What went wrong for the Chiefs vs. Chargers, Andy Reid's exchange with Philip Rivers and more

Jamie Squire

KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media about injuries, what went wrong on offense and defense in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers and his exchange with Philip Rivers on the sidelines.

The Tamba Hali and Justin Houston injuries.

You're on the wrong post. Read about all of that here.

Other injuries
  • Jeff Allen: Groin strain but he did finish the game. "Little sore today," Reid said.
  • Jon Asamoah: He did not play due to a shoulder contusion. "He's making progress," Reid said.
  • Mike DeVito: Making progress with his knee sprain.
  • Eric Fisher: Getting better with his shoulder.
The fans

"I do appreciate the fan support," Reid said. "When it came down to that last drive, they were all in. I do appreciate that from a coaches standpoint."

Chiefs were 1 of 6 close games in Week 12

"It was a crazy day in football," Reid said. "When you can have six games in the NFL come down to the last 50 seconds you understand the intensity of the games this time of year and the parity within the NFL. We were one of those six. We have to make sure we take care of our game and learn from this. There's some good things in the game, there are some things we can definitely learn from and will learn from."

The offense: Turnovers and red zone

Andy Reid pointed to several issues with the Chiefs offensively.

The first being the turnover (Alex Smith's interception) which turned into points for the Chargers. "You can't give the turnovers up in any situation, particularly that field position," Reid said.

The other was the red zone. With around 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs scored a field goal and not a touchdown in the red zone. "Obviously you want touchdowns," Reid said.

The defense: Missed turnovers and short passes into long gains

Reid talks about the defense here.

Did Reid watch the Broncos-Patriots game?

Yes he stayed up for it.

On the exchange with Philip Rivers during the game:

"That was nothing," Reid said. "He's a competitive kid and played a heck of a game. We were giving each other the business. It was all in good competition. Heck he made feel young for about two seconds there."

On the Chiefs after the Jovan Belcher tragedy, coming up on one-year this week:

"I can relate to them," Reid said. "I had something in my family. Talk about gut-wrenching experiences, that's what that is. My heart went out to them. I understood what they were going through. As it was then and it is today, my thoughts and prayers are with both families. And, really, life moves on, man. That's the reality of it. I said then when my son died, 'Sometimes life throws you some curveballs, and you can't bali. You have to stand in there and swing.' I thought this organization was phenomenal in how they handled the situation. That's a tough thing on everybody. You're going to be critiqued in so many ways and they handled it so well."

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