Kansas City Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid met with the media on Monday morning. Here are five things that stood out.
1. How did you see Patrick Mahomes tangibly respond to adversity yesterday?
REID: “I thought he did a great job of it. He didn’t hang his head at all. He was eager to get back out there. When he had chances, he made plays. When you really slow down that one throw to Travis Kelce after the penalty on 27 [Kareem Hunt], that was a pretty amazing throw. For him to get back out there and just go and still lead that group - I thought that was important. He didn’t let it affect his leadership.”
2. Only two picks for him [Patrick Mahomes] this year, what is it about him that has allowed him to come in as a first-time guy and not fall into those traps a lot of young guys do?
REID: “I think he has good study habits. I think he has great vision - he’s been blessed with that. He is not afraid to communicate with the receivers and tell them ‘listen, this is what I am thinking here, coming out against this coverage.’ For a young guy to be able to do that and put it out there for people to hear - if you really slow down those interceptions, were we doing the right things on those interceptions? We could go back and fix the problem and get people where they are supposed to be. Then, if they are not in the right place, don’t throw them the ball. To be able to fix those things becomes very important.”
3. What’s the proper response to the opponents when you say you don’t want your guys to retaliate and fight back to avoid the 15-yard penalties, but you also say you’re not going to be pushed around?
REID: “You play to the whistle and you get yourself back to the huddle, then come back for the next play. There were a lot of extracurricular things going on. They did that for a while and then our guys had about enough of it. But you can’t do that. It’s part of the game, so you’ve got to keep yourself under control. As you grow as a football team you’ve got to grow as a player in that way too.”
4. How do you feel Breeland [Speaks] and Tanoh [Kpassagnon] played?
REID: “I thought they did a good job. Breeland was two inches away from having two sacks. He is getting better as we go. He is a young guy who plays hard. Tanoh just keeps improving and improving. He kind of tweaked his ankle a little bit early, so for him to push through and play the way he did, I thought he did a nice job.”
5. What is it that makes Bill Belichick so good at game planning on defense?
REID: “He is going to form fit the defense to your offense and do what he feels is best there. It might be completely different than the week before. He has done a great job of that over the years. It’s the same thing on offense, too. They are going to fit it to what they think are your tendencies and matchups and everything else. I think he is great at that.”