Reid later attributed the miscommunication to not fully comprehending a brief discussion with general manager John Dorsey, who had told the coach that there had been no communication between the involved parties for “a couple of days.”
“I goofed that up,” Reid told Mortensen. “I’ve been so engaged with the football team and this minicamp and, really, having fun with that, it was just a miscommunication. Dorsey does a great job. I trust him so much I can focus on the football part with the players here and the staff.
“When I was asked (by the media) about it coming off the practice field, I basically thought it was a dead issue, only to have that clarified later as to where it stood. But we haven’t granted any permission with the exception of allowing (the Dolphins) to speak to the agent and there’s been nothing new on that front.”
Complaint department: At first glance, this seems like a pretty manageable schedule for the Chiefs. But the stretch run won’t be easy for a team that many think could rebound and fight for a playoff spot. Kansas City plays three of its final four games on the road, and its one home game is against the tough Colts. So, the Chiefs better not be staggering heading down the stretch.
Strong up the middle: The Chiefs can make some noise in the middle of the schedule. Spanning Weeks 6-8, they play three straight home games against the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns. Kansas City then playx at Buffalo and then has a bye. If the Chiefs are going to make a move, this will be the time.
Luke Joeckel will be their left tackle, assuming the Chiefs use the first pick in the upcoming draft on the Texas A&M lineman. Branden Albert, who skipped the mini-camp, is still on their roster, though the Chiefs have talked to the Dolphins about a trade that would send him to Miami.
Then there’s the unsigned Ryan Lilja, who said at the end of last season he would retire. Lilja had surgeries on his knee and toe after the season and is in the rehab stage, but the Chiefs have asked him to reconsider. He could rejoin them in time for training camp this summer.