The Kansas City Chiefs began the Andy Reid era in 2013 with 9-0 start to a season that ended in the playoffs. Last year the Chiefs started 2-2, finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs.
Through four games this season the Chiefs are where the Bears are — 1-3 — but have gotten there by losing their last three in a row, unlike the Bears who at least won their game on Sunday. More ominous for the Chiefs, they have lost their games by increasing margins: by seven at home to Denver, by 10 at Green Bay and last Sunday by 15 in Cincinnati.
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Notably perhaps, as difficult as the Bears’ first three games were, those three Kansas City’s losses were to three of the top teams in the NFL with a combined record of 12-0.
The 1-3 start matches the second-worst start in Reid’s coaching career, a mark he fell to twice while coaching the Philadelphia Eagles. Only the 0-4 start in 1999 was worse, that coming in Reid’s first year as a head coach and with then-rookie quarterback Donovan McNabb.
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Since that 9-0 start in 2013, Reid’s Kansas City teams have gone just 12-15. Reid now is faced with reversing the spiral. As for how that is done, whether it’s finding new messages or doubling down on what has worked in the past,
“I’d have to let you know after Sunday,” Reid said. “I’m doing that. We haven’t started all that great, so, if you’re asking about our team, then we gotta keep doing a better job of coaching, a better job of our execution. If you’re asking me about a John Fox [Bears] team, I think he’d probably tell you the same thing."