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Staying young with Andy Reid through 200 career wins

After the win on Sunday, the Chiefs head coach talked about how his players are helping him stay young

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When the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 45-10 on Sunday night, it was more than just a rebound from a tough loss. For head coach Andy Reid, it was also his 200th victory as a head coach. Speaking after the game, he said it was fun.

“I enjoy when both sides and the special teams are going well,” he said. “That doesn’t happen all the time. It’s normally one group carrying the other group. That’s the National Football League. When they all come together — and good things happen — it’s enjoyable. This was a good one.”

The 200-win club is pretty exclusive. Reid is only the 10th coach in NFL history to reach the milestone. But once reaching it, he didn’t seem interested in putting a lot of emphasis on it.

“That’s an individual thing, I’m not really good with that,” he said. “We are about team. I know a lot of people involved with each one of those wins that have been crucial, so, I enjoy it and I appreciate it, but I would tell you it’s everyone. Everyone is involved. I’ve been blessed to be around some good people, players and coaches. Ownership has been phenomenal. I’ve been really blessed to be in a great position and be a part of it.”

Reid was asked about the touchdown celebrations the players have been putting together.

“It’s a young bunch. They do this during the week. They do it here, I get to see it all the time. I am a grandfather. These guys are moving around and enjoying what they are doing. It’s fun to be a part of and fun to watch.”

This is a pretty common attitude from men of Reid’s age. I know this simply because Reid and I are very close to the same age, and I see it not only in myself, but also in a lot of my contemporaries. Being a grandfather changes how you look at things. And being around the grandkids keeps you young — even if they’re only your grandkids because of an NFL contract.

“They do keep you young,” Reid said of his players. “You can’t help but feel the energy. They are running around. One thing they do is they come out every day and enjoy what they’re doing. They play fast, and I have to slow them down at times in practice. I can’t say enough about them.”

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