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Chiefs Sign Smith To Extension

Aug 31, 2014 -- 7:02pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Sunday that the team has inked quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract. Terms of the contract will not be disclosed by the club. It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term, Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here. John and his staff along with Tom and his group have worked hard to get this deal done. Theyve done a nice job, Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. Alex is a smart, talented football player that has adapted well to our offensive scheme. He also, obviously, has had a tremendous amount of success as a quarterback in this league. We as a team are very happy to have Alex as our quarterback moving forward. Smith (6-4, 217) joined the Chiefs via trade with the 49ers on March 12, 2013. Since 2011, Smith is 30-9-1 as a starter in the National Football League. In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith completed 308 passes for 3,313 yards (60.6%) with 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He led the team to a 9-0 start and an 11-5 regular season record marking the greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history after the club finished 2-14 the year prior. Smith earned his first-career Pro Bowl berth following the 2013 season. Entering his 10th season in the National Football League, Smith has played in 95 games (90 starts), completing 1,598 of 2,685 passes (59.5%) for 17,593 yards with 104 touchdowns and 70 interceptions. He has also been effective on the ground, rushing 288 times for 1,192 yards (4.1 avg.) with five rushing touchdowns. Smith originally entered the NFL as the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He graduated from the University of Utah.

Chiefs Quotes, Preseason

Aug 29, 2014 -- 3:21pm

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid Conference Call Quotes
August 29, 2014


OPENING STATEMENT: “The players are off the next couple days and will be back in Sunday to get together for meetings and Monday for a short practice. The guys have done a good job working their tails off this training camp. I’ve asked them to get off their feet and get their legs back in the next couple days and get ready to go. The other part of this is I really haven’t had time to meet with Dorse (John Dorsey) this morning. I’ve had a chance to look at the tape but not meet with Dorse or Rick (Burkholder) so I don’t have much information for you on that end. We haven’t made any cuts or anything of that sort. The kids are coming in now to see the trainer and the ones that were banged up a little bit, we’ll see how they made it overnight here. And then later in the day I’ll get with the coaches and Dorse and we’ll go over some things.”

Q: What was A.J. Jenkins like coming home last night after suffering the concussion?

REID: “He did get hit on special teams there but he was feeling actually pretty good. Both he and Kyle Williams got clobbered on a couple of plays. Kyle said his shoulder was bothering him and then A.J. had the concussion. I talked to him a little bit on the plane, and he felt pretty good. That was a positive.”

Q: Are you going to have enough healthy wide receivers to line up against Tennessee?

REID: “I’ll get with Dorse on that and Rick here but as long as A.J., if he’s healthy, then we’re okay number-wise. We will get Junior (Hemingway) back here I believe and that’s the way it looks right now so that will help. And then Frankie (Hammond Jr.) came on too this whole training camp and preseason games so that’s also a positive.”

Q: And you intend to give Dwayne Bowe’s starting spot to Frankie Hammond Jr.?

REID: “Between Frankie and Junior, I feel pretty comfortable with that. You know how we do, we mix people all over the place.”

Q: How much does this 10-man roster change effect these final roster decisions?

REID: “As many guys as we can get, we’re all in. That’s the coaches’ perspective. I understand the monetary value of it and so on for the owners, but we appreciate it and absolutely gives you flexibility. The more guys you can keep on the practice squad and train, the better off.”

Q: I know you touched on this last night, but in regards to the kickers, did you get enough out of them to help with the final decision?

REID: “You know what, we had a chance for a one 40-yarder. (Ryan) Succop chose not to do it and we had a couple of chances with the little guy (Cairo Santos) and I didn’t do it there either. I can probably tell you, if you’re evaluating kickoffs, Succop’s kickoff was better than the first one of Santos’. Santos’ second one was okay.”

Q: How did Mike McGlynn play having no time to learn or prepare?

REID: “I thought he did pretty (well). He was ready to go in at center. (Eric) Kush kind of got banged up a little bit for a minute there and wasn’t sure he was going to be able to go. He’s goes, ‘I’ll take it, don’t worry about it.’ He felt pretty good about it. Kush was able to come back. He (McGlynn) played at the guard spot and did a good job.”

Q: Have you ever carried four quarterbacks on your active roster?

REID: “I can’t tell you I have. I think the four of these kids are sure good players. I don’t think we saw the best of them last night. Probably didn’t play the best we can play at that position. I think that all four of them have talent.”

