Chiefs HC Andy Reid shows support for wide receiver Kadarius Toney
Following the Kansas Chiefs’ loss to the Buffalo Bills, much of the focus remains on the offsides penalty on wide receiver Kadarius Toney that cost his team a late fourth-quarter touchdown.
Despite the erroneous mistake, head coach Andy Reid voiced his unwavering support toward Toney.
“The thing I know is he makes plays,” the Chiefs’ coach said Monday of Toney via ESPN. “He makes plays when he has the ball in his hand and that’s important. He’s a young guy. He doesn’t have … a ton of experience, but I think he’s getting better every week.
“I don’t see that as being a negative. I look at the things that he produced on, too.”
The penalty occurred with less than two minutes left in the game on a play that featured a cross-field lateral from Travis Kelce, who caught the ball from Patrick Mahomes to Toney for what would have been the go-ahead 49-yard touchdown.
Instead, the play was called back and the Chiefs turned the ball over on downs, falling 20-17 at home. Immediately after the loss, Mahomes was seen upset by the offside penalty, including a viral moment with him venting his frustration to Bills quarterback Josh Allen on the field.
Reid has voiced that the play was an “embarrassment” for the league because players are usually notified when lining up offside before the start of a play.
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The Chiefs have lost four out of their last six games, falling further out of contention for the AFC top playoff spot.
Kansas City will look to bounce back against the New England Patriots in Week 15.