What We Learned From Chiefs Coach Andy Reid on Monday

Reid spoke with the media on Monday afternoon

OPENING STATEMENT:"Alright, I don't have any injuries for you. I'll have those later. The obvious is we need to do a better job at staying on the field offensively and getting off the field defensively. Third downs, it comes down to how you execute on third downs. We didn't do well enough offensively to stay on the field, and we didn't do well enough defensively to get off the field. So, the time of possession was just completely skewed there – almost 11 minutes there of a difference. It wasn't a question of the guys playing hard or any of that – that wasn't the deal. They played hard; it was just the actual execution. That's my responsibility to make sure that's right as a head football coach, and that we get that part done and we're putting the guys in good positions – the right positions – to make plays. So, I always look in the mirror first on that, and I've got to do a better job with the team. The positive is we have a ton that we can learn from this. We have the opportunity to play the Denver Broncos, which is a positive. It's going to be a great atmosphere for a football game. We're going to get these mistakes corrected and get ourselves ready to go against the Denver Broncos."

Q: What was your thinking on that timeout at the end of the first half?

REID:"So, opportunities of getting the ball back at that time. If you put the second half into this, I'm still saying we'll get it back and have an opportunity to score. It didn't work that way. So, they, went down and ended up scoring, but that was the objective – I wanted more points on the board."

Q: On red zone plays called and execution.

 REID:"Yeah, so I'll take responsibility for the interception there. It was a call that I thought was good. The player didn't bite that was supposed to bite. It's my responsibility to put our guys in position to make a better play. So, on that particular one, I'll take that. I think everyone is different, but on that one – I could have made a better call."

Q: What about in general throughout the whole year, not just in that one play?

REID:"Yeah, I think each one's a little different. There are some you might drop, or were there or whatever. Those things happen."

Q: What happened in the jet sweep to Travis Kelce? What did you guys see that maybe didn't pan out there?

REID:"Well, the end played straight up the field. That hadn't been his deal, so he'd been a closed guy on it in that particular formation. So, probably needed to tighten it up down the split a little bit more. That was the idea behind that."

Q: Is there a danger with doing too much misdirection to where it loses its element of misdirection? 

REID:"Yeah, I know you watched the games yesterday. So, you saw the one – whoever it was – that ran the same deal, same play and walked in. It just depends. Listen, the guy made a good play. You need to tighten that thing up a little bit. We had a little too much of a split. We have to tighten that up, and then, you have a little more success with it. Again, those are things I have to make sure we correct and get it taken care of."

Q:What is it about the red zone in general that makes it difficult to execute in?

REID:"We've been very good in the red zone at times too. We're going through a bit of a 'downer' here in the last few weeks, so we've got to pick that up. They're all different. Everything is different down there. From the defenses that are played to each situation where you haven't had success. So you go back and evaluate it and you come back again and give it your best shot. It's a tight area down there -- that's not an excuse, it's just a tight area. The end lines are the 12th man and you've got to execute. There's got to be a certain amount of precision, whether it's blocking, catching or throwing. Everything has got to be on point and it's got to be a little faster in there. We need to do a better job there and I need to do a better job at putting guys in position."

Q:In general this year, have you consistently gotten the push you wanted up front in the running game?REID:"I can't tell you right now. I'm not completely disappointed with the run game down there -- I'm not saying that. But to give you a certain percentage of success on each block, I don't have that number in front of me and that's not something that jumps out to me. If [Travis] Kelce scores on that play, I'm not sure if we're having this discussion."

Q:What gives you confidence in the offensive struggles that they can be fixed and this team can move forward?REID:"They're fixable things. I've got to make sure we're taking the things our guys are best at, and put them in position to do those things. I'll make sure I get that honed up a little better. And when you're given an opportunity -- you could ask our guys this too because they're standup guys -- you've got to make a play. And that's how you do it, whether you're an offensive lineman, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, etc. You've got to do that consistently if you're going to be a championship team. That's how it goes."

Q:A lot of Alex Smith's key statistics are down from last year. Do you see that in his game when you evaluate him?

REID:"I think Alex is okay. He's going to be fine. We've just got to keep going here, he does a great job with leadership and all of those things. He'll be fine. We've had a couple weeks here where we've been in a little bit of a slump. We need to pull out of it and get better. That's all of us."

Q:Do those types of stats mean much when you evaluate a quarterback? If not, what types of things do you look at?

REID:"I'm not worried about that right now. I'm just worried that we execute better and that's all the way around."

