As he addressed the media after Fridays afternoon practice, he appeared to be a man who understood the task at hand. He also appeared to have shaken whatever cobwebs may have been left over from his previous gig in Philadelphia. Right now he's a Chief and glad to see the enthusiasm from the crowd that showed up for his first practice in St. Joe.
"It was great to see the fans out here, it looked like they packed the place," Reid said.
"They were loud and that part is exciting; it's exciting for the players, they see that. Once they get into practice, you practice. It was sure good to have some support out here like we had. Other than that, it went smooth; I thought the guys came out in great shape, which is good. They're going to need to be in great shape, it's a challenge."
And that challenge at the foot of Reid is to change the losing culture that has been entrenched in this organization for quite sometime. Generally speaking only a certain type of head coaches can overcome reclamation projects. Reid appears to be that type of coach. He's going to need all his skills to fix the ills of this football.
But so far he's off to a good start. He's already significantly shaken the trees on this roster and jettisoned some of its weaker links. Now he has a few weeks to mold them into winners. That means he expects his players to constantly be working even if they aren't on the field.
"When you're not practicing, you're doing some things and we have a variety of things to keep them occupied. The guys who are out here are working, so if you're hurt or banged up a bit, you're going to do what you can do and make sure that when your partners are working that you're working,' Reid said.
It's still early but it's clear that Andy Reid has already put his stamp on this franchise. And that's a good sign for KC's fortunes in 2013.
WR Dwayne Bowe - The Pro Bowl wide receiver has the flu. He did not practice on Friday and his status for Saturday remains up in the air.
CB Conroy Black - The Chiefs added former Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions cornerback on Friday. Kansas City is still looking for depth after the injury to Sanders Commings. Black hasn't spent time in the show but the Chiefs are going to give him a chance.
QB Alex Smith - From all accounts, the Chiefs new quarterback threw some outstanding deep balls in his first public practice. The knock on Smith was that he could not air it out. In the early stages of practice, he appears to have debunked that rumbling.
Quote of the Day:
"That's not an easy thing. I know there are a lot of rules and there's a little gray area in there and that's how those things work. They worked it out." – HC Andy Reid on getting Eric Fisher's rookie contact finalized.
WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS:
Andy Reid appears to be worth every penny Clark Hunt paid him to come to KC.
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