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That's What They Said: Chiefs HC Andy Reid and RB Kareem Hunt

Posted Oct 26, 2017

Kansas City's head coach and rookie sensation weighed in on a "Monday Night Football" matchup with the Broncos.

On Charles' return to Kansas City

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid: “He’s an amazing guy, and I’m proud of him for being able to come back and do what he’s doing. When you really look at it, he’s going to go down as one of the all-time greats in the National Football League and definitely for the Kansas City Chiefs. I’m glad that, with the exception of Monday night, that Denver has an opportunity to see that firsthand because he’s a good person. I know he’s not carrying it the same load and all that, but you sure get a feel of what he’s all about. He’s a great kid.”

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt: “You know, Jamaal Charles is a great back. He will never be forgotten. He’s in Kansas City history. He’s a great guy. I hear a lot of stories about him. I just know how good of a player he was and I heard he was a great person, too.”

On Hunt's performance this season

Reid: “He’s been a pro. He’s come to work and tries to make sure he comes with all the stuff he needs to play, both in the run game and the pass game. Normally the pass game comes a little slower than the run game, but he’s been able to digest everything and do a nice job with it.

Hunt: “I definitely have high expectations for myself, but I didn’t know I’d have such a great opportunity. Honestly I expect my best from myself.”

[On learning the playbook]

“I wouldn’t get home until 11 [p.m.] sometimes just making sure I was detail sharp and knew every little thing about the plays. It definitely took a little while just to grasp it all, but I feel like I did a good job with it.”

On the problems Tyreek Hill poses for an defense

Reid: “I would tell you he’s a better receiver. He’s gotten better with the NFL coverage and running our routes — the system. And he wants to be ... really good. That’s what he’s trying to do. He’s very humble in that way. That’s why he comes to work every day very hungry to get better. He doesn’t mind practicing. He wants to be out there and going. Even though he’s banged up a little bit, he wants to be out there and going. I think that’s helped him in maturing as a receiver. I think he has plenty of room to grow and he’ll do that because of the way that he’s wired. I don’t think he’s where he — when we talk a few years from now — where he’ll be.”

Hunt: “They still have to watch out for him. He’s a big-play threat and he can make big plays at any time. Wherever — on punt, on anything and on any special teams. He’s just a great player, very exciting.”

On Reid's creative playcalling

Reid: “[Former NFL head coach] Mike Holmgren told me a long time ago, ‘Don’t ever let them put you in a box.’ So I’m working on that. I’m old, but I’m still working on that. I would give credit to Matt Nagy, very creative guy and he’s the offensive coordinator. Between him, [Chiefs assistant head coach] Brad Childress and myself, we try to muster up a couple things. We don’t have anything this week, but we had some good stuff before.”

Hunt: “He has a lot of plays. He has a real thick playbook and you never know what Andy Reid’s plan is. He pretty much always puts us in great situations to be successful. He’s just a great coach.”

On limiting turnovers

Reid: “I think with those things, you preach it. Everybody preaches it, though. That’s what it is. I guess those things kind of come in cycles and that’s how it works. It also depends on the guys. I’m sure that some guys have a history of that and other guys don’t. Our quarterback and our running back don’t have much of a history of it. So, that’s been a positive.”

Hunt: “Honestly, [Chiefs QB] Alex [Smith] is just a great quarterback and he’s smart with the football. I’m doing a better job with just being more careful with the football myself, just making sure I don’t relax with it and I’m taking good care of it.”

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