Q: What has Tyler Bray shown you this preseason and camp that he can help this team now and in the future?

REID: “He obviously has a big arm. I think if you took one player and said, ‘well who’s improved and changed themselves physically and mentally last year the most’ you would have to put Tyler in that mix. From where he was to where he is now, there’s a big difference. He got banged up a little bit last night and I hope that he’s okay. He had the ankle and the knee I mentioned to you and I’m just hoping he’s alright when we see him this morning.”

Q: Would he have stayed in the game if those injuries did not occur?

REID: “I don’t know if he could’ve. His ankle was the thing that was mighty hindered on that and then his knee was swollen out there a little bit after the game. I don’t know that.”

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 24

Aug 25, 2014 -- 8:55am

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid Conference Call Quotes
August 24, 2014


Q: What is your timetable on making some roster moves today?

REID: “Now listen, this is (John) Dorsey’s area, but I think he’ll start relatively quick. He’ll probably knock out a few today and we’ll just see how many he gets done there. But that was the initial plan. I just came out of a different meeting here a second ago, I was in with the offense. From our morning meeting that’s where he was at.”

Q: Did you give more playing time yesterday to guys you wanted to get a closer look at before the first cut or had guys already earned that time?

REID: “The one positive about this game was we got to play a lot of guys, either because of injuries, 1 positions, and/or because the 2’s and 3’s got some time in there so we’re able to look at and get on film some guys that potentially could be cut today or are bidding for jobs in other cases.”

Q: What was the thought of getting Frank Zombo in there at inside linebacker?

REID: “Well we’ve got Joe (Mays) down, who I mentioned had surgery and then Joshua Mauga – he also was down. So Nico (Johnson) and Frank had been taking reps, we’re using Frank in both areas and we started doing that up at St. Joe’s. Anyways, we gave him some reps out there with Nico at the Mike linebacker position.”

Q: Your initial thoughts about playing the starters in Green Bay?

REID: “The thing I can tell you is normally I don’t play my starters in that fourth game and so traditionally I’ve gone with the 2’s and 3’s in that game and tried to get our final evaluation done on those guys where they get an extended period of time, in some cases get to start, and just see how they do. But I can’t say that there won’t be a starter here and there.”

Q: Are you ready for the regular season and what’s coming? How do you gauge the readiness of this team?

REID: “Listen, I think it’s important that we get some of our guys back. They are right on the edge of being able to practice or not practice because of injury. I think that’s important and I think as many reps as we can get, whether it’s in practice or in the game, I think they’re important in some positions.  It sure didn’t seem this way last night, but when you study the film, you’re not that far away from being  where you need to be and I saw our defense, we had the one big play in that first drive, well we had a couple of big ones, but the one major big play for the touchback. Then I thought our defense came out and played like they play. Again, they weren’t fully loaded at every position there from a defensive standpoint, but they really played good football. Offensively, I saw it again this week where the offense drove the ball up and down the field, had 42 minutes of possession, excuse me 42 plays in the first half as opposed to 24 for the opposing team and didn’t take advantage of the red zone. We’ve got to fix that. The interceptions normally aren’t Alex’s (Smith) M.O.s, they are very correctable, trying to make things happen and those are things he just normally doesn’t do and I can help him with that with the play calls I said out. What I said last night, I meant. I can do a better job there with play calls and designs of plays and so on. That’s all very correctable. Very seldom are you going to see a team return a punt against our special teams and that just normally is not an M.O. on Dave Toub’s special teams. We can clean that up.  Between those things there, we have the guys to fix the problem and have a solution there. ”   

Q: You talked about guys being close to returning. Would you put Eric Berry in that category?

REID: “Yeah, I think he will do a little bit and try it out this week and see how it feels. I think he feels pretty good right now, but I told you that before and it kind of came back on him. We’ve tried to rest him here an extended period of time, a little longer than we have before. We’ll just see how he comes out of it.”

Q: What exactly is Joe Mays’ prognosis?

REID: “I don’t think it’s a short period of time, fellas. I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to be.  He tore one of the tendons there in his wrist so he had surgery to repair that and so that could be awhile. I would put it in the same category if not even a little longer than a broken bone. We’ve just got to see how that works out.”

Q: Doug Pederson called a few plays last night.

