The Kansas City Chiefs would have much preferred it to have happened two weeks ago, but one silver living of the Chiefs’ two-game skid was the opportunity it presented for head coach Andy Reid.
Reid became the first coach in NFL history to accumulate 100 wins (regular season and postseason included) with two separate franchises as the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 42-30 on Sunday. The back-to-back losses to Baltimore and Los Angeles meant Reid could accomplish the feat by beating his former club.
Reid now has 93 regular-season and seven postseason wins with the Chiefs. The 63-year-old won 140 games from 1999-2012 with the Eagles.
“It’s great,” said Reid after the game. “The people here have been phenomenal since I got here. My room was loaded with food, so it was good to have a cheesesteak and a lot of other things. It’s good to be back and then doing that here. I hadn’t really thought about it. I don’t know if that’s a positive thing, but I’m glad it took place. It’s over now, so we can move on.”
One of the greatest to ever do it. pic.twitter.com/jnDj5Z6mxu— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 3, 2021
Even though his tenure with the Eagles is now nine seasons ago, Reid said there was still a familiarity about returning to Lincoln Financial Field.
“I saw a lot of people that I had known, and there were still a lot of folks here,” said Reid. “There’s only three players left, but they’re special guys. I enjoy going out and competing against them... you’re going to give them our best shot and they’re going to do the same thing in return. They’re going to kick your tail.”
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and center Jason Kelce are among the longtime Eagles who Reid coached in Philadelphia.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was Reid’s offensive star on Sunday, catching 11 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s f—king awesome man,” said Hill of Reid getting the 100th win. “Seeing him in the locker room fired up after the game — it’s just surreal, because as a kid, I used to watch TV and just see coach Reid coaching in Philadelphia. I used to have dreams and aspirations of playing in the NFL, and now I’m actually playing for one of the greatest coaches of all time, I’m living f—king life, baby.”
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns, was also delighted for his head coach but took a more conservative approach as he discussed.
“It’s definitely exciting — I’m not going to say what Tyreek said,” smiled Mahomes. “But it was definitely exciting to get him that win. We were due to get him that win — it had been a couple weeks now, but I’m glad we got to do it in Philadelphia, around where he kind of came into his own, and now he’s in Kansas City, and it’s a good thing he’s here with us.”
“He became Andy Reid in a sense in Philadelphia. To be able to go to Kansas City and build what he’s built here and get that 100th win in Philadelphia — obviously, he’s going to keep on going. He has a lot of dreams for this season, but he’ll definitely take in this moment for a second, at least.”
All of Reid’s winning seasons, his three Super Bowl appearances and Super Bowl LIV championship will undoubtedly send him to Canton when he is ready to call it a career. But even though Reid made his name as the head coach of the Eagles, Mahomes believes that he has done enough in his nine-year Chiefs tenure that he will be remembered in a different light.
“I think when you look back on it, you’ll know him as a Kansas City Chief,” said Mahomes. “The way he’s able to build up this organization from day one and win and build up to where we won the Super Bowl and got back to the Super Bowl and then where we’re at now, he’s building something, and he’ll continue to build it.
“And we have a lot of young guys on this team, who he gets the best out of every single day. No offense to Philly — I’m glad they let him go; he’s here coaching us in Kansas City.”