KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid said he won’t change his philosophy about kicking for the extra point after touchdowns despite a couple of breakdowns in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over the Raiders.
“I have confidence in all those guys,’’ Reid said, referring to kicker Cairo Santos, holder Dustin Colquitt and snapper James Winchester. “I just think we have to up the focus just an inch or so. That’s where I’m at. I’m not changing my opinion on that.’’
The Chiefs did successfully go for two points after their final touchdown of the game, but that was because Reid wanted a 14-point margin instead of 13. The Chiefs beat the Raiders 34-20.
But Reid may go for two points in unconventional situations if the kicking operation doesn’t get better. Only one of the failures went down as a missed kick. On the first one, Colquitt didn’t get the ball down properly and Santos ran past it, rather than kick it. Colquitt attempted a pass that landed nowhere near a receiver.
Santos missed the second one.
Santos also missed a PAT in a recent game against San Diego.
“The first one, Dustin didn’t get a good grasp on it,’’ Reid said. “He went to put it down and it slid right out of his hands. That happens.
“There was no excuse for the second one. You’ve got to kick it through the uprights. It’s not always going to be perfect. You’re not always going to have the laces [away from the kick] and all that stuff. You’ve just got to drill it. We have to really up the focus on that. Maximum concentration.’’
The conditions weren’t great for kicking in Oakland. Rain fell lightly before and at times during the game, but the conditions were still much better than they were for the Chiefs in the previous week’s game against the Bills. Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski also missed a PAT.
“Sometimes in these conditions, it’s hard to get the ball to spin right,’’ Colquitt said. “It was an operation thing. It wasn’t Cairo [at fault]. We’ll get it right. It comes down to conditions and focusing and concentrating.’’
The Chiefs have four regular-season games remaining. Three will be played in the often-fickle late-season weather conditions at Arrowhead Stadium. The other will be played in another cold weather city (Baltimore).
“As the weather changes, with this rule, you just don’t know,’’ Reid said, referring to the change of the line of scrimmage for the PAT from the 2 to the 15. “This is new territory.’’