• Stephen Brown: Chiefs ready for St. Joe

  • Andy Reid sat down with Chiefs broadcaster Mitch Holthus on “Chiefs Live.”

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  • Andy Reid sat down with Chiefs broadcaster Mitch Holthus on “Chiefs Live.”
    “I tell you what Mitch ... I appreciated the attitude that (the players) took all the way through the offseason with the phase one, phase two, the two minicamps and the rookies through their minicamp,” Reid said. “They pushed through it and came mentally ready to work wanting to get something accomplished every day they had with us. It showed on the field we were able to get a lot done.”
    The players have a resolve to show everyone, including the fans, they’re better than what the record showed in 2012.
    Rookie linebacker Nico Johnson says they have a chip on the shoulder in 2013.
    “Are we where we need to be? No,” Reid said. “But we’re headed in the right direction. We have a pretty good foundation set up to where we can hit St. Joe flying. So that’s positive, that’s a good thing. We got to get a lot done up there though. That’s real football where you can put the pads on and do what you've got to do as a football player.”
    The fundamentals will be worked even harder in training camp, more intense than these early practices. Reid will pile it on further in St. Joe.
    OFFENSE: “You can’t do it unless the quarterbacks are sharp – it starts with them,” Reid said of the amount of information the coaching staff threw at the players, specifically the offense. “Rodney (Hudson) was able to pick a lot of things up, too, at the center position which is very important. Then you can transmit from there that’s the middle of your offense, the brain trust of the offense. Then they can get everyone else going where they need to get them going.”
    Reid emphasized that the offense all starts with the QB. Reid thought all four QBs – Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Ricky Stanzi and rookie Tyler Bray – did a good job with the information given.
    Bray is playing catch-up, but I thought he looked good with the time given. The offense is new to everyone.
    Reid said that all four QBs wanted challenges each day, wanted to go to that next level. The next level as a team is where the Chiefs need to be. The Broncos are getting better too. Climbing back into a top spot will require a lot of talent, hard work and focus from these players.
    “It starts with Alex,” Reid said. “He’s the one that’s played in the National Football League and been under that big eye that’s stuck on the quarterbacks in this league. There are only 32 of them in the whole world and he’s been one of them.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “It starts with Alex and his approach to the game. You have to kick Alex out of the building,” Reid said. “There’s a certain amount of hours that the NFL allows you to be here and he wants more and he can’t have more. You’ve got to tell him, ‘Now listen, come on Alex, it’s time to go.’ I appreciate that though.”
    DEFENSE: “As complicated as the offense is, it’s the same way on defense,” Reid said. “We’re just not going to line up and play, we’re going to give you a whole lot of different looks. Bob’s a master at that. He’s been doing it a long time; he’s a student of the game. Nobody’s going to out-work Bob Sutton, just not how it’s going to go. He’s going to be demanding in his own way, especially by example.”
    Reid says the great teachers take the complex and make it simple. Reid says in Sutton’s system, everyone will get a piece with blitzing.
    Reid said that players will let you know. When you hear players say they like a guy’s system, that means something. I heard those words often after practice from several, both offense and defense. Reid believes players call it like they see it or they just won’t answer.
    The “non-answer” was very common last year.
    We’re getting close, training camp in St. Joe is a little over a month away. Can’t wait!
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
    Stephen Brown is a regular contributor to the Chiefs fan website, chiefconcerns.com. To reach Brown, send email to chiefconcerns@gmail.com. See his "Chief Concerns" blog at www.examiner.net/community/blogs

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