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Andy Reid’s Thoughts On Alex Smith, Chiefs’ Defense


Andy Reid won a ton of games as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles over the years, so it should come as no surprise that Kansas City’s new coach won his first outing as the leading man in Chiefs’ Kingdom.

Reid’s Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2, in what was overall a very impressive outing for Kansas City.

Quarterback Alex Smith went 21-of-34 for 173 yards and two touchdowns, in what was also his official outing with Kansas City. His numbers weren’t outstanding, but it was a great start, and Smith did what he had to do—get the ball to the playmakers around him.

Reid talked about Smith’s first game as signal-caller for the Chiefs. Here’s what he had to say, per a recent press release via Chiefs Communications:

I thought offensively, we did some good things. It’s tough to score in the red zone in the National Football League and when we were in the red zone we took full advantage of that. I thought Alex (Smith) had a good day. His quarterback rating showed that he was somewhere 94-and-above. I thought he handled the situation of managing the offense very well. He made some nice throws, some nice check-downs.

Reid also discussed Kansas City’s offensive philosophy.

“It’s two fold. We mix the tempo. There’s times when we huddle, there’s times when we go fast, there’s times when we go at a normal rate, and really it’s just a balance. You want to try to keep the defense as much out of balance as possible. Within that if they (the other team) get tired, we’re okay with that.”

While Kansas City’s offense was effective, it was the defense that deserves most of the credit for the win. The Jaguars weren’t able to put up any points on the board via offense. Their only two points came off a safety, which was the result of a punt block.

Reid’s thoughts on the defense:

We played a lot of players. Bob (Sutton) put different guys in different positions where they all had an opportunity to be in the box and rush, whether you’re playing outside corner, whether you’re playing the inside nickel positions or safety positions, everybody had that opportunity—linebackers (too). I think that’s important that you can give an offense different looks so they can’t key in on where people are coming from. I think the players enjoy that. That’s something that they’d buy into and enjoy doing. You give them that opportunity.”

Speaking of opportunities, Kansas City’s defense came up with plenty of them. The Chiefs came away with six sacks on the day, including three from rising star Justin Houston. Kansas City’s defense also forced two interceptions, one from Brandon Flowers and the other from Tamba Hali, and Hali took his back to the end zone for six.

Overall, the Chiefs’ defense held Jacksonville to just 178 total yards.

Reid’s final thoughts on the game are as follows:

“I thought for the most part it was pretty smoothly executed on both sides of the ball and on special teams. When I say the communication, we brought in seven new guys, so we’ve incorporated them into the special teams part of it, so they’re catching up on all the terminology and everything. That’s understandable and I’ve got it. I thought overall, I would tell you that things ran fairy smooth.  Are there things we need to get better at? Absolutely. There are a ton of things that we need to work on and get better at, but these guys have the right mentality. When they come to work, they work. I’ve appreciated that from Day One, so I wouldn’t expect that to change.”

The Chiefs must now prepare to play the Dallas Cowboys, who head to Arrowhead next Sunday.

Tags: Alex Smith Andy Reid Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali

  • micah stephenson

    Yall was always asking me how geno smith was doing before he even played a game. Well in his first game as a rookie he led the jets to a 4th quarter comeback he was 24/38 with 256 yards passing 1 touch down 1 interception against D.Revis and the Bucs.

    • Montez K.

      You should go here and comment there from here on out: http://thejetsblog.com

      • micah stephenson

        Where is the chiefs draft needs box? That’s where I need to comment.

        • Montez K.

          Why come on here and be negative? I’m looking at your comments man and you just suck overall….you can’t spell and you find ways to sh** on a team who won by the largest margin in all of the NFL yesterday. It’s almost like you would rather be right about Alex Smith than the Chiefs be successful…that’s not indicative of a true fan at all. That’s a boy in need of a warm body at night.

          • micah stephenson

            No. Im just just not full of shit. I keep it real. I tell it like it is. How is wanting a franchise QB that can win u a superbowl yr after yr after yr not a good fan? I got a lot of money on the Chiefs vs the cowgirls so I want them to win no matter what.

          • Montez K.

