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Andy Reid, now that he can say his new quarterback’s name, is ready to work with him

Getty Images The Chiefs have a new quarterback.
And coach Andy Reid’s first order of business was unrelated to actually coaching him.
“Comfort level is extremely high,” Reid said.
“Does that mean I am not going to grind on him?
We feel like we have narrowed that down a little bit to where we are comfortable with it.
“I had the honor of working with Patrick this past season, in particular, in a closer relationship for the Denver game,” Reid said.
I had the opportunity to call [plays] for him in that game and kind of get a feel of how he operates.
“One of the things as a coach, that is what you do.
You exploit their strengths and you work on things they need to get better at.
Will the offense change a little bit?

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The Chiefs have a new quarterback. And coach Andy Reid’s first order of business was unrelated to actually coaching him.

“First I had to learn how to say his last name,” Reid told reporters on Thursday in a joint press conference with Patrick Mahomes. “Instead of McHomes it is Mahomes.”

The next order of business is developing a comfort level with the man not known as McHomes.

“Comfort level is extremely high,” Reid said. “Does that mean I am not going to grind on him? It is all roses right now. That he isn’t going to hit a rough spot here or there during the season? Well, it happens. It happens to every quarterback in the National Football League. But he is wired the right way, I know that. Now he just has to go do it. Everything else is speculation to this point. We feel like we have narrowed that down a little bit to where we are comfortable with it. Now it is just a matter of us doing a good job coaching and him, doing a good job playing and the guys around him doing their thing and we roll.”

Assisting the comfort level is the fact that Mahomes started the last game of the 2017 regular season.

“I had the honor of working with Patrick this past season, in particular, in a closer relationship for the Denver game,” Reid said. “Almost like a dress…

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