Andy Reid: Clock management is important and we handled it right

AP

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says his team’s historically slow drive in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Patriots was well handled and not indicative of problems with his ability to manage the clock.

Reid said in an interview on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City that he recognizes the importance of clock management but disagrees with those who think the Chiefs were too slow as they took more than five minutes off the clock before scoring a touchdown that brought them within seven points of the Patriots.

“I think clock management’s very important,” Reid said. “Every situation’s different. It’s a fluid situation on the spot and you’ve got to go off of feel. . . . This situation, I think, was handled right.”

Reid noted that the Chiefs still had all three timeouts after they scored, and he thought that if they had recovered the onside kick they would have been in good shape.

“I thought we handled it right,” Reid said. “You give us a minute on the clock and three timeouts, we feel like we can move the ball pretty good.”

Reid said that he didn’t feel the need to hurry up the play calling because he thought it was more important to call plays that would be effective than to call plays quickly.

“At that point it really didn’t matter to me. I wanted to make sure we were calling the best plays,” Reid said.

The Chiefs did call the plays that got them into the end zone at the end of that drive. But they took so long in calling those plays that they gave themselves little margin for error. When the Chiefs failed to recover the onside kick and then allowed the Patriots’ offense to pick up a first down, that was the game. That’s what happens when you waste time on offense while trailing by two touchdowns, and the slow pace of the Chiefs’ offense was a mistake, whether Reid wants to admit it or not.

103 responses to “Andy Reid: Clock management is important and we handled it right

  1. No, they didn’t. Not unusual for Reid. It’s a real problem though when his misguided justification blinds him to the realities of his incompetence.

  2. I think somebody slipped a little something in the 3 pizzas he ate before he gave this interview.

  3. Listen Andy, The press said you took to long on that last drive, so man up and accept it. You are only the Head Coach. The media folks are much more enlightened than are you on game management.

  4. No passing game + no Charles = no chance

    Hate the Patriots. 6 free wins and a free division win playoff spot every year, now they get Alex noodle arm Smith and a crippled Peyton who should have retired years ago.

  5. It’s got to be tough for Andy…Walrus’ usually need to stay in the water.

    Being on land and all, AND showing good control of the English language, I’d say that’s pretty impressive.

    GoDenBroncos

  6. Not the best strategy betting your season on an onside kick. Even though Brady is clutch, you have to score quickly and challenge your defense to make a stop and get the ball back. This is about Andy saving face. His strategy was obviously flawed

  7. Andy Reid tries to defend himself by peddling a false dichotomy that play calling has two options, fast or good.

    One might think that a guy who’s coached for more than a decade would have a handle on this but . . .

  8. I don’t doubt that Reid’s telling the truth. The drive was a good one. The theory underlying it, however, was faulty. When everything goes according to plan and you find yourself still trailing by 14 points with 1:30 to go, you need to reconsider the plan.

  9. Fail to see why it would matter… They needed the recovery, otherwise there is no way the Pats are letting them see the ball again… Kansas City fans are just mental

  10. So he placed all his bets on an onsides kick? He could have wasted less time, scored and then had more time for another drive if he had got the onsides kick. He makes no sense.

  11. I agree with him. They handled it perfectly right up until they entered the redzone. That catch along the sideline that took them to the one yard line was the game killer in my opinion. That player either has to get into the end zone or make sure he gets out of bounds. I believe they had the better part of 2 minutes and 30 seconds after that catch.

  12. “I thought we handled it right,” Reid said. “You give us a minute on the clock and three timeouts, we feel like we can move the ball pretty good.”

    Simple math says… you should have moved it well when you had 5 minutes and three timeouts.

  13. Here’s the flaw Andy:
    (1) Choosing the best play
    (2) Running a quicker offense

    (1) and (2) are not mutually exclusive. In fact it’s expected that an NFL team will do both at once. Simple.

  14. I think most coaches would rather avoid the NEED to get an onside kick. You started that drive with like 6 and a half minutes on the clock. You really need to score before the 3:30 mark. That way the defense can try and make a stop, and if they give up a first down it doesn’t kill you. Then you get the ball back sometime before the 2 minute warning and you put up your best 2 minute offense to tie or win the game. The best coaches try to avoid an onside kick. Andy Reid is saying he thinks the “right” thing to do is take all the time off the clock and HOPE you get the onside kick. That’s is ridiculous!

  15. You have score the first time if you want to score twice. If they get the onside, they have a minute and 3 TO’s to score again. If they go super hurry-up and fail to score the first one…. no chance.

