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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Chiefs coach Andy Reid not a fan of scrimmaging against other teams

07/22/2014 2:00 AM

07/21/2014 7:13 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been a head coach in the NFL long enough — 16 years now — that he has his own ways about doing things.

One thing, apparently, that he is not a fan of is scrimmaging against other teams during the preseason. A handful of teams across the league do it as a means to evaluate their players against different competition, but Reid simply isn't into it.

“I’ve never been that big on it,” Reid said. “I know a lot of teams do it, a lot of successful teams do it. I just don’t want to give anyone anything that I don’t have to give. There’s already enough of this right here. I really don’t go there. That’s just not the way I’ve done it before.”

Two of the league's most consistent franchises, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, will practice together in Baltimore in the four days prior to their Aug. 7 exhibition game at M&T Bank Stadium. Eight other teams are participating in scrimmages, although only one — New England — made the playoffs last season.

The Chiefs last scrimmaged against another team in the preseason in 2012, when they hosted the Arizona Cardinals at Missouri Western State University.

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