Q:What's the process you go through when evaluating Sunday's game before moving forward into Sunday's game against Denver? 

REID:"You get in early as a coach and you make sure you go through film and knock that out. You watch the game and grade it. Then you come back and meet as a staff and grade it, discuss it and talk about what you can do better. You've got to tune in then to the opponent and make sure you get that taken care of. Then the players come in on Tuesday and you're able to go back through it one more time."

Q:How difficult has it become to continue losing your best players at key positions to injuries?

REID:"I expect the other guys to step in and do a good job. That's how I look at it. Anything less than that is wrong. You have an opportunity to get in and you play. You challenge, challenge, challenge. You have to have a short-term memory in certain cases and learn from your mistakes and move on. That's how we roll. If you're hurt, get better and get yourself back in. We'll probably get a couple guys back this week. We'll see how that goes. I'm okay with the guys that get in. It's an opportunity. In life, you only get a few of those so you have to take advantage of them."

Q: Did you get a feel of if [Jeremy] Maclin will be ready Sunday?

REID: "I don't, no. I have to see how it goes, I'll know more this afternoon."

Q: Do you feel like teams are defending you differently when he's not in the lineup?

REID: "I didn't think this team did anything different than what they've been doing. You'd have to ask their defensive coordinator, but the things that they did were very similar to what we've seen them do with other teams."

Q: You talked about short memory, is a loss like that a little easier knowing you're still undefeated in the division, big game against Denver coming up, a lot of division games to close out the year, is it easier just to move on and focus on the task at hand?

REID: "I think you need to learn from your mistakes is what you need to do, whether it's me, the coaches, the players, you better focus in and be real with that and don't sugar coat that one bit. You get in and then you go work on it, get those things straightened out when you have an opportunity out in practice to do that. That's what's real."

Q: Is there long term concern on Jeremy Maclin's injury?

REID: "No, I don't feel that."

Q: I looked back at the games where the offense was humming, particular Oakland, with the shifts and the motions and the play action, is it the way teams defend that that keep you from doing that weekly?

REID: "Every team is different that you're playing, we obviously think we're picking the best stuff against that team. The first 13 plays of that game were pretty good offensively, or at least the first 11 or 12 were pretty good. It was a good drive and some positive plays and we had some other positive plays after that and you just have to take advantage of opportunities in the red zone, you score touchdowns.

Q: Jarvis Jenkins and Kenneth Acker, what'd you see from those two?

REID: "I gave them opportunities to play. I thought they had some good downs. There were some I'd probably want back, but I thought they gave good effort at both spots. I think there were some pluses and minuses."

Q: With Denver winning the division the last five years, I know it's just one game, but do you see this as maybe a measuring stick to see where you're at?

REID: "I'd say every game is that in this league. When you play within your division there you have each team twice and you want to make sure you do well and take advantage of that. They're a good football team. They've won it the last few years, but what a great challenge, it doesn't get any better than that. You have an opportunity to play at their place, you're on national T.V., let's roll with that." REID: "I'd say every game is that in this league. When you play within your division there you have each team twice and you want to make sure you do well and take advantage of that. They're a good football team. They've won it the last few years, but what a great challenge, it doesn't get any better than that. You have an opportunity to play at their place, you're on national T.V., let's role with that."OPENING STATEMENT: "Alright, I don't have any injuries for you. I'll have those later. The obvious is we need to do a better job at staying on the field offensively and getting off the field defensively. Third downs, it comes down to how you execute on third downs. We didn't do well enough offensively to stay on the field, and we didn't do well enough defensively to get off the field. So, the time of possession was just completely skewed there – almost 11 minutes there of a difference. It wasn't a question of the guys playing hard or any of that – that wasn't the deal. They played hard; it was just the actual execution. That's my responsibility to make sure that's right as a head football coach, and that we get that part done and we're putting the guys in good positions – the right positions – to make plays. So, I always look in the mirror first on that, and I've got to do a better job with the team. The positive is we have a ton that we can learn from this. We have the opportunity to play the Denver Broncos, which is a positive. It's going to be a great atmosphere for a football game. We're going to get these mistakes corrected and get ourselves ready to go against the Denver Broncos."

Q:  What was your thinking on that timeout at the end of the first half?
 
REID: "So, opportunities of getting the ball back at that time. If you put the second half into this, I'm still saying we'll get it back and have an opportunity to score. It didn't work that way. So, they, went down and ended up scoring, but that was the objective – I wanted more points on the board."

Q:  On red zone plays called and execution.
 
