The NFL Owners Meetings are ongoing, and one of the week’s most unique events is called the coaches breakfast.
All 32 head coaches, including Andy Reid and familiar names like Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy, are available in a roundtable, breakfast setting. Reid is usually a popular name even for those reporters outside of Kansas City, as he possesses many ties that extend to other teams’ coaching personnel.
Here is some Chiefs-related news that came out of the breakfast:
Andy Reid said the Chiefs respect Alex Smith so much they wanted to send him to a place where he could win and play behind a good offensive line. pic.twitter.com/kCzgOALwYo— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 27, 2018
Pro Football Focus wouldn’t agree, as it rates the Redskins 21st overall in the league. In case you’re wondering, the Chiefs are 16th.
Raiders HC Jon Gruden mentioned how much he likes three-tight end sets…noted Andy Reid and Doug Pederson specifically. Wants to establish that in Oakland.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) March 27, 2018
Jon Gruden believes three-tight end sets help you with things like running out the clock and they are hard to defend.
More from Gruden...
Jon Gruden asked about AFC West competition. He opened with Chargers’ defense, Philip Rivers. ”I think they’re a real problem.” Broncos not far removed from Super Bowl. Chiefs talented under close friend Andy Reid. “A fun challenge.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 27, 2018
This may make you cringe: Gruden says his favorite Raider right now is a former Chief:
Gruden said Rodney Hudson is “my favorite Raider right now’ ...loves his effort, seeing him work downfield— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) March 27, 2018
This is probably coachspeak from Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, but it’s worth noting:
Vance Joseph: “By no means is Paxton done. ... We believe in Paxton.”— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 27, 2018
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport went over to Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and asked him about whether Washington upgraded at quarterback. The Redskins, of course, traded for Alex Smith and let Kirk Cousins go (eventually to the Minnesota Vikings):
Asked #Redskins coach Jay Gruden if his team got better at the QB position. Says “without a doubt.” Then explains, not to compare Cousins to Smith, but based on Smith’s credentials, they definitely improved there, which is the goal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2018
Reid never stops advocating for his guys, even after they leave the organization. Asked about Pederson, the Eagles’ head coach, Reid says the Super Bowl win won’t change him.
Andy Reid says success won’t change Doug Pederson— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 27, 2018
Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs will stick with their 3-4 defense. More analysis from Reid, via Paylor:
Will Chiefs switch to 4-3 defense? Andy Reid gives his answer: https://t.co/LnMFMqQJ42— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 27, 2018
We have speculated that Laurent Duvernay-Tardif wants his game jersey to read, “Duvernay-Tardif M.D.” for the 2018 season after he finishes his degree.
But Paylor is reporting that Reid doesn’t love the idea. You can find Reid’s quotes here:
There's a problem with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif adding "M.D." to his jersey: https://t.co/CwjzlXoWBy— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 27, 2018
I had a feeling this could be the case when Duvernay-Tardif began talking about this subject. Remember Patrick Mahomes’ first jersey during his introductory press conference?
That “II” at the end of the jersey quickly disappeared. Maybe that isn’t such a coincidence...