Ailing Chiefs can solve problems

Improved focus, more dynamic offense should aid Kansas City

Originally Published: September 18, 2012
By Herm Edwards | ESPN Insider
Kansas City Chiefs AP Photo/Bill WippertThe Chiefs need to focus if they want to turn around their season.

We all know why you play the games. And right now, the Kansas City Chiefs aren't doing a lot of winning.

After getting beat at home 40-24 in Week 1 by the Atlanta Falcons, the Chiefs suffered a 35-17 defeat in Week 2 to the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park. With three talented, young players in Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki and Jamaal Charles coming back from injuries, the Chiefs were supposed to be contenders in the AFC West (I picked them to win the division before the season). But instead they find themselves in the cellar with the Oakland Raiders.

At 0-2, the odds are stacked against them. Since 1990, 88 percent of teams have missed the postseason after starting 0-2. As a coach, I made the playoffs after starting 0-2 (2006 with Chiefs) and 1-4 (2002 with New York Jets). The key is remaining focused.

The Chiefs have had injuries on defense, problems executing on offense and have been extremely inconsistent. But the good news is that all of those issues are fixable.


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