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Chiefs' Andy Reid on beating the Titans, Brandon Flowers in the slot, injury updates and more

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, moving Andy Reid's record to 5-0 in Kansas City. The KC Chiefs head coach spoke with the media on Monday, one day after the 26-17 victory in Nashville. (H/T 810, who played the presser.)

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Andy Reid's day-after reactions

"The three takeaways I think were important, the muff being one of those. Being able to come out with points on those, I think we had 13 points on the takeaways. The two turnovers offensively, we have to do better there. We're turning it over a little too much there.

"I can see why the ball got away from Jamaal there the way you see his body got contorted there and he came out healthy, so that's a plus.

"Speaking of him I thought he had a pretty good game. 145 total yards. He can do so many things for you and he does so many things well.

"I thought Ryan [Succop] had a good day kicking. He had four field goals and two extra points.

"Defensively, I thought our guys just came out and kinda established an attitude early and even though they were able to kinda get in a little bit of a flow that second half they were able to put an end to that and finish strong. Again, when your defense plays that well, I guess it would be highlighted by the goal line stand. You come out with that type of attitude, that's infectious to everybody. It led to a long drive after that and I thought it helped get the offense going there.

"The interception at the end, we were able to score and then the interception by [Quintin] Demps doesn't necessarily tell the whole story. You see [Brandon] Flowers and the work he did there to cause the ball to be tipped and Demps to work on that. Flowers has been working through an injury, both he and [Kendrick] Lewis have just shown real grit and working through their injuries and fighting to get back on the field and just coming out and playing good hard-nosed football."

What to work on

Red zone and third downs.

  • "In the red zone we were 1-of-4 there," Reid said. "We have to do a better job there. We stalled on a coupe of drives. We're normally better than that so we have to take care of business down there when you're given an opportunity."
  • "Our third down efficiency was terrible, 1-of-12. You can't make a living doing that so you have to make sure you're more efficient on third own. You have to shorten the third downs yardage-wise, too. You start hitting these third and a gazillion and you don't have a lot of calls for those particular spots. You have to keep third downs manageable."
Brandon Flowers in the slot

A tweak to the Chiefs game plan: Brandon Flowers played a lot of slot. He's usually on the outside but that's not what we saw on Sunday.

"You saw early how we did that in training camp where we had the flexibility to use him," Reid said of Flowers in the slot. "He's a really good inside player, outside too, but inside, too. Cooper's been playing well so it gives you the confidence to be able to do that. Brandon's flexibility is the key there. He can do so many things for you and he's so willing. Very seldom when you see guys of his stature and that tough willing to get inside there with those big bodies.

Was this related to his knee injury entering the game?

"It wasn't a load off the knee," Reid said. "It was just what Bob [Sutton] wanted. It wasn't necessarily matchups as much as scheme."

Marcus Cooper shines, again

"He's a smart kid and he's got good coaching," Reid said. "He wants to be good. He goes out there very day and doesn't let anything get in the way of him getting better each and every day. He's willing to challenge. You also notice he's a big kid, good size. He's not afraid of matchups."

Dwayne Bowe's targets

"He's gotten it going at he right time," Reid said of Bowe. "Teams put a lot of emphasis on him early.with coverage and then we work our way through and make sure we see what they're doing and all of a sudden we get them going with the calls and then he does a phenomenal job with it. You saw a couple of those, you saw people settling underneath him to give up the flat and so on. That's how they honor him and you just keep dialing him up as often as you can to get him the ball because normally good things happen when he has the ball."

Injury updates
  • Donnie Avery: Shoulder contusion. He suffered the injury in the game.
  • Eric Fisher: Still going through the concussion protocol. He did not play on Sunday.
  • Justin Houston: He took a "shot" to the head and neck area, according to Reid. "But he seems to be OK," Reid said.
  • Travis Kelce: Still working with the bone bruise.
  • Anthony Fasano: He is making progress with the ankle injury but he would not practice on Monday.

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