Andy Reid speaks to media


On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs began their offseason conditioning program. Head coach Andy Reid was made available to the media at Arrowhead Stadium in the afternoon, and talked on a litany of topics ranging from the Justin Houston contract situation to Eric Berry’s recovery. You can watch the entire presser at the Chiefs’ official site.

Reid stated that Berry has some more hurdles to clear in his recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma but that the All-Pro safety is continuing to push forward.

"“He’s got a couple treatments left,” Reid said. “Those treatments, they kind of knock the dog out of you, but he’s fought through it and he’s working out like a wild man.”"

Of course, the absence of Houston was also discussed. Reid did not seem too worried about the situation, as evidenced in this Terez A. Paylor tweet:

The quote about Houston should help everybody come off the ledge a bit. Reid and Clark Hunt have both said this offseason that Houston is going to remain in Kansas City for the long haul. For Houston’s part, it would be tough to turn down a massive offer should the Chiefs give him one, especially in a sport where each play could be your last.

On Berry, this is obviously great news. It’s unclear whether Berry, or the team, believes he can come back this year. His health comes first and foremost, but Berry returning at any point in the season to the Chiefs would be not only a massive boost for the team on the field, but an enormous one from an emotional standpoint. Berry is an unquestioned leader, something that showed in all the tributes done by his defensive teammates after his diagnosis in 2014.

Reid also mentioned that the team has not been contacted by NFL offices about Sean Smith. Smith was charged last summer with a DUI and recently pleaded guilty, getting two years of probation. Under the league’s personal conduct policy, Smith is eligible for a two-game suspension.