Andy Reid: Alex Smith is my guy

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Bills that he didn’t think about pulling quarterback Alex Smith from the game and wasn’t thinking about making a quarterback change heading into Week 13.

A night’s sleep and a chance to review the latest tape didn’t do anything to change his mind. Reid said at a Monday press conference that Smith “is my guy” and said that the problems with the offense can’t be solved by making a change at one position.

“Without getting philosophical, and I’m not sitting here with a crystal ball or projecting things like that, that’s not how I roll,” Reid said, via Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride. “We’ve all got a responsibility to do our job at all positions, starting with me, and that’s not getting done the right way. Right? It’s not one guy, and that has to be understood. It’s not one person. We’ve all got to pull together as a football team, in this case, an offensive football team, right now, and get that taken care of as a team. Not one guy. And that’s about as clear as I can be.”

Reid said the Bills “brought five, played zone behind them and pressed on the outside” during Sunday’s game and that the team has to do a better job of beating that kind of defense. The best way to do that is going to come via the air, something the Chiefs were able to do in the early weeks of the season far more often than they have while losing five of their last six games.

Plenty of people doubt Smith will be able to do that, but Reid is either not one of them or unconvinced that rookie Patrick Mahomes will fare any better.

46 responses to “Andy Reid: Alex Smith is my guy

  1. In a weird way this reminds me of the 2012 Niners situation with Smith and Kaepernick. The Chiefs, like the Niners, has a good year going but they seem like they reached their ceiling with Smith. He didn’t lose the job because he stunk m, a change was needed. Kaepernick went onto lead the Niners to an NFC Title due to that change. Not saying Mahomes will do the same but a change might kick everyone on that seem in the butt and get them jump started.

  2. I am a LONG time Chiefs fan, and have been a Pro Andy Reid guy and strong supporter.
    But, the act is wearing thin.
    The inability to get to the level of SERIOUS title contender is becoming frustrating.
    The excuses are getting old.

    I think maybe its time Andy is shown the door at the end of the year, and bring in a fresh HC that can tailor the team with Mahomes.

  3. Agree with the last commentator about it seeming to be a hallmark of Andy Reid’s Chiefs. It would help if they had a QB who was willing/able to throw to his WR’s once in a while…

  4. andy already did this, to disastrous results. said mcnabb was his guy on sunday, went to kolb on monday and gave him the ravens as his debut…

    also said kolb was his guy, then went to vick…

    so andy does what andy does and not alway what andy says…

    but since he has that flak for a g.m., he can always be blamed later….

  5. Andy Reid is a good, not great coach. His tendencies are dyed in the wool — he can script 15 plays from his giant Arby’s Menu and get his team ready after a bye week — but he’s a terrible game day coach, always blows his timeouts before he needs them and will never deliver the goods. We watched him in Philly for TOO LONG and now KC is getting their full taste of big red. Time’s theirs!

  6. Andy’s been around a while. He knows what he’s doing. He’s keeping Mahomes chomping at the bit. If Alex goes down with an injury, he’ll never take another snap in a Chiefs uniform. Andy is no dummy and he’s not getting any younger. Coaches don’t always say what they believe. Actually, they hardly ever say what they believe. They’re much safer staying in robot mode when they deal with the fans and media. Tomlin tries to be honest and we rip him for it. Don’t blame coaches when they lie to us. We demand it.

  7. I don’t understand how all these Chief fans would hate on Alex Smith the way that they are he’s played with as much heart as anyone on his team if not more. As a Raiders fan I have a lot of respect for Alex Smith that dude leaves it all on the field and if the rest of the team cared as much as he does they would probably be undefeated I mean has anyone seen the hits that guy is taking to get first downs and to keep drives alive I don’t know but if I was a Chiefs fan I would be proud he was my Quarterback because the dude wins and he leads what else do you want from the guy?

  8. If you mentioned the phrase “sense of urgency” to Andy Reid he gets a confused look on his face and will ask why you’re speaking in some kind of foreign language to him.

  9. It never ceases to amaze me how Head Coaches constantly set themselves up to look like complete idiots or liars. to be THIS decisive about Alex Smith, when we all know the reality of switching to Mahomes is so real. He couldn’t have given a vague answer or something non-committal, instead he mocks and laughs at the idea of breaking his promise of loyalty to Alex, which is only going to make Reid look even worse when he does switch.

  10. “Alex Smith is my guy…(until he isn’t)”

    After watching the various incarnations of Reid’s teams over the years I can’t help but come to the conclusion that Reid doesn’t have a Smith problem but Smith has a Reid problem. For years now Smith has done exactly what his coaches have asked of him, not much less and not much more. It’s who he is. Coupling an essentially conservative QB with a coach that gets ever more conservative the tighter things get isn’t the answer. A big part of the problem is opening the play calling back up and the running room that generates just doesn’t seem to be occurring to Reid.

  11. You can’t play Mahomes now when a playoff berth is on the line.

    People… ya gotta remember that Andy Reid/Marty Mornhinweg/Donovan McNabb/Eagles won five (5) NFC Championship berths, along with a Super Bowl appearance, so Andy knows best, peeps.

  12. I think Andy Reid and Jim Harbaugh are two of the best coaches in America. They are both very creative. They put their QB’s in the best position to make plays. Eventually, with a QB like Alex Smith, you run out of creative ways to trick NFL defensive coordinators. At some point, the QB’s have to make plays. Alex can do that every once in a while, but not with any great consistency. None of the Chiefs fans hate Alex Smith. They’re intelligent football fans, and they’ve seen what a good QB can do. It’s not personal.

  13. Andy Reid “it’s not how I roll”! Insert joke anywhere in that statement. Unfortunately chiefs fans will not experience the joys of losing championship games at home (or on the road). The one SB was really special though.

  14. It’s the play calling. Still running the same plays from weeks 1-5. Has everyone forgotten the headline from June of 2017? “Chiefs fire GM John Dorsey, extend coach Andy Reid” Did the wrong guy get fired?

  15. ud1hens says:
    November 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm
    In a weird way this reminds me of the 2012 Niners situation with Smith and Kaepernick. The Chiefs, like the Niners, has a good year going but they seem like they reached their ceiling with Smith. He didn’t lose the job because he stunk m, a change was needed. Kaepernick went onto lead the Niners to an NFC Title due to that change. Not saying Mahomes will do the same but a change might kick everyone on that seem in the butt and get them jump started.
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    That is NOT what happened in 2012. Smith got a concussion. The game prior he set an NFL record for completion percentage, had a record of 21-6-1 as the starter (mostly under Harbaugh) since coming back after Singletary tried the other QB. At the time he left he was a top 5 QB in the league and an argument could be made for top 2. The 49ers were not in need of a change. they went to the NFC champ game the year prior and should have won it if not for 2 muffed punts (4th qtr/OT). IMHO, not returning Smith as starter when healthy was Harbaugh’s biggest NFL mistake.

  16. the league caught up with the chiefs and Alex and Andy haven’t stayed out in front and reinvented themselves week to week…I thought coming out of the bye you would see a fresh team and new looks but no. and if you take away Kelce they are mediocre at best. They don’t have enough weapons in the passing game. Hill is talented player but he’s not a top 20 wide receiver.

  17. Eagles fans were right, about everything. As far as Alex goes, he’s playing the way he has for almost 13 years. Like crap.

  18. Smith isn’t the problem. The O-line is horrible and he spends nearly every play running for his life. Can’t run the ball when there isn’t a hole to run through. Play calling has also been terrible. Why call plays on 3rd down that stop short of the 1st down marker?

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