The Chiefs are 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2005. That also happens to be the last time this proud franchise made it to the playoffs. You will hear facts like that one all over Kansas City these days. People are really just happy to once again have a football team worth watching.
The first two games have been won by the Chiefs because the defense was able to make big plays. Neither has been pretty, but as we were reminded by Todd Haley this is not the business for pretty wins. In this game you have to fight it out, battle in the trenches, and do whatever it takes to get the win.
Some Chiefs fans are mad that Jamaal Charles is not getting the ball. Some are overly concerned that rookie safety Eric Berry may not live up to expectations. Some have watched the rookie and somehow see the next Ed Reed. But, the truth is there is only one problem that concerns me: the passing game.
I assure you these are the statistics for Matt Cassel's first two games, not just the last game.
He has thrown for one touchdown.
He has thrown for 244 yards (Yes, this is two games).
He has thrown two interceptions.
His completion percentage is 52 percent, and worst of all his QB rating is 55.8.
I know the Chiefs have done a lot right in these past two games, but there is no reason to believe they can achieve any kind of success without an improvement in the passing game. Some of the blame goes to the receivers; Cassel is not the whole problem. The receivers must improve as well. But the throws need to be delivered on target and on time and Cassel seems to struggle with both.
If an offense cannot move the ball, a team will not win. I think most of us understand this concept to be true. That is why the Chiefs' undefeated start makes little sense to the people that watched both the games. The offense has struggled to push the ball over the 50-yard line; trips to the end zone have been as rare as a trip to the Holy Land.
Matt Cassel and the Chiefs offense have basically been treading water until one of the young return men break one, or the defense puts them in good enough field position to actually score. That is obviously not how playoff teams are built. But, it is important to remember that this team is still in that process of being built.
The building blocks appear stable. The Chiefs have the type of young defensive talent that could develop into a core similar to what the Chiefs had in the mid '90s. For Chiefs fans it feels like the glory days have returned, but if this problem with the passing game is not fixed, the return will surely be short-lived.