San Francisco-area reporters have arrived in the midwest. A number of media outlets covering the 49ers came into the city a few days early and made their way up to St. Joe for the final day of KC Chiefs training camp where they spoke with Alex Smith, the current Chiefs quarterback and former 49ers signal-caller.
The Sacramento Bee has the full Q&A of their conversation with Alex posted. Check out the whole thing because there are a number of interesting nuggets, including the fact that Chris Ault, the father of the pistol formation who the Chiefs hired as a consultant, is with the Chiefs quarterbacks "all day, every day."
But one part really stuck out to me. Smith said that Andy Reid takes a hands-on approach with him, always standing next to him during practice like Jim Harbaugh used to do. Alex was asked if Harbaugh emphasized fundamentals with him and Alex responded that he did.
"Andy is even more [emphasizing fundamentals], I think," Alex said. "Andy is very detailed about it. I've had a lot of coaches over the years, and as a quarterback your biggest pet peeve is that, you throw a ball too high and he tells you to get it down, right? It's like, 'Well, thanks. I could have told you that. We all know that.'
"Coach Reid's so great at why. Why did you throw that too high. And talking to you about that: 'Hey, you're standing up too tall and your front shoulder went up.' He does such a great job of doing that. Right there on the spot, he sees it."
We've noticed at camp that Reid spends a large amount of his time with the offense. During drills, Reid is standing right behind the quarterback and you can see he often says something to the quarterback after a play. This could be part of the hands-on approach that Reid says he's getting back to after missing out on some of that in Philly during his final years there.