*Injury Update: Mike DeVito (concussion), offensive lineman Ben Grubbs (neck) and linebacker Ramik Wilson (knee/ankle) did not make the trip to London and are OUT for Sunday. LB Tamba Hali (knee) did not practice Friday and is listed as QUESTIONABLE for Sunday. *
Head coach Andy Reid
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid commented on playing in London this Sunday.
"I think there will be a number of people from Kansas City that will be here, but I think just the fans from London, they enjoy the sport," he said. "Soccer, we know, is the number one sport and we appreciate soccer, but there's a mutual respect there, I think, for American football. For them to continue to invite us over here to play, I think it's a great thing for the sport. It's a great thing for the fans."
Reid shared his thoughts on the recent changes to the Detroit Lions coaching staff.
"You've looked at their backgrounds – the backgrounds of the coaches – particularly the head coach and the familiarity with the coaches he's put in place," Reid explained. "They run the same system that [Jim Caldwell] came from in Indy, so that's familiar territory. You make sure you cover that and cover what they were doing. Then you go play, most of all. And those are good football coaches – not only good ones they let go, but also ones he put in. He's doing it for a reason, shaking things up. That's not our deal, our responsibility is to make sure we get ourselves ready to play and that's where our focus is."
Reid was asked about potential transactions entering the bye week.
"Well, John Dorsey always keeps his eyes open on that, and that's what the general manager does. We think we have good players, but at the same time, that's his business. That's what he does and he studies that year-round. I'm not in that business. I'm coaching whoever's there. I'm coaching."
Quarterback Alex Smith
Quarterback Alex Smith first was asked about the flight over to London.
"It was a quick turnaround there after the practice on Thursday," he said. "QBs try to keep our routines a little bit, you try to stay a step ahead, so I'm watching red zone tape – which is nice with the new technology, to be able to do that on a plane. And then try to get as much sleep as you can. I knew it was going to be a quick turnaround when we landed, so you're trying to sleep."
Smith compared this trip to the last time he was in London as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
"It was a ton of fun. It was a little different, as a team, we came over the whole week and spent the whole week over here," he said. "For me, [since I was injured] it was a little bit more of a chance to take in the sights since I wasn't preparing to play. This, obviously, is different, coming over later in the week and getting ready to go."
Smith was asked what a win against the Detroit Lions in London could mean. "Every week is big, every game is big and I know that," Smith explained, "but as the weeks mount and the season goes on, they're all bigger – and this one is even bigger. For us, to be able to get a W and go into the bye and kind of catch our breath and kind of reexamine where we're at, it is big. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't. It is big for us with where we're at and we kind of dug ourselves a little hole, we can't afford much slip up."