The Kansas City Chiefs have quickly risen to be a dynasty of the modern era. They have currently won two Super Bowls under the expert tutelage of future Hall of Fame head coach Andy Reid and will most likely win more the close of his tenure. However, this has been a strange year for the chiefs as their usually explosive offense has struggled to build a tempo. For a team that has grown to understandably set high expectations, one player in a rather unique position has made his opinion known.
Chiefs Superstar unhappy about poor run of form
Kansas City has run into a brick wall as the team has dropped three of the past five games heading into a decisive month of December. Prolific defensive tackle Chris Jones has demonstrated that he is a top-class playmaker and he sets a high bar for what his team should be accomplishing. On Thursday, Jones spoke out about what his team is doing and challenged them to take a stand:
“We can’t lose three out of four (games), or three out of five. It’s a critical situation for us – especially where we’re trying to be in the next few weeks,” Jones stated on the Chiefs’ official YouTube account. “We have to correct the errors, and we have to correct (them) fast.”
This season could be Jones’ last real chance at another Super Bowl ring after he essentially admitted that he and the team were not going to be able to agree to a suitable contract extension. Jones did not report to the Chiefs during the preseason until the last moment as he held out big a record-setting contract extension. To kick the can down the road, Kansas City slapped Jones with the franchise tag and decided to deal with it in 2024.
Clearly there has been more internal discussion because now it is apparent that Jones will not be returning to the team and his frustration is running high with his teammates not playing well down the stretch.
The offense in particular has been inadequate by failing to score 20 points in any of the last three losses Kansas City has sustained. With an aging legend at tight end (Travis Kelce), Patrick Mahomes is not having an easy time with his usually unchoreographed improvisation. Mahomes has thrown more interceptions this season than any season in his career as the lack of talented receivers is finally catching up with Kansas City.
Aside from the Bills where Mahomes will face his nemesis Josh Allen, the Chiefs have a fairly easy schedule to close out the season. After the Bills, Kansas City will play the Patriots, the Raiders, the Bengals and then close out the season against the Los Angeles Chargers. Remember that the Bengals are a shell of their former selves without superstar quarterback Joe Burrow at the wheel, making life much easier for Kansas City. The Chiefs look to once again easily make the playoffs but past that, their future is far less assured than usual.
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