According to multiple reports this afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs could be considering resting their starters heading into Week 17. Why? There are now apparent major injuries to key players, so why sit key personnel? Andy Reid has done a remarkable job of taking the Chiefs from the worst team in the NFL in 2012 to a team that not only reaches the playoffs, but has one of the best records in football. Andy should learn from his coaching mistakes in Philadelphia and play his starters in Week 17.
An argument can be made that the Chiefs lit up the scoreboard in Weeks 15 and 16, scoring an explosive 101 points, but look at the competition in those games. The Redskins and Raiders are terrible teams. On Sunday, they faced a fading, but playoff bound Indianapolis Colts team, at home, and only managed 7 offensive points. This is not a complete Chiefs team and there should be no rest for the weary.
I do not buy into the idea of resting healthy players in the final week of the regular season. Yes, there could be an injury. At the same time, there could be an injury to the same player on the first play in the playoffs. Football comes with risks, and that is a given.
The Chiefs are not playing at a super high level heading into the post season. The defense has not been as obtrusive as it was at the start of the season, and prior to beating two teams with a combined 7 wins, they lost three straight, twice to the Denver Broncos and once to the San Diego Chargers.
Next up for the Chiefs- the Chargers. I understand Reid wants to keep his team intact, but they have not fared well with teams that have a winning record this season. All the players need to play. Put the boys in, even if they play three quarters- they need to play.