Andy Reid: Chiefs must ‘not let our emotions get the best of us’

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02 OCT 2016: Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith (11) gets up slow after taking a big hit during the NFL Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)

Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith  gets up slow after taking a big hit during the NFL Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Chiefs coach Andy Reid spoke to the media on Monday after Sunday night’s 43-14 loss to the Steelers, he didn’t sugarcoat anything. He didn’t try to spin anything. His team had a bad game, and he acknowledged that.

reid“After looking at the tape, I’ll say what I said last night. It’s my responsibility that I have my football team ready to play. I didn’t do that,” Reid said. “I take full responsibility for that.”

When discussing Sunday night’s problems with the media, Reid kept his emotions in check, something he said his team did not do in Pittsburgh.

“When you’re a good football team, or perceived to be a good football team, we’ve got to learn how to control ourselves and play better, not let our emotions get the best of us,” Reid admitted. “Our guys busted their tail, they tried hard, but you got to learn how to control that.”

Looking forward, Reid said his staff and players are taking it in stride. A poor outing like this might leave fans thinking the season is over for the Chiefs, but Reid said he is taking them in stride.

“So we’re two-and-two, so it’s not the end of the world, right? Even though it feels that way. That’s how these things are in the National Football League,” he said, adding that his team is working to turn Sunday’s failures into learning experiences.

“We have a week here to step back and analyze and try to fix some of the issues.”