The Chiefs have shuffled players at several spots during Allen’s absence and assuming Fisher shows Reid this time that he truly is ready to play, the only possible opening for Allen is at right guard. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the starter there, so the Chiefs could move him to the bench or have Allen serve as a backup.
Asked about the miscues on Monday, Reid focused on the giveaways his team made, not the takeaways the Broncos came up with. "I’m a little hard on turnovers," Reid said. "I mean, there are times when the helmet hits right on the ball. We don’t make excused for that; that’s not what we do. "I would tell you that most turnovers, most of the time, you can take care of."
Allen, who practiced fully in Week 2, was inactive for the first two regular-season games, but continues to receive work. "Jeff is working in," Reid said. "He’s kind of rotating in with the group there." Reid said left tackle Donald Stephenson, who suffered a "basketball sprain" in Week 2, practiced Monday and should be available.
They finally returned to work with a light practice Monday, and coach Andy Reid was in no mood to sulk over the Chiefs' monumental meltdown with a trip to Green Bay on deck next Monday night. "If you're still on that game, you and I are in a different place," Reid said on a conference call with reporters. "We're deep into the Packers and getting ready there."
The atmosphere at Lambeau on Monday night will be special and Reid would know, having spent the first seven seasons (1992-98) of his NFL coaching career there. "It’s similar to Arrowhead," Reid explained. "It's one of those places that made the NFL and this league what it is. Both places are part of history. "But when you're coaching a team there, you're not really worried about 'This is Lambeau.' You're worried about that opponent and trying to get ready."
So far, so good in that area for the Chiefs through their first two games. The Chiefs are tied for ninth in runs of 10 yards or more and passes of 20 yards or more with 14. If that keeps up, good things will happen for the Chiefs.
There was a meeting with some of the older players that were part of the union, Brian Waters in particular, that he could take ’22 players off the streets and win two games.’ Brian Waters and Tony Gonzalez in practice were saying, ‘This isn’t going to work.’ The way he operated, he was a blaming coach. After preseason games, he would point fingers like, ‘We can’t be fumbling, Jamaal Charles’ or ‘We gotta catch the ball, Dwayne Bowe.’ He was that type of coach.