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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 27-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Listen to the full presser above or by clicking here.

Reid began the presser by complimenting Green Bay for the game it played — before acknowledging that his Chiefs need to make fewer mistakes and blaming himself for putting the offense in a bad position. He said the Chiefs need to execute better in the red zone, and he added he believes the team is “close.” Reid brought up the San Francisco 49ers’ three-game losing streak. Since then, they have four wins in a row, including their most recent victory over the reigning NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

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

Reid didn’t have concrete injury updates, but he passed along notes on Nick Bolton and Bryan Cook.

Bolton has not played since October due to wrist surgery, and he remains on injured reserve.

“He practiced last week, and I know he’s champing at the bit to get back in there and play,” said Reid. “So we’ll see how it goes for this week. He will be a week better, though — I know that — and we’ll just see how it works out these next couple of days.”

Cook reportedly found out good news Monday morning, but he does not seem to be out of the woods yet.

“He’s had work done on that ankle before,” noted Reid, “and so that’s kind of what they’re going through right now. Before anything’s put out there, I don’t want to give you anything either way on that because I don’t know because of the work that he’s had done on that ankle. I’m going to just save that for later until I can give to you, the facts.”

Reid explained what may have transpired on the late-game interception.

With the ball in his hands and a chance to take the lead with a touchdown drive, quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an interception as he targeted wide receiver Skyy Moore. The quarterback and receiver were not in sync on the play.

“Those things happen, where even between good receivers, good quarterbacks that have these great reputations and so on,” said Reid. “Those things will happen every once in a while and you learn from it and move on. That’s what we’ve got to do there. Both guys — the quarterback and the receiver — are good players, so I don’t think it’s a drastic thing there. They’ve got to make sure that they clean that part up — and they will.”

Packers cornerback Keisean Nixon, who made the play, said he saw a hand signal on tape that allowed him to read the play perfectly. Reid hinted that the Chiefs had never used that particular signal before.

“Very few of those things get by,” said the head coach. “Normally, you see. You don’t know what’s coming, but you see something, and I’d say I’m not sure they’ve seen that same one before, but that’s how that works.”

Reid says that he thought Jack Cochrane was prepared to take the spot of Drue Tranquill.

Tranquill suffered a concussion early in the game thanks to an inadvertent knee to his head. Cochrane filled in at the MIKE linebacker position.

“Jack rotates in during the week and will spot Drue. That’s part of what we do... he’s very smart, and I thought he did a decent job in there,” said Reid. “He made a couple nice plays for us. I know everybody’s got confidence in Jack, so it’s too bad about Drue. He’s been doing a phenomenal job for us and just took a knee to the side of the head. I think you probably saw that — and so, fast recovery for him, we hope, and it was a good experience for Jack to get in there and get some extensive play time. But Jack’s not just a throw-in there. He does a pretty good job.”

Reid reiterated that the team is staying “united” through the adversity.

“United” is Reid’s slogan for the 2023 season. The phrase is plastered on the walls of the practice facility and in rooms at Arrowhead Stadium.

“We’re up and down right now,” admitted Reid.” We’ve just got to get a little bit more consistent. In order to do that, everybody’s got to stick together. I’ve seen guys helping each other out. I haven’t felt like anybody’s turned their back on each other. [There’s] no more important [time] to be united together than now.”

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