REID: “I’m having a hard time hearing you; I heard the Doug Pederson. Doug and I are always in communication sharing thoughts back and forth. I would take the responsibility of the negative plays yesterday.”

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 20

Aug 21, 2014 -- 10:47am

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid & Players Quotes
August 20, 2014



OPENING STATEMENT: “Injuries-wise, (Mike) Catapano was out still, illness. He tried to go yesterday, struggled with it. Jamaal (Charles) is making progress, and we’ll just see how he does here the next few days. Dwayne Bowe has a quad strain, so he didn’t practice today, making progress, again we will just see how he works out. Today, (Chris) Owens hurt his knee, don’t know how bad it is, we’ll check it out, see how he does. De’Anthony (Thomas), he had a spasm in his hamstring, didn’t happen at practice, it happened when he woke up this morning so we’ll just see how it works out. Good work today. We changed up practice a little bit so we beat some of the heat and did it in the morning, and the guys worked hard. So basically our normal Thursday practice covered all of the situations that we do on Thursday so good work. Time is yours.”

Q: Can you talk about Frankie Hammond Jr.?

REID: “Yeah, Frankie got some reps today with the 1’s in Dwayne’s spot, so it’s good work for him. He’s doing a good job.”

Q: What kind of impact do you think Hammond has made? He’s made some explosive plays.

REID: “He sure has. He’s made the best of the opportunities that he’s had, he’s taking great advantage of those and keeps getting better every day, one of the hardest workers on the team.”

Q: How hard was it not to keep him on the active roster last year?

REID: “Well, we were able to keep him on the practice squad, which was good. But yeah, he was right on the edge there. He’s a good football player.”

Q: Is the offensive line still a work in progress with the ability for guys to switch positions? 

REID: “Yeah, we are rotating people around and we will keep doing that. We’re satisfied with who the five best are and we’ll roll from there. I don’t really care about positions right now; I just care about getting the five best out there.”

Q: Do you think Eric Fisher will be ready to go in a few weeks?

REID: “I do, he keeps getting better every day so that’s important. So that’s what happens, when you have a surgery like that you’ve got to work through it and he’s busting his tail. He actually had probably the best day out here today so you just keep working, and small steps and keep plugging away.”

Q: How much are the starters going to play on Saturday?

REID: “Normally what I do is I go about a half and start them that third quarter and then we just kind of go from there.”

Q: How much will having two extra practice squad players help?

REID: “Coaches will say this, we‘re all for as many guys as we can have, we’ll take. And adding a couple extra guys gives two more players an opportunity to play and make a livelihood out of this thing. So it’s a great opportunity for those two to make it for each club, and you start adding up numbers and you get quite a few guys.”

Q: Will Jamaal Charles play on Saturday?

REID: “We’ll see. I’ve got to see how he works out this week, and right now he hasn’t practiced.”

Q: Will Tyler Bray be the next quarterback in after Alex Smith?

REID: “Bray will be the next quarterback in.”

Q: What is the significance of the third game being the one where the starters get the majority of the playing time?

REID: “Well, it’s a progression. You see how we do it. First game, they go a quarter, second game they go a half, third game they get an opportunity to come out of the locker room. That’s normally what you kind of do, and then fourth game you kind of see what happens.”

Q: Does being banged up a little make it more difficult for you going into this third preseason game?

REID: “Listen, I don’t care about all that. Next guy is in and we roll, it’s simple that way. If you can play, you can play, and if you can’t, you can’t.”

Q: Is the third preseason game usually the one where you get the best feel and want to see the best out of the team?

REID: “Yeah, for what you have at that moment, you find out. That doesn’t mean there can’t be changes after that game or whatever. We’re still in camp and that’s the way we roll so those guys will play.”

Q: What has Cyrus Gray shown you during the two preseason games?

REID: “He’s looked good. Cyrus is a professional to the T, and he is just a good all-around football player. He does well on special teams, he does well as a running back, he can catch, he can block, he does all that stuff, good football player.”

Q: Can you talk about Knile Davis’ progression compared to last year?

REID: “He’s doing well, every snap he gets is a good snap. It’s just another opportunity for him to continue to progress. You’ve met Knile and you know he is a focused in individual so he is going to take advantage of every opportunity he gets.”

Q: Is Frank Zombo getting more snaps inside just because of the lack of bodies?

