More of What Andy Said At The NFL Combine


From Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

It was jaunty Andy Reid that met with the media on Thursday afternoon here on the first official day of the annual NFL Combine.

“Alright, it’s great to be here,” Reid said when he took the podium in front of a horde of several hundred media types of all shapes and sizes. “Another Combine and you enjoy this time of year because you have an opportunity to start adding to your football team, good football players. This is one of the first steps of that process.”

Reid actually sounded like he meant it was great and he wasn’t just throwing out the football version of being politically correct in the month of February. He said he was pumped up and excited about the process of getting to learn more about the players that will make up the NFL Draft Class of 2014.

“I enjoy it,” Reid said. “I probably feed off of John’s (Dorsey) energy with it. You see him light up when he talks about certain guys and having the opportunity to talk to certain guys and then watch them work out.

“We go through these interviews with the guys and you’ve heard all these names and you’ve watched them play a little bit, now you get to sit down and talk to them and watch them move around out here. It’s exciting. I enjoy this first step in the process.”

Specifics on just who and what positions the Chiefs have zeroed in on during their week at the Combine are not shared.

“Those are cards that you keep close,” Reid said. “But, we look at everybody right now and make sure that you cover all the positions. One of the tricks of the draft is that you take the best players available. If you can stay disciplined to do so, you’ll make yourself a better football team.”

Reid touched on other subjects as well:

RB Knile Davis and his recovery from the fractured fibula he suffered in the playoffs against Indianapolis: “He’s doing better.” Will he be ready for off-season work? “He should be ready by then.”

His thoughts on the 3-4 defense: “I like the 34. I like some of the things that it gives you. In particular, once you drop the nose and fire yourself into a nickel situation you use those guys as rush and drop guys. It allows you to be a little creative with some of your blitz packages.”

On the addition of former Mizzou RB Brock Olivo to his staff as assistant special teams coach: “Brock played in the league, played for Dave Toub at Missouri and he played in the National Football League as a special teams captain. He has great energy and he’s a good coach. Dave and I were able to put him through a long interview process and I thought he handled himself very well.”

The additions of CFL receiver Weston Dressler and former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight to the roster: “They’re skill players that can help us out. I want to see what they do in our system, whether it’s at the wide receiver slot position, whether it’s in the running back position and still being able to flex out and do some of the things that we ask our running backs to do. It’s probably too early to tell right this minute until I get them out there. You have return ability by both of them. One is a receiver and he’s a smaller guy that’s quick. He was exciting when he was in Canada. Then McKnight is a running back, and he gives you some flexibility just by the things that he does catching the football.”

6 Responses to “More of What Andy Said At The NFL Combine”

  • February 20, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I love Dex. My daughter’s favorite player. I think I jinxed Dex when I bought her a new #22 for her college graduation. I’m afraid McKnight and Dressler are his replacements.

  • February 20, 2014  - johnfromfairfax says:

    If McKnight sticks I’m guessing Gray will probably be gone as well.

  • February 20, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    Gray ran all over my Cyclones for over 200+ yards his last season. I was really happy our Chiefs drafted him. Pretty much a bust.

  • February 20, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I admit that Gray would seem to be first out. But what he does on special teams may save him. And his chances were pretty slim last ear.

    With Davis, can anybody get comfortable with his, just a chance, losing the ball?

    Depending on draft and free agency, and giving Gray a real shot, I’m leaning towards Charles being the only returning back.

  • February 21, 2014  - R W says:

    The popular notion in today’s NFL is that the RB position has been de-valued because of all the 70-75% passing done by offenses. That, and the idea a team can pick up a good RB late in the draft that will get the job done.

    Ok, then what about ball control, running down or out the clock? Knile Davis is coming off a significant injury and, as we all know, has yet to prove he can be trusted to consistently hold onto the ball. Jamaal Charles shouldn’t be taking the pounding of a 20-25 carry game over the course of a season.

    If the Chiefs are going with the best player available when they pick early in the draft, it would not disappoint me to see them go with a RB if that guy is the best player on their board. I can’t remember why the Jets let McKnight leave but do recall an issue or two from their Hard Knocks appearance on HBO a few years back.

  • February 21, 2014  - el cid says:

    No matter, the team has to keep upgrading itself at every position. Some of our favorites may move on but we need to move forward.

    For me, a cheaper backup QB, a new RB, depth at TE and speed every where are what we need to look at.

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