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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Reid likes to run practices like game situations

08/05/2013 12:00 AM

08/05/2013 12:33 PM

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.’”


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