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Seven Takeaways from Head Coach Andy Reid's Saturday Conference Call

What we learned from the Chiefs media availability Saturday


*Injury updates: Nothing new to report on linebackers Dee Ford (ribs), James-Michael Johnson (hamstring) or Dezman Moses (calf); Reid said offensive linemen Jeff Allen (knee) and Eric Fisher (high ankle) returning sometime this upcoming week "would be a stretch."*

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid first commented on the game from a general standpoint.

"It was great to play at home here with those front-row fans," he said. "It was good to get a win. I thought we were able to put ourselves into some unique situations that you need work on. We were able to get a two-minute drill with the ones even though it didn't work out quite the way we wanted it. We'll get that done."

Reid said he was "happy" to see safety Eric Berry return home to Arrowhead Stadium.

"I'm ecstatic that he can just be out there and play," Reid said. "I'm ecstatic that he's got life. There was a point there where you weren't sure. When you initially hear about it, you're not sure if he's going to live or die. That's kind of what it is. Now he's back playing and he's beat this thing, and that's a beautiful thing any way you look at it."

Reid said that the first-team offensive line played "decently" against the Seahawks.

"With the exception of probably three or four plays there I thought they did a decent job," Reid said. "Again, there's some young-guy mistakes those two probably made that they can make a play. For the most part, they were strong. Donald [Stephenson] got to play the left tackle position, which I thought was good. Grubbs did a nice job at the guard spot.

Reid passed along some individual evaluations.

*On OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: *"It was great to get Larry in there and get some work. I know the screen play kind of looked weird, but the whole thing was kind of weird by the position in the back had to come out on. He did some nice things, and then there are some things he can improve on which he will."

*On OL Paul Fanaika: *"It was good to see Fanaika at the right tackle spot; I thought he held his own. There were a couple hiccups there, but for just doing it for a couple days I thought he did a nice job."

On defensive lineman Mike Catapano:"I thought he got better as the game went on. His energy was good, you figure it one the game a couple years. HIs energy was there the whole time. I thought when he was with the one's he probably wasn't as productive as when he was with the two's. But he kept pushing and you could see him refine a couple of things. I thought initially he was kind of taking guys down the middle on his pass rush and they were pushing the center towards him a couple times so he was doubled. Then he worked through it. He started playing a half of a guy and working his technique and his fundamental better, so I thought that was positive."


Photos from the Chiefs second preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks


Reid was thrilled with the play of his defense against an impressive Seattle offense.

"I thought the defense did a nice job with how they held the Seattle offense, which I think is a good offense," he said. "They're working through some things with their offensive line, likewise, but I thought we did a nice job there. Secondary-wise, the guys played quite a little bit of nickel and dime so I think that was a positive thing that came out of it."

Reid also provided some thoughts on the special teams unit.

"I thought we were solid," he said. "We can do a better job when we're blocking, but I thought we did a decent job tackling on special teams and I thought we did a pretty decent job tackling on defense."

On the odd-looking punt return when wide receiver Chris Conley took the ball out of the end zone, Reid said that was by design.

"We got Conley a punt return—we wanted him to return it really at all costs even though it was at that period of the game, so he kind of did what he was told to do there."

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