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Andy Reid roundup: Four takeaways from the Chiefs head coach

Reid joined the media a day after the Chiefs advanced to the Super Bowl with a win over the Bills.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met with the media over Zoom conference call on Monday, a day after the team’s 38-24 win in the AFC title game over the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in two weeks’ time.

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

Reid confirmed Eric Fisher’s Achilles tear and outlined offensive line plans.

Fisher is out for Super Bowl LV after suffering the injury in the AFC title game (More here). The line the Chiefs went with — left to right — was Mike Remmers, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter, Stefen Wisniewski and Andrew Wylie.

Sunday marked the second time this season Wylie has had to kick out and play tackle.

“[Wylie] went to right tackle and Remmers went to left tackle,” said Reid. “They just kind of flipped and it was a pretty seamless move there for them. But they practice that during the week. (Offensive line coach) Andy Heck does a great job with maneuvering people around and giving them opportunities to play all the different positions. And this is where Brett (Veach) comes in. His thought of bringing Wiz (Stefen Wisniewski) here, and Wiz is able to step in at guard and he’s experienced, and he’s done that at all these different positions. He doesn’t miss a beat. He’s always a step ahead and making sure he covers those bases, so that’s much appreciated by the coaches, and I know the players have a ton of respect for him too.”

Reid also reiterated that he is not optimistic about Mitch Schwartz returning to the lineup.

Film work on the Buccaneers has already begun as of Monday morning.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said it on Sunday: he wouldn’t celebrate for long. The Chiefs would begin their prep on the Bucs on Monday morning.

And according to Reid, they have.

“We’ve dug in on them this morning and tried to get a jump on that,” said Reid. “We understand that it’s a little bit chaotic with all the media obligations and the things that go on during these next couple weeks, so we’re trying to get a jump on it as best we can before complete chaos hits.”

This is the method the Chiefs used to prepare last year for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Kansas City practiced and planned like the game was the Sunday before the Super Bowl.

“What you see is a team that’s not making many mistakes that’s got a high level of execution going on offensively and defensively,” added Reid on the Bucs. “A variety of looks on both sides of the ball, solid on special teams, and you can see where Tom’s (Brady) leadership on the offensive side is showing. He’s playing at an extremely high level. For somebody his age, it’s unbelievable. I mean, it’s unbelievable for a 25-year-old to be doing what he’s doing, let alone a 43-year-old.”

Brady is 43; Mahomes is 25.

“Then, defensively, they’re fast and they’re always on the attack. There are not a lot of guys that do it as well as Todd Bowles does it, and he’s got a large package there of goodness there that he throws at you. So, you’ve got to be on your toes when you’re playing against his team, or his defense.”

Reid had some amusing comments regarding wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s 71-yard play.

“Well, he probably went, you know when they say, ‘as the crow flies,’” joked Reid. “He took a different direction. So, he went sideways, and it was probably double of what the crow would fly if it went straight ahead, but he did what he needed to do. The best part of that was the early part when he split the three defenders and then headed for that left side of the field, and there are not a lot of guys that can do what he did on that.

“Then he came over and apologized for not scoring and that he’s gotten slow in his older age, and I’m going, ‘Yeah, OK.’ But he’s a unique guy that loves to play the game and I love that about him.”

Reid appreciates being able to win a second straight AFC championship especially given the extra challenge in dealing with COVID.

Repeating as champions in 2020 offered a new set of problems to deal with.

“Yeah, well, just the fact that I’m talking to you guys on this Webex here, or Zoom meeting, it’s different,” noted Reid. “I mean, I get to see dogs jumping on people and this and that, it’s wild. So, yeah, it’s definitely unique. I just hope that we’ve been able to bring hope to people and some relief for those who have suffered from this thing. Then, we’re able to go forward. We’re doing that, we’re progressing. So, yeah, it is unique.

“I guess it’s weird at this point. It’s more unique, I think it’s weirder. The fact that we’ve gotten to this point is a neat deal I think.”