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Reid likes to run practices like game situations

Updated: 2013-08-05T17:33:00Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

— Watching a Chiefs practice run by coach Andy Reid can be the closest thing to watching a game.

While the Chiefs, like most teams, devote portions of practice to scripted plays when working on certain packages — goal-line, short-yardage, scoring-zone, third-and-long and 2-minute — Reid likes to simulate game situations.

So instead of running plays from a certain spot on the field, the Chiefs’ plays are determined by down and distance earned by the offense or defense. If the play picks up a first down, they move the chains until the offense scores or is stopped. If the play loses yards, the offense has to deal with long-yardage situations.

Just like a game.

“You try to get it as close to a game situation as you can, so the players get a little feel how the coaches are going to call it, how you’re going to take care of the sideline, substitute …” Reid said, “and you get the coaches away so the players can play as opposed to saying, ‘OK, we’re going to third-and-3 to third-and-6 today, and just work on that.’”

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/randycovitz.

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