ST. JOSEPH — Watching a Chiefs practice run by coach Andy Reid can be the closest thing to watching a game.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
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 youre 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, were going to third-and-3 to third-and-6 today, and just work on that.
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