KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs have reached the halfway pole and I think we've got a pretty good pulse on what this team is all about.
It's time for an honest, reality gut-check.
It goes without saying that the Chiefs are a good football team because of the defense. Without it, they would be nowhere close to 8-0.
To get an accurate feel for this team's value, the schedule must be figured into the overall scheme of things.
The Chiefs' opponents combined have lost twice as many games as they've won. That's just a fact.
The Chiefs haven't played a single team that has a winning record at this point of the season-- and that's fine. You play who shows up on the schedule and you never apologize for winning.
This team is far from perfect like all the others; the offensive line has major issues.
The No. 1 draft pick, Eric Fisher, is completely over-matched.
The one constant in the Chiefs favor with Fisher is he can only get better because he's not cutting it right now.
I'm worried about keeping the quarterback upright. Getting sacked six times and then hit another nine times in the Cleveland game makes him a candidate for injured reserves.
He's been sacked 24 times this season.
Smith finds himself scrambling at least five or six times a game to keep a drive alive. That can't be good.
He's played all 16 games in a season only twice in his career. Now, he's in his 10th year.
A lot of good things have been falling the Chiefs' way.
I love this coaching staff. I'm sold on what Andy Reid is doing. But I'll be dead honest with you, I'm not convinced this offense is good enough for what lies ahead.
I'll take a 4-4 finish in the second half and then worry about the playoffs in January
That's Jack's Smack.