NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who works the Thursday night telecasts, is at Chiefs’ camp for two days of practices in preparation for Andy Reid’s return to Philadelphia, where the Chiefs visit the Eagles on Sept. 19.
“I grew up in Philadelphia. I still live there,” Mayock said. “I was a close observer of the Reid era, and nobody respected what he did there and how he did it more than I did. So that’s going to be a pretty cool night.
“Andy looks like he’s got a complete breath of fresh air. He’s back to what he used to be years ago in Philly, actively coaching, actively installing. I think he’s having more fun than he’s had in years.”
Mayock’s first impressions of the Chiefs?
“The quarterback situation with Alex Smith, all of a sudden, that’s solid. When you go minus-24 in turnover differential, you can’t win games in this league. Alex Smith takes care of that. (Rookie running back) Knile Davis is a really interesting guy. I thought he was before the draft, and you really won’t know if he can hold the ball and stay healthy until the real thing but, boy is he fun to watch.
“I love Jamaal Charles. … The wide receiver position needs to develop. … (Jon) Baldwin’s got to step up and make some plays. Andy is going to take advantage of what (Dexter) McCluster does well. Their offensive line can be solid. The two tackles (Eric Fisher and Branden Albert) could be special.
“Defensively under Bob Sutton, it’s a whole different look for Chiefs fans … a lot of overload blitzes. They believe in pressure. What you see is a defense that is going to try to dictate to an offense as opposed to sitting back complacent in a zone.
“This is the kind of team you don’t want to play. They’re young, they’re fairly talented for a team coming off a 2-14.”