The Kansas City Chiefs mandatory minicamp begins on Tuesday which is the first "deadline" for Justin Houston, who did not attend the team's OTAs the past three weeks. Reid said last week that he did not know if Houston would show up to mandatory minicamp, which begins on Tuesday and runs through Thursday, and reiterated that again on Monday in an interview with Soren Petro on 810 WHB's The Program.
"I don't know that," Reid said. "I expect them all to be here and then whoever is here, we're going to coach them. If they don't show up, I understand the profession. I've been around it a long time and I just move on. That's how it works. You coach who you have, and you coach them like crazy.
"We're fortunate, and this is a tribute to John [Dorsey] and his staff, we have a lot of talent here and a lot of talent at that position. To watch [Dee] Ford get in there and show us what he has, and a couple other guys that have really improved at that spot. That's how this business works. Hopefully, you've got enough depth there. It's like an injury, if someone isn't there, the other guy hops in and takes advantage of that."
Reid went on to talk about the importance of OTAs. As a head coach, he's not going to tell you that it's not important. But I found it interesting that Reid said that Houston is going to miss some things.
"It's a lead-in to the season," Reid said. "I would tell you, every day through phase one, two and three, the way this offseason is set up, is important. They help you get better at your job. That's what it is. You can do the lifting and working out on your own, but the actual football part of it, especially in your second year when you're adding new things in, you're going to miss those things. That's the reality of it, you'd say. But there's nothing that's been mandatory to this point. I understand, I got it. This isn't the first time this has happened nor will it be the last."
For now, we wait.