2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Relaxed Reid making mark on Kansas City Chiefs

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-03 12:56

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Andy Reid seemingly scoffs at the notion that he feels rejuvenated these days. What is that supposed to mean, anyway? He was only out of work for about 10 minutes.

Hardly enough time to get rejuvenated.

Yet here he is, in the midst of his first training camp with a different franchise in 15 years, barking commands at the Kansas City Chiefs as they huff and puff on the steamy practice fields of Missouri Western State University, looking more like the eager young coach he was during his early years in Philadelphia and less like the weary man he became in his final days there.

Reid may be unwilling to wax poetic about fresh starts and clean slates and all those other cliches, preferring instead to speak in platitudes about his new job in Kansas City. But those who surround him see a profound change in their longtime friend.

``I see Andy, the coach I used to know,'' said John Dorsey, who has known Reid for nearly two decades, since they were young up-and-comers with the Green Bay Packers.

Dorsey now works alongside Reid as the Chiefs' new general manager.

``I sincerely mean this: He's having more fun,'' Dorsey said. ``He's over here doing receivers, he's over here with tight ends, he's working with the tackles, he's jumping the quarterback, but that's good. He sees everything. That's coaching, and that's a good thing.''

Without intending to do so, Dorsey may have put his finger on the biggest reason why things suddenly soured for Reid after more than a decade of success in Philadelphia.

He got away from simply coaching.

While he always had front-office officials to help him out, Reid was given the gargantuan task of not only coaching the Eagles but also building them. He was an ad-hoc general manager, putting in long hours on the practice field only to return to his office and start running tape of college prospects, free agents and whoever else made it through the gates of his inner sanctum.

Little surprise that he grew weary the last couple of years. The same coach who once strung together five straight seasons of at least 11 wins with the Eagles could only muster a 4-12 finish last year, everything finally collapsing in a disorganized mess.

Like a marriage that's lasted too long, the Eagles and Reid agreed to part ways.

Within a matter of hours, or maybe even minutes, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt had reached Reid by telephone. If he was interested in getting right back into coaching, one of the league's storied franchises had an opening. The only caveat, Hunt wanted to make sure Reid still had the passion to succeed after on-field disappointments and heartbreaking personal strife - his oldest son, Garrett, died a year ago Monday after a long battle with drug addiction.

``We went into the interview with that as one of the big questions, whether he still had the same energy,'' Hunt said. ``He came into the interview with more intensity than I anticipated.''

That hasn't changed since the moment Reid was hired.

Reid offered his suggestions as Dorsey reworked the roster, and when the offseason program rolled around, the old offensive line coach seemed to be everywhere at once.

One minute he'd be in the ear of Alex Smith, the quarterback on whose right arm so much of the Chiefs' season rests. The next minute, Reid would be shouting at rookie linebacker Nico Johnson or wide receiver Jon Baldwin or anybody else who happened to be a bit out of position.

``I think the thing that has just jumped out at me is not just Coach Reid, but the entire staff, just a passion for the game, a passion for coaching and teaching,'' Smith said. ``It starts with him, for sure. He's really setting the tempo.''

There is very little of the Chiefs that resemble what they put on the field last season. The personnel, and for the most part, the coaching staff, are different. But the biggest change may be in the feeling that surrounds the team. Things are run more professionally, jerseys always tucked in and the lowliest members of the staff wearing team-issued apparel.

Much of that has been dictated by Reid, whose attention to detail is uncanny.

``I've said this many times and I really believe it, there's a reason you win,'' said Reid's close friend Dick Vermeil, the former Eagles and Chiefs coach. ``Andy knows all the reasons.''

Good thing for the Chiefs. They haven't won much lately.

The franchise has had just one winning season since 2006, and hasn't won a playoff game in two decades. Last season, the team not only went 2-14 but weathered fan discontent unlike anything the Chiefs have known. The team suffered through a murder-suicide that involved teammate Jovan Belcher shooting his girlfriend and taking his own life in the training facility parking lot.

As much as Reid needed a reboot, so did the Chiefs.

It's not as if everything that Reid has done since arriving in Kansas City has been flawless, of course. When it came to light that his favorite barbecue joint was the upscale Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, some fans began howling. In the self-proclaimed BBQ-capital of the world, they asked incredulously, how could he settle on just one?

It was a minor transgression in the grand scheme of things. Reid has taken over the reins of a franchise that's barely experienced stability in the last decade, where coaches such as Vermeil and Marty Schottenheimer are revered simply because they took the Chiefs to the playoffs. So if Reid can somehow usher them to the Super Bowl, well, far more serious missteps would be forgiven.

Expectations are so high that even before Reid was introduced as Romeo Crennel's replacement, news helicopters were tracking the movement of his black SUV as he headed for a tour of Arrowhead Stadium. He was engulfed by fans when he was spotted on the famed Country Club Plaza during the offseason. And now that he's in training camp, just as many people are pining for his autograph as they are for Pro Bowl players Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.

It might be overwhelming if Reid wasn't having so much fun, laughing with fellow coaches and players after practice. It might be overwhelming if he was just starting out in the business, a wide-eyed assistant coach at BYU or Northern Arizona with his entire career ahead of him.

Indeed, it might be overwhelming if he wasn't so relaxed these days.

``Look,'' Reid said, ``I love every day that I have an opportunity to coach in the National Football League. There's 32 of us in the whole world, man. It's an honor and a privilege.

``Do I feel rejuvenated? I feel very fortunate to be able to do this.''

