Time for Andy Reid to learn the word, ‘defense’

Alan Greenwood

After his season ended as his season always ends, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has figured out why his team lost the AFC Championship in January.

Fixing the problem, Reid seems to think, is as easy as changing the NFL”s overtime rules to ensure each team’s offense gets one possession before a winner is declared.

What a fine slice of football socialism this would be.

The Patriots, rogue champions that they are, ruined the Chiefs’ Super Bowl aspirations by taking the overtime kickoff and having the gall to drive 75 yards on 13 plays for the deciding score. Pat Mahomes and his offense could do nothing but watch, causing their coach to wail. Any time someone offers a rules change that might help keep the Patriots out of the Super Bowl is treated seriously by 31 NFL franchises. No one should be surprised if this nonsensical alteration happens.

Reid should be advised that there is an even better way to help the Chiefs conquer their demons and actually reach their first Super Bowl since 1970:

Play better defense.

TIME TRAVEL: March 3, 1989 – “Hold it – stop the tape. Rewind. Now a bit forward. There.

Can we freeze-frame or something and move in on his foot please?

“Was Saul Wallis’ foot behind the 3-point line or on it? That’s the question Hollis High School basketball fans are asking after the English exchange student lofted an apparent 3-pointer that would’ve, could’ve and should’ve sent Thursday night’s Class M tournament game with John Stark of Weare into overtime.

“Instead, official Rusty Ross sent the Cavaliers home, calling Wallis’ buzzer beater a two-pointer and the fifth-ranked 17-2 Generals 57-56 winners. Burn the tape, please.”

For those born during the digital era, the word ‘tape’ refers to an archaic form of video recording that succeeded “film,” an even more archaic element that is best explained by an encyclopedia … uh, make that Wikipedia.

AND FINALLY: Simple-minded Celtics fans have made the turn onto silly street with angry calls to let Kyrie Irving walk away after this season. The youngsters on the Celtics roster do not deserve to be called out by Irving, the veteran leader at the age of 26, for on-court lapses that have dropped the Celtics to the No, 5 position in the Eastern Conference playoff seedings.

Said fans are more than forgiving of the still-blossoming stars of tomorrow. But letting the best player on the team would do nothing to help mature a few mindsets stuck in basketball adolescence.

It also would send a message to free agents: If you come here, understand that the kids are in charge and that your lips must remain zipped.

On a related rant, firing Brad Stevens isn’t going to accomplish anything, either.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_ AlanG.