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12/26 Practice Recap: Chiefs React to Quarterback Change

Chiefs confident behind quarterback Chase Daniel and his ability to lead the offense


Andy Reid

"[Alex and Chase] have a great relationship. They're always challenging each other in a positive way. They have a lot of trust in each other, so they talk continuously throughout games and meetings and practice. They always check their ego and they feed off of each other which is a very positive thing in their relationship and in that room."

Alex Smith

"I talked to Chase (Daniel) last night. I really felt like I ate up two practice days of his. They would have been important had we known this earlier but tough. Really kind of on me I feel like but, any way I can help us now. Whatever it is. Helping him prepare, passing on anything that I had been thinking this whole week and getting ready for. Doing anything I can to help us get ready to go win a game."

Jason Avant

"You take reps with everybody in practice, and that's what you practice everything for because you never know throughout a season what may happen. It's definitely an unfortunate situation for Alex, but as far as the whole team's perspective, I know Alex is wishing Chase well and lets him hear about all the looks that he's seen so far. Everybody is working as hard as they can to get him ready for game time. We know that he'll be ready and we just expect him to go out and execute his assignments at quarterback. He doesn't have to be Alex, he doesn't have to be anybody else, he just has to be an efficient player on Sunday and he'll do that."

Rodney Hudson

"Chase is going to step in, we're confident that he'll do a good job. Everybody just has to work together, work as an offense and offensive line. Just work together and we'll be fine."

Travis Kelce

"You have to do what you have to do. You can't harp or mope around saying 'Aw, man, we lost one of our leaders' or something like that. Obviously we wish we had him out there, but at the same time, we have to roll with who we have and everyone's confident that Chase is going to do what he has to do and we're going to go ahead and rally around him."

Aaron Murray

"Obviously I'm hoping Chase does his things, goes out there and balls out and we win and those other teams lose and we're in the playoffs. So that's our goal this week and we've been working hard. Chase has been working hard. He is one of the hardest working guys on the team, one of those guys that is first in, first out. So I know he is excited to go out there and ball out and lead this team to victory."

De'Anthony Thomas

"I am very confident in him and I feel like our team and our coaches are confident in him. It's all about him just going out there and making plays. I feel like he is very confident in himself going out there and just stepping up for our team."

Albert Wilson

"I feel like I'm comfortable with both of them (Daniel and Smith). I've got a chance to work with both of them as in running with the ones with Alex and running with the twos during camp or with the practice squad throughout the whole season [with Chase]. I have ton of confidence in Chase."

Practice Bits

  • CB Phillip Gaines (illness) and QB Alex Smith (spleen) did not practice Friday and are listed as out for the game.
  • WR Dwayne Bowe (shoulder), RB Jamaal Charles (hamstring/ankle) and OL Zach Fulton (foot/toe) were limited and are listed as questionable.
  • TE Anthony Fasano (knee), LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Josh Martin (hand) and LB Joe Mays (knee) were also limited.

Photos of QB Chase Daniel from 2014

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