  16. They certainly didn’t move with the sense of urgency they should have on that drive, but let’s not overlook the fact that they got the touchdown. If they would have called different plays and rushed more, maybe they don’t score at all. Then nobody is talking about clock management, they’re just talking about how the Chiefs lost by two touchdowns.

  17. thechickenexpress says:
    Jan 21, 2016 6:24 PM

    I don’t doubt that Reid’s telling the truth. The drive was a good one. The theory underlying it, however, was faulty. When everything goes according to plan and you find yourself still trailing by 14 points with 1:30 to go, you need to reconsider the plan.
    _____

    But they trailed by 7, not 14.

  18. All I remember was that slow huddle inside the five with two or so minutes left and down two scores.

  19. Re: theofficialshotcaller says:

    Hate the Patriots. 6 free wins and a free division win playoff spot every year, now they get Alex noodle arm Smith and a crippled Peyton who should have retired years ago.
    – – – – –
    Actually, the Patriots faced the toughest division schedule in the NFL this year. The Jets, Bills and Dolphins were a combined .500. The second through fourth place teams in all seven other divisions had combined losing records.

  20. You never want to plan on an onside kick being the only way you can win the game, but people are really just assuming that it’s really easy to score really quickly against the Patriots. The Chiefs had 13 points through 53.5 minutes and we’re supposed to believe it should have been easy to score 14 points in 6.5 minutes? If it were that easy to score a touchdown in three minutes, they would have had nine touchdowns already.

  21. theofficialshotcaller says:
    Jan 21, 2016 6:18 PM
    Hate the Patriots. 6 free wins and a free division win playoff spot every year,
    ———————-

    Hate away, it’s even worse than you think. NE has only swept the division twice in the Brady years and 2 of the Pats 4 losses this year were in division. The AFCE was the winningest division in football this year and 3rd best over the last 15 years. With Brady at the helm NE’s winning % in division is .779 out of division it is an almost identical .767 both equate to over 12 wins a year. KC was the hottest team in the league going into Foxborough and Denver is the one seed with the most formidable natural home field advantage in sports. Sweet dreams

  22. It’s not like you have Tom Brady out there. When you have Alex Smith, you have to out-coach your opponent on every play. You can’t just rattle off plays and expect them to work. If you’re trying to make good wine with bad grapes, you’re going to fail more often than not. It’s a QB driven league, and Andy Reid won 11 games in a row without a QB. That’s truly amazing.

  23. Just want to put it on record, this is the exact reason fans in Philly were done with Andy. Very good Monday to Saturday coach but a flawed game manager. Poor clock management and an inability to adjust were why we wanted him out. The rest of the country blasted Philly fans, seems like we were right.

    KC fans- good luck with Big Red. He’ll beat the teams he should, lose to those equal or better and come up small in the playoffs. But he does look like the Kool-Aid man in red, so that’s something.

  24. Andy’s actually correct but you’re all ripping him because he didn’t win the game. That’s what happens now around here. Andy should be coach of the year, won 11 straight games doing things his way, and this time it just didn’t work out. Earlier this week you had two separate articles whining for changes to the playoff overtime rules and criticizing McCarthy for not going for two points. You should change the name of this crappy site to WhatCanWeCriticizeToday.com.

  25. I dont blame Andy….this story is overblown. Reid has a QB in Alex Smith that cannot go deep so he played to his strength. They had no choice quite frankly.

    It may have taken long but it was a pretty, down the field, march. I enjoy methodical football like that.

  26. The awful play call was down 14 with 3 time out you call a run play with 2:30 left at the 5 yard line and run the click down to the two minute warning, thus blowing a free clock stop. Throw the ball in and kick off down 7 with 4 clock stops remaining Andy.

    Very good coach in many ways but awful at time management.

  27. The truth is that the chiefs weren’t able to stop the pats on 4 out of their last 5 drives. So lets hurry it up, score, and then give Brady the ball back with 4 minutes left on the clock? The smart move is to keep the ball out of Brady’s hands period. Since the defense was unable to do that it landed on the offense to keep the ball as long as they could. The Pats played lights out and won the game by a score with their full roster. A beat up Tamba, an injured Maclin and Houston only playing for 8 snaps had way more to do with this close lose than clock management issues.

  28. If Andy Reid really thinks in his heart he handled the situation right, than he’s a bigger idiot than I thought. I wonder if he thought he handled the playoff game against the Colts a few years back right too?

  29. theofficialshotcaller says:

    Hate the Patriots. 6 free wins and a free division win playoff spot every year, now they get Alex noodle arm Smith and a crippled Peyton who should have retired years ago.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    AFC East 2001-2015. Teams only listed if they won at least 7 games. Only 3 years did the Pats win division where another AFC East team didn’t have at least a .500 record.