REID: "Yeah, so I'll take responsibility for the interception there. It was a call that I thought was good. The player didn't bite that was supposed to bite. It's my responsibility to put our guys in position to make a better play. So, on that particular one, I'll take that. I think everyone is different, but on that one – I could have made a better call."
 
Q:  What about in general throughout the whole year, not just in that one play?
 
REID: "Yeah, I think each one's a little different. There are some you might drop, or were there or whatever. Those things happen."
 
Q:  What happened in the jet sweep to Travis Kelce? What did you guys see that maybe didn't pan out there?
 
REID: "Well, the end played straight up the field. That hadn't been his deal, so he'd been a closed guy on it in that particular formation. So, probably needed to tighten it up down the split a little bit more. That was the idea behind that."
 
Q:  Is there a danger with doing too much misdirection to where it loses its element of misdirection? 
 
REID: "Yeah, I know you watched the games yesterday. So, you saw the one – whoever it was – that ran the same deal, same play and walked in. It just depends. Listen, the guy made a good play. You need to tighten that thing up a little bit. We had a little too much of a split. We have to tighten that up, and then, you have a little more success with it. Again, those are things I have to make sure we correct and get it taken care of."
 
Q: What is it about the red zone in general that makes it difficult to execute in?

REID: "We've been very good in the red zone at times too. We're going through a bit of a 'downer' here in the last few weeks, so we've got to pick that up. They're all different. Everything is different down there. From the defenses that are played to each situation where you haven't had success. So you go back and evaluate it and you come back again and give it your best shot. It's a tight area down there -- that's not an excuse, it's just a tight area. The end lines are the 12th man and you've got to execute. There's got to be a certain amount of precision, whether it's blocking, catching or throwing. Everything has got to be on point and it's got to be a little faster in there. We need to do a better job there and I need to do a better job at putting guys in position."

Q: In general this year, have you consistently gotten the push you wanted up front in the running game?

REID: "I can't tell you right now. I'm not completely disappointed with the run game down there -- I'm not saying that. But to give you a certain percentage of success on each block, I don't have that number in front of me and that's not something that jumps out to me. If [Travis] Kelce scores on that play, I'm not sure if we're having this discussion."

Q: What gives you confidence in the offensive struggles that they can be fixed and this team can move forward?

REID: "They're fixable things. I've got to make sure we're taking the things our guys are best at, and put them in position to do those things. I'll make sure I get that honed up a little better. And when you're given an opportunity -- you could ask our guys this too because they're standup guys -- you've got to make a play. And that's how you do it, whether you're an offensive lineman, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, etc. You've got to do that consistently if you're going to be a championship team. That's how it goes."

Q: A lot of Alex Smith's key statistics are down from last year. Do you see that in his game when you evaluate him?

REID: "I think Alex is okay. He's going to be fine. We've just got to keep going here, he does a great job with leadership and all of those things. He'll be fine. We've had a couple weeks here where we've been in a little bit of a slump. We need to pull out of it and get better. That's all of us."

Q: Do those types of stats mean much when you evaluate a quarterback? If not, what types of things do you look at?

REID: "I'm not worried about that right now. I'm just worried that we execute better and that's all the way around."

Q: What's the process you go through when evaluating Sunday's game before moving forward into Sunday's game against Denver? 

REID: "You get in early as a coach and you make sure you go through film and knock that out. You watch the game and grade it. Then you come back and meet as a staff and grade it, discuss it and talk about what you can do better. You've got to tune in then to the opponent and make sure you get that taken care of. Then the players come in on Tuesday and you're able to go back through it one more time."

Q: How difficult has it become to continue losing your best players at key positions to injuries?

REID: "I expect the other guys to step in and do a good job. That's how I look at it. Anything less than that is wrong. You have an opportunity to get in and you play. You challenge, challenge, challenge. You have to have a short-term memory in certain cases and learn from your mistakes and move on. That's how we roll. If you're hurt, get better and get yourself back in. We'll probably get a couple guys back this week. We'll see how that goes. I'm okay with the guys that get in. It's an opportunity. In life, you only get a few of those so you have to take advantage of them."

Q: Did you get a feel of if [Jeremy] Maclin will be ready Sunday?

REID: "I don't, no. I have to see how it goes, I'll know more this afternoon."

Q: Do you feel like teams are defending you differently when he's not in the lineup?

REID: "I didn't think this team did anything different than what they've been doing. You'd have to ask their defensive coordinator, but the things that they did were very similar to what we've seen them do with other teams."

