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Six Things We Learned from Chiefs’ Coach Andy Reid on Tuesday

As is usually the case, Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid held a conference call with local media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the team’s 54-51 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

Here are six things we learned:

In a game like last night—as crazy as it was—did you take 10-15 seconds to think about how cool the situation was?

“You love being in the moment there, that’s two good football teams playing each other. We work so hard at our profession of doing what we do that when you get an opportunity like that, it’s unbelievable. You are in it and your focus is maximized and you go. It’s a pretty neat deal.”

Do you get the sense we are entering a new age as far as what offenses and quarterbacks can do in the NFL?

“I think you’re seeing it and you’ve seen it at the college level and the high school level. I’ve said before that the great thing about getting players from the offensive side there is that they have all had opportunities to throw the ball, catch the ball, pass protect and so on, which fits a little bit more int the way the NFL game has been for a number of years. The new part of this is that there are no rules. The rules, you’ve got to be in this position here, the old kind of box that you were in before is just different. You’re spreading the field, you’re running options plays, in the run game you’re getting everybody. There is nobody on the field that’s in an ineligible position and isn’t a viable option. Whether it’s the pass game, run game, jet sweeps, it’s just a tremendous amount of pressure on defenses right now. You’re seeing that and defenses, the way this league works, it might be the old, ‘good for the goose, good for the gander’ type deal. We’re right there where defenses will adjust and then they’ll catch up to it and the offense will have to do something else. That’s just how this thing roles, but right now it’s probably a little bit of an upper hand for the offense.”

Do you expect Eric Berry to practice anytime soon?

“We’ll see. He’s feeling quite a little bit better and he’s been making steady progress here. We’ll just see how this next week goes for him. If he feels comfortable and the doctors are good with it, he’s good with it, we’ll start easing him in, but I’m going to just wait and see how that goes.”

Is it still possible that Laurent Duvernay-Tardif returns (from IR)?

“Yeah, it’s possible. You just have to see how everything goes here. (Armani) Watts is the other one that’s a possibility, again you just kind of have to see how all that rolls around here.”

Have you gotten to talk to Alex Smith since his injury?

“No, it’s Illegal to do that. That’d be under the tampering thing, but you can help me put it out there that my prayers are with him. I think the world of the guy. He changed that program around down there, gave them a chance and I know he’ll be missed dearly, but I also know that Colt (McCoy) is lucky enough to be behind him and see how Alex (Smith) operates. He’ll do a good job when he’s in there.”

Any doubt that Alex Smith will return (from the injury)?

“If he wants to be back, he’ll be back. That’s the way he’s wired. Nothing is impossible with his attitude.”

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