Head coach Andy Reid addressed the media on Monday, sharing his thoughts about how his team might be able to out-maneuver the highly mobile quarterbacks that dominate the modern NFL.
“I would tell you, it’s somewhat the same,” Reid explained about defending against Allen and Jackson. “You have to stay in your lanes, you have to stay disciplined with any quarterback that runs. Lamar [Jackson] is special, he’s fast and one of the faster guys on the field when it’s all said and done and he’s shifty. Whereas Josh [Allen] will go right through you, he doesn’t care, he’s a big man and probably equally as fast. He’s a fast kid, he runs away from secondary players, you’ve seen that on tape.”
For this week’s matchup against Jackson, Reid told reporters that he will emphasize discipline throughout the entire week of practice leading up to the game.
“This kid, he throws it well, he throws it on the move well, runs the ball well,” Reid continued. “We’ve just to stay on top of that part of it throughout practice this week and then during the game.”
One area that the Chiefs defense has been exposed is the running game. Allen’s mobility and threat to keep the ball opened up Buffalo’s rushing attack, and that will be even more prevalent against Jackson and the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.