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Andy Reid: No regrets from tough loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As the head coach and offensive playcaller for the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid analyzes everything he orders up in every game in search of an answer as to why plays did or did not work.

But he's not into regrets or second-guessing himself.

"When you're a playcaller, there are going to be some good ones and there are going to be some bad ones, especially when you have two good football teams playing each other," Reid said Friday, one day after the Chiefs lost 31-24 to the Denver Broncos by allowing two touchdowns in the game's final 36 seconds. "That's how it works. You've got to keep dialing them up, and it's a chess match.

"[If] you get into second-guessing, that's a little bit [of] hindsight. I don't think you want to do that as a playcaller. I think you want to figure out answers."

There's plenty for Reid to analyze. The Chiefs lost when Jamaal Charles fumbled with the score tied 24-24 in the final minute. The Broncos recovered and returned it for the winning touchdown.

Reid was hoping Charles would bust a long run and get the Chiefs into field goal range, but he was content to send the game into overtime.

In the first quarter, the Chiefs had a first-and-goal at the Denver 2 but from there tried no running plays. Quarterback Alex Smith threw three passes, none into the end zone. The third was complete to Charles, who fumbled. Denver recovered that one too.

Reid is under criticism for those decisions and others. But he indicated he is never critical of the playcaller.

"You know how I roll," he said. "I'm going to go back and look at everything. I'm going to analyze everything. I'm going to try to find an answer for the ones that don't work, whether it's me or some other area. I'm going to try to fix it.

"Inevitably, I'm the one calling the play, so when they don't work, I take a personal responsibility for that. I do that for wins and losses. That's not something I just save for the losses. You take every incompletion. I'm going to try to figure out why that ball was incomplete. If it's a run, why didn't it work? Did I put the guys in right position to make that thing happen?"

Reid indicated that he was playing the percentages by giving the ball to Charles late in the game rather than having Smith take a knee.

"My thinking on it was, you pop one and you have a shot for a field goal and you win the game," Reid said. "I'm always going to try to do that.

"When you have the best running back in the National Football League, I just want to give him opportunities. He's made so many great plays, and he'll continue to make great plays. Sometimes things don't work. That kid is all heart and try hard."

Reid wasn't as willing to discuss his thinking on the play calling on the first-quarter plays.

"It's all hindsight now," he said. "I get it. We didn't get into the end zone."