REID: “Well, we’ve been doing that with him. With Joe (Mays) down we go ahead and give him an opportunity in there to take some snaps so that’s why he’s been in there.”



Q: What is Frankie Hammond Jr. showing you?

SMITH: “Frankie is like Mr. Reliable. All offseason and all training camp the guy, I mean every time he’s out there he knows what he’s doing, makes plays and he showed it in the preseason these last couple of games. Same thing, when his number gets called he’s been ready and beyond that. He’s going out there and being aggressive and cutting it loose. He’s a guy that knows all the positions. We move him around and I think out of the quarterback room, he’s demanded a lot of respect because of the way he goes about his business.”

Q:  Andy Reid talked about moving the five guys on the offensive line around. How does that affect you?

SMITH: “It doesn’t. That’s just the way it always is. Why wouldn’t you play your five best? I think that’s every team’s mentality.”

Q: But not one group you can get in sync with?

SMITH:  “Well hopefully that’s the five best.  That’s the way it always is I think. Yeah, there’s always moving parts for a lot of different reasons, injuries being the main one. It’s tough. It’s a tough place to play up front and those guys get banged up so you usually have to have more than five. I don’t know that I’ve played a season with just five. That’s just the nature of the game. Guys have to step in and work as a group. It has to be cohesive. I really feel like quarterbacks are a part of that, especially communication, but really when the next guy is in, I’m not thinking about that by any means. Us together as a protection unit, run game, pass game, we have to be on the same page.”

Q: Do you do anything more as a quarterback to make up for the inexperience of this group?

SMITH: “No. I don’t. Honestly when I’m out there playing, I mean protection is important as far as communication goes and that the o-line and myself are thinking the same thing. Once the ball’s snapped you put your trust in those guys. My job is to complete footballs. That’s it. I’m worried about what I have to do. I’m certainly not thinking about those guys up front. That’s the way it goes and certainly not doing anything extra. Me and Rodney (Hudson) have been together for a little while now and I feel good with that. He handles a lot of that stuff up front with me. I feel like we are on the same page for the most part.”

Q: What do you want to accomplish on Saturday night?

SMITH: “Score some touchdowns, win the game. You’d love to go out there and you’d love to have success every play and that’s our goal, that’s what we’re striving for. Is that the reality always? No. That’s what we’re striving for every single play is to go out there and execute and be successful, but with that our job as an offense is to move the ball, put some points on the board and last week, you know, we struggled in the red zone for a lot of different reasons. This week it would be nice to capitalize on some of those drives.”

Q:  Is the third preseason game the game you want to hit your peak?

SMITH: “Yeah. I mean, it’s different for every team. I can’t specify, but the way we’ve set it up, yeah we’ve treated this week as a game week the way we’re working through it. It is a next step in the progression certainly. We’ve had our hands on the game plan a little longer than normally for these preseason games. Certainly, you would expect a little better control of the game plan.”

Q: Do you ever feel like you guys are prepared and can just ‘take off’ the fourth preseason game because you guys are ready? Have you ever gotten to that point?

SMITH: “It’s never good enough. You’re never content. You’re always striving to get better at something. So, no. It’s always different. Every year is different. I didn’t know what to expect. This week is to go out there to play and win and play well. I’m not even thinking about next week at this point, but no there’s always something.”

Q: Dwayne Bowe was a huge part of your Carolina game plan. How much does that limit what you can do having him miss week one of the regular season?

SMITH: “When you’re that caliber of a player, you’re always going to be a focal point of the game plan. It’s tough. Obviously we’re going to miss him, but to be honest I’m excited for those next guys. I feel confident in what those guys can do. I’m excited for them. Obviously we’re going to miss Dwayne tremendously, but that’s the nature of the game and we’ve got to roll. We’ve got to go and make plays and execute in the perimeter. We’re all a part of it, but definitely excited for those young guys to get their opportunity.”

Q: Is this just next man up, nothing changed?

SMITH: “Definitely. We can’t do anything about it now. It’s outside of our control. Like I said, we’re going to miss Dwayne, but we’ve got to go get the W and find a way.”

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 19

Aug 19, 2014 -- 3:36pm

Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson & Players Quotes
August 19, 2014



Q: What did Frankie Hammond Jr. do for himself the other night?

PEDERSON: “Frankie has just come in here since day one of OTAs and just continued to work hard. He showed flashes of it last year actually on the service team against our defense and worked hard there. He’s just put him in a good position. He’s a smart kid, he’s put on some weight a little bit, some strength and had a nice game the other night.”

