"Everybody should be back for the next time we play," Reid said. The head coach expects a full roster ready on Jan. 15 when the team hosts a divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.That includes linebacker Justin Houston and running back Spencer Ware, both of whom sat out Sunday’s season finale. It also covers safety Eric Berry, who left the game early with a tight Achilles.
The Kansas City Chiefs regular season is over which means we now know their 2017 schedule. Well, we know who they will play and where but we don’t know when they play.
Gates was targeted in the end zone with about two minutes to play. But despite Philip Rivers finding the smallest of windows to reach Gates, the ball hit his mitts then fell to the grass. "In my mind I was thinking this is probably going to be my last chance because the crowd anticipation was so high,'' said Gates, a 14-year pro. "It was drawn perfectly.''
"I think it’s something that not very many coaches in that situation could have done,’’ said Chiefs receiver and former Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin in the post-game, of Reid’s ability to quickly build a second playoff-contending program. "I think he’s the type of guy you want to take over an organization. Any time you have a coach that guys respect and love to play for, it makes the job a lot easier and that’s how it is here. Each year we’ve gotten better and better and better, and it’s all because of him and the organization.’’
In the span of four sweet hours, Smith went from potentially spending the entire week getting ready for a road playoff game to having the rest of it off. Coach Andy Reid said Monday he was releasing his players following their normal weekly meetings, a reward for their victory over San Diego that, coupled with Oakland's loss at Denver, gave them the AFC West title and a much-needed first-round bye.
In the six games against divisional opponents this year, the Chiefs averaged 30 points per game offensively and allowed an average of just 19. They proved time and time again that they were the best team in the division.
OPENING STATEMENT: "Alright, I really don’t have any injuries for you. With the exception of Dadi [Nicolas], I don’t think we really had anything to report. Everything is kind of precautionary stuff. Everybody should be back for the next time that we play. Let me kind of give you the schedule of where we’re at and where we’re going here. So, the players are in today. I’m going to get them out of here just like we did during the bye week. They’ll be back for Monday practice. It will be a short 10-10-10 practice, and then, we start. They’re off Tuesday, and we’ll be back in our normal week. Then, the coaches are working a few days, and I’m going to give them a couple days off. Then, they’ll be back later in the week before we get cranking, so they can see these games as they’re going on."
A key member of the Chiefs’ scouting department won’t be interviewing for the San Francisco 49ers’ vacant general manager opening, after all. Chris Ballard, the Chiefs’ director of football operations, won’t be interviewing with the 49ers, a source told The Star on Monday. Reports from earlier in the day said that Ballard had a meeting scheduled with the club.
"He has such a good feel just from playing a lot, not only in the run game but the pass game too -- how guys defend him, how to win,’’ Smith said. "That first third down of the game, it was a big play by him . . . him seeing it, identifying and then obviously making the play.’’