The Chiefs’ misery on offense has lasted for over a month now, and the frustrating thing about it –– for players and coaches alike –– is how they know what the problems are, but have been unable to fix them.
Take the running game, for instance. When the Chiefs were rolling in September, off to a 5-0 start and being hailed the best team in football, the starting offensive line was rolling up front, springing large holes for rookie Kareem Hunt.
Then, as injuries began to set in, they stopped working in cohesion. A breakdown here on one play, a breakdown there on another. It’s never the same guy.
Nevertheless, the inability to gain traction at the point of attack –– or sufficiently shield quarterback Alex Smith in pass protection –– up front has neutered their ability to make teams pay for the overwhelming about of zone coverages they’ve played against the Chiefs since their first loss of the season, to Pittsburgh, on Oct. 15.
“It is extremely frustrating –– we have a championship caliber team,” center Mitch Morse said, following the Chiefs’ 16-10 loss to Buffalo on Sunday, their fifth in six games. “I can only speak for myself but stupid mental mistakes and physical errors are putting us out of position to put our offense in a situation to score.”
Smith, however, is also culpable in the slide. Since…