Andy Reid bristles a bit at questions about absent players

AP

A trio of big-name Chiefs defensive players have been staying away from offseason workouts. They’ve been joined by another.

Linebacker Dee Ford, a pass rusher who had 10 sacks last year and is eligible for a new contract, has been away. On Thursday, coach Andy Reid was asked about his absence. He seemed to be a little irritated about the subject.

“It’s a voluntary camp,” Reid said. “Let me tell you how I work on this whole thing about guys not being here. I can allow [the media] out here one time. If I get pummeled on who’s here and who’s not here, we’ll just do the one. We come out here, we give you every day that you can talk to these guys, so don’t worry about all of that. It’s a voluntary camp and that’s how I’m going to answer it every time you ask.”

It very well may be that Reid was irritated less about the question than he is about the fact that players are absent. Voluntary or not, coaches want their players to participate — especially since the players who play for their competitors are doing just that.

Complicating matters for any coach with players who opt not to attend optional workouts is that any expression of disapproval or frustration with the absence runs afoul of the labor deal. So while it’s a topic that likely is at the forefront of Reid’s mind, Reid doesn’t want the topic to ever be on his tongue.

33 responses to “Andy Reid bristles a bit at questions about absent players

  1. As coach Reid said, its voluntary. It’s the players right. Can we not respect each other’s rights? Isn’t that what this country is all about? Not even a Chiefs fan, but just saying if any player chooses to miss OTA’s and then comes in fat, rusty, etc. it’s the player who took the risk of possibly being demoted or cut. Sure, as fans we want to see our teams players at every practice, but to each their own.

  2. tonebones says:
    Jun 1, 2017 9:17 PM

    There isn’t a better all-around coach than Andy Reid.

    He is a terrible coach who will never win the big one….
    He even gets to go on pretty good teams and still can’t win with that!!! Poor Jeff Fisher gets stuck with terrible teams…
    Raiders own the AFC West this year (they would of last year of Carr never broke his ankle) this season Chiefs finish 8-8 at best. Chiefs FIRE Andy Reid and Jack Del Rio is holding up the Lombardi Trophy..

  3. justin houston and eric berry are training together and doing camps for kids in atlanta. you can bet that marcus peters is doing the same in oakland, and dee ford was there all week and last and only missed one practice. i can see why andy’s tired of reporters asking leading questions about it.

  4. He looks like Mr Koolaid in his giant red jacket.

    Andy Reid is a very good, but flawed coach. His teams will always be competitive and well coached but ultimately his horrid clock management and poor in-game adjustments costs him in the biggest games.

  5. nflfollower says:
    Jun 1, 2017 9:52 PM
    It’s a really pointless question for the media. They already know the answer—its optional.

    ——————-

    Its not just pointless, its also inconsiderate to ask the coach such a question. As the article points out it can cause union trouble if he says anything that can be construed to express disapproval. So asking that question and then being out to construe any words as indicating ‘disapproval’ in the subsequent article is really just trying to stir up controversy so they can then report on that.

  6. tonebones says:
    Jun 1, 2017 9:17 PM
    There isn’t a better all-around coach than Andy Reid.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Ever heard of Bill Belichick? He’s now won 5 Super Bowls.

  7. “There isn’t a better all-around coach than Andy Reid.”

    Lol yeah he’s won all those Super Bowls…. oh wait

    Not to mention his teams are infamous for the worst clock management ever late in games when every second counts. No sense of urgency pretty much defines his teams.

  8. “ultimately his horrid clock management and poor in-game adjustments costs him in the biggest games”

    Ultimately his only real flaws, costly flaws, but his only real ones.

  9. Andy Reid is a fantastic coach with one big mortal flaw: he will always make huge tactical mistakes at the end of games. Usually it’s piss poor clock management and lack of urgency​ when they are down and need to hustle down the field. Also wastes too many early time outs so can’t stop the clock when time is running out. An unbeatable combo for losing close games.

