KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) In his dorm room on the campus of Missouri Western, shortly before the Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up training camp, Andy Reid lounged in a chair with a smile on his face.
The reason? He was talking about play-calling.
There aren't many things that get him more excited in the game of football.
So when Reid let slip last weekend that he has begun turning to Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson to help with the plays, a small admission became big news. And while Reid tried to downplay the entire situation this week, he nonetheless had pulled back the curtain on the way the team operates.
''We all feed off each other. I came up with Mike Holmgren, who would do the same thing,'' Reid explained. ''The bottom line is what's best to be successful on the offensive side.''
Reid earned his chops in the NFL for his creativity on offense. His work with the offensive line and a quarterback named Brett Favre in Green Bay helped him land the head job in Philadelphia, where he successfully turned Donovan McNabb into one of the game's premier quarterbacks.
So nobody is disputing that Reid knows what it takes to run an offense.
But even Reid is willing to acknowledge that sometimes he gets into a little bit of a rut.
''I'm looking at the game and kind of knowing what's going on,'' Reid said. ''If I think we need a change-up, then we go with it. I think it's also healthy, whether you're in a slump or not. I just think it's healthy to mix it up a little bit.''
It's almost impossible to declare a point in the season when Reid began consulting more with Pederson, or with offensive guru Brad Childress and run-game coordinator Andy Heck. But there is one way to chop up the season: They were 1-5 over their first six games, and 6-0 over their last six.
The Chiefs are averaging 32.3 points during the win streak, second only to Carolina.
Just maybe the turn-about coincides with some fresh ideas on offense.
''Doug Pederson has done a great job. I've watched him grow from being a player for me, now as a coach, and each year he's done this thing - now a coordinator - he's growing,'' Reid said. ''Unfortunately, he's got a head coach who's an offensive guy, so he doesn't get enough credit for what he does, but I have full trust to turn the whole game over to him and let him call.
''It's something I enjoy doing,'' Reid added, ''but I have full trust in him doing it.''
Besides, this isn't something new. Reid did the same thing with Childress when he was offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, and Childress parlayed the experience into the head job in Minnesota.
Reid and Pederson may have subtle differences in the way they call a game, each giving their choice of plays their own distinct flavor. But they're still operating out of the same playbook, going off the same game plan, so telling the difference is nearly impossible.
The screens to running back Charcandrick West? Still a big part of the offense. Deep routes down the sideline to Jeremy Maclin? Still part of the offense. Short, safe throws that are a big reason why Alex Smith has thrown 305 passes without an interception? Yep, still part of it.
Speaking of Smith, even he has no clue who is calling each play. The only voice he hears in his in-helmet radio is that of Pederson, who has always been the one to relay the calls.
''I have no idea where it's coming from,'' he said. ''I know all those guys talk and it's an open line, and there's a lot of voices helping out. I have no idea where the final say is coming from.''
He may learn the next day in film study. But even then, it's sort of irrelevant.
Like the rest of the Chiefs, his job is to execute the play - regardless of who calls it.
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