By HCR Staff | Jan. 20, 2020
Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs and their victory yesterday, sending them to their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
Here’s our observations to the game.
The Chiefs Have To Start Faster. With the victory, Andy Reid’s Conference Championship record improves to 2-5. In order to win the Super Bowl, however, we feel the Chiefs simply have to start faster. Too many times now Reid’s teams come out tight and sluggish in big games. They caught a break when Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien decided to run a terribly ill-advised fake punt that gave much needed momentum to the Chiefs, and in yesterday’s game, the Chiefs were able to come back against a tired Titans squad playing its 4th consecutive road game. Now the Chiefs have to play on a neutral field against a team that knows how to close out games –- a faster start in quarter 1 will be very important.
The Chiefs defense is starting to believe. The Chiefs have some very talented players on this unit – it’s just taken some time to gel under defensive coordinator’s Steve Spagnuolo’s system. But that gelling is happening, and one can see the increased confidence level, as well as the smoother communication. Spagnuolo’s also won a Super Bowl as a defensive coordinator with the Giants, and in a one game season, we are sure he is going to empty his playbook and feature an aggressive, attacking scheme.
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy’s play calling has been superb. Bienemy played offense as a player, and he isn’t afraid of players making mistakes – he coaches with aggression. He knows he has supremely unique talents in QB Patrick Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill, so he doesn’t take the ball out of their hands. Hill will get his looks running and catching, no matter the coverage. Win or lose on Super Bowl Sunday, we like this philosophy – put the ball in the hands of your best players.