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Reasons Why The Kansas City Chiefs Are Having A Complete Meltdown

Darren - January 2, 2024
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Reasons Why The Kansas City Chiefs Are Having A Complete Meltdown

Darren - January 2, 2024

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Lack of Consistency

The craziest aspect of all of this is that the Chiefs remain Super Bowl contenders. It wouldn’t shock anybody if they were headed to Las Vegas in February but they have so much work to do. Their lack of consistency and capacity for a complete meltdown remains a serious issue.

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On their day they’re capable of beating anybody. But they’re also able to lose to everybody when they’re not playing at their best. The Raiders humiliated them but there were other big defeats this year. Denver and Green Bay also stunned them this year when they should have rolled past them (via KCTV).

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Front Office Decisions

Kansas City General Manager Brett Veach has earned his fair share of the blame for their complete meltdown. He is directly responsible for their direction because he makes roster decisions. Tyreek Hill’s departure was a major turning point for the franchise and a huge moment for Veach’s credibility.

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However, it seems that he failed this big test. The Chiefs could have opted for experience and tried to find a direct replacement for Hill. NFL experts linked them to the likes of DK Metcalf, Jerry Jeudy, and DeAndre Hopkins. Instead, they tried to go the draft route and it didn’t work (via Sportsnaut).

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The Nagy Downgrade

It’s a bittersweet reality in the NFL that the best assistants will leave their franchises. The Chiefs discovered this to their cost in 2023 when offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy departed for the Washington Commanders. Andy Reid replaced him with former Bears head coach Mark Nagy but he’s not the same caliber.

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Nagy worked with the Chiefs before but it hasn’t been a great return. The former Chicago coach has overseen a decline in production across the board. They’ve fewer yards and points per game than in 2022. Nagy is leading a complete meltdown compared to his predecessor (via Sporting News).

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League’s Worst Turnover Rate

There’s no excuse for the Chiefs having the worst turnover rate in the entire NFL. Yes, even worse than teams that have the likes of Zach Wilson and Desmond Ridder under center. It’s almost miraculous that they’ve achieved this because it’s such a garbage statistic (via AP News).

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Their turnover differential in 2023 after the humiliating Raiders defeat was a tragic -10. In 2022, they had a very respectable -2 so this proves that they had a complete meltdown. Nobody saw this stark decline coming and it proves they’re not the same force as they were before.

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The Kelce Decline

Let’s be fair and say that it hasn’t all been bad news for Kelce this season. He had 90 catches before the Chiefs game against the Bengals in Week 17. This placed him firmly in the elite of his position while he also had the second-most forced missed tackles. However, most agree that Kelce isn’t the same player he was.

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This is natural because Father Time comes for everybody. The real problem for Kelce isn’t his form or Taylor Swift. It’s the reality that injuries are gradually taking their toll on the 34-year-old. He hasn’t suffered a complete meltdown yet but the Chiefs can’t depend on him the same way (via DraftKings Network).

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The Mahomes Contract

Some people think that Mahomes’ contract will cause a complete meltdown in Kansas City. This was a Catch-22 for the franchise because they had the best player in the NFL on their hands. They knew that it was crucial to pay him a record contract to keep him at Arrowhead Stadium (via NFL.com).

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But this also affects their salary cap in a big way and it may prevent them from rebuilding shortly. Expect to see them restructure his deal several times as they attempt to manipulate the cap. But it’s not going to be easy and it may hurt them. Mahomes is a hero now but he may live long enough to become a villain.

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Andy Reid’s Playcalling

Reid is a Kansas City icon now but he hasn’t been brilliant in 2023. The head coach is quick to shoulder the blame when his players make mistakes because he wants to ease their burden. We saw this after the Lions defeated the Chiefs in Week One. He’s repeated this multiple times during this season.

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It’s a good coaching tactic because it takes the pressure off the players but there’s also no denying that Reid has made mistakes. The head coach has plenty of credit in the bank but 2024 will be a big year for him. Some fans expect him to retire shortly but only time will tell (via KCTV 5).

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