LAS VEGAS — Andy Reid ran as much as Chris Jones, the defensive cornerstone of his three Super Bowl-winning groups.
Jones was sprawled out on the sector, bodily spent and reveling in that new dynasty feeling after the Kansas City Chiefs’ 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. Reid joined Jones on the grass, getting on his arms and vigorously shaking his participant’s shoulder pads.
“What do you think, huh?” Reid shouted to Jones because the confetti fell round them. Reid lowered his face nearer to Jones, then repeated for impact. “What do you think?!”
This childlike glee was a uncommon displaying of emotion for the Chiefs’ veteran head coach. Reid’s bushy eyebrows and mustache and small, spherical glasses give him a definite look and now have the impact of obscuring his true emotions.
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“He never shows no emotion,” cornerback L’Jarius Sneed stated after the sport. “He’s like a snake, ah! Coming to get you. That’s what I love about him, like a little rattlesnake.”
Rattlesnake Reid sank his fangs into the Niners on Sunday in Las Vegas, as receiver Mecole Hardman scored the game-winning landing in additional time. It was the debut of recent additional time playoff guidelines impressed by the Chiefs’ 2021 additional time playoff win over the Bills. Kansas City didn’t win the toss this time, however the Chiefs nonetheless couldn’t be stopped.
The 25-22 win is Reid’s third Super Bowl in his fifth strive. He’s now the fifth head coach to win at the least three, within the firm of Bill Belichick (six), Chuck Noll (4), Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs (three), and the seventh coach to win all of it in back-to-back years.
“It’s a little bit surreal,” Reid stated in his postgame press convention. “Back-to-back is rare air for this football team and this organization. I don’t know what a dynasty is. You guys have the thesaurus, you can figure it out. It’s a great win because I know how hard it is to do. I know how hard the season was, the ups and downs of the season.”
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Reid’s Chiefs had been slightly extra definitive of their summation of the season — and of their coach.
“Dynasty, I think we did all the qualifications for it,” receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling stated within the postgame locker room. “If he’s not the best, he’s one of the best to ever do this.”
“Check the stats, check the numbers,” Sneed stated. “He’s legendary.”
“He’s one of the greatest guys in football, and this just makes him one of the greatest coaches,” stated Chiefs assistant working backs coach Porter Ellett. “Now it’s becoming harder to argue against him being in the top two or three ever.”
“He was already a Hall of Fame coach before tonight,” stated Chiefs proprietor Clark Hunt. “But adding that third Super Bowl trophy in five years, I think really solidifies his status as one of the best of all time.”
“I wouldn’t want to play for another coach,” middle Creed Humphrey stated. “He’s the best coach in the game right now.”
At halftime, with Kansas City down 10-3, Reid didn’t panic. The offense was stalling. Mahomes was continuously beneath stress, sacked twice, and working again Isaiah Pacheco fumbled away the Chiefs’ most promising drive. But Reid’s message to gamers and employees was the identical: Keep going.
“When you’re in the Super Bowl and you’re down by seven points, it feels like 20,” Reid stated. “And so, you kind of just calm it down — we’re right there, we’re getting the ball to start the second half and everybody just hang with each other — and good things can happen.”
“When you’re down 10 in a big game like this, a lot of coaches can not handle it well and start throwing stuff at the wall and hoping it sticks,” Humphrey stated. “But he stuck to the game plan. And he had a great game plan for us. He did a great job, a masterful coaching job.”
“As good as he is as a coach, he never changes,” offensive coordinator Matt Nagy stated. “He stays the course. He’s a leader of men and he’s a hell of a teacher. And he doesn’t just teach his players, he teaches his coaches how to be good leaders. And then you stick together and you go make things happen.”
The two gamers who scored touchdowns for Kansas City on Sunday current direct proof of that stick-together high quality that coaches say makes Reid particular. Valdes-Scantling, who scored the primary landing on Sunday, struggled with pricey drops all through the season. Hardman returned to the Chiefs in a commerce after being forged off by the Jets midseason and struggled this postseason, notably fumbling out of the top zone in Buffalo, earlier than scoring the game-winner.
“Coach Reid is one of those guys that stays the course no matter what,” Valdes-Scantling stated. “We’re all here for a reason and we all make plays, and we all have the special skill set that we have, and him being able to continue that and stay the course with us has been good.”
Ellett is in his seventh season on Kansas City’s employees. He injured his proper arm in an accident when he was 4 years previous and later had it amputated. He by no means performed soccer and wound up getting related to Reid when a job as Reid’s assistant opened up. Reid has since taught him find out how to be a coach.
“He never gives up on a guy,” Ellett stated. “He puts a lot of faith in people. And if you reward the faith, then he keeps trusting you. I mean, I’m a good example of that. People aren’t hiring one-armed football coaches who didn’t play football.”
Because he’s 65 years previous, there’s been rising hypothesis about Reid’s future. How for much longer will he coach? How many extra rings will this budding dynasty purchase? When requested after Sunday’s win if he can be again teaching Kansas City subsequent season, Reid was nonchalant: “Yeah, I haven’t had time to think about it, but yeah, sure.”
Chiefs gamers aren’t listening to any of that noise.
“He’s got a lot left in the tank,” Humphrey stated.
“We won two Super Bowls back to back,” Valdez-Scantling stated. “We’re trying to go for another one.”
Plus, the boss is assured Reid is sticking round for some time longer.
“I know Andy is energized and loving what he’s doing,” Hunt stated. “I certainly expect him to be back next year to defend our title.”
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