Chiefs' Reid considers keeping Nagy on top of play-calling
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the things Andy Reid loves most about being a coach is calling plays, making those crucial and highly visible decisions that have far-reaching ramifications on his team's performance.
That's a big reason why he rarely turns those duties over to someone else.
But after a miserable stretch of offensive performances helped to waste the Chiefs' impressive 5-0 start, Reid swallowed his pride — and his joy — and gave offensive
The Chiefs responded by putting up some big numbers, even if their
"I for sure saw some good things. It's something I've done in the past," Reid said. I'm always going to do what I think is best for the Kansas City Chiefs at every spot. So I'll go through it and continue to evaluate it, and whatever I come up with, I come up with there."
Reid still had his fingerprints on the play sheet, of course. There's almost no chance Nagy called that failed trick pass to a tight end-eligible without Reid's blessing, and trying to decipher where one coach's ideas end and those of the other coach begin is an exercise in futility.
Reid certainly isn't going to provide those details.
He never did with Doug Pederson, either. The Chiefs' former offensive
One thing is clear: The numbers last Sunday support the idea of giving Nagy another shot when the Oakland Raiders visit on Sunday in a matchup of teams tied at 6-6 atop the AFC West.
Kansas City had been averaging less than 300 yards total
Even worse, the Chiefs had turned it over seven times in those four games.
But with a noticeably wide-open approach at the Meadowlands, the Chiefs managed to spring a few big plays — especially early in the game. And they wound up with 474 yards, their best since a Week 1 win in New England, and a season-best 362 yards through the air.
They also didn't turn the ball over against the Jets.
"I think Nagy did a heck of a job. Those guys all collaborate and always have," Smith said. "I know a lot has been made of that, but it was no different than early in the season. I do think for one, it shows a lot about Coach Reid that he would do that and look internally and make that decision.
"It's still a collective effort," Smith added. "Those guys do it all together, the entire staff and certainly Coach (Reid) is a huge part as far as game-planning and play-calling."
The Chiefs are probably going to need another big performance from their
Not only did their
And the previous time their
"We're trying to score points," Smith said. "You're trying to go out there and execute. If every play was a home run, you are going to do that. There are certain times during the game that you want to hang on to the ball, but that is a specific situation. We're trying to go out, execute and score points. Our job as an
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