OTC: Covitz vs. Kietzman — The Thilla Of Vanilla / Andy Reid Is Media Savvy

“I have no idea what the guy (Randy Covitz) is doing out there. It’s getting more bizarre every day. It’s getting weirder and weirder. Andy Reid was understanding. It was like, ‘Look, I have to deal with that guy every day, too. Let me know if he got in the way of getting your work done.’ I think there was a ‘Covitz Factor’ of me getting my work done.”
Kevin Kietzman, after The Star’s Randy Covitz interrupted his question to Andy Reid at Wednesday’s press conference by talking loudly to Perez Taylor, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman started his show Wednesday by ripping The Star’s eldest Chiefs beat writer for treating Reid’s presser like he was watching it on TV rather than sitting in the room. Kietzman did this for two reasons. 1) To embarrass Covitz and point out his rude behavior 2) To applaud how Reid handled the disruption and went out of his way to accommodate KK’s questions. Did KK need to do both so publicly? No, but I do appreciate it when the media doesn’t go out of their way to protect their own. Kietzman treated Covitz like he was an athlete or coach – and he dumped on him. Now it was clear that KK was upset with Covitz’s behavior but that made his monologue Read on.

“He was giving (Terez Paylor) orders and stuff! Poor Terez didn’t know what to do! He’s looking around like, ‘Oh my God!’ (Covitz) would be difficult to work with. He’s sitting at a news conference with a coworker who starts barking orders about how you’re going to go cover things before the news conference is over? And the coach sees it and hears it and gets totally interrupted and disjointed in his train of thought in front of cameras and on live radio. It’s just not a good thing.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: It would be interesting to get feedback from those in the media who attended this same press conference. Is Kietzman exaggerating how Covitz completely disrupted Reid’s press conference? Is Covitz the daily nuisance that KK makes him out to be? Is Randy such a lovable old guy that everyone else just kind of looks the other way and lets him have his unorthodox way? Or is KK being unreasonable and mean spirited in airing his beef with Covitz?

“I really like Randy. I just think there is a singular focus to Randy Covitz. He’s got as job to do and he thinks about nothing else. I just think he’s got blinders on. I don’t think it’s mean spirited. I just think he’s unbelievably focuses on (the story he is writing). It’s selfish, there’s no doubt about that. … It’s somebody being unprofessional and rude. That’s all you can say. To him, (the press conference) was over (because he had asked his questions).”
Danny Clinkscale, who knows Covitz well and has worked alongside the Star reporter covering Chiefs games often, 810 AM

“The very first thing I learned in journalism is that it’s never over! You don’t predetermine your story!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

“(Reid) is not remotely big time. He walked over to (me) and said, ‘Did you get what you needed? Because if you didn’t get what you need, I can go into the hallway right now and give you exactly what you need.’ I’ve never seen that from anyone at any level.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: We have been discussing how different the Chiefs are to cover this season than past seasons almost since Andy Reid’s first day on the job. It was impressive to hear that Reid took the time to ask KK if he needed more from him. That doesn’t happen often. It also adds some credibility to Kietzman’s story about Covitz rudely interrupting the presser.

“The fact is, he’s showing you respect. He gets it.”
Nate Bukaty, on Reid asking Kietzman if he needed more from him, 810 AM

“I thought there was some similarities. Graham? Graham’s his name, right? I thought he had a heckuva mustache.”
Andy Reid, when asked if he was aware of the local baby photo that has become an Internet sensation, 810 AM
GH: Reid’s answer brought loud laughs from the media there to cover the press conference. Read on.

“The fact that (Reid) knows the baby’s name? That’s fantastic! Just that little touch right there. He gets it. He’s really embraced Kansas City. Obviously, he’s very media savvy.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: How refreshing to have a head coach, a GM and a team that you respect and feel good about? It seems like forever that Kansas City has been able to be proud of their teams. The Chiefs, Royals and Sporting are starting to change that. Merry Christmas to us.

“My LSU coach used to always say, ‘No block, no rock’”
Dwayne Bowe, in response to Bukaty’s question about his prowess as a downfield blocker, 810 AM
GH: And after you throw a good block down south, you get treated to MACK-donalds!

“That’s a hostile environment. We got to bring our A game.”
Dwayne Bowe, on the Chiefs traveling to play at always-tough Buffalo on Sunday, 810 AM

“I think this is a huge game for the Chiefs. I don’t think they win the division without winning this game.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: So if they drop to 8-1 Sunday the AFC West title is lost? Geez, you of little faith.

