Chiefs’ offense has improved since Andy Reid handed off to Matt Nagy

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Heading into December, the Chiefs’ offense was in a tailspin and coach Andy Reid decided to hand play calling to offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. The results have been impressive.

In the four games before Reid gave up play calling, the Chiefs were 1-3 and had averaged 16 points a game and 300 yards a game. In the four games since Reid gave up play calling, the Chiefs are 3-1 and have averaged 29 points a game and 421 yards a game.

Alex Smith has been a major beneficiary of Nagy’s play calling. In the four games before the switch, Smith had a passer rating of 78.7 and there was talk of the Chiefs benching Smith for Patrick Mahomes. Since the switch, Smith has a passer rating of 105.3, and no one is talking about benching him.

And rookie running back Kareem Hunt may have been an even bigger beneficiary of Nagy taking over the offense. After a hot start, Hunt had started to disappear in the middle of the season, with 60 carries for 173 yards, 11 catches for 59 yards, and zero total touchdowns in the four games before Nagy took the reins of the offense. In the four games since Nagy has started calling plays, Hunt has 87 carries for 402 yards and three touchdowns, plus 17 catches for 111 yards and a receiving touchdown.

The Chiefs have now clinched the AFC West and can rest their starters in Week 17 before a home playoff game in the wild card round. They’re in great shape heading into the postseason, thanks in large part to Reid’s wise decision to take a step back.

24 responses to “Chiefs’ offense has improved since Andy Reid handed off to Matt Nagy

  1. Andy Reid is TERRIBLE at clock management and play-calling. That’s a reality that the Chiefs were in denial about until a month ago.

    With those duties taken from Reid, the Chiefs are now the team no one wants to face in the play-offs.

  2. Sad thing is we will always be left wondering “what if?” with the Chiefs. Only the Dallas loss was by more than one score. Until they can turn their redzone chances into tds they will continue to flame out in the playoffs.

  3. The question is what team wants a new coach along with a pro bowl qb for the next 2 years. Nagy will no doubt be a top coaching candidate and if he keeps a Reid/Peterson style offense, who better to head that offense than Alex Smith? The browns already have KC’s GM in John Dorsey. Imagine a reunion where you get a top coach, top 10 QB and a huge assortment of draft picks…

  4. Some rumblings of mutual interest between Nagy and the Bears for their HC gig that should be open a week from now. Certainly seems like he would be an apt upgrade over John Fox and Dowell No-Gains in getting Mitch Trubisky developed. Bring Dave Toub with him as ST coach and assistant HC and there would be dancing on Michigan Avenue.

  5. Told Chiefs fans the day they hired Reid, as long as he was calling plays, they would be a good team, that never won anything. He’s always been outcoached by good coaches. He’s fine against bad coaches, or bad teams. But a good team with a good coach beats him every single time.

    His playcalling is extremely predictable, and his clock management is terrible

  6. sumkat says:
    December 26, 2017 at 10:19 am
    Told Chiefs fans the day they hired Reid, as long as he was calling plays, they would be a good team, that never won anything. He’s always been outcoached by good coaches. He’s fine against bad coaches, or bad teams. But a good team with a good coach beats him every single time.

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    Yet they beat the Patriots and the Eagles and a surging Chargers team this year. I would have to ask what this guy’s definition of a good team and a good coach is.

  7. joetoronto says:
    December 26, 2017 at 9:54 am
    Andy Reid and Alice Smith will freeze up in the playoffs like they always do.
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    You and Carr should watch the playoffs together and tell us Chiefs fans all about it here on PFT.

  8. …and there was talk of the Chiefs benching Smith for Patrick Mahomes.
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    I only saw that on this site…Just like most of the Kap is great garbage

  9. Love raider fans envy…

    I’ll take flaming out every year in the playoffs over flaming out every year during the regular season. Another sub .500 season, 14 out 15 season “achieving” that record is remarkable. Don’t worry though, the offseason is just a week away and I know it’s like Christmas for you guys. You get to tell everyone fake “next year” stories again.

  10. cylondetector says:
    December 26, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Is it all possible that the recent schedule has been filled with terrible teams?
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    Not compared to the teams they lost to.

  11. It happens in the NFL. The Dallas head coach was stripped of his play calling duties. The NO head coach was stripped of his play calling duties more than once as an offensive coordinator. Teams are looking for a spark. Didn’t it happen to Reid during his years at Philadelphia? No big deal.

  12. One and done like always. No threat whatsoever. Alex Smith is a true game manger. He will not lose you a game but also will never win you a game, much less come from behind and beat a team. he relies on not throwing picks and a very good defense.

  13. it does not matter who calls the plays. If the Chiefs need a last minute drive to win the game coming from behind, you can start exiting the stadium because he just cannot do it. Smith has not won a road game in the playoffs either. So you expect the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl unless you guys are the number 1 seed.

  14. The offense hasn’t improved, three home games against soft competition is the difference. Who are they kidding anyway. Andy is still calling the plays. We will see the real Chiefs come playoff time. One and done!!!!

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