Q: Does everyone move up a chair with Dwayne Bowe’s upcoming suspension?

PEDERSON: “Well, you never know what the roster is going to look like (for) game one. We are still in the process of evaluating every player and he (Frankie Hammond) definitely put himself in a position to do some good things and some more playing time.”

Q: How much did your offense change without Jamaal Charles against Carolina?

PEDERSON: “It didn’t change at all. We went into that game plan, just the next guy had to step up and Knile (Davis) was that guy. We have the running back by committee right now. There’s a lot of guys vying for some spots. It was good to see Knile get out there, and Cyrus (Gray), and those guys work and compete and Charcandrick (West) out there late in the game. They all did a nice job. Next man has to step up.”

Q: Where is Cyrus Gray right now?

PEDERSON: “Cyrus is doing an outstanding job. He’s another one of those kids that is a smart, intelligent football player. He works hard, doesn’t say anything whether he gets one rep or 10. He is going to go about his business as a professional and he has put himself in a nice spot.”

Q: What do you have to do to get your screen game going?

PEDERSON: “It is something we’ve worked on in OTAs and even into training camp and it’s just fundamentals. It’s just a matter of understanding of where the ball is being complete, getting vertical, not drifting one way or another whether that is the back or the offensive line. And there is some timing involved with screens and there is a little bit of deception. We’ve got to continue to work that area and get better because screens are a big part of what we do.” 

Q: As a running back, there is kind of an art to the screen game. Does the running back have to get that part down?

PEDERSON: “There is some timing that goes on with different screens that we do and yes, the back has a big part of that along with quarterbacks. So we’ve got to just mesh that up with the offensive line and based on what they see and are presented to them defensively.”

Q: How far has Knile come in that ball security area?

PEDERSON: “Yeah, he has come a long way. He’s made it a conscious effort to protect the football and he understands that, he is a professional and he continues to work on that in practice. And we ask the defensive guys when they can to go after the football and try to knock it loose. So he is conscious of it, he has done a great job so far and hopefully he keeps that going.”

Q: Is Eric Fisher where you want him to be right now?

PEDERSON: “Eric Fisher has done a great job. He’s battling through it. It’s that part of camp now where everybody is a little bit tired and fatigued, but he’s fighting through it, he’s in a good spot. He still has to work on his fundamentals and details just like everyone else, but he is in a good position right now.”

Q: What do you attribute some of his preseason struggles to?

PEDERSON: “One, I think he’s getting used to the left side over there and just coming back and battling back from that injury he had and just focusing in and understanding what he needs to do to get better as a professional and just continue to detail his work. Coach (Andy) Heck does a great job with him individually and in our team setting. He’s going to continue to work hard. We have all the confidence in the world with him and look forward to the season.”

Q: Where is he health-wise right now?

PEDERSON: “You know what, he’s good. He’s in a good spot health wise and he’s good. Everything is positive with him and again, he’s got to focus on the fundamentals and details of playing that left side.”

Q: How do you compensate for the inexperience of the offensive line?

PEDERSON: “We don’t make any excuses for them. The emphasis comes with the huddle. The quarterback has to emphasize the snap count in the huddle and it starts with him and then the center. Guys just have to focus in on detail. They get in the heat of the battle and sometimes they get a little fatigued and into the game, but they still have to concentrate and understand how we’re snapping the ball, when we’re snapping the ball. We need to eliminate those types of penalties, the holding penalties and obviously the sacks and turnovers.”

Q: Regarding Eric Fisher, what do you do as a coaching staff to make sure his confidence doesn’t go down?

PEDERSON: “You just keep encouraging him. You keep putting him out there. He keeps working hard and you don’t get down on any one player. We’re positive with all of the guys. That’s something that as a coach is part of your job. Not only coaching the offense, defense, special teams, but keeping these guys going, motivating them, keeping them in the game, keeping them involved, and saying ‘hey you’re the guy and we’re going with you’ and keep his confidence level high.”



Q: Are you keeping up with the Royals and their success? 

FISHER: “Yeah, I was here all offseason so I made it to quite a few games. It’s fun watching. I know a couple guys on the team like Billy Butler, (Alex) Gordon and whatnot. But yeah, it is fun to watch in the offseason but right now we’re a little busy so trying to concentrate on this upcoming season.”

