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Andy Reid roundup: 4 takeaways from the Chiefs’ head coach

Reid held his usual Zoom call on Monday.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met with the media via Zoom on Monday, less than 16 hours after the team’s 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Listen to the full presser above or by clicking here.

Reid began by saying he believes the team is getting better in some spots but they have to clean up some things (such as penalties and drops). He said that the defense needs to take care of scores early so that they can stop playing from behind. On the officiating point and his comments after the game, Reid said he isn’t making excuses for the loss. He emphasized that there was a lack of communication from the officials that frustrated him, adding that the “working relationship” between coaches and officials is what is important and was not there on Sunday.

Then Reid took questions, which we have rounded up in four takeaways:

Reid explained why he was so forthcoming with his frustrations after Sunday’s game.

The Chiefs head coach made a point of it to criticize the officiating immediately following the emotional loss to the Bills. He did not backtrack on Monday morning but rather clarified his thinking in speaking as negatively as he did.

“I was just speaking what I thought to be the truth, and my intention was, I’ve been doing this a long time,” he said. “I think I’ve got a good relationship with the officials, and I had no communication. That’s all. I mean, that’s really where I was coming from — I was disappointed in that part, and so I know at the end, how much time and effort goes into it. I know how much I’ve got to sit in front of the media. I know how much our players have to sit in front of the media and answer these questions.

“We try to do it the right way, so that’s where I was with it, and I was just speaking what I thought was the truth.”

Reid shared the coaching point necessary to ensure Kadarius Toney is better the next time.

There was a major question as to whether Toney spoke to the official prior to the play in question or not. As it turns out, he did not.

“Normally, he looks over to the sideline and just gets an OK,” said Reid. “On that one, he just happened not to, so that will be the coaching point. Just make sure you check with the guy on the side just to see if you’re aligned. He’s not lining up offsides on purpose, and listen, he was two inches away from — or an inch — from being legal. Like I said, you can argue both sides of it for both teams. There are things that happened where people... it happens like that.

“I guess the league’s trying to clean that up from what I heard by one of the broadcasters last night.”

Reid outlined the positive signs that he saw from the offense.

The opening sequence aside, the Chiefs were in a better rhythm offensively, finishing the game with 346 yards. Kansas City has points to build on from this performance, even in the loss.

“I thought we had a good blend of things going,” started Reid. “That’s what I thought — the run, the screen, the quick screens, the pass. We were presenting a lot out there for a defense to have to defend. We were doing that with accuracy for the most part. There are a couple that we’ve got to work on. You come out of every game like that. We had a lot of yards and that was a positive thing. I thought the guys came out with the right intent. They were playing their tail off — aggressive, hard football, both sides of the ball and on special teams.”

And then, Reid repeated the same point he and offensive coordinator Matt Nagy have been making all season.

“We’ve got to clean up some of these self-destructive things, whether it’s the penalties, whether it’s the drops, whether it’s the turnovers. We’ve got to clean that up and we’ll be OK. We have to be consistent with that.”

Reid provided an update on what he expects from wide receiver Justyn Ross this week.

Ross is suddenly eligible to return to the club this week after serving a six-game suspension (retroactively). It did not seem as though he would be quickly reinserted into the lineup.

“We’ll just see where he’s at physically,” said Reid of Ross, who hasn’t practiced in a month. “It’s hard to be gone that long and just jump right back in. We’ll just have to see where he's at.”

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