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How Andy Reid’s life has changed since winning the Super Bowl

How Andy Reid’s life has changed since winning the Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS — If you were expecting Andy Reid to win his first Super Bowl and turn into a different guy, you don’t know Andy Reid.

At the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, Reid spoke to a huge gathering of reporters at the first big NFL event since his Chiefs beat the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

And guess what?

Not much has changed for Big Red.

“I stay in the office, so I’m isolated a little bit that way. There’s not much change there. I’m sure the players, if you talk to them, they’re out there and being recognized as world champs. 

I have gotten a couple free meals. That was nice. But I’m not out there that much to where I’m affected by it too much.”

Gotta love when Andy plays the hits.

Reid said he and his staff enjoyed the Super Bowl for a few days. They had a parade and reveled briefly but then it was back to business as usual. The focus then had to immediately switch to free agency and the draft in what was now a suddenly short offseason.

“Maybe someday when we get a little older and we’re out of the game, you can sit back and go, hey, you know what, we did pretty good there,” Reid said. “But right now, it’s buckling down and making sure we take care of business."

During the Chiefs’ run to the Super Bowl, Reid was very aware of the support he was receiving from Philadelphia, where he spent 14 seasons as head coach. Not everyone was rooting for him but it seemed like a large portion of Philadelphians were happy to see Reid hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

On Tuesday, Reid was asked if he’s heard from folks in Philly since winning the big game.

"Yeah, I’ve talked to all those guys. I’ve stayed close to the organization,” Reid said before scanning the crowd in front of him. “Guys like Les (Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Les Bowen) I’ve stayed close with.”

Les gave a wave.

“There are a couple other guys here that are Philadelphia here,” Reid continued. “I spent 14 years there. I appreciated every bit of it. Jeff Lurie, I appreciated him being at the game and supporting me there, too."

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Chiefs parade proved it again — the narrative is always different when it's Philly

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Chiefs parade proved it again — the narrative is always different when it's Philly

As you all know by now, the Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl Champions, former Eagles head coach Andy Reid will finally get his well-deserved ring and we have reached the end of yet another NFL season.

All seemed right in the world, especially for Chiefs fans who flooded the streets for the parade to celebrate their win. But as the event progressed, a few things started to unfold which most people just laughed off, or deemed it as a happy city enjoying their championship.

This got me thinking  — if any of it happened in Philly (heck, some of it did), we’d have a whole new ‘throwing snowballs at Santa’ fiasco. Seriously, I was negative 29 years old when that happened. If this generation of sports fans can leave that in the past, it’d be awesome.

However, not quite sure if we can overlook the fan that ate horse poop on Broad St. to celebrate the city’s first Super Bowl. Maybe we can just pretend that never happened … but regardless, it had to be mentioned here since someone, somewhere would’ve brought it up. Now you don’t have to  — you’re welcome.

But alas, since it happened in Philadelphia, it will loom over us until the end of eternity.

Well, there were a few things that stood out like a sore thumb during yesterday’s parade that have to be discussed.

First off, have you ever seen a car chase to lead off a parade? After yesterday, Chiefs fans can say they have … and now all of the internet can say so, too. Luckily no one in the crowd was hurt but it was still a shocking sight to see. I’ve seen comments saying that Chiefs fans really know how to party and it was passed off more as a joke … but everyone knows if this went down in Philadelphia, it’d be deemed as reckless and tacked on to the city’s reputation.

Next is due to the unfortunate placement of a parking meter. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes threw a football into the crowd of fans on the parade route and of course, who wouldn’t want to catch it? Poor guy didn’t take his eyes off the ball and ran right into the parking meter.

It’s almost like a weird parallel for Philadelphia with this one. While no one ran into things on the street during the parade (that we know of)  — mainly due to the fact the curbs were packed with fans and were essentially sardines who couldn’t move  — we do have this gem following the NFC Championship Game:

So similar, yet the reactions for both couldn’t be more different.

And finally, what is Philadelphia best known for when celebrating? Climbing things  — let’s call it the most intense ‘the floor is lava’ game the world has ever known. Turns out, it may be a skill that comes with living in the area …

... because this Chiefs fan did not have too much luck.

And yet, we’re made fun of for how we celebrate and this fella was living in the moment.

Nothing in this world makes sense.

Even though Philly has this kind of reputation … at least we can do it right.