  10. I have never laughed so hard, You cant beat the Chiefs with Carr or without Carr you better check the record vs the Chiefs son!!!! Raiders didn’t win anything they were second and that is where they will stay in front of the Donkeys and Dolts.

    Raiders own the AFC West this year (they would of last year of Carr never broke his ankle) this season Chiefs finish 8-8 at best. Chiefs FIRE Andy Reid and Jack Del Rio is holding up the Lombardi Trophy

  11. I have never laughed so hard, You cant beat the Chiefs with Carr or without Carr you better check the record vs the Chiefs son!!!! Raiders didn’t win anything they were second and that is where they will stay in front of the Donkeys and Dolts.

    tonebones says:
    Raiders own the AFC West this year (they would of last year of Carr never broke his ankle) this season Chiefs finish 8-8 at best. Chiefs FIRE Andy Reid and Jack Del Rio is holding up the Lombardi Trophy

  12. I started reading the headline and expected it to say Andy Reid bristled “…at being asked to leave all-you-can-eat buffet.”

    Seriously though, no love for the Chiefs or Eagles, but Reid is a great coach. He is among perhaps 4-5 guys that will leave the game on their own terms, and never have to spend time as a coordinator to earn their way back to the top. Anyone saying he isn’t great is either an idiot or a liar, maybe both.

  13. tonebones says:
    Jun 1, 2017 9:17 PM
    There isn’t a better all-around coach than Andy Reid.
    _________________________________________

    I could not disagree more about that. Reid is this generations’ Marty Schottenheimer. He’ll always have a good regular season record, but he’ll never win a Super Bowl.
    And are you forgetting about Bill Belichick??? Reid couldn’t shine his shoes!

  14. As for these “voluntary” off-season workouts — the whole premise is a farce.
    The NFL should stop allowing them to be called “voluntary” because we all know the coaches view them as mandatory.
    Or, just get rid of them.
    Either way, it’s ridiculous to read about players skipping them every year.

  15. tonebones says:
    Jun 1, 2017 9:17 PM

    There isn’t a better all-around coach than Andy Reid.
    ————————————————————-
    If only there was some way to measure the success of a coach, or a team, for that matter.

    Unfortunately, there isn’t any sort of objective, concrete criteria we can use to determine if one coach or team is better than another, we just have to go by gut feel based on their outfits or what they say at off-season press conferences.

  16. tonebones says:

    There isn’t a better all-around coach than Andy Reid.
    ======================================

    Yeah there is. He’s better than the coaches who came after him in Philly, though.

  17. I believe the media is just trying to bait these coaches into saying something that will get them fined and then write upmteen articles on them getting fined.

    Isn’t it really a question for the individual players as to why they’re not at voluntary OTAs?

  18. I kind of understand some players not being at voluntary OTA’s, but Man, they just broke the bank for Eric berry and he is not there. They broke the bank for Justin Houston and he is not there, and has only played like 2 games the last 2 years. Marcus peters should definitely be there. It’s his 3rd year, and he is already big timing the Chiefs.

  19. Andy may be starting to “lose the room”, as he did in Philly. He’s primarily a players coach, but once they started tuning him out in Philly, he was done.

  20. tonebones says:
    Jun 1, 2017 9:17 PM

    Raiders own the AFC West this year

    ——

    Uhm, the Chiefs swept Oakland (and the rest of the west) WITH Carr.

    It’s pretty clear to me KC owns the West, until proven otherwise.

  21. He’s no players coach….

    He’s the biggest front office party-line tow-er there is.

    Once his “players” understand that about him, they get squirrely and start gaming the organization for more money. See Philadelphia Eagles 2005-2008. They blamed all of that on Joe Banner. Nope…it was Andy, too.

    He’s a cheap, quasi-GM and a complete choker as a gameday coach…and his teams know it. Hell, the NFL knows it, too. Just ask his ex-“players.” Or, turn on Philadelphia sports radio.

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