Andy Reid on passing on FG: I do what my gut says to do

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid opened himself up to second-guessing on Sunday afternoon when he opted to go for it on fourth-and-two from the Steelers’ 4-yard-line early in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs were down 12-3 and many thought kicking a field goal to make it a one-score game would have been the prudent thing for the Chiefs to do. They called a pass to tight end Demetrius Harris instead and it was ruled incomplete after Harris and Steelers safety Sean Davis wrestled over the ball.

Reid said he didn’t think Harris had control of the ball when asked why he didn’t challenge that ruling.

After the game, Reid said “hindsight ends up being that you wish you would have kicked it” but that he felt the team hadn’t been close to scoring a touchdown to that point in the game when discussing his decision to go the other way.

“I don’t worry about the questions that will be asked afterwards; I do what my gut tells me to do,” Reid said, via the Kansas City Star. “I thought that was the right thing to do. Again, we hadn’t been down there or really moved the ball too much. If nothing else it backs them up and gives us an opportunity to come back and win the game. Which we did. We had an opportunity there to win the game. So these are the things I’m thinking about. I’m preaching to the team to stay aggressive without being stupid.”

The Chiefs forced a punt and scored a quick touchdown on their next drive to cut the score to 12-10, but Antonio Brown caught a pass off Phillip Gaines‘ helmet and turned it into a 51-yard touchdown that left the Chiefs with two scores to make up in a little more than three minutes. They couldn’t and there are no more unbeaten teams in the NFL as a result.

44 responses to “Andy Reid on passing on FG: I do what my gut says to do

  1. Yeah, you probably take a FG there, statistically speaking. But stats don’t account for momentum/psychology…which would have shifted big time if they made it. Just a call that the coach gets slammed on if it fails and credited for if it works. Moving on…

  2. That’s why punt, pass, and kick legend Andrew Reid is a great coach! People are only fussing because it didn’t work. Keep doing what you do, Reid. You are no worse than the 2nd best coach in the league. You also look like my dad.. heck, most dads. Happy birthday, Daddy!

  3. Let’s be honest. Of all the things we would usually be second guessing Andy Reid about after a close loss being aggressive isn’t high on that list. 10 minute drives when you’re down 2 scores or inexplicable challenges are usually tops on that list.

  4. You win some, and lose some…simple as that.

    Chiefs and coach Reid will be okay…and I’m not even a homer.

  5. Dumb call by Reid.
    Chiefs were outplayed the whole game, yet still had a chance to win the game, but bad decisions from Reid, and a fluke play did the Chiefs in.
    BTW, how much more are the Chiefs willing to play Phillip Gaines before they see enough to cut him?
    The guy is killing the Chiefs week in and week out with penalties, and horrible play

  6. This game was clearly one of the fixed games this weekend. That terribly Steeler D suddenly comes alive and stops the most powerful offense in the league? Spare me. Two things had to happen this weekend: Chiefs needed to lose, Giants needed to win. Not to mention the Jets game.

  7. thedudley5 says:
    October 16, 2017 at 7:59 am
    This game was clearly one of the fixed games this weekend. That terribly Steeler D suddenly comes alive and stops the most powerful offense in the league? Spare me. Two things had to happen this weekend: Chiefs needed to lose, Giants needed to win. Not to mention the Jets game.

    Just ignore the fact the Steelers have won 6 out of the last 7 against the Chiefs, the one loss came when Landry Jones was QB. Steelers slouched in run defense against the Bears and came back to shut down the Ravens. They again had bad run defense against the Jags, shut down the run in KC. Ignore the fact the Steelers came into the game with the #1 pass defense, top 5 in total defensive yards and points allowed.

    The Giants winning in Denver is the upset of the week, the Patriots beating the Jets was business as usual.

  8. All subsequent events after the missed fourth down attempt would be completely different had they kicked the field goal. It is therefore impossible to predict what would have happened had the Chiefs done that. One can’t surmise the exact same outcome from a different set of variables. So they take the three and it’s 12-6. Who’s to say the Steelers don’t run the kickoff back for a TD? Impossible to say what would have happened.

