By HCR Staff | Jan. 13, 2020
Even though the Kansas City Chiefs rallied for an historic win at home against the Houston Texans, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid performed poorly.
We think even he would agree with this assessment.
Coming off bye weeks, Reid is among the best in NFL history. His teams usually are sharp and buttoned up. But yesterday, they were anything but. Absent a boneheaded decision by Texans head coach Bill O’Brien in calling for a fake punt ahead 24-7 early in the second quarter, Reid was headed for another disappointing playoff defeat.
The Chiefs let the Texans race out to a 24-0 lead, and nearly all of it was due to unfocused play by the Chiefs.
On defense, they blew a coverage and gave up a 54-yard TD play to Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills.
They followed that up with allowing a punt block that was returned for a TD. Then they fumbled a kickoff return that led to another TD.
That’s not the type of play that Reid’s used to coming off a bye week. Down 24-0, Reid didn’t have any answers…until O’Brien chipped in with his own mistakes.
Reid came into the game with a postseason winning percentage of 46 percent–far below his regular season winning percentage of 62 percent. That kind of record won’t help any future Hall of Fame candidacy. Next week, he has another home game for a trip to the Super Bowl against a number six seed playing its third consecutive road game. Reid has a team loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, a true home field advantage, and strong incentive to win next week. We expect to see a better performance from him because yesterday, we just didn’t get it.