“What’s the problem with admitting to watch TV or read magazines?”
Steven St. John, after the Chiefs’ tight end Anthony Fasano told Nate Bukaty he was unaware that the NFL draft deadline was Wednesday because he doesn’t watch television or follow anything in the media, 810 AM
GH: Gary Pinkel agrees with Fasano.

“No, I don’t believe that.”
Jake Gutierrez, when asked if he believed Fasano really did not know the trade deadline was yesterday, 810 AM
GH: Kind of hard to believe Fasano was oblivious to all the talk that Tony Gonzalez might be available and interested in being traded to the Chiefs. I hope he’s more aware on the field.

“I don’t like to watch the local news unless it’s Gary Lezak.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: At least Nate didn’t make this comment during the 7:00 AM hour when The Border Patrol is simulcast on 38 The Spot, KSHB 41’s sister station.

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21 Responses to OTC: Covitz vs. Kietzman — The Thilla Of Vanilla / Andy Reid Is Media Savvy

  1. Gavin says:

    OK, once and for all, is it Perez Taylor of Terez Paylor? Because I am honest to god not certain I know. I *THINK* it’s Terez Paylor, but thinking never really got me anyplace in life.

    • kcarmani says:

      Terez Paylor. It is one of those names that messes with your mind. I think he’s doing a great job so far taking over for Teicher. Seems to be putting in a lot of work to get us good info. I appreciate his breakdowns of the Chiefs after doing postgame film analysis.

    • Greg Hall says:

      My bad. I just need to remember it’s the opposite of what I think it should be. Terez not Taylor.

      • Doug Tucker says:

        It’s the toughest name to keep straight in Kansas City. I’ve known the guy since he was covering high schools for the Star and last Sunday at the Chiefs game I called him Perez.

  2. MUC says:

    KK was actually at a press conference?

  3. E. Jack Hewlett says:

    What a stupid, self serving KK story and incident. Made for some pretty boring radio. WhoTF cares about this besides Greg hall?

  4. Huskerfloyd says:

    Thank you for doing the job nobody wants to: listening to enough of his silliness to bring KK’s daily idiocy to your readers. Saves many of us from ever having to turn into that egomaniac’s show.

  5. Arte says:

    Randy Covitz is the Larry David of the sports media.

  6. Java Man says:

    I’ve been wondering how much of the Chiefs improvement is related to the hiring of Reid, and how much can be attributed to the firing of Romeo.

  7. Biff says:

    nothing more boring then someone in the media taking about someone else in the media. That is a story nobody cares about. nobody cares about KK , covits, etc. or what they do. Try to stick to the sports. Thank you.

  8. Orphan of the Road says:

    The Red-Head is in heaven, only one newspaper and a lap-dog electronic media after being raw meat for the three daily four daily newpapers and very active electronic media of his past.

    What’s the over/under on local media-types trying to be KC’s Howard Eskin? I’d venture none of them have Eskin’s chops or caddy skills.

  9. Careless Donkey says:

    Covitz was always a super nice guy every time I have ever spoken to him and I don’t he think would be intentionally rude during a press conference. He is old, though, so maybe he just didn’t realize he was talking that loud.

  10. Phaedrus says:

    If Andy Reid hadn’t agreed with KK, then KK never would have brought the story up. He likes to point out when “important” people agree with him.

  11. BlackJack says:

    Sheesh, for alot people who swear that KK is irrelevant and they don’t pay attention to him, he sure gets talked about on these comment sections alot.

    My experience is that when people pooh-pooh someone or say they don’t pay attention to someone, they actually are obsessed with that person/media outlet.

  12. Say What? says:

    Randy Covitz does ask the worst questions at those press conferences. He can derail a good answer at any time so he can get his quote for his story that no one reads.

    He was also the guy that couldn’t understand the read option last week.

  13. Buster McFillibuster says:

    The thing about this new Chiefs regime is all that has been noted above, friendly, happy to be in KC, focused on winning, saying all the right things, etc. They make you want to root for them. I know the Chiefs are winning, but I believe that even if the Chiefs were 4-4, we would feel the same way. I can never understand why coaches and managers cannot handle criticism and answer every question sarcastically with their dander up. I am thinking of guys like Ned Yost. If he was more ‘fan friendly’ I think we would cut him much more slack. People don’t like pricks.

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