Reid says there’s no rift with Banner
CLEVELAND – Reports that Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Browns CEO Joe Banner parted ways in Philadelphia on poor terms didn’t mesh with Reid’s comments on a conference call.
Reid was effusive in his praise of Banner, who was president of the Eagles for 12 seasons. Reid was the Eagles coach for 14 years before being fired after last season.
“I’m a big Joe Banner fan,” Reid said. “I spent 14 years with him and we had a ton of success together. He was one of the persons that was instrumental in me being part of the Eagles and then giving me the opportunity to, along with (Eagles owner) Jeff Lurie, win football games.
“He’s a brilliant guy. He knows football; he knows talent. He knows what it takes to win and I think he’ll do a nice job there.”
Reid believes Banner made the right call in hiring Rob Chudzinski as coach. He said Cleveland “is lucky to have him (Banner).”
FAMILY MATTERS: Browns offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz will enjoy a homecoming in Kansas City. His older brother Geoff is a backup offensive lineman for the Chiefs, and both parents will be in attendance.
Schwartz’s mother plans to wear a jersey to show support for both sons. The parents try to attend as many games as possible, setting aside Cleveland trips for before the weather turns bad.
“It’s harder living back in Los Angeles,” Mitchell said.
Geoff was a seventh-round selection of the Carolina Panthers from the University of Oregon in 2008. Mitchell was picked by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Cal.
IT TAKES TIME: Running back Willis McGahee said receiver Josh Gordon will eventually “get it” in terms of maturing on and off the field. Gordon has had off-the-field issues and is occasionally criticized for not always giving a complete effort in games.
“Everyone gets it. It depends on when,” said McGahee, an 11-year veteran. “I didn’t get it until my fourth or fifth year. I said, ‘All right, I have to start eating right and I have to start doing this.’ He has the talent. You can see it in him. He’s going to put it together.”
NOT TO FAULT: Offensive coordinator Norv Turner didn’t blame Gordon for not coming down with a fourth-down pass from Brandon Weeden deep in Packers’ territory last Sunday. Gordon didn’t appear to make a strong effort to pull in the ball as he battled defender Davon House.
“He’s running free and is open and Brandon got hit right when he threw it, and the ball didn’t have much on it,” Turner said. “Those are hard balls to time. As I perceive it, Josh jumped too early because he thought the ball had more on it. I thought he did the best he could.”
INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) missed practice again. Linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique) and defensive lineman Billy Winn (quadricep) were limited.