  9. If Smith hadn’t overthrown so many open WRs, they might have won.

    I think Reid is a great coach but I usually bash him over his tendency to go conservative when aggressiveness is working.

  10. Joe Girardi not challenging a hit batsman because he did not want to disrupt Chad Green’s rhythm or Andy Reid not taking the FG because he does what his gut says to do. Having trouble deciding which was dumber.

    Standing alone on their own (sic) merits, probably Girardi not challenging. But in the bigger picture, the Yankees went on to beat the Indians, while the Chiefs went on to lose to the Steelers.

    Regardless, on behalf of Steelers fans everywhere, thank you Andy for the very early Christmas present of an opponent’s HC gaffe that significantly contributed to a critical win.

  11. The greatest coach in NFL history made that same mistake one time. In the 1960 NFL championship game v. the NY Giants Lombardi did the same thing not once but twice, and lost the game.

    He knew he had blown it. He admitted it and vowed never to be that stupid again. He went on to win 5 Championships in the next 7 years and should have won 8 but for his own arrogance (or stupidity if you prefer).

    Reid hasn’t figured it out yet so my guess is he will retire without a ring as a head coach.

  12. Just Andy Reid doing Andy Reid things. As a fan of Washington, I have seen Andy do boneheaded things like this over and over when he was coaching the Eagles. One game, I swear he called a pass play 3 times on 3rd-and-1 and each time they failed to convert. And another time he went into a game without a (healthy) punter.

  13. Reid is a very, very good coach who has had huge success as a head coach in Philly and who came to KC and turned around a mess of team into a perennial playoff team….but man he sure does seem to make a number of head scratching calls

  14. Though I’d have kicked it I can see why he went for it because he felt they hadn’t up to that point reach the end zone and would not be able to keep up with the Steelers by scoring FGs. And it turns out he was right. For years people gave him a hard time for losing gsmes by being conservative so quit yapping.

  15. I don’t have an issue going for it there. He was right we have been getting our tail kicked by that team multiple times over the years. He was trying to change the narrative. I know some will say it’s the coaches version of a Hail Mary but Reid has to weigh the fact we’re probably going to see them again in the playoffs and instead of a total turd with nothing positive to point to, the chiefs have some things they can say worked. Let’s be clear the chiefs may have lost but the reality is they very much could of won that game again. Pittsburgh got very luck after that on a Brown td pass. So let’s say that is incomplete then all of sudden ur looking at the chiefs with a way to win and 8 plus min on the clock. As a chiefs fan I’d much rather lose like this now in week six rather than in January. Also I much rather lose this game Sunday and win in Oakland on Thursday.

  16. I agree with him if it was a half a yard or maybe one. This was almost 2 yards and you needed 2 scores. You kick the field goal.

  17. kcrobert10 says:
    October 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

    “Let’s be clear the chiefs may have lost but the reality is they very much could of won that game again. Pittsburgh got very luck after that on a Brown td pass. So let’s say that is incomplete then all of sudden ur looking at the chiefs with a way to win and 8 plus min on the clock.”

    Let’s looks at this a little deeper as it’s still not a sure thing. Pittsburgh was moving the ball with ease, again. Penalties and questionable play calls ended TD drives, as well as the Chiefs stepping up a bit. The INT that led to a FG was also a fluke, the best WR aim the game rarely runs the wrong route. Brown repayed the favor for his earlier mistake, still the Chiefs had a chance to tackle Brown after the catch but executed poor tackling. Also the Steeler defense was playing lights out until the blown coverage on the long TD pass. Burns was watching the backfield and not his man, Hill got in due to an attempt of a strip over proper tackling. The win was by 6, the game was nowhere near that close.

  18. KC got dominated on the lines against Philly and Washington, but got away with it. New England’s O-line dominated them for 3 quarters before giving way. KC has some issues with physicality in the trenches, and it caught up with them yesterday. They’re still a really good team, but Pittsburgh is a terrible matchup for them.

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