BANGOR – We’re only a few days away from Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Former University of Maine Black Bear, New York Jet and Kansas City Chief, Mike DeVito, played under Cheifs head coach, Andy Reid, for three seasons and reminisced on facing Reid’s offense in practice.
“And I remember they (the offense) would just gash us in practice for huge yardage and we would sit down and watch the film as a defense after practice and the defensive coordinator would say look don’t worry about it we’re not going to face those kind of things in the regular season he’s just so good at doing these kind of things,” DeVito said.
Between the Jets and Chiefs, DeVito played in nine playoff games including a couple AFC Championship game appearances with New York in 2009 and 2010.
He said the week-to-week grind is amplified in the playoffs and studying film and schemes takes precedent over on the field workouts.
“We used to sleep at the facility I mean coaches would sleep at the facility players used to sleep there the two years in New York where we went to back-to-back AFC Championship games you get to that AFC Championship game you’re doing everything you can because you’re one game away from the big one,” DeVito said.