    2001 Pats 11-5, Dolphins 11-5, Jets 10-6
    2002 Jets 9-7, Pats 9-7, Dolphins 9-7
    2003 Pats 14-2, Dolphins 10-6
    2004 Pats 14-2, Jets, 10-6, Bills 9-7
    2005 Pats 10-6, Dolphins 9-7
    2006 Pats 12-4, Jets 10-6
    2007 Pats 16-0, Bills 7-9
    2008 Pats 11-5, Dolphins 11-5 Jets 9-7
    2009 Pats 10-6, Bills 7-9, Dolphins 7-9
    2010 Pats 14-2, Jets 11-5, Dolphins 7-9
    2011 Pats 13-3, Jets 8-8
    2012 Pats 12-4, Dolphins 7-9
    2013 Pats 12-4, Jets 8-8, Dolphins 8-8
    2014 Pats 12-4, Bills 9-7, Dolphins 8-8
    2015 Pats 12-4, Jets 11-5, Bills 8-8

    As you can see the AFC East was pretty competitive this year.
    In 8 of the 15 years at least 3 of the AFC East teams had a .500 record or better. The whining that the AFC East is a bad division is WRONG!

  30. Belichick was more than happy to allow them to call all those “right plays” and let the clock run down.

  31. Andy, we are not focused on the whole drive taking well over 5 minutes. Yes there are idiots on here who claim the issue was the whole drive took over 5 minutes and if you rushed faster you may not have scored at all, but for those of us who understand the game there was just a problem with one part of that drive. We are focused on the fact that you got down to the 1 yard line with 2:50 remaining. Somehow from 2:50 to 2:00 you only ran one play! Its not exactly like your players run routes so far on plays called for the 1 yard line that it takes them 40 seconds to get set for the next play. That is inexcusable. To go from 2:50 to 1:13 to move the ball one yard is indefensible and is possibly a blunder worthy of getting fired considering it was a playoff game. Once that happens, you are relying an onside kick to win a playoff game!

  32. Perhaps Andy is just saying this publicly, to protect his OC & QB.
    If not, and he really believes he managed that drive correctly, then he’s just not that good of a coach.


  33. Actually, the Patriots faced the toughest division schedule in the NFL this year. The Jets, Bills and Dolphins were a combined .500. The second through fourth place teams in all seven other divisions had combined losing records.”

    You’re wasting your energy posting facts and statistics. These people don’t care about any of that. They just make it up as they go.

  34. The three timeouts were saved but the timeouts in the first half were not. Andy, why can’t you trust Alex your QB? I know Smith can run a hurry up offense. It’s time Andy allowed Alex more latitude in the future.

  35. Don’t they practice the hurry up offense in KC???? It was painfully obvious that they don’t OR they didn’t do it enough….

  36. Welcome to Philly’s Hell Kansas City. Lifts teams above the fray. Elevates QB play and offensive production. But critical mistakes at crunch time will rip out your guts year after year.

  37. I wonder if Coach Reid thought the same thing late in Super Bowl 39 as the Eagles were lollygagging down the field late in the 4th quarter down by 10 to NE?
    Gotta learn from past mistakes Andrew or you’re doomed to repeat them!

  38. h0c2000 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 6:31 PM

    All these years, I’ve been blaming McNabb.
    ————————————————————–
    Best comment ever on this site.

  39. He is madly delusional. The goal of any team down by two scores is to score a TD prior to the two minute warning so you can try to secure a “4th” timeout. Reid’s clock management in this scenario was so abysmal. I dont understand how an idiot like me understands these simple game strategies from playing madden in my underwear and a guy like Andy, who is paid millions of dollars to coach football, does not.

  40. If Reid was somehow convinced his defense at that point would not be able stop Brady either scoring or advancing enough to pin KC deep with too little time, then his theory at least makes some sense. After all, his defense didn’t hold. But if that’s all true, then his QB would have known they were trying to eat clock and yet after the game Smith expressed dissatisfaction with the drive taking too long. So, cute idea, but looks like a lie.

  41. The BIGGEST problem is that he doesn’t realize it’s a problem. So it will NEVER be fixed. KC is gonna have to learn to live with it. He really needs to look around at what other teams do (good teams, that is) when they’re strapped for time.

  42. How are all of you not head coaches in the NFL? You obviously know more than a coach who has been doing this most of his life. What, are you holding out for more money?

  43. It is rare that I agree with your opinion, but, yeah. Andy Reid is wrong. Andy Reid was wrong. Worse still, now I think it is some kind of flawed philosophical issue.

  44. Wasn’t the best clock management especially once they got to the 1 yard line but honestly if it weren’t for a very fortunate bounce the patriots way on 3rd down the Chiefs get the ball back with a minute left and who knows what happens.

