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The name of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been trending throughout the sports media landscape this past week.
First, his former quarterback, the always-polarizing Michael Vick, attracted headlines with his endorsement of Reid's replacement, Chip Kelly.
Days later, the Chiefs traded receiver Jon Baldwin to the San Francisco 49ers for A.J. Jenkins. The former first-rounders functioned as itches their original teams couldn't reach, so the franchises scratched each other's back by exchanging underachievers.
Reid addressed the aforementioned events on ESPN's NFL Insiders.
Reid Talks Michael Vick, Chip Kelly
For obvious reasons, the relationship between Andy Reid and Michael Vick stretches well beyond the bounds of the average coach-and-quarterback dynamic.
But due to a few high-profile instigators, Vick witnessed a seemingly harmless batch of comments evolve into a topic of debate.
Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles starter elaborated on his impressive preseason performance, telling the press:
I fell in love with the game again, and I’m very thankful for that. You’ve got to play this game with intense passion and a purpose and I thank Coach Kelly for what he’s done for me, and that’s given me that confidence that I felt that I was losing at some point in my career.
Obviously, Reid's name is nowhere to be found. But that doesn't make for good television. Facts be damned.
Enter one John Edwards Bayless II.
Vick said something that will hurt Andy Reid: That he has fallen back in love with football. Reid put his job on line for Vick and lost it.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 16, 2013
Bayless, as he does before every contrarian rebuttal, exhales as if he's about to deliver a eulogy. The First Take debater then opines that he has "to interpret [Michael Vick's comments] as a subtle shot at his ex-coach Andy Reid."
Bayless was even "shocked" that Vick was seen hugging and conversing with his new coach during the Eagles' recent preseason contest (because shunning his boss would've obviously been the smart play).
ESPN's televised echo chamber conveniently failed to show the latter half of Vick's comments.
As CSNPhilly.com details, the Eagles' human highlight clarified the source of his remarks, saying, "When things don’t go well and when everybody’s pointing the finger at you, sometimes it can hurt your confidence." Vick added, "You can be one of the best players in the league and sometimes outside sources can maybe waver your feelings or your emotions, and I read everything that was said. I lived it."
In other words, he was referring to the media; not his former head coach.
Remember, even after Reid parted paths with Philadelphia, Vick went out of his way to rip his teammates for the coach's dismissal. It's safe to say that No. 7 views the Chiefs coach in a unique light.
Nonetheless, the NFL Insiders roundtable asked Reid about his former quarterback's sound bite, to which Kansas City's new head coach replied:
I'm a big Chip Kelly fan, so I'm happy that Michael has the opportunity to work with him, and I know good things are going to happen in Philadelphia. I enjoyed my time with Michael Vick, man. You're not going to find anybody that loves playing the game more than he does and plays with more passion.
Reid went on to say that he's having a "blast" in Kansas City, offering, "I've got the red going, and we're having fun here."
Reid Speaks On A.J. Jenkins
Louis Riddick, who worked alongside Reid as Director of Pro Personnel for the Eagles, joined ESPN's panel and asked his former cohort about what triggered the A.J. Jenkins trade.
Reid answered the pundits, whom he tagged "Sweet Lou and the Motley Crue," by rattling off the expected talking points: Baldwin was a hard worker (don't be fooled, San Franciscans) who offers size, Jenkins gives the Chiefs an extra dose of speed and the deal was a win-win for all parties involved. Yada, Yada.
However, Reid ended his long-winded streak of cliches with a small nugget of optimism for Kansas Citians, noting, "[Jenkins has] come in in the first few days and he's had a handful of catches and really done a nice job. It looks like he's picked things up fairly quick."
Does that mean Chiefs fans should litter the streets with confetti and deem the trade a success? No.
If YouTube has taught us one thing, it's that trusting a Jenkins only ends with a longer list of regrets (NSFW):
Jokes aside, it seems that Kansas City's newest passing threat hit the ground running:
#Chiefs aren't wasting time with A.J. Jenkins, who did everything from scout-team stuff to a few reps with the ones in practice today.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 20, 2013
How much Jenkins sees the field in the club's upcoming matchup at Pittsburgh is anybody's guess.
Unless Jenkins wakes up as a playbook prodigy in the coming days, Reid will likely assemble a specific package for No. 13 as the Chiefs file into Heinz Field.
Regardless, Jenkins at least showed flashes against his now-teammates last week. While the second-year pass-catcher has snatched only one reception for 11 yards this preseason, he also authored a 21-yard chain-mover versus the Chiefs that was later negated by a hold.
Meanwhile, Jon Baldwin has yet to record his first catch of the preseason.
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