Kansas City Chiefs' Head Coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif met with the media on Thursday afternoon. Here are five things that stood out.
Head Coach Andy Reid
1. Do you have to work with Patrick Mahomes to help him understand he doesn't have to bear the brunt of the franchise, do you have any concerns about taking the pressure off him in that way?
REID: "I don't. He has talked to you guys about spreading it out and getting into his playmaking. That's kind of how he thinks. He's not trying to be the hero or do all of that. That's not his deal, he is trying to play the position within the offense and do his thing. If things don't work out, then he moves around and gets it in his guys' hands as fast as he can. He has a pretty good feel for that. To answer your question, the thing we do is try to focus on that process, and it takes a lot of time to do that, especially against a team like this. They do a lot of things in the secondary and some things up front. You have no time to worry about anything else other than getting that right. That's how he's gone about doing his business. He's been in here the last couple of days doing the same thing. I don't worry about that part."
2. What do you make of the matchup between Von Miller and Mitchell Schwartz and how nice it is to watch those two go back and forth?
REID: "They do, they go back and forth and challenge each other, it's a fun matchup to watch. They get after each other. I was there for the (Jon) Runyan and Michael Strahan deal and it's kind of like that. Von (Miller) is a heck of a player. He is going to get you every once in a while, and Mitch (Schwartz) is a good player, so that's a fun matchup."
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
3. As an offense, you've been compared to some great offenses so far. Where do you feel like you guys are with this offense and where do you feel like you guys can get to?
MAHOMES: "There's still room for a ton of improvement. There's still times that I might not go to the right read or we might have a bust in the route-running or protection might break down. That just speaks to the guys that we have that can still make plays. We have a lot of room for improvement. Like you said, we've gotten compared to some of those offenses, but it's still early in the season, we've still got to do a lot of things and prove a lot of things."
4. What was that first start and experience like at Arrowhead now that you can look back and take in the day?
MAHOMES: "It was awesome just to be able to be in front of that crowd. The passion that they had, I told my family, when I ran out of the tunnel it was so loud that I couldn't hear anything. It really was something that I'll remember my whole entire life and I'm glad we got to come out with a win after that."
Offensive Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
5. Is a highlight for you a perfect play and blocking a guy 25 yards down the field?
DUVERNAY-TARDIF: "Absolutely. The more you can do that, the more you can set the tone for the whole game. Being physical is something we take a lot of pride in. When you can double with one of your teammates a guy 20 yards down the field, it feels great. Even if it isn't pertinent on that play, it is going to set the tempo for the fourth quarter."