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Josh GordonAug 27 01:03p

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will not be allowed to file for reinstatement during his one-year suspension, according to a source. His representatives will look [ More ]

Josh GordonAug 27 12:53p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be suspended for the 2014 season after his appeal of the suspension was denied, according to a source.

Matt SchaubAug 26 04:33p

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) missed his third straight day of practice with elbow soreness Tuesday, Aug. 26, but head coach Dennis Allen doesn't think Schaub's injury is [ More ]

Josh GordonAug 26 01:23p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's hearing for a drunken-driving charge has been rescheduled for November. He was originally scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Aug. 26. He was arrested [ More ]

Matt SchaubAug 25 07:33p

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) is expected to start in Week 1 against the New York Jets, according to head coach Dennis Allen. Allen is not worried about [ More ]

Richie IncognitoAug 25 04:53p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have thoroughly looked into free-agent OG Richie Incognito's (Dolphins) background before inviting him for a visit, according to sources. The team has considered meeting with [ More ]

Wes WelkerAug 25 04:13p

Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) could play in the team's regular season opener Sunday, September 7, if he does not have any concussion symptoms by Monday, September 1. [ More ]

Chase BlackburnAug 25 01:33p

Carolina Panthers OG Trai Turner (groin) and DEs Greg Hardy (shoulder) and Charles Johnson (hamstring) sat out of practice Sunday, Aug. 24. SS Roman Harper (toe), who missed the [ More ]

Dennis DixonAug 25 10:52a

The Buffalo Bills released RB Ronnie Wingo, OT Joe Unga, WR Chris Summers, C Macky MacPherson, DT Damien Jacobs, PK Dustin Hopkins, QB Dennis Dixon, WR Tori Gurley, DB [ More ]

Otis HudsonAug 25 10:32a

The Kansas City Chiefs released WR Deon Anthony, DL Jairus Campbell, DT Jermelle Cudjo, OG Otis Hudson, WR Jerrell Jackson, CB Brandon Jones, CB Vernon Kearney, S Jerron McMillian, [ More ]

Stevan RidleyAug 25 10:03a

New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley may not make the team out of the preseason.

Matt CasselAug 25 09:53a

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel was named the team's starting quarterback over QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Matt SchaubAug 25 09:53a

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) had an MRI reveal no major structural damage in his right elbow.

Bishop SankeyAug 25 09:03a

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey, who has had fumbling issues due to poor footwork before the hand-off, was better in that regard in the third preseason game over the [ More ]

David SimsAug 25 08:42a

The Indianapolis Colts released CB Johnny Adams, CB Qua Cox, OG Andre Cureton, OG Marcus Hall, CB Kameron Jackson, WR Nu'Keese Richardson, LB Jonathon Sharpe, S David Sims, WR [ More ]

Torell TroupAug 25 08:32a

The Oakland Raiders released DT Torell Troup, TE Kyle Auffray, OT Emmett Cleary, LB Justin Cole, WR Mike Davis, WR Rahsaan Vaughn and CB Jansen Watson.

Alex TanneyAug 25 12:43a

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived LS Jeremy Cain, WR Eric Page, QB Alex Tanney, FB Ian Thompson, WR Tommy Streeter, WR Skye Dawson, OT Jace Daniels, OG Jason Foster, [ More ]

LeSean McCoyAug 24 11:53p

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (thumb, toe) said he will be fine for Week 1 after suffering a thumb injury in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21. McCoy [ More ]

Chase BlackburnAug 24 11:42p

Carolina Panthers LB Chase Blackburn (back) and SS Roman Harper (toe) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 24.

Tarell BrownAug 24 11:22p

Oakland Raiders DL Justin Ellis (concussion) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 24, after missing a couple of weeks with a concussion, and CB Tarell Brown (concussion) practiced after leaving [ More ]

Wes WelkerAug 24 11:22p

Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has a good chance to play in Week 1, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. Welker suffered a concussion in the [ More ]

Charles MitchellAug 24 10:32p

The Denver Broncos waived RB Brennan Clay, RB Jerodis Williams, WR Greg Hardin, WR Greg Wilson, QB Bryn Renner, LB Jerrell Harris, CB Charles Mitchell and DL Will Pericak [ More ]

Tahir WhiteheadAug 24 10:30p

Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead had 10 tackles and three sacks during his team's exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 'He was really playing at a level of one [ More ]

Zac StacyAug 24 10:28p

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (knee) is out for the season after an MRI revealed a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. Zac Stacy will be relied upon even [ More ]

Richard RodgersAug 24 10:19p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers may be the starting tight end for Week 1 of the regular season. An injury to TE Brandon Bostick, combined with strong play [ More ]

Josh BoyceAug 24 10:06p

New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce did not play an offensive snap until there was 1:26 remaining in the third quarter of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against [ More ]

Johnny ManzielAug 24 09:47p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could play with QB Brian Hoyer in a two-quarterback system later in the season, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said a package [ More ]

Winston JusticeAug 24 09:42p

The Denver Broncos released OT Winston Justice and LB Jamar Chaney Sunday, Aug. 24.

D.J. HaydenAug 24 09:12p

Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) had a good day of work with team trainers, Sunday, Aug. 24, and could return to practice this week, according to head coach Dennis Allen.

Terrell ThomasAug 24 09:02p

The Seattle Seahawks released CB Terrell Thomas Sunday, Aug. 24, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Tyrell JohnsonAug 24 08:22p

The Atlanta Falcons released SS Tyrell Johnson Sunday, Aug. 24.

Jordan SennAug 24 07:22p

The Chicago Bears released LB Jordan Senn.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group