Everybody was questioning me, talking about what I should be doing, and asking "Why doesn’t Jamaal look like this coming back from surgery, why does he look like that?" But at the end of the day, you have to be true to who you are instead of listening to the outside voices and trying to follow everybody else’s advice. Everybody is trying to diagnose the body, but nobody knows the body better than God. Man didn’t make the body. God did.
Houston has missed the past two games with swelling in his knee, but the added off time earned by the Chiefs as the AFC’s No. 2 seed and the bye this past weekend seemed to have been a positive thing. "[He'll] practice and we'll see how he does," Reid added of Houston.
Q: Will your loss last game against Pittsburgh be a motivation to get these guys going?
REID: "No, they were there. They know what Pittsburgh is all about."
"First of all, we sent out a note last week. We’re going to open our parking lots a little early and hopefully get some people in quicker and the crowd in earlier. So 6:30 a.m. is when the parking lots will open. For that first hour from 6:30-7:30 a.m., we’ll have open parking as we did for the Raiders game that Thursday night. At 7:30 a.m., we’ll direct traffic as we have all season long. The (stadium) gates will open 30 minutes earlier than normal. That means all gates will open at 10 a.m. Our Scout Investments Club Level gates and Draft Room will open at 9 a.m.
"[Bell is] the most patient that I’ve ever seen," Reid added. "That’s a unique style—one that he’s kind of created."
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Not only did Pittsburgh hold Ajayi to a season-low 2.1 yards per carry, but they also generated five sacks, including two lost fumbles by Matt Moore. Ryan Shazier looks like a legitimate franchise player, while Bud Dupree could be among the best pass rushers in the NFL next season (or, ideally, for the remainder of this postseason). The lack of depth along the defensive line didn’t show, either.
This isn’t the first run-in with the law Porter has had since being a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. The team stated they will gather information before making a statement, but likely will let the judicial process take its course before having anything to say regarding a coach on their staff.
In the post, Charles — who landed on injured reserve in early November after undergoing minor procedures in both of his surgically-repaired knees — provided clarity on where and how he got hurt and downplayed any notion that he came back too soon from offseason knee surgery. He also pushed back against the Chiefs’ ongoing characterization that there was swelling in the knee — which they announced in mid-October, when he started having the issues — and any assumptions that the knee issues he had at the time were unprompted, instead taking responsibility for doing more work than the team suggested.
Reid said inside linebacker Justin March-Lillard, who was activated off injured reserve and added to the 53-man roster two weeks ago, has had a few good weeks of practice but didn’t say whether he would start against Pittsburgh, which has the league’s 14th-best rush offense.
"I don’t want anyone to pay $60 to park here," team president Mark Donovan said. "Buy in advance." Season ticket holders who purchase a parking pass as part of their package pay $30 for parking. That’s the same price fans pay online during the regular season. Drivers how choose to pay at the gate hand over $40 during the regular season.
Chiefs president Mark Donovan said the Chiefs-Steelers game is nearly sold out, and even though tickets are available on the secondary marketplace, he’s expecting a sellout. "They’re a great franchise — they travel well," Donovan said of Steelers fans. "It’s playoff football. So just like our fans showed up in San Diego, I’m sure they’re going to show up here."
If they’re going to combat this year’s opponents, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and their so-called Killer B's -- quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown -- then the Chiefs’ best players have to be their best players.
"When we clinched the home game in San Diego, that Monday and Tuesday were two of the biggest single-game sales days on record for the Chiefs organization."
The Chiefs are given a 63.9 percent chance of winning against the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs. That sounds on the high side given that this matchup looks to be an even one, but it’s no doubt a nod to the power of Arrowhead. The Steelers beat the Chiefs by four touchdowns in Pittsburgh in October.
Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t need to wear a protective boot on his foot anymore. He did 18 hours ago, sure, but not now. That’s what the Steelers quarterback told Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook in a Monday email, at least. The team wanted him to wear the boot to his postgame news conference Sunday as a precaution, Roethlisberger told Cook, and that today’s MRI came up (relatively) fine.
"This team understands how far we’ve come from that game,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said. "For us, we’re certainly not the same team and every week is different. You got to put in the work and, obviously, every Sunday is different. I think that we enjoy that challenge.’’