Andy Reid responded to Hali’s outburst Monday, saying he respected the linebacker’s desire for more playing time while expressing his wish for those type of issues to be kept in-house.
“The fact that the guy wants to get out there and go, absolutely but let’s not do it through tweeting or whatever he did,” said Reid, according to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler.
Hali refused to back off his criticism of his teammates during an “Arrowheads Abroad Podcast” on Saturday, but didn’t name any names.
“I’m not going to shy from it – I think it’s important, especially if you’re on our team and you’re one of our leaders – that you should be always there,” Hali said, according to Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star. “I don’t want to say names, but I’ve been there for (12 years) and I haven’t missed one offseason with the Chiefs.”
However, Reid played down any suggestion of a rift in the locker room and acknowledged that any player is within their rights to miss the voluntary portion of the offseason.
“It’s something, as a coach, it’s out of your hands. You want everybody here. It’s a voluntary camp,” Reid said. “Tamba sounded like an angry coach there and he doesn’t need to go there and do all that. Again those (guys) understand Tamba better (than) anybody. Every team goes through this – there are guys there and not there and because of the voluntary part of that. That’s what it is and we go with it.”
He added, “All three of those guys (Berry, Houston, and Peters) are good players. Two are leaders and will continue to be leaders on the team. You don’t know (the) reasons why they weren’t here. You don’t know all those things. You have to look at the big picture of things and see how it works. Other guys are going to come in here and they’ll be fine.”
Reid didn’t comment on Hali’s future with the team or if his demands for a greater role will be granted, so it remains to be seen whether the pass-rusher’s unhappiness will bleed into the regular season.
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