Sutton was asked how he’ll know Houston, who had an anterior cruciate ligament repaired in February, is ready.
"I don’t know if a coach can really tell you that," Sutton said. "I think he has to be the guy that says, ‘Hey, I feel good. I’m OK. I’m ready to roll and go.’ There’s a process — just like we talked about E.B. (Eric Berry) when he came back — you go through with your reaction time.
Reid's nine playoff teams in Philadelphia and his four teams in Kansas City have gone 32-22 before their bye week and 67-22-1 after.
If you isolate his time in Kansas City, Reid is 16-10 before the bye and 18-9 after. That's a modest difference, but the collapse of 2013 is the outlier — done with a thin roster that wore down, and against an incredibly imbalanced schedule that served backup quarterbacks early and playoff teams late. Take that out, and he's 7-10 before the bye and 16-4 after.
The meeting — held in Spratt Memorial Stadium’s Hall of Fame Room — included city, county and university officials. Also in attendance were representatives of the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Community Alliance. University representative from departments such as campus police, physical plant, Western Institute and housing described challenges such as staffing and overtime expenses. Vartabedian noted that the university has not made money on the event since its first year at Western.
This season, Smith has just 13 rushes for 15 yards. That includes the 15 yards he gained in the season opener against San Diego; since then he has nine rushes for zero yards. Coach Andy Reid said the Chiefs haven’t altered their game plan to limit the quarterback’s contact. "We’ve never told him to run, and we’ve never told him not to run," Reid said. "It’s just how the defenses have presented themselves this year."
"He’s playing as well as anybody in the league right now in the secondary," Brees said. "He’s a very dangerous player and has exceptional skills, exceptional ball skills, great instincts, especially for a young player. He just seems to have a nose for the football."
They all talk about how tightly knit the running back room is, and how they take pride in helping each other during games. And when Ware is ripping off big chunks of yards, like he was last week in Oakland, Charles and West are happy to cheer from the sideline. "It was all the way around on offense," Charles said after the game. "Spence did a great job running the ball. West did a great job when he was in there. So we all complement each other and we all feed off each other's energy."
"Ramik is the most familiar guy because he’s been here," defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "The other guys are kind of learning on the road. Sam’s been here a little longer than Sio, but Sio has more actual game experience, playing inside and outside."
"We had different types of looks, different types of runs and passes, how many guys touch the football and Sunday was a great example of us just mixing it up," Smith said. "For me to see all those guys on our end getting involved, you love it. Everyone feeds off each other."
The New Orleans Saints could have Terron Armstead (knee) back at left tackle Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but only if his body will allow it. "I'm trying to get to where I'm the best I possibly can before a game," Armstead said Thursday, who returned to practice this week after he missed three games over a span of four weeks.
"I have a great relationship with Andy," Payton said. "I have a ton of respect for him. I was in Philadelphia on the old staff there under Ray Rhodes and we were leaving, Andy had just been named head coach and then I was up at the Giants for four years and competed against Andy’s team twice a year. Then I was in Dallas for three years and all that time I had a chance to see his teams have success and see what he did there in Philadelphia and now what he’s doing in Kansas City.