Q: But you’re a Tigers fan right?  

FISHER: “Hey, I’m from Detroit, grew up watching the Tigers. I’m a little bit both of a fan right now. I know it’s a good battle going there right now.”

Q: How do you think your preseason has gone so far?

FISHER: “It’s going well. Obviously coming off two surgeries, you’ve got to go through some stuff and get stronger every day. And that is kind of what I am going through, that is what the preseason is for, that’s what I am out here doing. Obviously sometimes after a major surgery, your shoulder is going to get a little tired, your body is going to get a little tired, and you’ve got to fight through that and just keep going. But as you recover, you get stronger and that’s what I am going through right now.” 

Q: Where do you feel like you are at with regard to your recovery from those surgeries?

FISHER: “Feel good, every day feeling better out there. Going out there working hard, that’s all I can ask of myself. And fight through things that I can’t control.”

Q: What kind of things can you do to get that shoulder stronger and technique right?

FISHER: “Just stay on top of it, stay on top of recovery. When you get a chance to recover just make sure you’re icing, doing little exercises here and there to maintain the strength that I built in the offseason, and that is what I’m doing.”

Q: Are you benching and doing all of the upper body stuff in the weight room now?

FISHER: “Yeah, I’ve been doing that for quite a few months now.”

Q: Are you aware that your shoulder becomes tired over the course of the game?

FISHER: “Yeah, I’m not out here using that as an excuse. I am out here working. When I have the strength, I feel like I’m using it, and obviously after a major surgery your body is going to get fatigued. It was a long rehab. I stayed on top of everything, did everything I could. But right now it is just a rebuilding process and getting through the tail end of it here.”

Q: What kind of stuff can you do on your own to get your technique right?

FISHER: “Pre-practice you’ll see all of us out there working on little things on our own. Obviously there is a lot of time in practice for individual work and we take advantage of that but we are doing things on our own. Studying film is huge, getting out there early is big and just doing the little things on your own that you can do.”

Q: How far away are you from having the technique that you want to have?

FISHER: “Hey, that is a never-ending battle. I don’t care who you are, you can be All-Pro, Pro Bowl. You always have things to work on, always.”

Q: After two preseason games under your belt and the transition from right tackle to left tackle, how fast is everything going for you?

FISHER: “It’s actually slowed down quite a bit, going from first year to second year. Everything’s slowed down major. It is just amazing when you know the offense, you know what you are doing, you play fast and that is what I have really enjoyed about this year.”

Q: How hard is the adjustment from the college level to the NFL and then having to do it at two different positions?

FISHER: “Yeah, it is a transition. Especially with me coming out of a MAC school, I was used to going against very smaller ends and when you get to the NFL you are seeing the best of the best every single week. Every team has got a rush end now. It is something you go out there, you learn from your mistakes, you keep your head up, you get back in there, and just keep fighting and that is what I am trying to do.”



Q: Where are you at so far in this preseason?

DANIEL: “I feel very comfortable right now. I’ve always played a lot in preseason. I’m going into my sixth year and feel very well with where I’m at. I’ve felt like I’ve had a good camp so far. I feel like us as a quarterback group, we’ve all had a great camp and we’re just focused on right now getting ready for Minnesota, tightening up some loose ends these last two games and get rolling against Tennessee here pretty quick.”

Q: What are some of those loose ends you have to tighten up?

DANIEL: “I think the first game you look at the turnovers. From the quarterback room, we had three two interceptions and a fumble, excuse me, two fumbles and an interception and some of the sacks, protection issues where we’re at fault for it. Those are stuff that’s ‘hey its live game experience, right?’ There’s no substitute for live game experience. When you get those in you work through them. We’re only at our second preseason game. This is sort of our dress rehearsal-type game so we’ll definitely be looking at that for sure.”

Q: What element does Frankie Hammond Jr. bring?

DANIEL: “Speed. He played his butt off last game I tell you what. He’s still had a little completion nullified, a nice catch and run nullified, and had a nice catch down the sideline on my ball. I think he’s making the most of his opportunities. He’s excited to go out there, play week in and week out. You can see what he brings to the meetings, you can see the confidence he brings and the speed that he brings on the football field.”

Q: On the scout team last year, you guys hooked up every weekend it seemed.

DANIEL: “Yeah, we played together a lot last year and I got to experience firsthand. The speed and play-making ability he had especially against our defense.”