  45. Fact is Reid, without most of his top playmakers, put KC in position to tie that game.

    1) Big Red scanned his laminated sheet long enough to dial up a money scoring play. Ask Rob Ninkovich about that! Step 1 complete.

    2) With the pressure mounting on 2nd down, the Pats predictably got cuter than a pair of Tom’s Ugg boots and almost threw an INT that might’ve completed the KC comeback. Imagine the narratives with that! Instead, the ball bounced right to Jules for the game ending first down.

  46. only1ringhawkslol says:
    Jan 21, 2016 6:48 PM
    It was former KC OC/ New Eagles HC Pedersen who decided to “slow it down” in order to avoid giving Brady the ball back… Good luck with that Eagles fans.

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    Both Reid and Pederson have admitted to being at fault for the slow down and poor clock management. Pederson admitted he was at fault at his introductory press conference Tuesday. From my perspective, as an long suffering Eagles fan and witnessing fourteen years of Reid’s time-management faux pas, I’m inclined to believe Reid’s version of events. I believe Pederson’s admission was done out of a sense of gratitude. And an unwillingness to throw his old boss under the bus so soon after his appointment. After all, it was Reid’s strong backing that was instrumental in landing Pederson in the Head Coaching position he now occupies with the Eagles. We (Eagles’ fans) all know by now, after witnessing it first hand, that end-of-game time management fiasco is a well-established trademark of Reid’s indecisive coaching style.

  47. Andy knows there’s no pressure in KC. He even tried (and failed) to make a joke about the Philly media because it was probably the first time since he got to KC anyone asked him a tough question.

  48. streetyson says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:42 PM
    If Reid was somehow convinced his defense at that point would not be able stop Brady either scoring or advancing enough to pin KC deep with too little time, then his theory at least makes some sense. After all, his defense didn’t hold. But if that’s all true, then his QB would have known they were trying to eat clock and yet after the game Smith expressed dissatisfaction with the drive taking too long. So, cute idea, but looks like a lie.

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    I’m going to go one step further and say that it makes no sense in any situation. Even if you were pinning all your hopes on an onside kick, you have the option of still kicking deep if you are outside the 2 minute warning.

    You have a better chance of recovery if the other team isn’t 100% sure that the onside kick is coming. You can still run out the clock going for the 2nd score if it works. If it doesn’t work, you still have a chance to stop them.

    Reid’s alleged plan relied on several things going his way with no margin for error and no fallback plan.

  49. It’s the ball boy’s fault they didn’t recover the onside kick, score another TD, and then go for 2 and make it.

  50. i was waiting for him to say they were having headset issues, like all the other whiners do, i give him some credit for simply saying he was under the jedi mind games of bill.

  51. That’s great Andy.

    Good to know you’ll still be managing the clock the same way you did in Philly.

    So with that knowledge, I can just put an “X” through the Kansas City Chiefs name as far as you winning anything as long as Reid is the coach.

    Hell, I can put an “X” through the Chiefs name for the next 3 seasons until they figure out that Reid isn’t a real winner.

    Welcome to Philly’s world Chiefs fans. Your going to see why he’s was fired in Philly land.

  52. Andy should call up his old buddy/coach Gruden for some advice. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a clue. wow

  53. Look. This is so freakin’ simple and I can’t get why Reid and his supporters can’t seem to figure it out. If the drive results in tying the game or taking the lead, it is absolutely the correct strategy, ESPECIALLY against a Tom Brady or the like. If you need more than one score, then you have to score as quickly as possible. Period, period, period. Regardless if your strategy is to try to stop them on defense or recover an onside kick, leaving yourself with next to no time almost guarantees a loss.

  54. It was deja vu watching that last Chiefs drive.. i saw that happen in the Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl.. only difference is that Alex Smith didnt puke on the field like Donovan McChoke did!

  55. With all the hate from Philly fan, they must be loving the fact that they just hired Andy’s right hand man.

  56. Unfortunately, listeners missed the bulk of his comments because Reid didn’t start talking until there were only a few seconds left in the segment.

  57. The Lego Movie……..it wasn’t in Andy’s instructions book for coaching, it involves layered, critical thinking required for someone who probably wouldn’t appreciate football. A critical thinker like Bill B looks like football Socrates because this is what he is compared too.

  58. Kansas City is so stupid. They should’ve never fired Moobs Pioli and stayed the course with Romeo. Everything was so much better 4 plus years ago. Heck they could be firing coaching staffs like the Eagles, every three years and drafting in the top five yearly. It’s so much fun to battle the Fade for the division floor mat crown each year.

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