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Eric Berry says Andy Reid won’t rest on laurels

Chiefs safety Eric Berry (right) said he can tell Chiefs head coach Andy Reid won’t be satisfied with just making the playoffs a year ago.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry (right) said he can tell Chiefs head coach Andy Reid won’t be satisfied with just making the playoffs a year ago. The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs surprised the NFL in coach Andy Reid’s first season, starting 9-0 and returning to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010.

Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry said it’s clear early in training camp that Reid and the Chiefs aren’t satisfied with that initial success.

“Coming off a season like we had, he’s turned it up even more, just so that we won’t let little things creep in,” Berry said. “He’s trying to keep us focused on the task ahead. … He’s kept his foot on the gas pedal, not just him but the whole coaching staff. It’s trickled down to the players.”

No two training camps are the same, but Berry senses even more intensity ahead of Reid’s second season.

“We’re all human,” Berry said. “Some days, I might not feel it and some days some of my teammates might not feel it. Whoever has that the juice that day, and I try to bring it every day, but you’ve got to push each other and we feed off each other.”

Berry also said he’s taking on a larger role as far as communication in the secondary.

Former Chiefs free safety Kendrick Lewis, who was released and signed with Houston, was regarded as the quarterback of that unit, so it’s a role that needs to be filled.

“We’ve been handling it all together, but, at the same time, I’ve been putting a lot on myself just to make sure I know everything and all the moving parts of the defense,” Berry said.

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