I'm not talking "put the lotion in the basket" crazy, but utilizing the eclectic talent they have amassed. There is no doubt the one thing the coaching staff does not want to do, rightfully, is turn the football over.
There are, however, many dynamic offensive teams that can strike a balance between the two. I think there is a difference between protecting the football and playing too conservative.
The Chiefs have an excellent +10 in turnover ratio. Honestly, they would be higher if they had more takeaways. They are one of the top teams in the NFL, turning the ball over only ten times. Looking at the Patriots, who's turnovers are almost the same, they are a league best +20 in overall ratio.
One interception decreases a teams chances of winning by a full 20 percent. Obviously, one of the reasons the Patriots, Chiefs, Bucs, Ravens, Steelers, Falcons and Eagles are all in the playoff hunt, is that they are all under nine interceptions as a team. The only exception are the Denver Broncos.
Matt Cassel has certainly learned how to take care of the ball. The coaches have obviously emphasized the importance of holding onto the ball to the entire team. They seem to be in good shape in that area.
One of the other most important quarterback statistics, as far as winning and losing goes, is TD-INT ratio. Tom Brady has a sick 31 TD/4 Int ratio. Right behind him is our very own Matt Cassel at 24 TD/5 Int. The only other quarterback in the league close to those numbers is Michael Vick.
Why then, do the Chiefs sometimes have such a hard time moving the ball and scoring?
In my opinion, it is the play calling or lack thereof. Obviously, I'm just a sideline coach and when the team is 9-5, two wins away from a division title, coming off a 4-12 season, they obviously know what they're doing. Throw in the fact that they're rushing for a league best 169 yards a game and they must be doing something right.
When I watch this team, however, it sometimes drives me crazy to see some of the play calls. They have an exceptional group of talent that can be utilized in many creative ways.
Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Jamaal Charles and Javier Arenas are all super fast, skilled ball handlers. Well, Bowe has his moments, I'll grant you that.
My point is these players could be used for reverses, shovel passes, a few "basic" wildcat formations, flea flickers, fake reverses, etc.
I'm leaving out players like Tony Moeaki, Chris Chambers, Leonard Pope and others because they fit in more traditional offensive schemes.
Also, as I began this article, I'm not talking about over the top crazy. We're not talking about fake punts from your own 30, going for it on 4th- 13 (though one never knows?). I'm just talking about putting a few plays in from time to time to keep opposing defenses guessing.
Again, the main point is the skilled position players are there. That is the point. Not every team has players like these.
Keep 95 percent of what you do, because it seems to be working, but I don't see why this team can't score more points. As I've been saying since day one, it isn't because of Cassel. Now, depending on which Bowe shows up, he's got the deep threat, he's got the tight end in Moeaki and obviously the run game.
Now, add some some spice will ya Charlie? Thanks.