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Andy Reid roundup: three takeaways from the Chiefs head coach

Reid joined the media over Zoom Monday, as the reigning world champs get ready for their first AFC West matchup of the season.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met with the media over Zoom conference call Monday, as the team turns the page from the win over the Houston Texans to looking forward to the challenge of playing the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

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

Reid said he wanted to “get the run game going” on Thursday night.

The Chiefs ran the ball 34 times against the Texans, including 25 carries by rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

“We wanted to kind of get the run game going, is what we wanted to do,” said Reid, “especially with a younger back, I think that was important to get him used to the speed of the game. But at the same time, you want production. You’re striving to put points on the board.”

Edwards-Helaire finished with 138 yards and a touchdown.

“Clyde got some carries, and there are a whole lot of things that go into that. How are you going to recover for the next week? There’s a way of doing that in the National Football League to get yourself right for a Wednesday practice. How do you manage yourself up to that point and get yourself ready throughout the week for the game? So, all of these things he has to learn as he goes forward here.”

Reid liked what he saw from newcomers Kelechi Osemele and L’Jarius Sneed.

The eight-year veteran in Osemele brings some power to Kansas City’s offensive line.

“[Laurent Duvernay-Tardif] was a little bit that way too and (Andrew) Wylie’s got some of that in him too, but it’s good to add it,” Reid explained. “It’s good to be able to put another guy in there with his experience I think and his attitude about playing. I mean he plays, and he plays aggressive and you have to love that. I’m not saying we haven’t had it before, but what an addition to be able to put it in there, and I think his thing that’s followed him throughout his career has been, you play against him, you better strap it on because he’s going to bring it to you every down and it’s going to be aggressive and he’s going to do it to the whistle and that whole thing. So, I appreciate that. I think you’ve got to have that up front and it’s a good tempo setter.”

Osemele played every snap for the offense, and Sneed earned 55 defensive snaps (93%) in his NFL debut.

“Like all the rookies every practice, if they can get in, good and then if you can get them in the game, even better,” answered Reid when asked about Sneed. “The speed of it is so much more magnified once you get in there that you’ve got to get used to it and that ends up being, I think, important for all of them, but he’s had good growth.”

The Chiefs made a slight change to their road-game schedule as they deal with the pandemic.

The Chiefs plan to still travel on Saturday for the Sunday game, but they can’t leave the hotel once they arrive in Los Angeles.

“We’ll leave a little bit later, get to the hotel a little bit later, and then we won’t have the individual meetings we normally have out there,” he said. “We’ll be able to knock out our team meeting, then grab a bite to eat and get on with the evening. So, we’ll spend a little bit more time here with our morning meetings and get those done.”

The Chiefs will encounter their first experience playing with no fans at SoFi Stadium, where the Los Angeles Rams hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

“You could see it a little bit on tape,” said Reid. “It’s the same place that they played last night and so we got a little bit of a jump start on it. The thing that jumps out at you is, I mean it was the sound there. There’s that percussion that takes place in the stadium. You heard the ball hit the goal post and you can hear it on TV and as loud as can be and you can hear players talking in particular – yeah, you can hear players talking during the game so you understand that with nobody in there, things are – anyway so they’re magnified a bit from a normal game.”

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