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AFC West Recap
AFC West Roundup at the Combine
Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy weren’t the only big names from the AFC West to meet with the media here at the combine. See some of the top quotes from Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and new Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
On the bitter playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens…
“The reality is once the season is over everybody is 0-0. Everybody’s undefeated, however you want to put it. Any loss kind of sticks with you, those scars, I would say, but you’ve got to spit it out and you’ve got to get on to the next season. You can’t let it affect your preparation into the next season.”
On the AFC West…
“Obviously I have great respect for Andy Reid and competed against him for a long time in the NFC East. He’s a great hire. Every year you’re going to have changes. A year ago we lost our defensive coordinator to be the head coach with the Raiders, this year Mike McCoy left to become the head coach in San Diego. At the end of the day you’re going to have changes, whether it be in that team room, looking up into those cathedral seats, or on your staff. There’s going to be changes, adjustments.”
On working with John Elway and Matt Russell…
“John’s smart, he probably understands what a football player looks like, probably better than anybody. I think Matt having played, come up through the ranks, they’re well organized, they do a terrific job evaluating. A lot of this is about people and those two guys are about as good as they get.”
On former San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman…
“Obviously Ronnie is very talented and I thought he had a great rookie year. (He’s) very explosive and like any first-year player he’s got a lot of room for improvement. I thought he finished the season very strong. We had to lean on him a little more in the game against Baltimore. I thought he had one of his better outings. I think he’s capable, we’ll see. It takes time to grow into the NFL, these guys coming out of college, I call it developing a pro body. (With) a full offseason, I think we’re anticipating he’ll be much improved and be able to play more extended time.”
On the challenge of building a team up from the bottom…
"Well, it is a great challenge. I have had a chance to meet some of the players, and they are anxious to move forward. I think Romeo did a nice job of building a good foundation there, and then it is my responsibility to build on that and take it to the next level. That is what we are doing. Is it similar to taking over in Philadelphia? Yes, it is similar. It is a challenge and I love that opportunity.”
On the team’s overall talent live…
"I think there is some good talent on that football team. It is important that we all do our jobs and do it to the best of our ability as coaches and players. It takes both, and the players that I've talked to, they understand that you've got to give up a little to get some, to get a positive result. As they enter this offseason, they've got to really dedicate themselves, as do the coaches, to pull this thing together and make the Kansas City Chiefs better."
On playing against the AFC West…
"I'll tell you it's a pretty good division. The Broncos, I'm sure they're probably looking for a quarterback, too. He's (Peyton Manning) a pretty good player. I think we know that. They've got a lot of good players, and they've got a phenomenal coach. You see what happened in San Diego with the hiring there. Mike [McCoy] is a heck of a football coach, great offensive mind. He's got a quarterback that is a good football player, and he's got a good surrounding cast. Then you look at Oakland, they're a good football team. Reggie [McKenzie] is building that thing up and doing a nice job there, so I think there is great competition in there. Obviously, we didn't do very well last year in that conference, so we've got our work cut out for us."
On Jamaal Charles…
"I think you can probably put him in any offense and he's going to do a heck of a job. He's a very good running back and there are probably a lot of coaches in this league that would like to have him. He's a heck of a player. I'm not going to change that. I'm going to give him an opportunity to do his thing and do what he does best. I look forward to working with him."