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What They're Saying: Kansas City Chiefs

Find out what the Kansas City Chiefs are saying about their upcoming divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots.

On the Patriots defense...
"You hear about a lot of these defenses, and I don't think they get enough recognition for what they've done. They play hard, aggressive, played a lot of guys in there. They're getting some guys back here that didn't play in the Miami game. It's a good group."
- Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

On if there is more pressure to score against New England...
"Yeah, you're always trying to score. Every time you get the football you're trying to go out there and score. For us, we're getting ready to play their defense, we're not playing their offense. No, so I don't think the mentality changes at all."
- Chiefs QB Alex Smith

On the atmosphere at Gillette Stadium...
"The stadium is going to be loud, it's going to be a hostile environment. They don't lose much up there, we know that, tradition-wise. We're going into a pit fight – we'll be ready though."
- Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson

On playing the Patriots...
"Yeah, it's a statement game for us. It's a statement game for anybody that would come into the world champs' stadium and take on the Patriots and who they are. It's a challenge, but at the same time, we're excited for it and we're ready for it."
- Chiefs TE Travis Kelce

On whether he is licking his chops to go after Tom Brady...
"I'm licking my chops at whatever quarterback is back there. It doesn't matter if it's Tom Brady back there or not. We, as a whole, we've got a goal in mind and that's what we're trying to do."
- Chiefs LB Justin Houston

On Tom Brady...
"He ranks up at the top, for sure and arguably, he's probably the best. He's playing at a high level once again, he's an older player and at the same time, you could play tight coverage, but he's still going to stick it in there. We're going to have tight coverages, but we're going to have to make a play at some point in the game."
- Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson

"He's playing great football. He's playing out of his mind. He's done a great job. He's done it with a variety of guys, too. Tremendous year for him."
- Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

On Bill Belichick...
"He's a Hall of Fame football coach. When it's all said and done, that's where he's going to be. He does a heck of a job. He could coach either side of the ball, he's good all the way around. Special teams, he's done that. Good football coach."
- Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

On Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler...
"I feel like they're both confident in both of those guys that they can do a lot. Like I said, they're very multiple, they can do a lot of different coverages and try to take away guys whether it be man or zone. Both of those guys know what they're doing, you can tell that they're well-coached back there and when they do man up they're good at it. You can tell on film that they feel good about them. And it shows, both of those guys are playing really well right now."
- Chiefs QB Alex Smith

On Rob Gronkowski...
"He's a competitor. And that alone with his size and just his ability as well, but at the end of the day, I feel like he's a big time competitor, so he's going to compete every chance he gets."
- Chiefs S Eric Berry

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