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Super Bowl 54: Andy Reid's Super Bowl win By the Numbers!

Super Bowl 54: Andy Reid's Super Bowl win By the Numbers!

The best thing about Andy Reid winning a Super Bowl is that it opened up a whole new world of stats.

OK, maybe not the best thing. But it's fun to take a numerical look at what Reid and the Chiefs just accomplished.

So let's take a look at Andy Reid's Super Bowl Championship By the Numbers!

MATCHING LARRY BROWN: By winning the Super Bowl in his 21st year as a head coach, Reid tied the record for any major sport for longest coaching tenure before his first championship. Larry Brown, whose tenure with the 76ers overlapped with Reid’s tenure with the Eagles, won his first NBA title with the Pistons in 2004, his 21st year as an NBA head coach and ironically the same year Reid lost his first Super Bowl.

PILING UP THE WINS: Reid moved 6th place in NFL history with his 15th postseason win. Big Red trails only Bill Belichick (31), Tom Landry (20), Don Shula (19), Joe Gibbs (17) and Chuck Knox (16).

SUPER BOWL RECORD: The Chiefs’ 21 points tied the Super Bowl record for most points in a fourth quarter, a mark set by the Cowboys in their 52-17 win over the Bills in 1992. It matched the second-most points in any Super Bowl quarter behind only the Redskins’ 35 second-quarter points with Doug Williams in their 42-10 win over the Broncos in 1987.

DOUG AND ANDY: The only teams in Super Bowl history to convert two 4th downs on their way to a championship are the 2017 Eagles and 2019 Chiefs, teams coached by Doug Pederson and Reid, who gave Pederson his first coaching job. The only other team to convert two 4th downs in a Super Bowl was the 1993 Bills, who lost 30-13 to the Cowboys. The 54 Super Bowl champions have combined to convert just 8 total fourth downs, and Reid and Pederson are responsible for half of them.

SPAGS GETTING IT DONE: The Chiefs allowed 8.5 fourth-quarter points in their first 10 games, 5th-worst in the NFL. Including the postseason, they only allowed 2.9 fourth-quarter points in their last 9 games, the best in the NFL. They only gave up three 4Q TDs in those last nine games and one came against the Raiders up 35 points with less than a minute left.

ANDY AND KOTITE: The Chiefs on Sunday became the first team since the Rich Kotite-coached 1992 Eagles to go into the fourth quarter of a playoff game trailing and then outscore their opponent by at least 21 points in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs trailed 20-10 before outscoring the 49ers 21-0 in the fourth quarter. In 1992, the Eagles trailed the Saints by the same 20-10 score at the Superdome before outscoring them 26-0 in the fourth quarter and winning 36-20. The only other team to do that in the postseason was the 1948 Bills, who trailed the Colts 17-7 after three quarters at Memorial Stadium before a 21-0 fourth quarter gave them a 28-17 win.

A HALFTIME ODDITY: Only three of the last 31 Super Bowls have been tied at halftime. Reid was involved with two of those three. In 2004, the Eagles and Patriots were tied 7-7 at halftime before the Patriots won 24-21. 

BUCKING THE TREND: Before Sunday, Reid was 1-12 in the postseason when his teams did not lead at halftime. The only previous win was the 4th-and-26 game against the Packers at the Linc in 2003. The Eagles trailed 14-7 at halftime and won 20-17 in overtime. 

DRAMATIC TURNAROUND: With 8:53 left in the game Sunday, the 49ers had outgained the Chiefs 314-237. Over the final 8:53, the Chiefs outgained the 49ers 160-37. 

A RECORD HE'S HAPPY TO GIVE UP: Congratulations to Marty Schottenheimer, who reclaims his title as the winningest coach in NFL history to never win a Super Bowl. Reid won 207 games before his Super Bowl. Schottenheimer retired with 200 wins and no championships. Next on that list of most wins by a coach without a title: Dan Reeves (190), Chuck Knox (186), Jeff Fisher (173), Bud Grant (158) and Marv Levy (143).

ENDING THE DROUGHT: Reid won more playoff games in the 22-day span from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2 (three) as he did in the previous 10 years (two). After winning 10 playoff games with the Eagles from 2000 through 2008, Reid went six years without a playoff win -- his final four years with the Eagles and first two years with the Chiefs -- before winning single postseason games in K.C. in 2015 and 2018 with the Chiefs before this Super Bowl run.

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