Chiefs head coach Andy Reid played it smart by resting the starters

12/30/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsWhen the San Diego Chargers played the Kansas City Chiefs, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had already made the decision not to play 20 out of his 22 starting players. Although some may question it, Reid knew it was the best decision to make and it turns out he was right. When the Chiefs players see the light of Monday they will not feel the hurting after effects of playing football but will be fresh as ever.
 
Linebacker Derrick Johnson said that it was good to have the rest Reid gave and their game against the Indianapolis Colts would be much easier to play.

“It’s going to be great.  I’m going to be moving fast. We’ll be rested and ready to go and we’ll get started on Indy. We know we’ve got a great opportunity to beat a team we didn’t play [well] against a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “We know if we can play better than we played ... this way, it’s going to be an interesting matchup.”
 
The Chiefs lost to the Chargers 27-24. Still, when you look at the big picture that the Chiefs already have the AFC No. 5 seed and 20 starting players will be as good as new to play the Colts; it is evident that the decision to rest all of them was good in the long run.
 
On Saturday the Chiefs will play the Indianapolis Colts in a wild card game and the rest given to the players will be extremely beneficial. Critical players such as quarterback Alex Smith will not be woozy after taking in a couple of sacks. Running back Jamaal Charles did not sustain the gruelling hits he would have if he played the match. 
 
Reid said that the time to rest was critical for the players to get healthy and ready for the match against the Colts. 

“I look at the positive of it when I do that," Reid said. “It gave the guys a week to heal up and rest up and still at the same time get good practice in. If we do meet up again with San Diego then they’ve got that practice time in with a game plan."
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