Chiefs coach Andy Reid may have spent part of his summer vacation in his seaside home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but he clearly took some time to think about what he will say to his players at the start of training camp.
And on Sunday, in front of the dormitory where rookies and quarterbacks were asked to report at Missouri Western State University, Reid gave reporters a taste of what that message will be after he was asked whether he is ready for the beginning of camp.
“I’m ready to go, like you guys are,” Reid said. “And the fans man, there’s just a certain feel you get around this time of the year. It’s time to roll and we look forward (to it).
“We weren’t good enough last year. Doggone, we made some strides but we weren’t good enough. So the guys know that and they came into the offseason looking forward to getting better. The coaches, we didn’t do a good enough job there and so we went back and re-evaluated some things and now we get to put those things to use here and see if we can’t be a better football team. That’s exciting. That’s what it’s all about.”
Reid was then asked what his team learned from its playoff game against Indianapolis, in which it blew a 38-10 third-quarter lead and lost 45-44.
“For a young team — we were like the second-youngest team in the National Football League — you sit there and (think), what can we learn from that,” Reid said. “Well, there’s a ton we can learn from that game right there on how to finish.
“In this league, man, you’ve got to know how to do that. There’s no time to let your foot off the accelerator. That can make us a better team going forward. That’s a positive, as much as it hurts. You lose any game, in particular a playoff game, those hurt. But at the same time, it’s something that you can learn and build on for this coming year.”