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Chiefs’ Andy Reid roundup: why Bills beat run game, lineup changes and veteran trust

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid held his weekly press conference Monday afternoon after the Chiefs’ 16-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. We’ve already covered whether there will be a quarterback change here.

Other items of note

Reid said he still trusts his veteran players despite losing five of the last six games.

“I trust our core group here,” he said. “We’ve been through some things in the past, but there’s got to be an urgency there to fix problems and it starts with me, and little situations throughout, they can’t happen. So whether it’s a job of communicating that, and-or executing it, it needs to take place.”

I thought the most interesting part of this quote was Reid mentioning he and the core players “have been through some things in the past.”

That’s true. The Chiefs were 1-5 in 2015 before winning 10 games in a row to close the season. Alex Smith, Travis Kelce, Charcandrick West and Albert Wilson were all in Kansas City for that season.

Patrick Mahomes wasn’t a thing at that time, but the Chiefs did dig themselves out of that hole.

Reid was asked specifically about whether he would make changes to the lineup at this time.

“I’m looking at everything, which probably needs to be done right there,” Reid said. “You need to look at everything. That’s my responsibility to do that, but I’m not sitting here in a position to give you an answer to that.”

What is somewhat telling here is Reid wouldn’t confirm they would be going with the same lineup next week. Other than at quarterback, changes in personnel were not ruled out.

Reid explained why the Bills were able to take away the run game.

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was held to just 17 yards on 11 carries on Sunday, and we have not seen his early-season form in weeks.

Reid talked about what the Bills did to take away Hunt.

“They put an extra guy in the box and that was their answer to the run game,” he said. “They brought the extra guy—they brought five, played zone behind it, pressed on the outside. That’s how they went about it, so you have to do certain things to counter that. I don’t think we did that very well from my standpoint or the execution standpoint.”

Reid said the Bills played the nickel defense throughout most of the game.