From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 2
Sure, a new coach, a new quarterback, 30 new players in total and a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars are contributing factors to Kansas City's quick turnaround. However, the main reason, is more broad. The Chiefs have stopped doing stupid s--- all the time. They aren't shooting themselves in the foot, and they've proven to be hard to hit by rival shooters so far this year.
What does that mean? No more crippling interceptions and stupid penalties. It means picking up fumbles when they hit the turf (KC recovered two crucial 2nd-half fumbles in Sunday's 1-point win over Dallas) and playing hard on every play. Take nose tackle Dontari Poe for example. Poe had 2 more sacks on Sunday -- through 2 games he has 3.5 sacks, which is exactly 3.5 more sacks than he had all of last season. No one has ever knocked Poe's talent -- there is a reason he was a 1st-round pick despite not having a productive college career -- he is a physical beast, but now that is showing up on the field.
There is a reason KC had 6 Pro Bowlers last season. There is a lot of talent on that roster. Now, all of a sudden, the Chiefs have decided to play like professional football players, and they have been rewarded with a few wins.
At a macro level the reason for the Chiefs' ascension is the fact that they have stopped doing stupid s---. On a micro level though, it is Andy Reid and Alex Smith making that happen.
The Chiefs didn't turn the ball over again on Sunday, as Smith was disciplined in his throws (unlike Matt Cassel). KC also played with a renewed anger that we can likely thank Reid for. The Chiefs played like a team expecting to win, not like a team prepared to lose, like last season.
As for the game, you can find some take aways after the jump...