            How are you keeping it real? You have an opinion. Your opinions are not fact, son. Fact is Alex Smith took his team to the NFC Championship…if he can get us there, that’d be great…I don’t know how old you are but when you grow up you will learn to use the tools you have instead of complaining about your current situation…there are no drafts during the regular season and believe it or not, no KC GMs are reading your little rants about what you want. Alex Smith is not the prototypical, Madden created player–but he is MUCH BETTER than what we had and MUCH better than anyone else we could have obtained. The sooner you accept that and fully comprehend that, the sooner you can enjoy this season we are about to have…If you’re a true fan, you’ll let the A. Smith hate go….he won, threw a couple of TDs and he didn’t throw any picks…when is the last time that happened for us? Digest that, kid.

          • micah stephenson

            He is just a lil bit better than what we had, not MUCH, JUST A LIL. I hear what you saying about using the tools you have because after watching Alex one game I’m thinkin oh boy we better learn how to run the ball even more with Jamaal Charles. I think there a few rookie QBs we cud hav obtain but Ried already had his mind set on Alex. Which I understand. Ried needs to win now to restore his rep and the Chiefs needed to wins 7-8 games so they can keep the tickets sales up and be able to spit the just wait till next yr bs. I enjoy every win. No matter if its Cassel/Alex/Quinn playing QB.

          • 7yahweh7

            You’re about as dumb as the rocks in my yard. Go cheer for some other team chump. KC doesn’t want fools in the stands.

          • skwirrl

            Man you’re dumb as a box of rocks. The QB stat most closely correlated with W/L ratio is turnovers. Alex keeps them low and a well coached team wins. Same went for Aikman and early years and 3 titles Brady. Since Brady has turned into a stat monster they haven’t won again.

          • Leon Ritz

            Geno did not win that game for the Jets, a stupid play from a LB that resulted in a 15 yard penalty won that game. If not for the penalty they wouldn’t have been close enough to kick a FG. How does one mediocre game where Geno looked lost for most of make him a franchise QB that’s going to win Super Bowl year after year. I realize you wanted him but it didn’t happen, get over it or take your ass out of here and go be a Jets fan

          • micah stephenson

            You get yo ass out of here and go b a Chiefs never draft a franchise QB fan.

          • micah stephenson

            Lost???? If he puts up those numbers while lost most of the game, i’m even more impressed. Wow. How will he look when he “gets it” & ain’t lost?

          • micah stephenson

            Besides, I don’t even b bringing him up. Yall b asking me how he do n, so when I anser I don’t think that’s being negative.

          • Leon Ritz

            Yours was the first post on this, no one asked you a damn thing about Geno Smith

          • micah stephenson

            rather be right about Alex Smith??? I am I right about A.Smith!!!!! I still want the Chiefs to b successful tho. And about that warm body I went ahead and called up yo girlfriend and had her come over.

          • 7yahweh7

            No, your WRONG about Alex Smith. You don’t know SH*T about his stats, and you surely don’t that he was TWO kyle williams fumbles from the SB with the pass drop leaders of the NFL in 2011. They were also bottom of the NFL in pass protection and he played the NFCCG vs. the NYG with TWO practice squad WR’s. You’re a moron.

          • micah stephenson

            Your wrong. I very rarely ever say anything negative about this team. Matter fact Alex Smith is the only guy I say something about.

          • 7yahweh7

            That’s because you’re a moron.

          • micah stephenson

            Dog you got a real smart ass mouth over the internet. I love to here that kinda talk in person instead of only on the internet.

          • 7yahweh7

            You will never see me “in person”. I don’t use my “person” anymore. Maybe one day you might get the gift of meeting me by special appearance, but never “in person”. You see, I know what a “person” really is. I have studied for years the things that you don’t even know exist. It’s the very reason I don’t ever “pay” fines and such, or even go to court. I beat them with paper, because I know what a “person” is and I know more about contract law than you do about football. Your statement about hearing (correct spelling is hear, not here) that kinda talk “in person” is clearly wishful thinking. You hope that someday you might hear my statements “in person” so you can assault me over some words, which is even more proof if your blatant idiocy. The idea of violence solving an argument is one perfected by Neanderthals.

    • Trent Taylor

      No one here gives two squirts of duck shit about Geno Smith and the Jets. This is Chiefs Kingdom!

