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Andy Reid Press Conference 11/14

Andy Reid addresses the media as the Chiefs finish preparing to face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11

OPENING STATEMENT:"As far as the guys who will not play, (Jamell) Fleming, (A.J.) Jenkins will not play. (Anthony) Fasano and (Chris) Owens did not practice today, but they are questionable. We will just see how things go. Everybody else practiced today, and they're ready to roll. (We) look forward to the challenge of playing Seattle; we've had a good week of practice. Figured we'd get outside today and move around a little bit which is always good. Again, I think the guys put in a good effort this week and look forward to the challenge of playing the World Champions."

Q: How comfortable are you with Donnie Avery returning to the lineup this week?

REID:"Probably not this week."

Q: Looking at Cairo Santos, he hasn't had the opportunity to kick in the cold weather too often, it's supposed to snow tomorrow. What adjustments does he need to make to be ready?

REID:"Well he's not kicking tomorrow in the snow. He'll be ok I think. I'm not too worried about that."

Q: If (Anthony) Fasano can't go how comfortable are you with (Phillip) Supernaw getting reps?

REID:"Yeah, he looked like he picked things up pretty well. I told you he had a bit of a foundation with the terminology, I don't think it was as tough as if he had to learn everything from scratch. But he's done a nice job, he's spent a lot of hours here getting everything down. It looked like he's pretty comfortable with it."

Q: Was Phillip Gaines limited today?

REID:"Yeah, he practiced today."

Q: So you expect to have him Sunday?


Q: Will he be in a position to play?


Q: What's going on with Chris Owens' knee?

REID:"His knee is sore, it was sore after the game. He tried to go and couldn't do it so he didn't practice today. We will continue to get him treatment and see how things work out for him."

Q: Remind me, how did he hurt his knee?

REID:"I don't even remember now, I'll get the doctors to talk to you."

Q: You've played in a lot of cold weather games. Is there anything that you think is important you need to practice with or get them ready for, I mean it's cold today but when you've got snow flying around do you do anything different?

REID: "No, just focus on the job at hand. That's the primary thing. Anytime there's any kind of elements just make sure you're focused in and secure the football."

Q: So it's more mental?

REID: "Yeah, I think so. Yeah."

Q: Just with the wide receiver situation, does that mean Frankie Hammond's the man now?

REID: "He's going to play quite a bit yeah. We'll have some different personnel groups in there for him."

Q: What about (Albert) Wilson?

REID: "Wilson would be a guy that would work in too. Yeah, yeah."

Q:  I don't know if you saw this past offseason, the Seahawks made a big deal about their tackle video. Are you familiar or have you heard of it?

REID: "Yeah, I thought they did a great job with it actually. Yeah, I think it's good for young guys to see and I think it's good for the game. It's the fundamentals that you teach at this level and they were able to do a nice job with that video and I think that will help people."

Q: What do you guys do to teach tackling? I know you don't have a video or anything.

REID: "No, we tackle. We tackle. We teach it, then we go tackle during training camp. That's why we do all the live stuff."

Q: Oh I see, you teach that in all those drills. 

REID: "Yeah and then you go live."

Q: You only get those 14 padded practices so how do you stay on top of that?

REID: "You can do some things. They are similar to what they did in the video. You can do some things where you're not live and work your form tackling techniques, yeah."

Q: Do you guys teach all those techniques because you have different types of them?

REID: "We just teach ninja moves. That's all."

Q: Do you…

REID: "Get over here and I'm going to show you. You stand there and I'm going to show you right here."

Q: Going back to the cold, what do you expect from Chiefs fans this Sunday?

REID: "Listen, I think they'll be fired up. That's what they do. They bring it every week and I know there will be a lot of excitement this week."

Q: Have you been happy with your tackling this year? Have the guys been more consistent this year?

REID: "There's always room to improve, but yeah. We've been doing a pretty good job."

Q: You didn't overhaul anything last year; you just stuck with your own program? REID: "Just continue to work our tackling and fundamentals."

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