Monday, September 9, 2013
Smith did nice job of spreading ball around
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have more than a few reasons to feel encouraged by their passing game after Sunday’s 28-2 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and here is another: nine different receivers caught at least one pass against the Jaguars.
Nine isn’t a colossal number, but it’s impressive for a couple of reasons. First, the Chiefs dressed 12 backs and receivers. One of them, tight end Travis Kelce, didn’t play. The two others who didn’t catch a pass, tight end Sean McGrath and wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, were between them in for 18 of the 63 offensive snaps.
More importantly, the Chiefs are searching for a reliable receiver to take some pressure off Dwayne Bowe, but that doesn’t have to be just one guy. It can be several and, for one day at least, it was.
“The more guys you utilize, the more pressure it puts on a defense,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “(Opposing defenses) have to cover everybody. You can’t favor one guy. That’s always been a part of this offense, to move it around and give everyone an opportunity.’’
The Chiefs, using the West Coast passing game in its purest form, gave everyone but McGrath and Jenkins an opportunity. Almost all of quarterback Alex Smith's throws were short. Only Dexter McCluster at 14.3 yards per catch averaged more than 11.
Bowe caught four passes, but he was almost an afterthought. Donnie Avery and Junior Hemingway had the touchdowns. McCluster was the big-play receiver.
Even fullback Anthony Sherman, in the game for just 26 offensive plays, got involved. He tied with Bowe for the lead with four catches, and even had the long gain when he took a short pass 26 yards.
“You’ve got to cover him,’’ Reid said, “or he’s going to do some damage.’’