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Chiefs Blitz: Q&A about 27-20 divisional-round playoff loss at New England

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith attempted 50 passes in Saturday’s game against the Patriots, a franchise record for the postseason.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith attempted 50 passes in Saturday’s game against the Patriots, a franchise record for the postseason.

The Star’s Terez Paylor answers five postgame Twitter questions from Chiefs fans.

1. Where do we go from here? This was a tease. — @DW__III

That’s a funny way to put it, but the Chiefs did make some real strides this year. They finally built on the foundation they laid during the first two years of the Andy Reid-John Dorsey regime and won a playoff game for the first time in 22 years.

From here? There are a number of free-agent decisions to make, and some areas that need to be improved. The receiving corps and offensive line, specifically, must continue to mature, while the Chiefs have several key defensive players they need to retain.

2. Say the Chiefs make some moves. Do you see them as a big-time team next year? — @bakerlegend11

You never know in football, but the Chiefs would appear to be trending upward. Provided they retain the right guys, have another strong draft and make some under-the-radar free-agent signings, they could definitely find themselves in position to make a Super Bowl run next season.

3. How much does this remind you of the loss to Indy in 2013? Good offensive performance but poor defensive performance. —@calvinesslinger

Not much, to be honest. They slung it around better in the Indy game, and there was no devastating 28-point comeback. To be honest, they probably just lost to a better team on Saturday, and there’s no shame in that because they just lost to the defending Super Bowl champions. But as far as losses go, this one isn’t even close to being on the Mount Rushmore of worst Chiefs losses of all time.

4. Why didn’t (Spencer) Ware play? He was active, right? -@ribarrajr

The team said Ware was battling a sprained ankle. He did not practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and was a full participant Friday. He even seemed fine in warmups, but coach Andy Reid must have thought a full-healthy Knile Davis was a better option than a nicked-up Ware, who was active for the game but didn’t record a catch or carry.

5. Why doesn’t Andy Reid consider giving up play calling? Also who do you think our OC will be? — @MyNam31sMud

It’s one of the parts of the job he enjoys most, so it seems unlikely. However, it is conceivable to see Reid occasionally cede play calling at times, much like he did this year with Doug Pederson, provided the trust is there.

It’s hard to say who will get the job in Peterson’s place, but spread-game analyst/special projects coach Brad Childress was actually Reid’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia from 2003 to 2005. Receivers coach David Culley received interest from Detroit as an offensive coordinator a few years back, while running backs coach Eric Bieniemy and tight ends coach Tom Melvin have served as offensive coordinators on the college level. Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy is also considered to be an up-and-comer, and might deserve consideration if Reid wants his next coordinator to have a quarterback background.

The number

50 The number of passes attempted Saturday by quarterback Alex Smith, the most in Chiefs postseason history for a single game.