1. Chiefs must re-emphasize taking care of the football
Andy Reid is one of the great coaches and teachers in the league. He ranks fifth in NFL annals with 252 total wins (including playoffs).
While he doesn’t have the postseason (19-16) and Super Bowl resume (1-2) of the likes of Bill Belichick, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, and Joe Gibbs (to name a few), he consistently has had teams in the playoffs. He took the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC Championship Games and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached the AFC title clash each of the past four years.
But this was an unusual year for a Reid team in terms of ball security. A total of 25 turnovers in 17 regular-season games was easily the worst such performance by his current club since he arrived in Kansas City in 2013. There were a pair of miscues in the wild card rout of the Steelers. And in Sunday’s overtime loss in the AFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium, Patrick Mahomes was picked off twice in the 27-24 setback to Cincinnati.
Mahomes wound up with 20 of the club’s 29 combined turnovers in 2021. But the offense, in general, this past season was sloppy and only played well in spurts. It’s an area that must be addressed.