LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Kansas City coach Andy Reid knows exactly what he’s up against on Sunday.
The veteran head coach is well-schooled in Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase’s scheme from playing in the AFC West. Reid went 0-4 versus division rival Denver from 2013-14 when Gase called plays for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
“It does [help],” Reid told ESPN 1000’s “Carmen and Jurko Show” on Friday.
The difference of course is that Manning stayed in Denver when Gase and John Fox bolted to Chicago in the offseason.
But that hasn’t stopped Gase from using the same system with Jay Cutler that he did in Denver.
“[Gase] has had smart quarterbacks in both spots,” Reid said. “Jay is a smart kid who seems to be picking this stuff up pretty quick. They are doing stuff that is very similar, and doing it well.”
Cutler is clearly comfortable. He’s completed 54-of-88 pass attempts (61.4 percent) for 626 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 quarters of play. Lifetime against the Chiefs, the 32-year old quarterback has a career 96.4 passer-rating in four starts.
“I think he’s playing well,” Reid said. “I think he’s enjoying the offense and playing well.”
Reid is quick to mention Cutler’s supporting cast, beginning with tailback Matt Forte. The Bears have the league’s 11th-ranked rushing offense with Forte averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Kansas City’s defense is better at stopping the run than the pass, but injuries to Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (ankle) may require the Bears to lean on Forte Sunday.
“Matt Forte, I feel like he’s been in the league for 100 years and keeps getting better,” Reid said. “It’s killing me. He’s playing well and they have good tight ends and big receivers that can play. Eddie Royal is there, who is a little smaller, but he’s quick. They’ve got good football players.”