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The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t quite been the dominant offense that fans have come to know over the past several years with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.
One area where they’ve struggled most is the red zone. Right now, they rank 13th in the NFL with a 55.56% red zone scoring percentage when it comes to touchdowns. Flashback to the 2022 NFL season and the Chiefs finished with the second-highest total in the league with a 71.08% red zone scoring percentage.
So how exactly do the Chiefs get back on track in the red zone? Going back to their last game against the Green Bay Packers, Andy Reid feels it’s a combination of fixable problems.
“You know what, the first drive I can help the guys out with the calls, and the second drive, we had the penalty,” Reid said. “We can fix all of that stuff; we’ll get that taken care of. You’re right, we need to score touchdowns there, not field goals.”
It might sound like a broken record, but for Matt Nagy, correcting the correctable issues such as penalties and turnovers is where the problem starts. From there, he says that the team has to be able to execute in the moments that call for situational football.
“Opportunities, stay away from penalties and stay away from turnovers,” Nagy said. “The two easiest are the penalties and the turnovers are simple, we know that we’ve been saying that all year. It’s got to be eliminated. The execution down there – things are tighter, everything happens faster.
“For us we’ve got to be able to – to me, situational football is a mindset. You’ve got to be locked in at all times and you have to understand – not that every play isn’t important – when you get down there you’ve got to understand– we had two positions in that first half last game. When you get those opportunities, those possessions you’ve got to come away with seven (points) not three. So that’s really what we’re hitting home right now.”
Will the Chiefs jump over 15% in red zone success rate in the next five weeks of the season? Probably not. However, if they can continue to improve in that area and start scoring some touchdowns, they’ll be in much better shape to make a successful run in the postseason.
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“I’ll tell you what, he (Nick Bolton) provides – he boosts me,” Spagnuolo said. “I mean that. He’s an energy giver. I know the guys feel that in the huddle. We’ve had Tuesday where we do a little walkthrough, yesterday – everybody knows what he’s all about, what he brings, and how he communicates. You’d have to ask him a little bit more exactly, he knows where he’s at with all that. We trust the trainers and Nick on that.”
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