The Denver Broncos are arguably the Kansas City Chiefs’ toughest opponent in 2013, and at least for this week, the Broncos are what stand in between the Chiefs and a 10-0 record.
Denver also stands in the way of respect, although many in Chiefs Kingdom (including us here at Arrowhead Addict) firmly believe Kansas City should have already earned the respect of the NFL. Like it or not though, many of the Chiefs detractors feels that they can’t beat a good team. so by beating Denver on their home turf, Kansas City could really prove all the doubters wrong.
Simply put, there’s a lot on the line this Sunday night. Oh, there’s also that to factor in. This game has been moved to Sunday Night Football, so everybody will be watching.
It’s a big matchup for the 2013 Chiefs to say the least, but according to head coach Andy Reid, it’s business as usual despite the “hype” that surrounds this game. There’s no reason to keep his team focused, because they’re not losing any focus:
“I don’t think focus is where your emphasis goes on this game,” Reid told the media. “They’re going to be focused. They’re playing a good football team, and that’s just how it works.”
“The important part is that you go back to the things that you’ve done every week from a preparation standpoint,” he said. “You respect the heck out of Denver, then you study them and get yourself right as a team. You make sure that you know the scheme, make sure that you stay up on what you need to be physically at the highest level. That’s how you go about doing your business.”
“You don’t want to get caught up in all of the distractions that go on with being a Sunday night game or however you look at it,” Reid explained. “We’re playing the Denver Broncos and you want to make sure you get yourself prepared to play a good football team.”
This is certainly a winning approach by the Chiefs and it’s a smart way to go about things for Reid. There’s already going to be a lot of nervous tension in the air considering what’s on the line. There’s no reason to get this team more fired up than it already will be, especially if that interferes with preparation during the week.
No one game is bigger than the next, and you prepare for all of them the same way.
That’s the mindset of a great head football coach, and the Chiefs obviously have just that in Reid.