Reid: Combine begins "exciting time of year"

Chiefs coach Andy Reid (USA Today)

Second-year Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid addressed reporters on day one of the 2014 NFL Draft Combine Thursday, sharing his thoughts on bouncing back from a tough playoff loss, evaluating talent and his preferences on how to continue building the franchise.

INDIANAPOLIS – It's bad enough Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had to revisit Lucas Oil Stadium less than two months removed from a gut-wrenching 45-44 loss to the Colts in the wildcard round of the playoffs.

But in the first question he received during his time with reporters Thursday at the 2014 NFL Draft Combine, Reid was immediately reminded of the one-way traffic in the second half during the Colts' comeback.

So went the question: Has he figured out yet what went wrong with his defense?

"That's something we're going through now," Reid said frankly. "We're doing all our self-scouting, evaluations, so we're obviously looking at that. I start with myself, and the rest of the coaches do the same thing, trying to see where we can make improvements, either scheme-wise or putting guys in better positions to make plays."

The Chiefs continue the process of moving on at the Combine, where Reid knows Kansas City will be able to further develop its big board leading up to the draft.

"It's an exciting time of year because you have an opportunity to start adding to your football team some good football players," Reid explained. "This is one of the first steps in that process. We're coming off a year when we did some good things, but we've got a lot of improvement to make this offseason, which we'll do.

"We've starting moving forward as coaches and working on that part. (General manager) John Dorsey obviously is in charge of personnel, and he's doing a good job there with his guys and the scouts."

While the upcoming free agency period brings one avenue to improve the roster, Reid seemed more enthusiastic about the draft, adding he and Chiefs' brass are excited about the caliber and quantity of players in this year's class.

"I think we have a good group of young players that form a nice nucleus. I look forward to adding guys, too," Reid said. "I'm a big believer that you build your team through the draft. Free agency can be a bit of a tease at times, and you have to be careful with that."

Just who, and at what positions, Kansas City plans to add is something Reid understandably wasn't ready to address publicly.

"Those are cards that you keep close in pocket," Reid remarked with a smirk. "We look at everybody right now and make sure that you cover all the positions. One of the tricks of the draft is you take the best players available, if you can stay that disciplined to do so, and make yourself a better football team."

One thing he was clear about is how much more arduous it will be to narrow down available names for this year's first-round pick (No. 23) than last year's first overall selection, where the Chiefs took Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher.

"There are a lot of variables there that go into it," said Reid. "Being able to predict that is a little tougher than predicting that first pick, for sure. Again, you try to stay as disciplined as you can and take the best player available at that point."

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