The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their bye week which for some was not a good thing (lookin' at you, Dwayne Bowe). But there is another reason the Chiefs should be very, very happy to be coming off the bye week.
In Andy Reid's 14 years in Philadelphia, he was 13-1 in games played the week after the bye. His first loss came just last year with arguably his worst Eagles team.
Now Reid's team has the NFL's only unbeaten record, coming off a bye and facing the best quarterback on one of the best teams. The pressure is on.
So what is the secret? Why has Reid been so successful? Here's what he said this week when asked about his amazing bye record.
"I've been blessed with good players and good coaches," Reid said. "I don't know if there's a secret to that. If there is, I can't give it to you. I don't know what that is.
"I've always given the guys time off, maybe when that wasn't the popular thing to do. The league has got regulations on that now, so the players get some time off no matter what the coach does during a bye week. We give them an extra couple of days; we give them the week of, which we normally do. I've normally done that in the past, and it's worked out OK."
By rule, players can practice just once during the bye week. Reid's Chiefs took off all week.
I don't know how this will affect things but it's certainly not a bad thing that the more time your coach has, the better he does.
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