Sideline Report: Once again, the Chiefs fail to meet expectations

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Braden Shaw, JagWire editor-in-chief

I never thought that it would get this bad. This was supposed to be a return to form, a solid performance in the regular season followed by a surge into the playoffs. And after six weeks of the 2015 season, I find it harder and harder to find positives in this team.

The team I’m referring to is the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that was supposed to challenge the Denver Broncos for the division title and be one of the better teams in the NFL. Instead, we have seen an absolute trainwreck of a team that has no consistency on offense and lacks of discipline on defense.

For starters, this offense is atrocious. The play calling ranges on absurd, with head coach Andy Reid making media and fans alike seriously questioning his coaching ability. For this team to succeed, he needs to give the play calling up to offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and go back to overseeing the team as a whole.

This offense is also making quarterback Alex Smith look like a fool. He doesn’t know what he’s doing and fails to have any sense of awareness in the pocket. The offensive line doesn’t protect him and he just isn’t able to get the ball to his receivers. This offense seems to be always out of sync and never able to get into a rhythm.

The passing game is not impressive once again, even with the addition of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and the playmaking ability of tight end Travis Kelce. Maclin is rarely targeted, and his recent concussion could sideline him for an extended period of time. Kelce also isn’t targeted nearly enough, with most plays looking like half of the team is not even aware of their blocking assignments and route patterns. It’s simply pathetic.

The running game isn’t much better, frankly, with running back Jamaal Charles out for the year with a torn ACL and back up Charcandrick West not impressing much. But, that might be partly offensive lineman Donald Stephenson’s fault. Whatever Reid and Co. are drawing up, it isn’t working. There’s no consistency, and opposing defenses don’t respect the running game.

The defense is not as appalling, but could definitely be improved. Linebacker Justin Houston isn’t as imposing, and regulars in the opposing backfield like defensive lineman Dontari Poe and linebacker Tamba Hali just aren’t impressing. The team doesn’t look as threatening, and isn’t impressing statistically like they normally do, ranking 26th in passing defense, 15th in rushing defense and 24th in total defense.

The Chiefs are not strangers to mediocrity and it looks like this will be another disappointing season. With a 1-5 record through six weeks, this team is on a downward trend, especially with such a tough schedule. This saddens me as a fan, knowing that we’ll be near the top of the draft order once again.

It’s a good thing that the Royals are playing so well, because this Chiefs team is painful to watch week after week. One can only hope this team is put out of its misery soon.

Junior Braden Shaw is a passionate sports fan who follows sports at both the college and professional level. He loves to defend his unpopular opinions on the University of Nebraska, Sporting KC, Chiefs and Royals and is always up for a debate over any game or team.

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