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Andy Reid Speaks

For the Kansas City Chiefs the loss on Sunday night to the Denver Broncos is shaping up to be a learning experience. While the loss did occur, to think that the Chiefs were 2-14 last season and now sit at 9-1 is a major turn around.

As the Chiefs ready for San Diego at home Head Coach Andy Reid spoke to the media, and here are some of the highlights.

Reid was asked where he would like to see his third down conversion rate,

Well I want to see it at 100%, but that’s not realistic. That’s what we’re shooting for. You want to be able to continue to move the chains and be efficient with that. When you get above 50 and into the 60’s, normally you’re doing pretty good.

He was also asked what the balance is betweet making big plays and taking care of the ball,

We did take more shots down the field, and we’ll continue to work on that. That hasn’t necessarily been our strength in this offense up to this point, but we’re trying to get better at the things that we need to get better at and that’s one of them, so we’ll keep working on it.

Is Andy Reid happy with the balance of Alex Smith being aggressive and taking risks,

I love the way he is playing. Do we all have room to get better? Absolutely. I like the way he is taking care of the game and he threw the ball well the other night. The more familiar he is with the receivers and offense and so on, the better he is.

He was also asked what the keys and challenges of getting the team to play the best football late in the season,

You keep doing the process, every week. I mention to you almost every day here, you make sure that you look at the team you’re playing and respect them. We’re in the National Football League, the margin for losing is (very small). You have to make sure you come in, study, respect them and then get yourself ready to play. And if you lose focus on that process Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, you lose focus on that process or take short cuts, you have problems. This group hasn’t done that. They’ve stayed very disciplined with that, and I wouldn’t expect anything less.

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