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Reid began by saying the Patriots are better than their record advertises, noting their one-score losses and calling it a good win. He thought the defense and special teams did a “nice job.” Reid mentioned Patrick Mahomes’ 300-plus yards in the game, and he once again complimented Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s spot start. He thought the tackling was very good from the defense, and that’s important as the weather has turned to cold.
Then Reid took questions, which we have rounded up in four takeaways:
Reid declined to say if there would be any play-time percentage change for Kadarius Toney.
A week after negating a win by lining up offsides, Toney popped a pass that hit him directly in the hands for a Patriots interception. Reid wouldn’t say if the performance will lead to fewer opportunities.
“I’m not going to get into all that,” said Reid. “The obvious is that he’s got to make sure he catches the ball and does that,” said Reid. He’s got a tremendous amount of talent. He’s a good kid, a good attitude. A good kid. But you’ve got to make those plays. He knows it as well as anybody. I’ll just leave it at that.”
Mahomes was caught by FOX cameras showing some frustration after the play, but Reid urged that he likes that kind of fire from the quarterback.
“It’s a competitive business, and he drives that thing,” said Reid. “You want what he has, and so his demand on guys ends up being a big part of this and makes us what we are, makes us better. The great ones do that. Listen, you’re going to drop the ball, or you’re going to tip a ball, or you’re going to fumble a ball, he’s going to let you know, ‘Let’s go,’ in whatever manner he does. He gets on himself if he does something negative.
“That’s a welcomed thing, but I don’t think it’s a negative. I don’t think it’s a discouraging thing for him. He’s very competitive and wants it right.”
Along with the turnovers, Reid wasn’t thrilled about the near-turnovers.
Following fumbles in the game, Rashee Rice recovered his own ball, and Skyy Moore was bailed out by a penalty.
“You can’t have those things,” said Reid. “We’ve got to do a better job of hanging onto the football. Absolutely. Covered in traffic. Rice actually had it covered, and then he took his arm off it when he spun around. As hard as they’re playing to get those extra yards, there’s a point where the ball security overrules that, and young guys, they have to figure that out.
“We’ve got to do better. You’ve got to keep that thing up against your body, you got to keep it high and tight and cover it in traffic. And if it takes you out of that element by trying to spin around and make extra yards, you’ve got to forget about that and keep the ball secured. We’ve got to do better there, yes.”
Reid had very encouraging news on Isiah Pacheco.
An argument can be made that Pacheco has been the Chiefs’ most important weapon during the 2023 season. Reid had good news when it came to the status of the running back, who is set to return in Week 16 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
“He’ll be back this week,” said Reid. “He’ll be good to go this week unless there is further setbacks. Right now, everything’s positive for him to go. He really had a clearance last week from the fella that did the surgery to go. It was just a matter of being [cautious] on it.”
Reid later assured that he believes Paheco will play on Monday.
Reid gave some more context to the Jerick McKinnon-Rice touchdown.
The trick play saw Joe Thuney snap it to McKinnon, who flipped it to Rice for the touchdown. On Monday morning, NBC Sports’ Peter King emphasized that the play is 80 years old.
“I’ve been saying I was going to call it the last few weeks,” explained Reid. “There wasn’t the right opportunity to do that. But that was a good spot for it right there, but it wasn’t because we were ready to run it at that time. That’s not what I’m saying. We’ve been ready for the last few weeks on it.
“You work on it once or twice a week, and you build enough weeks on it that you feel pretty good about that… on whatever play it is. That one was obviously a little different. That was from the Penn-Columbia game in the 40s.”
No stone unturned.