How Addition of Jason Avant Helps Kansas City Chiefs’ Ailing Passing Offense

November 22, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Kansas City Chiefs' loss to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night did more than just drop the team to 7-4. 
The game highlighted a problem that has plagued the Kansas City offense throughout the 2014 season—the inability to attack downfield with the Chiefs' wide receivers.
While quarterback Alex Smith has played mostly efficient football this season (92.5 passer rating), he has not been able to threaten opposing defenses with the deep ball. His longest pass play of the season went for just 34 yards to tight end Travis Kelce. 
With no legitimate vertical-passing game to speak of for Kansas City, opponents are free to focus on running back Jamaal Charles and attack short-to-intermediate routes.
Part of the blame rests with Smith, who has shown an affinity for checkdown passes and dump-offs. Another part of the problem is that the Chiefs lack playmakers at the wide receiver position.
Dwayne Bowe currently leads the team with 41 receptions and 5...

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