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Chiefs' Andy Reid Says Chiefs Won't Feature Pistol Offense

The Kansas City Chiefs recently hired former Nevada head coach and creator of the Pistol offense, Chris Ault, as a consultant, leading many to speculate that the Chiefs would be exclusively running the Pistol offense.

Speaking to the media yesterday after the Chiefs’ OTA practice, head coach Andy Reid said his team would not necessarily be running only Pistol plays.

“Well it is an option, literally,” said Reid when asked if running the Pistol offense was an option. “We do a little bit of everything, so that’s what we’ve always done. We’re not featuring that. But we mess around with a little bit of everything.”

Reid clarified that Ault isn’t moving to Kansas City and that he will work on special projects given to him by Reid. The coach also mentioned that Ault will work with the Chiefs’ Spread Game Analyst, Brad Childress.

“Chris is a consultant and I brought him in,” said Reid. “He’s actually been here once and visited with the defense and spent some time there. He visited with Brad Childress a little bit and they went over some stuff. He will not be here, he’s not moving here, that’s not what he’s doing. He’s living in Reno. I’m doing with him what I did with Tommy Brasher for the last six years and that was I would give him projects to do and between him and Brad [Childress], they’ll do that and work together on some things for us.”

The Chiefs aren’t going to come out and talk too much about what their plans are for their offense. While I doubt KC will use only Pistol formations, even if that was the plan, Reid isn’t likely to tip his hand in May.

Chances are the Chiefs will run a bit of a West Coast/Pistol hybrid. Reid has always been a West Coast guy and QB Alex Smith thrived in a similar system in San Francisco.

Still, the Chiefs will benefit from mixing things up a little bit in an effort to keep their opponents guessing. With more and more teams running versions of the Pistol and other college offenses, the Chiefs’ defense will also benefit from practicing against the Pistol.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Won’t be an issue if it’s worked into the offense. Anything to keep us from being the predictable mess we were in 2012.

    • cd3382

      Very true! I think our offense will actually put up some points this year. I also think the west coast offense will be more suitable for Dexter Mccluster skills and I think he will play a major role this season, thus causing nightmare match ups for most opponents this year. Do you think DM will play a huge role in this west coast offense?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I think McCluster will play a big role in this offense. Andy Reid loves the guy. I have a feeling Alex Smith is going to love him as well. Having a quarterback who can hit him in stride may make him very dangerous in this offense.

        • P Heitman

          I love it, just posted on another article that I might cry the first time I see Smith hit a receiver in stride. It’s true though, Cassel loved throwing behind receivers, it was like his favorite thing to do.

          You’re absolutely right though, McCluster has the potential to really blossom in this offense.

        • KCMikeG

          I heard 810 radio talking tonight about whether there is a role for McCluster or if he might end up being cut. DUH! Have they not heard Reid say he wanted him in the draft but we got to him 1st and how he is going to use him all over the field. Hello 810 talking heads the HC is excited about McCluster. He is lining up at RB, WR & KR already. Reid said this shortly after being hired but many choose to ignore it?? Soon as I heard it I predicted 1,600 combined yards this year. I can’t wait!!!!
          Sorry Eric Berry:

    • KCMikeG

      AMEN to that!

  • Troy Utt

    Anything to disguise the offensive formation enough to cause the D to stutter-step every once in a while. Now that we have enough “VIABLE” players in key positions if you will, this should be a recipe for positive yards, points, & wins!!!

  • Jim Harper

    It’s all about being a game plan nightmare to all defensive coordinators. It will be fun to watch!

  • Trevor Gooding

    Our offense should be so versatile, we should be able to use our players in the right way like DMC and Baldwin. And we won’t have Cassel to change the play every down to a run.

    • tm1946

      Wow, McCluster, Wylie, and Baldwin – three names that breath fear into the hearts of DBs league wide. They look at those three and wonder if it is a good time to play closer to the line of scrimmage as none will get off the line with any separation.

      • KCMikeG

        Hope you like your Dexter crow steaming hot. There will be fear for all our opponents DB’s. McCluster will put up 1,600 all purpose yards. Baldwin will play like a #1 pick or he will hit the bench followed by the bricks. Pretty foolish to write off Wylie before he even has a chance. In case you didn’t know he missed most of the year and still averaged over 21 yards per punt return. Maybe we should consider his work previous to barely playing last year on our broke down offense.

    • KCMikeG

      Got a taste of what Dexter is capable of in 2011 but even then he was under utilized. Reid will use him like Nutt did at Ole Miss and he will explode! Having a real QB delivering the ball on target while the receivers are on the move will create huge YAC for everyone.

    • scomstock55

      Cassel was the only QB in history to audible to a sack.

  • KCMikeG

    We already know Bowe is going to lead the NFL in receptions and TD’s and Charles is going to be the #1 RB so the ONLY thing that prevents McCluster from exploding this year is his health. I’m predicting 1,600 all purpose yards and I’ll let Dexter call his own shot on the TD’s:

    Reid knows exactly HOW to use Dexter and watch out world:

    As a junior in 2008 he earned second team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press after rushing for 655 yards on 109 attempts and 44 receptions for 625 yards with seven touchdowns.

    McCluster’s senior season was full of highlights as he set two school records against Tennessee for rushing yards in a game with 282 and all purpose yards in a game with 324.[2] In his final game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, he ran for 148 yards and threw the only collegiate touchdown pass of his career in the 25-23 win over then 9th-ranked LSU. He rushed for 1,169 yards on 181 attempts (a 6.4 yards per carry average), and made 44 receptions for 520 yards with 12 total touchdowns that made him the only player in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards and receive for 500 yards in a single season. He finished his college career at Ole Miss with 3,685 yards from scrimmage and 23 TD’s