Q: You talked about short memory, is a loss like that a little easier knowing you're still undefeated in the division, big game against Denver coming up, a lot of division games to close out the year, is it easier just to move on and focus on the task at hand?

REID: "I think you need to learn from your mistakes is what you need to do, whether it's me, the coaches, the players, you better focus in and be real with that and don't sugar coat that one bit. You get in and then you go work on it, get those things straightened out when you have an opportunity out in practice to do that. That's what's real."

Q: Is there long term concern on Jeremy Maclin's injury?

REID: "No, I don't feel that."

Q: I looked back at the games where the offense was humming, particular Oakland, with the shifts and the motions and the play action, is it the way teams defend that that keep you from doing that weekly?

REID: "Every team is different that you're playing, we obviously think we're picking the best stuff against that team. The first 13 plays of that game were pretty good offensively, or at least the first 11 or 12 were pretty good. It was a good drive and some positive plays and we had some other positive plays after that and you just have to take advantage of opportunities in the red zone, you score touchdowns.

Q: Jarvis Jenkins and Kenneth Acker, what'd you see from those two?

REID: "I gave them opportunities to play. I thought they had some good downs. There were some I'd probably want back, but I thought they gave good effort at both spots. I think there were some pluses and minuses."

Q: With Denver winning the division the last five years, I know it's just one game, but do you see this as maybe a measuring stick to see where you're at?

REID: "I'd say every game is that in this league. When you play within your division there you have each team twice and you want to make sure you do well and take advantage of that. They're a good football team. They've won it the last few years, but what a great challenge, it doesn't get any better than that. You have an opportunity to play at their place, you're on national T.V., let's role with that.OPENING STATEMENT: "Alright, I don't have any injuries for you. I'll have those later. The obvious is we need to do a better job at staying on the field offensively and getting off the field defensively. Third downs, it comes down to how you execute on third downs. We didn't do well enough offensively to stay on the field, and we didn't do well enough defensively to get off the field. So, the time of possession was just completely skewed there – almost 11 minutes there of a difference. It wasn't a question of the guys playing hard or any of that – that wasn't the deal. They played hard; it was just the actual execution. That's my responsibility to make sure that's right as a head football coach, and that we get that part done and we're putting the guys in good positions – the right positions – to make plays. So, I always look in the mirror first on that, and I've got to do a better job with the team. The positive is we have a ton that we can learn from this. We have the opportunity to play the Denver Broncos, which is a positive. It's going to be a great atmosphere for a football game. We're going to get these mistakes corrected and get ourselves ready to go against the Denver Broncos."

Q:  What was your thinking on that timeout at the end of the first half?
 
REID: "So, opportunities of getting the ball back at that time. If you put the second half into this, I'm still saying we'll get it back and have an opportunity to score. It didn't work that way. So, they, went down and ended up scoring, but that was the objective – I wanted more points on the board."

Q:  On red zone plays called and execution.
 
REID: "Yeah, so I'll take responsibility for the interception there. It was a call that I thought was good. The player didn't bite that was supposed to bite. It's my responsibility to put our guys in position to make a better play. So, on that particular one, I'll take that. I think everyone is different, but on that one – I could have made a better call."
 
Q:  What about in general throughout the whole year, not just in that one play?
 
REID: "Yeah, I think each one's a little different. There are some you might drop, or were there or whatever. Those things happen."
 
Q:  What happened in the jet sweep to Travis Kelce? What did you guys see that maybe didn't pan out there?
 
REID: "Well, the end played straight up the field. That hadn't been his deal, so he'd been a closed guy on it in that particular formation. So, probably needed to tighten it up down the split a little bit more. That was the idea behind that."
 
Q:  Is there a danger with doing too much misdirection to where it loses its element of misdirection? 
 
REID: "Yeah, I know you watched the games yesterday. So, you saw the one – whoever it was – that ran the same deal, same play and walked in. It just depends. Listen, the guy made a good play. You need to tighten that thing up a little bit. We had a little too much of a split. We have to tighten that up, and then, you have a little more success with it. Again, those are things I have to make sure we correct and get it taken care of."
 
Q: What is it about the red zone in general that makes it difficult to execute in?

REID: "We've been very good in the red zone at times too. We're going through a bit of a 'downer' here in the last few weeks, so we've got to pick that up. They're all different. Everything is different down there. From the defenses that are played to each situation where you haven't had success. So you go back and evaluate it and you come back again and give it your best shot. It's a tight area down there -- that's not an excuse, it's just a tight area. The end lines are the 12th man and you've got to execute. There's got to be a certain amount of precision, whether it's blocking, catching or throwing. Everything has got to be on point and it's got to be a little faster in there. We need to do a better job there and I need to do a better job at putting guys in position."

