’m not going to tell you it’s one thing – it’s not one thing. Sometimes people see something and that might not be the primary receiver and so it might not even be in that part of the progression and read. There’s a lot of things that go into it. The thing I can do is stand before you and tell you that this isn’t an Alex Smith thing, it’s all of us. I know our players understand that and coaches.”

Reid was asked how the players understand it’s not an “Alex Smith thing.”

“We all watch tape,” Reid said. “Coaches coach, that’s what we do. And we’re around each other a lot so we all know all of our strengths, coaches and players, we all have strengths as human beings. We all know our strengths and our weaknesses. So I think we all understand that we can all do better. So that’s what we’re working on.”

They may be working on it, but it’s not really working — at least not since the team started 5-0. At some point, the player who is most closely identified with the performance of the offense may need to get more of the blame in order to spark the kind of change the team needs, before what once seemed to be a certain playoff spot evaporates.

14 responses to “Andy Reid: It’s not just Alex Smith

  1. The other players on the team aren’t missing the throws and running from pressure that isn’t there. They also aren’t calling audibles… Think about that, this supposed super smart QB either isn’t reading the defense or is audibling into poor plays.

    Tom Brady has been sacked 3 less times and Wentz 4 more times. Say what you will about the line, but similar lines are 9-2 and 10-1… Welcome to QB 12 year vet, you get too much credit when you win and get too much blame when you lose. Deal with it, or let the rookie step in. Rookies can go 1-5 just as easily as Alex “MVP” Smith.

  2. The team began losing when WR Chris Conley went down (achilles)
    in the 5th game against Houston.

    When WR Albert Wilson was injured four games before returning last week
    didn’t help the offense.

    The Chiefs lack of RUSH Defense is their problem.

  3. PLEASE STOP CONSTANTLY THROWING 3 YARD PASSES!!! The Chiefs have the fastest receiver and a great tight end. Throw the ball to them down the field. It really is…… that simple.

  4. The Chiefs took their popgun offense and found ways to get chunk plays with speed against Man coverage.

    Then they played a team that plays primarily Zone (Steelers), and the chunk plays along with Smith’s running and flat passes/bubble screens came to an end.

    Now throw in Smith’s arm weakening as the season goes on and you really have a problem.

  5. I agree it’s not just alex smith, but he is a HUGE part of the problem. The O Line is a joke, which has killed the offense. I’m ready to Never watch Alex Smith play again. It is time for Mahomes.

  6. Andy is right. When the coach call plays that don’t put the ball in the hands of his play makers, you can hardly blame the QB for that.

  7. andy is right.. everyone has strengths and weaknesses. andy’s strengths are his organization skills, his planning, his ability to keep a team on an even keel, whether things are up or things are down. He can design plays with the best of them. Nearly all of these things are what leads his teams to be consistently competitive and account for his impressive win loss record overall.

    andy’s weaknesses are equally apparent. He can script the first 15 like very few, but when it comes to being able to break out of the box and adapt, he isn’t very good at all.

    he will never understand that a short passing game is not the same thing as running game. one obvious difference of course is the clock runs after an unsuccessful running play… and andy’s teams have had trouble sitting on a lead against good teams..

    he will stay with his playsheet when the team is two scores down, and use 9 of the remaining 11 minutes in a game to get the first score. after the failed on-side kick, the other team kneels three times and wins the game. andy will then tell you later on they were within three points of winning the game….

    andy will also begin to give the media the “you don’t understand anything” when they question his clock management, blown timeouts, pass heavy playcalls, etc.; especially when the team is in a tailspin. andy will take the blame each week, but not change his plan.

    so put in pat mahomes or alex smith or mike vick or kevin kolb or nick foles or donavan mcnabb; but the real issue is big red.

  8. Once Mahomes is close to ready, he has to play. Alex Smith is what he is, and nothing more. He is smart, he is accurate, he is a great athlete. He has a weak arm though. Very weak. He can;t get it down the field. Mahomes will open up the entire offense once he is ready.

    When they go to New England for their Playoff game, they will be the ones losing by 30 if Alex is the QB.

  9. Reid is a “good” coach but his upside will always be capped due to stubborn tendencies. Unless that changes (it won’t), he’ll never win a title. Excellent prep and a stable demeanor will produce winning records more often than not, but he’s consistently unwilling to adapt when necessary – just like every time he gets outcoached and beaten in the playoffs. Reid is doomed to always be the “bridesmaid”.

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