Chiefs coach Andy Reid was happy with the way left tackle Eric Fisher started Sunday’s 28-16 loss to Carolina, though Reid noticed a flaw with Fisher’s technique in the second quarter that affected his performance.
“Anytime you’re coming off a significant injury, you’ve got to continue to battle through,” Reid said. “That’s what this preseason has been for him. He’s coming off shoulder surgery.
“You saw how he started the game — he started like gangbusters and then that arm gets tired and he has a tendency to not shoot it quite as fast as when he would when it’s fresh. I’m not even sure he’s conscious of that, but you see that with players coming off knees, it’s the same thing. As the game goes on, they don’t plant off it quite as well as they do early in the game. ”
Fisher allowed at least one quarterback hurry on Sunday and was also called for holding, but Reid essentially said it’s all part of the process as Fisher works his way back from the offseason shoulder surgery that kept him from building up his upper body for part of the offseason.
“The more you play and the more you keep working your fundamentals and the more consistent you become, eventually (you will do it) for four quarters and you roll,” Reid said. “He sure started off the game nice, but toward end of the second quarter, he was dragging that thing a little bit and he’s got to keep it up and fire it.”
Screen game must improve
Reid’s offense relies a lot on screen passes. But on Sunday, he wasn’t happy with his team’s execution on such plays.
“I thought our screen needed to be better,” Reid said. “That’s always been a plus for us, and we were in the minus numbers.”
Reid elaborated on the specific issues later on during his conference call with reporters.
“We’ve got to do a better job of turning upfield — the offense linemen — and getting them going north and south, likewise with the backs,” Reid said. “(We need to) just get that in sync, we were a step off there. If you’re a step off in the screen game, you’ve got problems.”