The Kansas City Chiefs are emerging from their bye week with a renewed focus on proving themselves in the second half of the season.
As they navigate this journey, offensive coordinator Matt Nagy is at the helm, overseeing the development of the team’s offense and nurturing the growth of their young receivers who are eager to make more significant plays down the field.
Acknowledging the criticisms leveled at the offense this season, particularly regarding the diminished dynamism, especially in the deep passing game, Nagy addressed these concerns during Friday’s press conference.
Notably, connections like Patrick Mahomes to Marquez Valdes-Scantling down the field have not been as prevalent as in the previous season.
Nagy delved into the multifaceted nature of the issue, stating, “That is probably a little bit of everything. We obviously look at that stuff; you want to be able to take shots, you want to be able to run the football, there’s a lot of things you want to do. But you also have to adjust to what defenses are giving you and what they’re not giving you.”
Emphasizing the team’s ongoing efforts to maintain offensive versatility, Nagy explained, “So I think when you look at, right now, with our downfield numbers, we’re still taking shots, right? Probably the biggest thing is we want to, however, that is, we want to be able to be a little bit more efficient with those numbers.”
Acknowledging the need to keep defenses honest, Nagy expressed a desire for greater efficiency in the deep passing game.
He commended the coaching staff and players for their adaptability, stating, “I think that our coaches and players on staff do a pretty good job of trying to figure out different ways with different personnel. But we’re certainly taking the shots; I think efficient-wise, we can be better.”
Looking ahead to a crucial Monday night matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, who currently hold the best record in the league, Nagy stressed the importance of making big plays.
With a history of strong performances after bye weeks in the Andy Reid era, the game presents an opportunity for the Chiefs to reset and reinvigorate their slowed deep passing attack.