Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is working on the team’s NFL Super Bowl title defense from his basement amid the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc globally, with sport brought to a standstill; the Olympic Games have been postponed until 2021, while MLB, the NBA and the NHL are delayed or on hiatus.
NFL teams are preparing for this month’s draft, ahead of the start of the season in September, and Reid is still working hard, albeit from a different location.
Reid, who led the Chiefs to glory in Super Bowl 54, told reporters Thursday: “I wish I could take you on a virtual tour of this thing.
“It’s kind of classic. I’m sitting in my basement, literally. I’ve got an arc trainer sitting here in case I want to jump on that to get a little exercise.
“I’ve got my monitor set up, along with my computer, my iPad right next to that. And I’ve got one of my wife’s antique tables here, a little coffee table that I’m using to throw everything on. But I’m in the basement, yeah. You know what? It’s not bad.”
“We stay as current as we can through information from the league. We’re approaching it like we’re having a season,” Reid added. “I think it’s twofold, because it can be a real positive energy-giver back to the country at a time of maybe need for that.
“At the same time, we’re very sensitive to everything going on. But as far as the offseason goes — again, we’re out of the office until they let us know that we can get ourselves back in and so I’ve got different plans that I’ve kind of set up for different stages of [the offseason], whether it’s virtual work or whether they let us back in the building for field work. Whatever it is, I’ve put together plans for that. And then we’ll just take it day by day and see what presents itself.”
The Chiefs were scheduled to start offseason conditioning on April 20 — three days before the NFL Draft — with practice to follow in May.
“We’ve got a little time before that,” Reid said. “We’ll just see what direction it goes. That’s normally a time we use for conditioning workouts. If we’re allowed to do that virtually, we can go ahead and do that at that time. We’ll try to stay in touch.
“If we’re allowed to visit with the players with our Webex units or whatever, we can do that. We’re prepared to do all of that. And then if they’re allowed back in the building, we’re good with that. We’ve got that all planned out, too.”
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