Time didn’t heal the wounds of the Chiefs’ 12-9 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday.
A day later, coach Andy Reid went directional in explaining what went wrong, especially with an offense that was so potent through the first weeks but went without a touchdown in its fourth loss in five games.
“We’re going backwards at times instead of going forward,” Reid said.
Backwards can be literal. Nine penalties against the Chiefs were the most since the third week, and a 9-yard run by Kareem Hunt in overtime wiped out by a Laurent Duvernay-Tardif hold was the final damaging flag.
It can also be figurative, as in an offense with quarterback Alex Smith that has regressed. Smith had his worst day of the season with two interceptions and no touchdowns. A couple of his passes were woefully short and his second interception appeared to be an overthrow, although Reid cautioned to not overlook other factors.
“He’s a standup guy and he’s going to tell you he can do better,” Reid said. “With (Smith), he threw the ball but was there pressure on his arm? Was a route run 12 yards instead of 20 yards? It looks like a botched play by the quarterback and he’ll take responsibility, but I look at the other things that go into it.”
One play Reid put on his shoulders was the intercepted…