Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid
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How do you explain the two interceptions and still winning? What about the fourth quarter production?
“Bob (Sutton) is doing a great job dialing them up and the guys are doing a great job executing, when the teams are in a situation, when they have had to throw in the fourth quarter. Our pass rush, that’s a tough thing to do. But Bob Sutton and the defensive staff had a great game plan against what I think is an up-and-coming quarterback, who is very dangerous and a well-coached football team. Dennis (Allen) is doing a nice job with that team. You look at the improvement they have made over a year or two for him. He’s really doing a nice job.”
Terrelle Pryor usually has a great pass rush. What did you do to stop him today?
“Well, he took off and ran and there were a few times I was holding my breath. I’m not sure about you, but I was holding my breath when he took off. We were able to keep him boxed up for the most part, but when he goes and takes off and runs, he can take off and run.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s lack of efficiency. He’s taking care of the football. When it counts, he makes the play. I appreciate him. We’re winning football games, and he’s doing a nice job managing it. Everybody feeds off of it, on both sides of the ball; (they) feed off his leadership and his ability to manage a football game. Then, we have a punter that’s a pretty good punter. That’s a nice combination to have and a kicker who can back him up, too.”
Was the option play you ran intended to catch teams off guard?
“Well (Alex Smith) did that in college. He was very effective with it in college. He’s got a nice feel and he knows when to get down, which is important.”
What about the history with the Raiders and breaking the losing streak at Arrowhead?
“I didn’t get caught up in all of that. I enjoy the history of the Raiders and the Chiefs. Our players, they understand that. We broke out some old Emmitt Thomas tape and kind of showed them what it was all about. They, along with the fans, embrace this rivalry and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you get your work done and make sure that you don’t just go all on emotion, that you get your game plan down and that you take care of that too. I thought they did well.”
You brought up Emmitt Thomas; is that the defense and offense you were trying to run? Old school?
“We want to keep the offense growing and keep playing good defense and the kicking game is important. I wasn’t here for those, but we want to keep playing good defense, I guess.”