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Reid laughs off the notion he wanted Matt Barkley

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Even if Chiefs coach Andy Reid was ever interested in Matt Barkley, he has absolutely no reason to admit it now.

The story was going around during the draft that the Eagles traded in front of the Chiefs in the fourth round because they thought Reid might have wanted the Southern Cal quarterback.

But Reid laughed off the notion, in an interview with Soren Petro of WHB in Kansas City, saying he was locked in on Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson.

Well, we weren’t going there,” Reid said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I actually was on the phone with Nick Saban from Alabama before that day ever started, so that’s just not the direction [we were going]. We had pinpointed Nico [Johnson] and that’s who we were going after.

“I know how rumors start and how people justify picks and all this other stuff, but I think if you look at our roster, we’ve got Akeem Jordan at middle linebacker; that’s the only player that we have there. So we needed a middle linebacker, we had a good one sitting right there and it fell that way and we were tickled pink to go get Nico and bring him on board. That rumor started and I heard it, and I had to laugh at it. That wasn’t even in the picture.”

Which is fine, because after trading for Alex Smith and signing Chase Daniel, the Chiefs have all the quarterbacks they need for the moment.

The chance to stick it to his former employer was just icing on the cake.

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19 Responses to “Reid laughs off the notion he wanted Matt Barkley”
  1. cobrala2 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    Yeah, Andy Reid REALLY stuck it to Philly there!

  2. slashrageblog says: Apr 30, 2013 3:04 PM

    Of course. This is Andy “The only thing bigger than my smokescreens is my waistline” Reid. He’ll laugh it off in public then curse the Eagles out behind closed doors.

    Hasn’t the media learned yet? Especially all the crap surrounding the first overall pick this draft…

  3. crubenst says: Apr 30, 2013 3:07 PM

    “after trading for Alex Smith and signing Chase Daniel, the Chiefs have all the quarterbacks they need for the moment.”

    Seriously?! I feel so bad for KC fans.

  4. deltaoracle says: Apr 30, 2013 3:32 PM

    He really needs to start conducting meetings while he’s walking on a treadmill. So do several other coaches like McCarthy.

  5. dolfan13 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:33 PM

    “…the Chiefs have all of the QB’s they need”. That’s why the signed UDFA Tyler Bray.

  6. mobuccsfan says: Apr 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    Actually, I think Daniel has a chance–not much–but a chance to be a solid starter if thrown in the right situation finally. He would prob be much better than his Mizzou alum Gabbert for sure.
    He did spend a few years learning behind a guy named Drew Brees and even has some of same physical attributes/skillset from everything I read.

    I think Russel Wilson and Brees have finally put the argument that shorter guys can’t succeed at the QB level. I’m just saying, don’t be surprised to see him provide solid fill-in time if Smith goes down with an injury. And him and Stanzi both are young still–by comparison. I always thought Stanzi was the better QB on the Chiefs roster the past three to four seasons.

  7. mobuccsfan says: Apr 30, 2013 3:36 PM

    Oh yeah and Bray–if he sticks. I think he is headed towards practice squad–as long as he doesn’t get poached by a QB needy team (either starting or for depth/2nd stringer later this summer/fall). I know Bray is really rough but he has a lot of what people would want in a pro QB as far as intangibles and skill set–better maturity and better decision making and he could become a pleasant surprise in two-three years.

  8. iced107 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:37 PM

    Lol so they really needed a QB and that’s why they signed Bray?

    Please. Bray went undrafted for a reason. Camp/scout team arm, maybe developmental qb.

    They gave up a 2nd for Smith – why the hell would they draft another qb?

    Not even a chiefs fan – some people just don’t make any sense

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 30, 2013 3:38 PM

    Andy laughed…then paused to wipe some spicy chicken wing sauce from the corner of his mouth with his specially made red necktie.

  10. dxa5053 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:38 PM

    So, Akeem Jordan is the only MLB on the roster? .. What about Derrick Johnson?

  11. trevor123698 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:39 PM

    you can feel bad for the chiefs while alex smith methodically leads them to the playoffs

  12. crossbuckpass says: Apr 30, 2013 3:54 PM

    This is a ridiculous notion.

    The Chiefs could have easily drafted Barkley at the very end of the 3rd round (#96 overall – compensatory selection) if they really wanted him that badly….not 3 picks later at the start of the 4th round.

  13. jam11163 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:58 PM

    i do not believe a word andy says. not even the famous line. i need to do a better job. ( as he giggles under his breath ).

  14. gabe77 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:07 PM

    Good to see Andy is still up to his old tricks… drafting for need instead of taking the best player on the board. He’ll always be a step behind everyone else.

  15. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    “Oh….my bad”
    Sincerely, Chip Kelly the college coach that will bomb in Philly.

  16. sgtr0c says: Apr 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    Andy Reid stuck it to his former employer in the 2010 and 2011 drafts ( and prolbably the 2012). Having to move 4 spots up in the 2013 draft is nothing compared to what he did as the Eagles GM/Coach in his last couple of seasons. Good luck, Chiefs.

  17. phillyphannn83 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:15 PM

    Yeah he REALLY stuck it to the birds, costing them a whole 7th round pick! Mercy!

  18. raiderapologist says: Apr 30, 2013 8:16 PM

    Reid never laughs off the lunch buffet.

  19. bigj7769 says: Apr 30, 2013 11:00 PM

    Chief haters listen…KC is a running team, now with a game managing qb with chad behind him, who the saints loved, but what would they know about qb’s? Also, an UDFA qb is a luxury, plenty of teams have done it. Barkley isn’t that good. First off, USC, second, bad footwork and weak arm. That’s why he fell to where he was.

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