Reid joked that the Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans, he spent his evening eating a cheeseburger and going to bed — but that he and the coaches were “cranking already on San Francisco.”
”I’ve had a chance to look at them,” said Reid of the 49ers, who defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in the NFC championship. “I spent [Monday] morning doing that. I know that they’re a good, solid football team. They play hard and aggressive. You saw that last night in playing against a good Green Bay team. They do a variety of things on both sides of the ball. They can run it and they can pass it on the offensive side. On defense, they have a variety of things that they throw at you from a defensive standpoint. Solid on special teams. All in all, it’s a good football team. Well-coached, very well-coached.”
The Chiefs will spend the week in Kansas City with a business-as-usual approach. A number of Chiefs players said after the game that they would spend the night celebrating, then get right back to work.
That appears to very much be the case.
”You try to get as much done as you possibly can right here,” explained Reid. “That’s what we’ll do. Get most of the game plan in while you’re in your own environment here. Try to keep it as normal as possible. Once we get down there, within all of the media obligations that you have and all of the other things that go on, try to keep it as normal as you can, practice-wise, there, too.”
It is worth noting that the weather is about to be wildly different, as well. Temperatures at kickoff for the Houston Texans and Titans games were 29 degrees and 17 degrees, respectively — and down in South Beach, it will be much warmer than that.
“The sun sets at like 5:55 and the game is at 6,” Reid said. “It’s averaging like 73 degrees, and it’s supposed to be that the next few weeks with a low in the 60s, right in there. I think we’re going to be OK that way. We’ve been playing in all of this cold weather. I’ve reminded the guys, throughout the last month or so here, to keep yourselves in warm weather shape. They were probably looking at me crazy for saying that. This is why.
“Everybody was doing a little bit extra running and conditioning after practice and all of that. I think we’ll be OK ... We had the opportunity to play [in Mexico City — where there was the high altitude and all of that — and the guys pushed themselves through all of that. I think they’ll be OK at sea level.”
It is new territory for the Chiefs head coach, the players and their fans. But it sounds like Reid has already thought of everything.