Q: Of all the things you guys do offensively, is the screen the toughest thing?

DANIEL: “I think so. The screen game especially with a little bit newer, younger offensive line, it’s just getting the timing right. We did an excellent job with our screen game and we need to continue it and I think it’s something that Coach Reid has been harping on us lately about is to really getting focus on getting the screen game, the ball in the backs’ hands as much as possible and with our backs like Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, DAT (De’Anthony Thomas). You want the ball in their hands at all times.”

Q: You guys do a lot of stuff personnel wise with the different groupings of skill players. How complicated does that make your quarterback position?

DANIEL: “As far as personnel groupings go, not necessarily from the quarterback position, I’d say from the personnel position. You look at the receivers, you see De’Anthony Thomas line up at receiver, fullback, even some tight end. Especially on the new guys, that’s sort of how we as an offense blitz the defense a little bit and give them a whole bunch of personnel looks, a bunch of shifts and motions. It’s really important for us especially as quarterbacks to study up on those week in and week out.”

Q: Do you feel comfortable doing all of that?

DANIEL: “Yeah, I think you look at last year, this time, our first year in Coach Reid’s office to right now a full year of knowing what he expects. I think we are light-years ahead of where we were last year.” 

Q: How frustrating are all of the penalties?

DANIEL: “Yeah, the average penalties that were called last year during the preseason was like 12.5 and this year it’s 18.8 or something like that. They’re making an emphasis, that’s for sure. You know the refs are going to call more penalties. We have to be more, a lot more disciplined especially out front. I think they’re calling more and more defensive holdings and defensive PI’s I think even we got flagged for an offensive PI last game. I think that we just have to be smart. You never want that many penalties, but you definitely want them in the preseason and you don’t want them to carry over to the regular season because that’s really what hurts you.”

Q: Do you think there will be an adjustment to the rules after this one?

DANIEL: “I don’t know. There’s quite a bit of flags flying right now. So, we’ll see what they come up with.”

Q: From an offensive standpoint, are you kind of looking at what guys may be susceptible to some of these penalties?

DANIEL: “I don’t think you necessarily look at that per say week in and week out. If you see something on film like ‘oh man this guy’s holding every single snap’, you might try to go after him a few more times, but that’s something we don’t really pay attention to in the quarterback room.”

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 18

Aug 18, 2014 -- 4:16pm

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

Conference Call Quotes

August 18, 2014


OPENING STATEMENT: “Guys, I don’t have (an) injury report yet. The players are coming in now so we’ll get that to you later. As far as the game goes, really penalties were a significant issue. We had five offensively and two defensively and that broke down offensively with two holding calls, a false start and an offensive pass interference, which were big plays in a couple cases there and likewise with the defensive penalties – the 36-yard gain. We’ve got to do a better job in that area. There were some good things, the ability to move the football against a good defense for the first few series was good. We’ve got to do a better job of getting touchdowns instead of field goals. I thought fundamentals on both sides of the ball need to improve and on special teams and that is all the way from the blocking part of it, to the tackling part of it, to the route running, to running the football and being decisive with your cuts and moves and so on. I thought our screen game needed to be better – that has always been a plus for us and we were minus numbers on the screen game. These are all things we can learn from and become better. It was good to see our young offensive line go against a good defensive line. There are some good things we can take out of that, it was a great experience for them. There were some great learning experiences there for individual guys. From a defensive standpoint, playing against Cam (Newton) I thought we were very disciplined in our pass rush lanes when he wanted the opportunity or had an opportunity where he needed to run, we were in good positon there to keep him hemmed in and put pressure on him and ended up with a couple sacks. We’ve got to do a better job with our four-man rush, being able to put pressure on the quarterback with that. But I thought on the other side of our blitz game – I thought we did a nice job with the blitz game and when Bob (Sutton) did dial them up we were able to get home with those and/or put enough pressure on him where he was throwing off the back foot there. And then in special teams, we had another opportunity with No. 1 (De’Anthony Thomas) to possibly break it and he got flushed one direction. He probably should’ve stayed tighter to where he was. I’m not sure he had the whole call there on the return but he had another opportunity to break another one and we were just short a man. He can learn from that. A positive too was the young quarterback (Aaron Murray) coming in, the young quarterback came in and made some nice plays. Really on the second one on the interception he had, if he stays outside with (Travis) Kelce on that one, both of those two have another big play under their belts. And then No. 1, De’Anthony, we moved him around a little more this week than we did the previous week and he was able to handle that and that is a positive. The young offensive linemen I thought did a good job. Both of our young tackles were going up against good plays and I thought they held up for the most part. There are some things fundamentally that I thought they‘ve got to do better, but they did some good things, they just weren’t consistent enough with it. So we will keep working that. Our right guard (Zach Fulton) likewise, there are some things he can learn from this. There are some good things and there are some bad things. We’ve got to get better at some things there. That is how I came out of this game. The time is yours.”

