Andy Reid and Alex Smith: Two Peas in a Pod

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King stopped by the offices and shared his thoughts on the Chiefs

On Wednesday, one of the most respected NFL writers out there, Monday Morning's Quarterback's Peter King, made his way to the Chiefs offices.

King took some time to share his thoughts on Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

"He's a really, really nice person," King explained. "People that are close to him will tell you that he'd doing anything for them—just a good-hearted human being."

Through five games in 2014, Reid is 13-9 as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. He, along with second-year general manager John Dorsey, orchestrated the biggest turnaround in franchise history last year, helping the Chiefs go from just two wins in 2012 to 11 in 2013, a nine-win improvement.

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Much of that success is due to the faith put in quarterback Alex Smith, whom the Chiefs traded for from the San Francisco 49ers soon after Reid's arrival in Kansas City.

Along with the two second-round draft picks given up for Smith in that trade, the Chiefs made an even bigger commitment to him before the season, signing him to a contract extension that will keep him in Kansas City for the foreseeable future. 

"Alex Smith is his guy," King said about Reid. "He's his kind of person. He just shuts up [and] does his job. When he makes a mistake, he admits it. They're two peas in a pod.

"When Bill Belichick ended up trading Drew Bledsoe to Buffalo, it was much more because of his belief in Tom Brady because he knew that Tom Brady could be his extension on the field. Andy Reid knows that Alex Smith is his extension on the field."

While the Chiefs 2014 season hasn't begun like anyone had hoped, King knows Reid well enough to honestly say that when Reid says injuries aren't an excuse, he genuinely means it.

After losing linebackers Derrick Johnson and Joe Mays, defensive lineman Mike DeVito and offensive lineman Jeff Allen, along with the absence for parts of the first five games of running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry, receiver Dwayne Bowe, offensive lineman Donald Stephenson and receiver Donnie Avery, the Chiefs still keep moving forward.

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King explains the characteristics he sees in successful NFL coaches.

"The one thing I think about successful NFL coaches is that some might say 'We're not going to allow injuries to be a factor,' and then behind the scenes, they'll say, 'We're all beat up this week' and all this, and they'll really make excuses without making excuses.

"Andy (Reid) will never do that. He'll never do that off the record. He'll just say, 'Hey, we have to do it—this guy's on our team.' So he's serious and he lives and breathes injuries not being a factor."

As the Chiefs continue to deal with the challenges presented to all NFL teams in regards to injuries to their respective teams, they face a tough test Sunday with the San Diego Chargers, a team that has dealt with its fair share of injuries so far this season as well. Reid and the Chiefs will look to get back to the .500 mark with a victory on Sunday.

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