Q: In general this year, have you consistently gotten the push you wanted up front in the running game?

REID: "I can't tell you right now. I'm not completely disappointed with the run game down there -- I'm not saying that. But to give you a certain percentage of success on each block, I don't have that number in front of me and that's not something that jumps out to me. If [Travis] Kelce scores on that play, I'm not sure if we're having this discussion."

Q: What gives you confidence in the offensive struggles that they can be fixed and this team can move forward?

REID: "They're fixable things. I've got to make sure we're taking the things our guys are best at, and put them in position to do those things. I'll make sure I get that honed up a little better. And when you're given an opportunity -- you could ask our guys this too because they're standup guys -- you've got to make a play. And that's how you do it, whether you're an offensive lineman, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, etc. You've got to do that consistently if you're going to be a championship team. That's how it goes."

Q: A lot of Alex Smith's key statistics are down from last year. Do you see that in his game when you evaluate him?

REID: "I think Alex is okay. He's going to be fine. We've just got to keep going here, he does a great job with leadership and all of those things. He'll be fine. We've had a couple weeks here where we've been in a little bit of a slump. We need to pull out of it and get better. That's all of us."

Q: Do those types of stats mean much when you evaluate a quarterback? If not, what types of things do you look at?

REID: "I'm not worried about that right now. I'm just worried that we execute better and that's all the way around."

Q: What's the process you go through when evaluating Sunday's game before moving forward into Sunday's game against Denver? 

REID: "You get in early as a coach and you make sure you go through film and knock that out. You watch the game and grade it. Then you come back and meet as a staff and grade it, discuss it and talk about what you can do better. You've got to tune in then to the opponent and make sure you get that taken care of. Then the players come in on Tuesday and you're able to go back through it one more time."

Q: How difficult has it become to continue losing your best players at key positions to injuries?

REID: "I expect the other guys to step in and do a good job. That's how I look at it. Anything less than that is wrong. You have an opportunity to get in and you play. You challenge, challenge, challenge. You have to have a short-term memory in certain cases and learn from your mistakes and move on. That's how we roll. If you're hurt, get better and get yourself back in. We'll probably get a couple guys back this week. We'll see how that goes. I'm okay with the guys that get in. It's an opportunity. In life, you only get a few of those so you have to take advantage of them."

Q: Did you get a feel of if [Jeremy] Maclin will be ready Sunday?

REID: "I don't, no. I have to see how it goes, I'll know more this afternoon."

Q: Do you feel like teams are defending you differently when he's not in the lineup?

REID: "I didn't think this team did anything different than what they've been doing. You'd have to ask their defensive coordinator, but the things that they did were very similar to what we've seen them do with other teams."

Q: You talked about short memory, is a loss like that a little easier knowing you're still undefeated in the division, big game against Denver coming up, a lot of division games to close out the year, is it easier just to move on and focus on the task at hand?

REID: "I think you need to learn from your mistakes is what you need to do, whether it's me, the coaches, the players, you better focus in and be real with that and don't sugar coat that one bit. You get in and then you go work on it, get those things straightened out when you have an opportunity out in practice to do that. That's what's real."

Q: Is there long term concern on Jeremy Maclin's injury?

REID: "No, I don't feel that."

Q: I looked back at the games where the offense was humming, particular Oakland, with the shifts and the motions and the play action, is it the way teams defend that that keep you from doing that weekly?

REID: "Every team is different that you're playing, we obviously think we're picking the best stuff against that team. The first 13 plays of that game were pretty good offensively, or at least the first 11 or 12 were pretty good. It was a good drive and some positive plays and we had some other positive plays after that and you just have to take advantage of opportunities in the red zone, you score touchdowns.

Q: Jarvis Jenkins and Kenneth Acker, what'd you see from those two?

REID: "I gave them opportunities to play. I thought they had some good downs. There were some I'd probably want back, but I thought they gave good effort at both spots. I think there were some pluses and minuses."

Q: With Denver winning the division the last five years, I know it's just one game, but do you see this as maybe a measuring stick to see where you're at?

REID: "I'd say every game is that in this league. When you play within your division there you have each team twice and you want to make sure you do well and take advantage of that. They're a good football team. They've won it the last few years, but what a great challenge, it doesn't get any better than that. You have an opportunity to play at their place, you're on national T.V., let's role with that."

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