The Kansas City Chiefs had a wildly successful season. After starting 1-5, the Chiefs won their final 10 regular-season games, made the playoffs, beat the Texans on the road in the AFC Wild Card, and pushed the Patriots to the brink in New England, ultimately losing 27-20.
But you can’t fault Chiefs fans who threw popcorn at their televisions on Saturday. Kansas City trailed 27-13 with 6:29 to go in the fourth quarter, and thus, needed two scores to tie the game.
Andy Reid didn’t seem to realize that.
The Chiefs displayed no sense of urgency offensively, embarking on a methodical, 16-play, 80-yard drive that took more than five minutes off the clock. By the time the Chiefs pulled within 27-20, there was just over a minute to play.
“Well, I was on the sideline for that, and it was brutal,” Westwood One NFL analyst and Ross Tucker Football Podcast host Ross Tucker said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I’m a big Andy Reid fan. I’m from near Philadelphia, and he’s the best coach (the Eagles have) ever had. That was the (longest run of success) any coach there had ever had, and he’s doing it again in Kansas City and he deserves credit. They won a playoff game this year. But this has always been one of his Achilles’ heels.”
The Chiefs weren’t hurrying to the line and weren’t going no-huddle. Instead, they were making substitutions and looking to the sideline for play calls. It was confusing, to say the least.
“First of all, I don’t know how Albert Wilson doesn’t either get out of bounds or score a touchdown on the the throw,” Tucker said. “And then after that, I don’t know why they didn’t get right on the ball and snap the next one. How they weren’t able to get a play off before the 2-minute (warning) is totally unacceptable. (There’s) no need to switch personnel there. And really, even the first-down play should have been a pass, a quick pass. They would have been able to get a touchdown well before the 2-minute (warning), which then would have (allowed) them (to) maybe kick the ball deep to New England. It was bad. There was no other way around it.”
Sadly, Tucker was surprised by Kansas City’s slow execution but not stunned by it.
“I’m consistently amazed by how poor these coaches are with clock management,” he said, “to the point where it must be tougher than I think it is. I think part of that is that Andy Reid basically calls the plays. I know Doug Pederson is going to be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, but Andy Reid calls the plays. I’ve heard supposedly he lets Pederson call it in the 2-minute drill. Who knows who’s calling plays at that time? I think that’s one of the things that really makes it tough. For all of these guys getting the head jobs, like Dirk Koetter, Hue Jackson – when you haven’t been in that situation before and you’re essentially the clock-management guy and the play-caller guy, those are two hats at the same time that are not very easy to wear.”