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Former Colts coach Tony Dungy thinks he knows why Chiefs are slumping

Andy Reid following the Giants’ loss: “There’s a sense of urgency...or there should be”

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid fielded questions about the 12-9 overtime loss to the New York Giants in New Jersey on Sunday.
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid fielded questions about the 12-9 overtime loss to the New York Giants in New Jersey on Sunday.

The NBC studio crew took time to assess the Chiefs’ recent problems before Sunday night’s Cowboys-Eagles game and also at halftime.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said before that contest that the Chiefs, who have lost four of their last five games, need to open things up.

“We saw them taking chances, taking shots down the field, going to Tyreek Hill, I think now we’re back in that old Chiefs mode of 5 and 10 yard plays,” Dungy said. “Dink and dunk. Let Alex Smith go. Let him play.”

Rodney Harrison said the Chiefs have lost their passion and need to find it again. You can watch what they said here:

Smith had 11 touchdowns and no interceptions as the Chiefs won their first five games. Since then, Smith has thrown seven touchdowns and three interceptions and the Chiefs have gone 1-4. So the slide is obviously not all Smith’s fault.

At halftime, Dungy expanded on his thoughts.

“They’ve turned him back into a game manager,” Dungy said of Smith. “The little 5-yard passes, 10-yard passes, gimmick plays. He’s got some playmakers, Tyreek Hill, (Travis) Kelce, these guys can get up the field. Turn him loose, let him throw some deep balls.”

Here is that clip:

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