Q: How did Jamaal Charles get injured?

REID: “Well he was actually carrying a box down from the dorms. He came down the grassy slope there and rolled his foot over on the curve. It was that simple and that was it. He went up to Rick (Burkholder) and he was hurting that night and the next day he woke up he was feeling a little bit better. He is feeling better today. We’re optimistic about it. Initially there was a little concern but he had all the stuff done on it – the X-ray, the MRI’s and all that done on it. It was clear.”

Q: Will he play and practice this week?

REID: “Like I said, I haven’t had the chance to meet with Rick and we’ll get that to you. I just haven’t met with him. As far as it goes, a little bit of a short night. We’ve been cranking here and we’ve tried to give the players a little rest before they had to come in and get all their treatments.”

Q: What is the week looking like as far as practice goes? Is there a lot of game planning or any game planning?

REID: “Yeah. Listen, we’ll use the things we’ve been doing in camp. We’ll use our basic offense and defense, but the way the game plan part of it set up is different this week than last week because your Tuesday will be like a Wednesday in season, schedule wise, install wise.  Then Wednesday will be like a Thursday and Thursday will be like a Friday in season. We’ll get them used to that schedule where the walk through is first before the practice and then we’ll go from there. That’s how we’ll go about it.”

Q: You talked a little bit ago about not being happy with the screen game last night. Any reason for that?

REID: “Well it’s a big part of our offense. Yeah, we’ve got to do a better job of turning up field with the offensive linemen, getting them going north and south and likewise with the backs and just get that in sync. We’re a step off there. If you’re a step off in the screen game, you’ve got problems and that’s what happened last night.”

Q: You’ve said many times before that the five best blockers will play. Are there any others behind them pushing for a starting job?

REID: “Yeah, we feel like we’ve got some decent players in that mix. We’ll have to see how it all unfolds and when it’s said and done. We’re keeping track of that and we’ll see how it goes.”

Q: I’m looking at the snap count from last night. Did you have some guys play more this week than they did against the Bengals like Frank Zombo and Jeff Linkenbach?

REID: “Well, we were trying, with Zombo, to rotate him with that second group and that’s why he got a few more reps. As far as Linkenbach goes, Link is playing both offensive guard and tackle. One of his strengths is that he can get snaps in at both spots. We tried to work him in a little at each spot and he’s actually, I’m not sure who had the question before you, but he’s been one of those guys that’s done a nice job here as the last week or two here.”

Q: You saw all the flags being thrown last night and that’s stuff you have been working on. It seems like these calls are a little tight in these games.

REID: “It’s being called real tight and we knew that coming in. We’ve got to do a better job. With the ones, the majority of the penalties happened on the offensive side. Five of the seven were on the offensive side. The bottom line is, they’re going to call them and it sounds like they are going to continue to call them and you just hope it doesn’t turn away the spectators from the game. They get bored watching the officials throw the ball more than the quarterback. That could be a problem.”

Q: Regarding Eric Fisher’s last two preseason games, how do you not let this get to him mentally and he maintains his confidence?

REID: “At this point, I think he’s having to come off a significant injury and I think that you have to continue to battle through and that’s what this preseason has been for him. He’s coming off a shoulder surgery. You saw how he started the game. He started like a gang buster and as that arm gets tired, he has a tendency to not shoot it quite as fast as what he would when it’s fresh. I’m not even sure he’s conscious of that. You see that when players are coming off of knees. It’s the same thing. As the game goes on, they don’t play on it quite as well as they do early in the games. So, you work through it the more you play and the more you keep fundamentals, the more consistent you become. Eventually it will be for four quarters and you roll, but he sure started off the game nice and towards the end of the second quarter, he was dragging that thing a little bit. He’s got to just keep it up and firing it.”  

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