      • micah stephenson

        Huh?? Alot of people on here give two squirts of yo mommas shit! Matter fact, people are constantly asking how is he doing. So I told them. If you wasn’t one of these people asking then I wasn’t talkin to you.

        • Trent Taylor

          You’re a real intelligent life form. Yeah, I’ll take fries with that.

        • PunjabiPete

          What people not named Micah Stephenson are coming to Chiefs Kingdom and saying, “Ya know, I wonder how that Geno Smith is doing right now?”

          If you can come up with two names without one of them being Micah Stephenson, I will shut up.

    • Danny W

      Geno didn’t look like the second coming of Randal Cunningham or anything but the dude looked pretty good. He’s gonna make some big mistakes this year Micah but he’ll be pretty good. I’d say somewhere between Cam Newton and Andy Dalton. Not top ten but not bottom barrel either. I don’t know if he can shoulder a team just yet and take them all the way. I think things happen for a reason. Who knows, maybe we package up a deal and get Theodore Bridgwater, guy looks like Andrew Luck did.

      • micah stephenson

        Its only 1 game he will get MUCH BETTER. Alex Smith on the other hand is as good as he is gone get which is only average. Geno already has more completions and yards on the season than Alex.

        • tm1946

          Disagree, might be looking thru rose colored glasses. Geno is a good kid but let’s watch a few more games, he is playing for the Jets, team can make a difference as well.
          A Smith looked pretty comfortable for his first Chief’s game.

          • micah stephenson

            The jets suck which makes the win more impressive.

        • 7yahweh7

          Six drops per game so far. Anybody that says Alex is average are stupid. In over all stats since 2010, he is TOP 10. Look it up before you start posting rubbish.

        • PunjabiPete

          Right, because ONLY Geno Smith can get better in a brand new system, it’s never happened with other quarterbacks… Alex Smith didn’t NEED more completions and yards, he made his point in the first half

      • micah stephenson

        Knaaaa. This team is hitched to Alex like Pioli was hitched to Cassel. We all know the Chiefs ain’t never gone draft a QB in rd 1. A.Smith is it man. Thats all we gon get for now. Used next yrs 2nd rd pick on Alex so it wud take our 3rd or the next yrs 1st to move up

    • superman_25_58

      He only won bc the bucs defender was an idiot and got a personal foul late hit call which put the JETS in field goal range. Not to mention the POOR, POOR, play by Josh Freeman. It was luck and nothing more.

      • micah stephenson

        Call it what u want but he still had a good game considering its his 1st game.

        • tm1946

          Based on one game, he is better than Tebow, I guess.

      • skwirrl

        Not just 1 penalty. The Bucs had 13 penalties. Geno is never going to amount to any more than Tebow did.

  • chief4ever

    Not really fair to point out just one new thing about the defense….but Dontario POe looks like a beast ! Many great players we had, Dempsey and Andy brought in more and they all played smart and 100% , but Poe has changed so much ! Congrats on your work and weight lose and effort. You deserve the praise. Go Chiefs!

    • Canad-Ian

      Dempsey is da mannnnnn

  • chief4ever

    P.S.: Sorry, but for all the grief he has taken, Jackson looked very good too ! Go Chiefs !

    • tm1946

      With more talent around him, he made a good game of it. Might be what has been missing since he was drafted.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, and one of those talents is the emergence of Poe. For an excellent photo of Poe getting ready for a “Preyer Meeting or Predator Meeting at the QB”, check out the photo of him at http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys
        Poe is the 7th in a 10 picture display of what Cowboys should know about the Chiefs. There is, also, an article about Carr returning to KC.

        • berttheclock

          That photo of Poe getting ready to meet Gabbert should be entitled “Gabbert strongly considers returning to the womb”.

      • sidibeke

        Could be how he’s being used, too.

    • micah stephenson

      Jackson has always looked good. In Romeo’s D he was asked to stop the run a eat up blockers. He was rated #1 at stoping the run recently. In Bob’s D he gets to attack upfield. The whole D line will have more sacks this yr.

  • sidibeke

    I love to hear a HC say about something to work on, “that’s understandable and I’VE GOT IT” (emphasis added). Instills confidence.

  • sidibeke

    Looking forward to Dal. Should be a good barometer game.

    And I really can’t wait to see KC’s D take on Philly’s O. That could be fun (I hope).