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Chiefs coach Andy Reid is not tempted to give up play-calling duties

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid deulitt@kcstar.com

With a disappointing 1-5 record, it’s safe to say Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s team is combating a number of on-field issues.

The good news is that Reid is equipped to deal with them. For instance, the offensive line has struggled for two straight seasons, and Reid spent a significant portion of his career — 11 seasons, actually — as an O-line coach.

So on Monday, Reid — who had handled offensive play-calling duties since he was hired in 2013 — was asked whether he’s considered giving up that responsibility, which is quite time-consuming, so he can shore up areas of deficiency on this team.

His answer? Nope.

“Well, I think I spend a lot of time on it (all of the things) anyways — not a lot of wasted hours,” Reid said. “Listen, I trust my coaches that they can coach their positions, and I try to keep an eye on that on both sides of the ball and special teams. That’s part of my job.

“I look at everything. That’s an honest question there.”

There is a precedent for the move. After a 6-10 season in 2005, the Eagles started the 2006 season 5-6 and Reid ultimately ceded the play calling duties to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

The Eagles rallied and won their next five games and made the playoffs with a more balanced attack, and Mornhinweg remained the offensive coordinator through the 2012 season, which was Reid’s final campaign in Philadelphia.

Terez A. Paylor: 816-234-4489, @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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