Taking a bye before the divisional round of the playoffs might prove vital for the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Andy Reid knows by experience the bye will help the Chiefs clear their mind before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Reid brings 18-years of coaching and is no stranger to playoff matches ever since mentoring the Philadelphia Eagles back then. Now, Reid is calling the shots for the Chiefs and knows that handling the bye properly will give positive results. The team does not start their practice until Monday.
“I have enough trust in the players that they’re going to handle it the right way. The coaches are going to handle it the right way. When we get back, we’ll handle that week the right way. There’s a certain trust that goes into this thing with how we roll from this point on,” Reid explained.
Players understand Reid’s decision
Reid’s decision to rest his players gives ample time to heal up injured players to prepare them for the Steelers. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin understands Reid having played for him back in the Eagles. He states that it is a good time for all to step away from the field and clear their minds.
“We step away from the facility for a second, clear our minds and have time with our families. We really appreciate that. We’ll come back energized and ready to go. He does a wonderful job at doing that,” Maclin said.
With the schedule teams had before the end of the regular season, getting a bye is helpful for the Chiefs. It also gives their front office the time to contemplate how to extend Ried’s contract. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Chiefs are looking at extending his contract, which enters his last season next year.
Who has the upper hand?
Going into their match slated on Jan. 15, the Chiefs managed to gain an advantage as per OddsShark. The Steelers originally opened as favorites in the betting odds but the Chiefs managed to get the snag the advantage. The Steelers might have beaten the Chiefs in their Week 4 meeting but will face a different kind of Chiefs.
The Chiefs won their last two assignments in convincing fashion and that will give the Steelers things to ponder on. However, the Chiefs have shown frailty playing at home while the Steelers prove they could win on the road. Going into their match against the Chiefs, the Steelers managed to win four of their road matches. Aside from that they also carry a seven-game winning skid.
With the much-needed rest, Reid and the Chiefs will have ample time to prepare themselves for the Steelers. Reid relies on his experience and trusts his players will do the same come game day as they aim for a Super Bowl run.
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