Chiefs Andy Reid Praises Assistant Coaches

In the Kansas City Chiefs' 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers, coach Andy Reid made sure to point out the work done by a few of his fellow coaches.

With less than two minutes remaining, the Chiefs had the ball on their own 8-yard line and needed roughly 61 yards to get into field goal range.

It was a successful two-minute drive from the Chiefs offense that allowed rookie kicker Cairo Santos the opportunity to hit from 48 yards to win the game, and Reid praised offensive coordinator Doug Pederson for getting his offense into that position.

"I'll give that to Doug Pederson," Reid said of the final drive. "I thought he did a heck of a job of putting together a great two-minute [drive]. The plays, the coaching part of it—we put a little extra emphasis on it and Doug (Pederson) headed that whole thing up. He really did a nice job there."

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After having a chance to break down the game film and then speaking with the media Monday morning, Reid praised the work done by his offensive line coaches.

"I also just want to put in a shout at [offensive line coach] Andy Heck for the run game part of this thing," Reid said. "He puts a lot of time and effort into it along with [assistant offensive line coach] Eugene Chung. I just want to point them out.

"The linemen normally get overlooked in a lot of things as do the line coaches. They've done a nice job there."

Coming from an offensive line aficionado like Reid, that praise carries a lot of weight.  

The Chiefs made a concerted effort to win the battle in the trenches and establish a running game against the Chargers. In the first half alone, the Chiefs ran the ball 22 times for 85 yards while they attempted just seven passes.

It was important for the Chiefs to establish the run and eat up the clock, which helped to keep Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who came into the game as the NFL's leader passer in terms of rating, on the sidelines.

Reid explained how that plan carried over to the second half as well.

"When you can look at a quarter and say, 'Hey listen, third quarter the [Chargers] had three opportunities,' that's a few less times that Philip Rivers and that offense can be on the field, and that offense is playing at a very high level.

"If you can keep the defense fresh and keep their offense off the field, that's a positive."

Photos from the Chiefs week seven match up against the San Diego Chargers

Heck and Chung have developed an offensive line that came into this season with almost zero continuity, and that was a major storyline coming into the season.

Injuries, new faces in new places and a suspension to Donald Stephenson made for a tough challenge right from the start for these coaches.

All eyes were on their ability to bring together a group that would be crucial to the overall success of the offense, and Heck and Chung have delivered.

This offensive line helped the Chiefs eat up the clock and dominate time of possession on Sunday. The Chiefs held the ball for 39:00 compared to just 21:00 for the Chargers.

That can't be done without the offensive line winning the battle up front.

"I thought when our offensive line really had to get after it, they did that and stepped up their game," Reid said.

Even with the praise of Pederson, Heck and Chung after Sunday's victory, Reid acknowledged there are still 10 games left in the regular season, and the work is far from done. 

"The great part about this is we still have a ton of room to improve as coaches and players to make ourselves a better football team."

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