The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t get the win in preseason Week 1, but just about everything else went according to plan.
There is only so much you can do during training camp practices. For Chiefs HC Andy Reid, there are simply no substitutes for just getting out there and playing football.
“It was good to get a game in under our belt here,” Reid told reporters after the game. “I thought the 1’s on both sides of the ball did well. The 2’s did a good job.”
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes felt pretty good about what he and the rest of the starters were able to accomplish on Saturday.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Mahomes said. “We went out there. We were able to spread the football around, get a lot of different guys involved, and found a way to get in the end zone. That was what our goal was, to come out here and score touchdowns, and we did that. It was definitely a good day, and something we can build on.”
The starters will build on what they accomplished in preseason Week 1, but many of the backup players will be getting an earful from the coaching staff about their performances. Reid stopped short of commending the play of his third and fourth string, who surrendered a 14-point lead.
“I thought it was a great experience for the 3’s and the 4’s to get in there and get some experience,” Reid said with a grin. “We’ve got plenty to work on there, and we’ll do that.”
The good news is that Reid felt the young and inexperienced players that the Chiefs will come to rely on this season managed to perform well. From here on out, it’s just going to be about stacking those good performances.
“Some of the young guys that had a chance to play today with the ones and the twos are guys that we’ll be asking to play this season,” Reid said. “So, I was happy with their production there.”