Andy Reid dislikes joint practices because he likes to keep secrets


Chiefs coach Andy Reid isn’t a proponent of joint practices, and it has nothing to do with the recent attention paid to fights.

It has everything to do with him being paranoid.

Via Adam Teicher of, Reid explained that his lack of enthusiasm for inviting another team in stems from being a mastermind in the ways of espionage.

“In today’s world, with the technology, there are not a lot of secrets,” Reid said. “Really, you have your coaching points, your teaching points. We try to teach on the field . . . . We try to teach as we’re doing it. I really don’t want anybody hearing that. That’s my own personal feeling. As much as I can keep in house in today’s world I’d like to. I think you give up a little bit of that when you work [with another team].

“And some of these things get a little out of hand. Things happen with the competition.”

While many coaches view it as an opportunity for a more intense practice than you normally get in the era of no two-a-days, Reid shrugged that off and said he didn’t envision doing it any time soon.

Because clearly, it would work against the Chiefs’ best interests if another team snuck in there and found out Reid’s plans for underutilizing his running game.

28 responses to “Andy Reid dislikes joint practices because he likes to keep secrets

  1. “In today’s world, with the technology, there are not a lot of secrets.”

    Be more specific, Andy.

  2. I am eagerly awaiting all the classless, delusional, envious, eagle fans who will pollute the comment section and post their nonsensical hate towards this man who actually made that franchise relevant for the first time in 40 years.

  3. We all know Alice is going to throw flat passes and we all know you’ll eat everything you see, Andy.

    There are no secrets.

  4. That’s funny considering when he was in Philly anyone and there grandmother could watch, record and tape every second of practice the Eagles ever had. Drove me crazy….but I agree with this “new” philosophy. The only issue with keeping secrets is it does no good if you can predict every play Reid is going to run from your couch at home let alone if you are a DC.

  5. “Two years ago an assistant coach for another team figured out my recipe for butter smoked brisket, and it took months to recover. Never again.”

  6. “Because clearly, it would work against the Chiefs’ best interests if another team snuck in there and found out Reid’s plans for underutilizing his running game.” – keep it above the waste or I’ll deduct a point next time!

  7. Andy, you’ve been calling the same plays in the same situations for the past 15 years.

    There’s no secrets to your gameplan.

  8. Hey Eagles fans, I’ll save you the trouble and make the post for you:

    “Don’t worry Andy, everybody knows you don’t like to run the ball.”

  9. Replace Reid with Belichick in this article and the internet explodes with accusations of the patriots cheating.

  10. Yes, it would be terrible to share the philosophy of throwing 60 times a game to no name wide receivers and ignoring your top 5 running back with the rest of the league.

  11. Andy, your secret isn’t really a secret.

    Everyone already knows when something is working for you, you’ll switch to something else that doesn’t.

  12. Philly would have a Super Bowl win (lost to Patriots by a field goal), if it weren’t for you, Andy.

  13. This is why the Packers don’t do joint practices.


    In the entire conversation about the Cowboys/Rams fights, how did nobody mention Greg Williams?

    Reading reports from the Dallas Morning News it sounds like Rams players were going low during PRACTIVE taking cheap shots at Randy Gregory, Olineman, and the rest of the team.

    Just watch the video of Jared Cook (#89) blindsiding Randy Gregory. Or Eugene Sims (#97) blind siding Ben Gardner. Throw Brandon Washington (#70) in there, and you have some real punk shots being delivered. The Rams have not had a winning season in the last 11 years. It looked like they were trying to take 11 years of frustration out on the Cowboys. If you are looking for instigators, you would need to point your collective fingers at the Rams. Just way beyond the bounds of what takes place in an NFL practice. Cowboys linebacker Andrew Gachkar cut on a screen play (you NEVER go low in a practice) then Gregory was clipped low on the next play. Really, shame on the Rams. It certainly did not reflect well on the NFL and wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rams organization issue a public or private apology.

  14. Because its been a 2 year smoke screen that this is actually going to be the year he uses Wide Receivers and runs the ball in short yardage situations…

    Because clearly on 3rd and 23 at the 50 yard line you do a draw that gets you 5 yards… Or a pass to the TE running a 11 yard curl route… His secrets work, defenses never expect it… because they can stop it every time.

  15. As an Eagles fan, I respect our former coach. 99-04 were awesome as an Eagles fan, and Big Red deserves much of the praise for that.

    Having said that, he also deserves much of the criticism he received in this town as well and regardless of how things net out with Chip it was time to part company when we did. I really believe he could have won at least one SuperBowl if he hadn’t been so stubborn with respect to undervaluing some of the positions on the team – specifically WR and LB. His play calling was also rather predictable, and he undervalued the RB position much to his own detriment.

    People remember Terrell Owens, but before that it was a laundry list of marginal players at the WR position. He tried to sell us Kevin Curtis and even James Thrash as #1 receivers – guys that were at best #3 on the depth chart on their respective teams prior – and in James Thrash’s case nothing more than a very good special teams player with the Skins both before and after his time in Philly.

    Then there’s the LB position. Once he let Jeremiah Trotter walk, the LB corps was a whole heck of a lot of marginal players….none of which seemed to last more than a year or two starting – Levon Kirkland, Chris Gocong, Stewart Bradley, Omar Gaither, etc.

    Two important positions that he didn’t really see the value in until it was too late and the core of his team had already started to pass its prime.

    He’s a good coach, don’t get me wrong. But the criticisms are valid too.

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