Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid spoke to reporters on Monday following the Chiefs 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. As expected, there were many questions on Eric Fisher and the Chiefs offensive line.
"I'm fired up that you guys are so interested in the offensive line," Reid said after about the sixth straight o-line question. "That's a beautiful thing. We're getting somewhere now."
The Chiefs will practice tomorrow and then play the Broncos on Thursday night so there is a quick turnaround with some of the decisions to be made. What sticks out to me is Reid seemingly opening the door for Jah Reid to play well enough and keep the job -- for a week? For a month? The season? I don't know. This is all a fluid situation.
On whether Fisher went to the coaches to say he couldn't play (as was reported): "That's an absolute no. He didn't go to any coach. I know things are out there. I think that's ridiculous. I was the one that watched him practice."
On the decision not to play Fisher: "I pulled (Fisher) out. I put the other kid in. Tried to get as many reps with him as we could before it came time for the game. We went that direction. Fish took limited reps at practice. He worked some scout team. He was trying to push through the thing and there was just no way that was going to work."
On the job Jah Reid did: "He did good. He did a respectable job. I thought the whole group did. I thought there was good communication and good work with all of them."
On whether Fisher will play Thursday: "These things, they're nagging. Everyone is different. I'm just going to play it by ear and see how things roll here. Until he can push off or I feel he can do that, I can't put him out there at all."
On whether the job is Fisher's when he's healthy: "Yeah we'll see on all that. That's how this rolls. I'm hoping he can get back out there."
On where Jeff Allen fits in when healthy: "I thought his injury was even worse than Fish's and his is a matter of just being able to plant and support like a bull rush. It's his knee, which is different. He worked last week. He got a little bit better as he went on. I'm not sure he can still really support. We'll just have to see tomorrow what goes on with these guys."