Chiefs’ Andy Reid Roundup: Chris Jones, the Lions and “banner” night
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met with the media by way of Zoom on Friday, six days forward of the group’s opening-night matchup in opposition to the Detroit Lions.
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Reid mentioned he had no accidents to report in his opening assertion. He added that “all people” practiced in the closed exercise on Thursday. Then he took questions, which we now have rounded up in 4 takeaways:
Reid and the Chiefs are shifting on from the Chris Jones state of affairs.
Despite the fact that Kansas Metropolis continues to be “hopeful” for the arrival of Jones, the head coach and the gamers who’ve reported are shifting ahead.
“I’d let you know that, yeah, you progress on,” mentioned Reid. “As a coach, when the participant just isn’t right here, then the subsequent man is up and rolling. Chris is a good participant, however we bought different good gamers that should step their sport as much as fill the position of defensive deal with, defensive finish and so on. All people simply has to play their greatest, and you then work by it. However to assume you are going to fill in for Chris, I imply that is not what you are doing. The following man comes up, and you attempt to make the most of his strengths and let him get in there and play. We have had success doing that, and so we’ll do it once more. I do know the guys are excited to get in and play.”
Though Reid wouldn’t affirm the degree of his communication with Jones, he feels the defensive deal with might play if he arrived this weekend.
“One factor about Chris is he retains himself in fine condition,” mentioned Reid. “I have never seen him, however I’d anticipate he’d come again in comparatively fine condition. It is simply sort of working himself into soccer form. So long as he is bodily in fine condition, you could possibly sort of begin working him in and getting him going and you play it by ear and eyes after that and see the place he is at.”
It appears as if Reid might have all seven receivers lively on Thursday night.
The Chiefs stored seven large receivers on the roster, together with fan favourite Justyn Ross. Some have urged maybe a type of gamers could possibly be inactive on sport day, nevertheless it doesn’t appear as if that can essentially be the case.
“We’re going by all that now. There’s an opportunity that we now have all seven up,” mentioned Reid.
It doesn’t sound like Reid cares that Thursday’s sport can be “banner” night.
Predictably, Reid is not paying a lot consideration to the Tremendous Bowl LVII banner going up Thursday night.
“For us, as soon as we bought carried out with the ring ceremony, we have sort of centered in on the job at hand,” mentioned Reid. “There’s various guys that weren’t a part of that group. I’ve talked about that earlier than, and I’ve pressured to our guys it is a new yr. So the ceremony might be extra for the followers than it’s for the group itself.
“We’ll be on the market and do our factor, however like I mentioned, we have our fingers full with a superb soccer group and the sport following up this ceremony. So we have to maintain our give attention to that, and that is the place our power’s going.
Reid outlined Labor Day Weekend at Arrowhead.
The gamers will not be celebrating the vacation with the followers this weekend.
“We stay up for this problem,” mentioned Reid. “It is a huge problem for us. They completed completely on fireplace. They play aggressive soccer. Dan [Campbell’s] carried out an incredible job up there together with his guys, and so I do know we have to essentially have an incredible week of preparation going ahead. Between Aaron [Glenn] and Ben [Johnson], they have good coordinators. Each their schemes are good on either side of the ball. And like I’ve mentioned, they have good expertise.”
The Chiefs gamers’ work week begins on Saturday.
“Our guys will come right here and give attention to that,” he defined. “They will research the gamers, and they will research the schemes, and by the time we get to Thursday, we’ll have all the completely different conditions down. It is a regular week. Right this moment, for me, is a Monday in the soccer world. That is how we’re doing it as a employees.
“The gamers are off on Mondays throughout the season if it is a Sunday sport. So we’ll begin the common week tomorrow with the gamers in right here lifting and doing their stuff there. After which we’ll comply with up with our Wednesday-Thursday practices from there (on Sunday and Monday).”