Chiefs coach Andy Reid is absent from this year’s NFL Scouting Combine because of recent knee replacement surgery, but that doesn’t mean he’s not staying abreast of the happenings in Indianapolis.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Reid remains involved in the process from afar. Each team conducts 60 formal interviews, each lasting 15 minutes, during the Combine.
“What we’ve done in terms of the player interviews this year, we’ve worked out a system where he’ll be able to see the interviews,” Dorsey said, without getting into specifics. “I wanted to see if we could FaceTime him here, but I don’t think he’d like that FaceTime thing.”
Dorsey, who is set to enter his fourth season with Reid in Kansas City, said the Chiefs’ front office, scouting and coaching staffs have built a natural camaraderie and synergy that comes with spending so much time together the last several years. This makes them capable of accommodating their head coach’s absence during the most important scouting event of the season.
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“We’ve been in this program now for four years, and we’ve built this thing,” Dorsey said. “We understand, (as) a personnel staff, what the coaches want from specific players, and I think the coaching staff understands what we want from a personnel side. We’ve meshed together and we understand each other and trust each other.”
Dorsey added that the Chiefs’ scouting process during the Combine hasn’t changed with Reid gone, but does wish he could be there with them.
“I miss having Andy (Reid) here, and here’s why,” Dorsey said. “What’s nice is when we sit down in the 60-player interview room, it’s always nice to have him there because he does a nice job of just understanding players of what their worth is.”