By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports activities Author
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid needs everybody to take it straightforward on Alex Smith.
At each flip this week, the Chiefs’ coach has needed to defend his veteran quarterback, mentioning that the issues with the Kansas Metropolis offense prolong far past him. Reid has even singled out himself for failing to stay as much as his personal requirements, so rigorously has he protected his sign-caller.
However as dangerous as Smith has been these days, because the Chiefs have misplaced 5 of six, there’s a nugget of fact to Reid’s assertion: The issues in Kansas Metropolis prolong far past one participant.
The offensive line. The large receivers. Even star tight finish Travis Kelce.
Everybody has had a hand within the offense’s shortcomings.
“All of us have duty to do our job. In any respect positions. Beginning with me,” Reid stated. “That isn’t getting achieved the fitting approach. It’s not one man. That needs to be understood. It’s not one individual, and all of us have to tug collectively as a soccer staff. On this case, as an offensive soccer workforce. Proper now. And get that taken care of as a group. Not one man.”
But it’s no shock the drumbeat has sounded loudly for Reid to show to the backup quarterback, who is usually the preferred participant on a group.
The Chiefs traded as much as get Patrick Mahomes II within the first spherical for a cause, and Smith’s shortcomings have develop into clear through the years.
He struggles to throw the ball downfield. He’s develop into set off-shy behind a suspect offensive line. His choice-making has come underneath hearth after an interception final week that sealed a sixteen-10 loss to the Buffalo Payments. And even his scrambling capability appears to have disappeared.
“Pay attention, once we watch movie, I’m watching movie from my perspective. What can I do higher, each single play? That’s what you’re going by means of,” Smith stated.
“Particularly the final two weeks, there’s been some performs that you simply’d like to have again. That’s soccer although. You’re not sitting there watching movie, making excuses for your self, that’s for positive, in occasions like this.
“You watch and what might I’ve accomplished in another way and what’s going to assist me subsequent time.”
For now, it seems Smith could have loads of “subsequent occasions” this season. So meaning the Chiefs had higher shore up their different issues on offense.
Begin with their excessive-priced offensive line, the place greater than $25 million has been invested this season alone. Not solely have they struggled to offer Smith time within the…