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Andy Reid roundup: four takeaways from the Chiefs head coach

Reid joined the media as the Kansas City Chiefs’ bye week ended and the team began preparation for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met with the media over Zoom conference call Monday, as the team got back to work following its Week 10 bye.

Watch the full presser above or by clicking here. Here were the most significant takeaways:

Reid provided a few updates on some Chiefs of note.

Chiefs defensive end Taco Charlton tweeted that he indeed fractured his ankle in the last game.

“I’ll get that to you when we put out whatever we’re going to put out there,” Reid said of Charlton’s status. “He did hurt it and he did fracture it, so we’ll see what we do from that point.”

Reid then confirmed the Chiefs would continue to take a wait-and-see approach with cornerback L’Jarius Sneed. Sneed returned to the practice field last Wednesday.

Wide receiver Mecole Hardman is still on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

“I don’t know what I can get into or can’t get into on that, but he is on the list,” he said of Hardman. “He’s got to wait here on his days and right now he’s feeling good which is a good thing. He’s on that list and I’m not sure exactly what I can tell you other than he’s on the list and he’s feeling good right now.”

Reid has been impressed with second-year offensive lineman Nick Allegretti.

Allegretti has started at left guard the last three games for the Chiefs.

“He’s done a nice job,” said Reid. “I would tell you it’s been great for him; it’s been great for our football team right now. He does it with a lot of energy which we appreciate. He’s got a great attitude about him, he brings great energy to that group, he’s always hustling, he’s got that wrestler mentality that is his background.

“We’ll just see. We’ll see how things go down the road. As you know, you can’t have enough good ones. He’s proved that he can get in there and play.”

Reid has been pleased with the Chiefs’ approach this season.

Being the reigning Super Bowl champions requires fighting complacency in order to have the best chance of repeating. The Chiefs have won eight of nine games, but Reid will look for his team to continue that energy following the bye week.

“It’s important when the guys get back in here, that they get back in here with the same purpose — and coaches likewise,” he said. “that you don’t pull off on the work and so if there’s one thing that the guys have done is the guys have maintained that, not only players but coaches and that ends up I think being important. Nobody’s pointing fingers, not everything goes right offensively, defensively or special teams but guys just jump and say, ‘Listen, let’s try to figure this out,’ and if one sides down, let’s get the other side – you pick it up and let’s go.

“That’s how they’ve been, and it is a bit like last year in that way, at least the latter half of the year. At the same time, you have to stay on top of that part and keep that same attitude and I have no question the guys will do that, but you have to do that.”

Reid invited all to submit new potential play designs.

The question regarding new play designs came after it was revealed that quarterback Patrick Mahomes designed the idea for Ferrari Right.

“So far, that’s one,” Reid said. “He’s had ideas, we’ve used other players ideas and I’m free game. If you got a good one, let’s go. If you got one, bring it on, we’ll take it. I’m easy that way. If they look good, we’ll try it on and see how it work, but I think it’s healthy.

“I think it’s healthy for guys. They’re thinking football which is important, and you hope that your guys are in the frame of mind to do that.”

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