Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid arrives at the stadium prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid Speaks at NFL Combine: "I'm Not a Big Free Agency Guy"

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid arrives at the stadium prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Scouting Combine is kicking into gear in Indianapolis and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was there to talk to the media. There was a lot to cover in the press conference, so let’s get to it beginning with the tweets.


Kansas City was already going to be limited to what they could do in free agency because of their cap situation, and Reid indicated not to expect much on the free agent front next month. Rosenthal notes the Chiefs be spending from last spring as reason why the Chiefs may continue to spend, but last season’s spending is why the Chiefs find themselves with such little cap room. If the Chiefs are going to make any moves in free agency then they are probably going to be minor. Still, Reid has a history of spending money when he feels the right pieces are there. Remember the “Dream Team?” Maybe Reid has had a change of heart, but thinking Reid is as anti-free agency as his comments would suggest is a stretch.

Good news on Davis. There were some rumors out there he may not be ready for the start of the season, so it is good to know those were unfounded. Kansas City’s offense will benefit from him being healthy and more involved next season behind Jamaal Charles

McKnight has a really good chance to make the team over Cyrus Gray. Gray was very effective last season in the return game as a blocker so that is something to consider, too.

If you are board around the house during the offseason, I’d suggest looking into Wolf and his tendencies. For instance, Dorsey’s love affair with big defensive backs comes from Wolf. Wolf had a rule to never draft a defensive back under six-feet tall. Keep that in mind for draft time.


Adding strength definitely needs to be Fisher’s top priority. One of the glaring issues he had last season was his inability to defend the bullrush. Part of blocking the bullrush was his poor technique, but a lack of strength was very obvious. Health plus strength should go a long way towards his development.

More Reid on Fisher: “I watched the growth that he made throughout the year, and it was phenomenal.” — “Phenomenal,” eh?

Reid on Dwayne Bowe: “Dwayne had his best game the last game. What we take a lot of pride in doing is spreading the ball around to all the different people that we have. We don’t really focus in on one person in the throwing game. As a result that means the defense have to cover everybody, right?” — If the don’t focus on just one person then they are going to need to add a lot more depth to what they have now.

More Reid on wide receivers, this time Weston Dressler: “I want to see what they in our system. Whether it is in the wide receiver slot position … It is probably too early to tell right this minute until I get them out there.” — I’m really anxious to see Dressler in action. Even if he is just a slot guy, third or fourth wide receiver, it would be a big get for the Chiefs given how cheap he is.

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  • berttheclock

    That 2011 “Dream Team” was a result of Reid losing his control of the operation and both Joe Banner and Howie Roseman stepping up to add their weight to attempt to influence Lurie. With Heckert departing and Grigson just taking over as Director of Player Personnel, there was a power void. Some felt Reid was slipping as his 2010 team had been expected to be better than the one of 2009, but, ended up with one more loss than the year before. So, there was a bit of a panic about correcting the direction of the team and Reid ended up agreeing to free agency, when, he had been opposed to such in the past. He learned his lesson very well why putting such an emphasis on FA can back fire and a team can end up without any philosophical direction. Names just pulling this way and that and the team concept takes a hit. To understand the ill effects a business type such as Banner can do to an organization, look at what happened when he tried some of his same football thoughts in Cleveland. Andy Reid is back where he belongs as a HC with someone else finding him talent. This is not to say Andy Reid does not have input into needs, but, he does not have a dollars and cents guy such as Banner muddying the waters.

    • KCMikeG

      Great point that many overlooked when hanging it all on Reid in Philly. Their loss is our gain!

  • Jacob

    I know most of you don’t think Dressler will make the team, but I’m really pulling for the guy. I’d love to see the guy become a sure-handed slot receiver or a dependable return man for us.

    • berttheclock

      No, frankly, I do not believe Warren Moon has a chance of making it in the NFL. Nor, Browner, nor that little Hail Mary guy from BC, nor Rocket Ismael and how in the world would a CFL HC be able to compete in the NFL, with teams such as the Chiefs and, then, the Bills. Why Marv Levy would not make it. Geez, I almost forgot Joe Theisman.

      • KCMikeG

        Don’t think you are making your point. A handful of players and one coach out of the thousands of CFL’ers that couldn’t make it doesn’t support Dressler’s odds being good for making our team. If he does then fantastic for us but it is even more unlikely than an UDRFA making it.

        • berttheclock

          Hey, what I like about the signing of Dressler is the fact it shows Dorsey is really covering his bases. Yes, I am aware of the ones from the CFL who didn’t make it, but, that shouldn’t stop a top GM, such as Dorsey, from trying to find the exception. Look at the Seahawks, where John Schneider brought in Browner. But, for a late injury in training camp, he might have been a Bronco. Instead he was cut and went to Canada. But, looking at both Schneider and Dorsey, I am reminded of something Ted Thompson said in late summer. A writer asked him what he had learned from Ron Wolf. He said Wolf had told him to never stop evaluating players, whether on your own team, from the NFL or CFL or college. That is what I am beginning to see in Dorsey. Many so-called GMs in the NFL tend to rest far too much on their own perceived laurels. Top GMs never appear to sleep.

          • KCMikeG

            I agree totally. Dressler and McNight could both turn out to get great additions. I was so impressed with Dorsey last year continually churning the roster. Completely new experience for us in KC. The lack of depth is what has kept our stars in the shadows and our success limited to early playoff exits.

      • Jacob

        Diamonds in the rough. I’m coming up on 24, so a lot of those names are names I had to do some research on. No harm in digging around for our diamond in the rough. It’s hard not to cheer for an underdog, and anyone who can improve the Chiefs without asking much is fine by me

    • andy

      I am an optimist, but not a blind one. The signings of Cooper and the Beard, show me that Dorsey is always looking to improve. Not like Pioli, who signed warm bodies. I think Dressler was found to have some potential, we will see if it translates to the field.

  • freshmeat62

    I am so glad to hear this. He jives w/ Dorsey on this issue. I think FAgncy is the fastest way to mess up controlling the cap. Right now the Chiefs don’t have a lot of wiggle room w/ the cap. I think it was by design that the Chiefs went out of character last year in order to put a decent team on the field. From here on I expect for them to let attrition take care of their cap problems. Just sign their own top players, but keep signing the young players that don’t cost much but have high potential.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    A healthy balance of the draft and free agency is necessary to succeed in the NFL. This team is poised to win now so some help HAS to come from free agency. As long as Reid means, “unwilling to repeat the 2011 offseason”, I’m fine with that.