Chief Concerns: Stephen Brown
Andy Reid is preaching it hard on perfection.
“Execution is important,” said Reid wrapping up the Chiefs second week of OTA’s this week. “I think to execute you have to put in the hard work to get it right, and to understand the plays and all the fundamentals that we’re doing, you’ve got to work hard to do that. That will be one thing we look at. Execution is what we’re after, and winning is the most important thing right there. So all these things add up to that part of it.”
I can tell too, watching practices these past two weeks Reid hasn’t wavered on what he expects. Work ethic, the mind to work each and every practice. That’s the NEW culture at One Arrowhead Drive.
Old-school thinking, but refreshing to the fans and players.
“Uhm, yeah with Big Red he’s demanding perfection,” Said Dwayne Bowe about Reid’s practices. “If you want to be a championship team that’s what you got to demand. You have to come out here and minimize the mistakes every day.”
Players can’t get enough, their focus all practice long has been on what they need to do. When they weren’t involved in a play I’d see players waiting talking to a buddy about what just happened. Didn’t matter… offense or defense everyone wants to learn.
“It’s the work ethic right now – guys trying to get better,” says Reid. “There are a lot of little things that determine whether you’re going to be an average team or a good team and are you going to be fundamentally sound against all the different looks, whether you’re on the defensive or offensive side, so you’ve got to spend time at it.”
Usually the person that knows the “why” along with the “how” comes out on top; Reid calls it knowing your job “inside and out”.
“It’s not good enough just to learn the play, let’s learn it inside and out,” Reid said. “Let’s learn all the leverage positions you need to be in. And the guys are doing that, they’re working at it. Normally those little things, that’s what counts, but normally those are the things that the players will back away from. OK, I’ve got the route, but what are the intricacies of that route? I’ve got the coverage, but exactly how does that tie in with my linebacker or safety or whatever it might be? They’re concentrating on that and they’re working on that very well. From a coaching standpoint, that’s all you can ask for.”
Reid wants smart players, not just a body with talent. Thinkers who grasp what Reid wants, extensions of him on the field.
Several times at these OTA’s I’ve heard Reid remind players out loud of this. Telling his QB’s about accuracy, or retelling his receivers that what they do after the catch is just as important as making it.
Last season the Chiefs looked lost. The players knew they had to get better… but had no clue how. Really, when I asked several they couldn’t give me a clear answer. All they knew was they had to, but it never happened because leadership didn’t know either.
Why? Because as talented as the Chiefs were they still needed someone to show them. Enters Andy Reid.
Reid teaches with authority, he knows exactly what he wants and how the players need to accomplish it. The players ALL listen too, they know they’d better.
If they want to win.
“We’ll put things in, different ideas,” said Reid on doing work specifically targeted for AFC West opponents. “And then we’ll blend it with going against each other too. But there will be enough in there to where we study them and there’s enough of a heads up just so when we go into this offseason and training that we’ve got an idea of what we’re going against. Some of the teams you can’t do, some of them are new staffs, so you don’t exactly know what you’re going to be going against.”
One opponent, the most important one hasn’t changed… the Denver Broncos.
Peyton Manning had one of his best seasons ever last year (4,659 / 37 TD’s… second best yardage and second best TD total in Manning’s career in 2012), both Bronco receivers Eric Decker and (85 / 1,064 yards) and Demaryius Thomas (94 / 1,434) had terrific seasons last year. Add Wes Welker (118 / 1,354) to the mix and the Broncs are the team to beat, not just in the AFC West but the NFL.
Tough, but the more the Chiefs learn now… pay attention to the small stuff like Reid wants, the better chance Kansas City has.
It’s not impossible, the Chiefs have talent.
But it all starts right here right now. That’s what Reid’s hammering home to his men in these first 10 OTA’s.
Next week May 28-31 the Chiefs finish their last four practices until mandatory minicamp in June.
It’s already been a lot of fun. Looking forward to more!
Good day, Chiefs fans!