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Chiefs players will get the week off, coaches already working on rest of AFC playoff field

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The Kansas City Chiefs players will get the week off. Andy Reid told the media that the players will come in on Monday and then they’ll be off until next Monday. This is how he usually handles his bye week during the season so that’s probably the motivation here.

Reid said that the players will return Monday for a light practice, they’ll be off on Tuesday as normal and then have a normal rest of the week preparing for their Sunday game on January 15.

The coaches will get a couple of days off but they’ll be back later in the week to prepare for the Chiefs next opponent. Reid said that Tommy Brasher (former d-line coach now doing special projects) has been advance scouting on the teams the Chiefs could potentially play.

“He got a jump on things and kinda guesstimated who would be the remaining teams with all the different scenarios so that way the coaches didn’t have to worry about it,” Reid said of Brasher’s advance scouting. “He started these breakdowns a week ago and he’s been grinding these things out.”

I saw a reporter who said he “can’t imagine” Bill Belichick giving his players the entire week off. I would say that Reid, who is second to Belichick in wins among active coaches, has a pretty good idea how to handle this. He’s 3-0 in his career in the Divisional round coming off a bye.

“I know the bye normally doesn't hurt you,” Reid said Monday. “Normally it’s a good thing to have if you handle it the right way.”