Anther season has come and gone. And yet anther 1 and done playoff year has happened. Right now it feels like we all just had our hearts ripped out stomped on put back in only to have them ripped out again. But lets talk about this season.
Offense: This will be the theme of this season a tale of 2 halfs. The first half of the season this offense was lackluster. I don't think you can say they were horrible but they also weren't making anyone shake in their boots. The key thing was they were on point when it was needed. After the bye this offense saw a overhaul. It seemed to be a FAR more aggressive offense. They looked down field FAR more then they did at the start of the year. Alex Smith played at a pretty high level. While there is for sure room to improve the offense ends the year looking like it might be on to something. Some help is needed but there is a good feel for this offense. Alex Smith took a 2-14 team to the playoffs. That can't be discounted. Like I've said a number of times sure you can say they didn't beat anyone with a winning record and all that. But unlike last year you can't say they didn't beat anyone. They played some of the same teams that kicked this teams rear ends last year and won. Like Buffalo. That's improvement no matter how you spin it. B- final grade. Ended closer to a B+ A- but started at a C C-.
Defense. Like the offense just the reverse. Started out carrying the team. Then it seems they just vanished into thin air. While I'm very upset at their level of play at the end of the year the start of the year can't be ignored either. And like I said with the offense you can say it was against weak teams all you want but unlike last year they were a big part in this team beating SOMEONE. The players on Defense in this core group that have been together for a number of years now need to look in the mirror. They need to find out just who the hell they are. Are they the defense that was kicking A** and taking names in the first half of the year. Or are they the d we saw against the Colts playoff game that we saw at times last year. CB help is a must along with safety they are not as close as we thought at the midway point of the year. Very disappointed in how they ended the year but to be fair I also have to give them a B- or C+. When they were bad they were worse then the offense was at their weak point so C+ it is.
Coaching. Andy Reid ends his first year in KC. He took on a 2-14 team and took them to the playoffs. That is going to lead to a good grade no matter what. I do have to question some of his offensive playcalls. But hey I'm no head coach. I do think it's clear that he was holding back on offense at the start of the season. And I really don't understand why you would do that. But hey again he took this team to the playoffs. His challenges were outstanding I don't think he lost more then 1 all year if that. While there are some choices I think he would like to have back I feel pretty good about him right now. I hope he can improve the staff and it will only get better. Final grade B+
It was a fun year for the most part outside the bad ending. I look forward to seeing Reid and Dorsey work. They have got to find help at the WR spot and at a lot of spots on the defense. GET IT DONE guys