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10 Takeaways from Kansas City Chiefs Media Availability Thursday

The Chiefs coordinators addressed the media Thursday

LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Josh Mauga (groin/Achilles) and DT Donatri Poe (ankle) did not practice.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said that it's easy to know what he has in RBs Knile Davis, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.

"It is," he said. "You know – the guys that we have, we've had them since OTAs and through camp so you know their strengths and weaknesses," And it's just like you see Albert Wilson or a Chris Conley, or some of our tight end situations, you just know the strengths and weaknesses of each player and you put them to use in your system and that's what we'll do with these running backs."

Pederson explained what he expects defensive coordinators will do now that the Chiefs running back situation has changed.

"Teams in our division - obviously, you get two games," he said. "You've got history and what you end up seeing is if you're scouting a defense and you're looking at other teams' offenses, obviously as you're scheming, if they have a dynamite type running back, then you kind of see how they handle that runner. Are they doubling him with the end and a backer or a backer and a safety? How are they handling that? And so you can kind of pick those things up on tape. With Jamaal, you're seeing that a bunch, whether it be an end and a linebacker, an end and a safety, two backers – backer, safety, corner. There's a bunch of different matchups that way. And then you do the best you can by moving your back around so that it has to change their double technique, so to speak. And hopefully it creates an advantage for us."

Pederson was asked to describe what he believes is the offense's identity.

"Well I still think that we've had success running the ball the last couple of weeks," he said. "I think that we have to continue to do that. Alex [Smith] has been – if you go back even to the Cincinnati game, the success he had there was – it was a short, intermediate passing game, the ball was out of his hand. We've faced some tremendous defenses these first five games. We're going into another one this week with a good defense – a good pass rush. So as a mindset, you go in and say 'Hey, what do we do well? What does Alex do well? What does the team do well?" And then you put your game plan together that way and go execute."

Pederson said that for his offense to overcome negative situations in a game, they need to have a strong "mindset."

"There's such a flow of a football game, the ups and downs, highs and lows," he explained. "Obviously, you try to eliminate the lows, but if there is a negative play in a game you just have to forget about it and move on. It's easier said than done, but that's the mindset. You sort of have a short term memory, you forget about it, you focus on the next play. And you try to capitalize on the next one and you try to snowball and build on that."

Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton

Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton described what he expects to see in running back Adrian Peterson Sunday.

"Adrian is one of the best backs going, ever, probably," he said, "a guy with great speed, really great speed. Very physical, he takes great pride in yards after contact. The speed factor, if he gets to your second or third level, it's tough – you're dealing with a guy with breakaway speed. What you have to do is, one, you have to do a great job of trying to slow him down in the line, not letting him have clean lanes into the second level. The thing we've talked about is this guy demands that every player on defense thinks he's the guy involved in stopping him."

Sutton said he really likes quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

"I think he's a really good operator," he said. "We're looking from afar, but he does a great job of taking care of the ball, I don't think he jeopardizes the football at all, he does a really good job. He has escape-ability, but I think he's done a great job of staying in the pocket and playing the play out. I just think the guy is really going to be a really good football player. He's already playing really well and I think he's doing what they're asking him to do in their system and take advantage – they have some really good skill [position] football players and he's playing to their strength. I think the arrow's pointing up big time on this guy. He has a great quickness with the arm, he can move his arm up and down – that's what really allows a guy to be successful. He can throw around rushes and does a really good job."

Sutton shared his thoughts on last week's pass interference call late against the Chicago Bears.

"You try to explain, PI, there are calls that are just judgmental," he said. "I thought Marcus played the play pretty well, I'll just leave it at that. You always try to learn and the one thing you always try to learn in a game is – and what's tough about that call at that point is, it's at the end of the game. You try to learn how the game is being officiated as the game goes on. Sometimes it's very tight, sometimes it isn't as tight. Everybody, we all have to adjust to it. That could be PI, holding, I don't care what it is, but you just have to know how it's going to be done, you have to understand the basic rules in that. But we'll leave it at a judgment call."

Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub explained what happened on last week's blocked field goal attempt.

"We had a breakdown on the right side. And the operation, we just – something that was pretty basic and fundamental, we just made a mistake there and they made a nice play and made a block."

Toub was asked what it would have taken for kicker Cairo Santos to hit the 66-yard attempt.

"Everything would have had to have been right," he said. "We would have had to have a little bit of gust of wind behind us. It was a windy day and occasionally the wind was blowing that way and that's why we took a shot at it. We really felt like we had a chance, we'll leave it at that."

Toub said the thought from the Chiefs was that they were trying to go for the victory.

"It's a long way. It's real long. Next time we go for a 57 it's going to look like a chip shot. It was a long field goal, but we 've seen him do it in practice, we've seen it before, so we were trying to win the game right there."

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