Andy Reid's ability to run a tight ship is a major factor in the Kansas City Chiefs' continued success over the past eight seasons, ever since he became head coach in 2013.
Unfortunately, the Chiefs' disciplinary fortitude faltered at the worst possible time, on the biggest possible stage: Super Bowl LV.
Kansas City was flagged eight times in the first half, giving the Buccaneers a free 95 yards and a huge advantage as they leapt out to a relatively surprising 21-6 lead at the half. The penalties ranged from unnecessary roughness, which star defensive tackle Chris Jones was responsible for early in the second quarter, to a costly (and questionable) holding call on Charvarius Ward, overturning an interception.
All in all, it was the most penalties that the Chiefs have ever been flagged for in a single half of football action since Reid assumed head coaching duties.
Russini added the fact that their eight penalties was the most in the first half of any Super Bowl in history.
Several Twitter users were skeptical of a handful of the calls, but this is par for the course. What was interesting, though, is that more authoritative voices seemed to agree with the masses that the officiating was more stringent than in other weeks.
If the Chiefs want a chance to comeback, they'll have to stop making it harder on themselves with the long stream of penalties. However, a comeback is something that the Buccaneers need to be wary of. After all, Patrick Mahomes isn't exactly the guy you want to go up against in a competitive, comeback scenario.