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Chiefs’ Andy Reid is rising up the GOAT checklist of NFL head coaches, and he’ll be again for extra in 2024

LAS VEGAS — When it was over — with the Super Bowl confetti falling from the roof and Kansas City Chiefs fans chanting in unison at Allegiant Stadium — head coach Andy Reid spotted an offensive lineman’s dream. His star defensive tackle, Chris Jones, was lying flat on his back on the turf, smiling in

Chiefs’ Andy Reid is rising up the GOAT checklist of NFL head coaches, and he’ll be again for extra in 2024

LAS VEGAS — When it was over — with the Super Bowl confetti falling from the roof and Kansas City Chiefs followers chanting in unison at Allegiant Stadium — head coach Andy Reid noticed an offensive lineman’s dream. His star defensive sort out, Chris Jones, was mendacity flat on his again on the turf, smiling in jubilation. So Reid did what any smart pulling guard might need carried out on an inside run play.

He bellyflopped on him.

“All proper, massive man!” Reid hollered in joy as he pinned Jones down by the shoulders. “What do you assume?! What do you assume?!”

Lastly, the person who’s chiseling his bust into the Mount Rushmore of the NFL’s finest head coaches acquired to his toes. As he helped Jones up, Reid used the participant’s momentum to drag him into his shoulder — embracing him in a snapshot that for all intents and functions might need been certainly one of their final moments collectively. In any case, the ticking clocks of each Reid and Jones had swirled all week main into Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl, with the coach’s future a consistent topic of speculation and the player’s impending free agency hovering over the approaching offseason.

[For more on Chiefs’ Super Bowl dynasty, check out Yahoo Sports NFL]

A minimum of a type of urgent questions appeared to be laid to relaxation after the Chiefs’ 25-22 overtime win in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers. Jones? Time will inform. However Reid? Requested if he would affirm that he’ll return in 2024 teaching the Chiefs, he mentioned he would.

“Yeah, I haven’t had time to consider it, however yeah, positive,” Reid mentioned with a smile. “I get requested that — I’m mad at [Bill] Belichick and Pete [Carroll] as a result of now I get requested all these questions.”

Frankly, it was the proper time to invoke these sorts of names, as a result of teaching longevity isn’t the one factor that binds them collectively. Now the material of elite, unparalleled success binds them: Rings, Lombardi Trophies, all-time successful percentages, Corridor of Fame careers. Success measured not simply on this time however in all time.

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Belichick is the sitting chairman of the head-coaching GOATs, with 9 Tremendous Bowl appearances and 6 Lombardis to his identify. Pittsburgh Steelers legend Chuck Noll has 4 Tremendous Bowl wins that put him close to the top of the desk. After which there’s the fraternity of “three males, three rings” — which Reid joined Sunday alongside Washington’s Joe Gibbs and the 49ers’ Invoice Walsh. However Reid additionally has one thing that stands proud amongst the whole group. Of the coaches with three or extra Tremendous Bowl rings, solely Belichick, Reid and Noll managed to win back-to-back titles. Belichick did it within the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and Noll did it twice, in 1974 and 1975, then in 1978 and 1979.

On Sunday, Reid secured his back-to-back. And if the soon-to-be 66-year-old presses on, his ascent among the many league’s GOAT coaches seems to have loads of juice left in it. Particularly along with his 28-year-old quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, who’s effectively on the way in which in his personal GOAT quest, stalking seven-time Tremendous Bowl champ Tom Brady.

Andy Reid won his third Super Bowl title with the Chiefs, which puts him among a very short list of all-time great coaches in NFL history. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Andy Reid gained his third Tremendous Bowl title with the Chiefs, which places him amongst a really quick checklist of all-time nice coaches in NFL historical past. (AP Photograph/Ashley Landis)

“It’s a bit of bit surreal,” Reid mentioned Sunday. “Again-to-back is uncommon air for this soccer group and this group. I acquired requested so many instances, ‘Is it a dynasty?’ I don’t know what a dynasty is. You guys, you may have the thesaurus. You may determine it out. It’s a fantastic win as a result of I understand how exhausting it’s to do. After which how exhausting the season was — the ups and downs of the season, and the way proud I’m of the fellows for simply hanging with one another.”

Certainly, in some ways, this season is arguably Reid’s masterpiece. Largely as a result of it was the primary time he confronted a maturation and chemistry course of on each side of the soccer. First with a protection that had younger elements rising collectively after which peaking as they entered the postseason, then with an offense that teeter-tottered out and in of highs and lows as Mahomes and tight finish Travis Kelce sought reinforcement from a mishmash of surrounding skill-position gamers. Some had been younger. Some weren’t. All had been elements looking for a match, which they did on the proper time … simply sufficient to seize an additional time title.

Even the win over the 49ers on Sunday featured some hallmark moments, with Mahomes combating his approach by means of strain, a operating recreation that was struggling to interrupt open massive performs and a few early frustration on the a part of Kelce that led him to scream and chest-bump Reid and nearly knock him over. On some other group, with some other coach, it would’ve been a fracture level. On this one, Reid saved his cool and finally Kelce was capable of work into the sport plan and ship some important moments. And afterward, in typical Andy Reid trend, he essentially praised Kelce for it … after a lighthearted joke.

“He caught me off-balance. I wasn’t watching. Low-cost shot,” Reid mentioned with a smile. “That’s proper. He was actually identical to, ‘Simply put me in, put me in, I’ll rating. I’ll rating.’ That’s actually what it was. However I like that. It’s not the primary time, so pay attention, I recognize it.

“They’re passionate gamers, man, and I like that. Even when they chest-bump me to the opposite aspect of the 50. I recognize it. I simply love that the man desires to play and desires to be in there taking part in. And he is aware of I like that. It makes me really feel younger.”

Then Reid delivered a reminder.

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“As a lot as he bumps into me, I get after him,” Reid mentioned. “And we perceive that.”

That is the microcosm that’s Reid. The man who took two franchises to Tremendous Bowls. Who refereed by means of the disturbing intersection of Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens with the Philadelphia Eagles. Who hit postseason ceiling after ceiling till a necessity for one thing totally different in the end price him his job. After which he was the man who spent a minuscule 4 days in retirement earlier than touchdown with the Chiefs within the first of two pivot-point moments that will change the future of the franchise — and as this all unfurls, the whole AFC — for many years.

In fact, it’s truthful to level out the opposite necessity to all of this: Mahomes, who has 4 Tremendous Bowl appearances and three wins to his identify. The person who’s stalking Brady’s greatness however all the time appears to level to Reid first when others try and course of how he has come to date so quick. Simply as he did Sunday.

“I imagine he’s the most effective coach of all time,” Mahomes mentioned. “I do know he doesn’t have the trophies but, and I’ve lots of respect for a few of these nice coaches, however [it’s] the way in which he’s capable of navigate each single group he has and proceed to have success regardless of the place he’s at. And for me, he brings out the most effective in me as a result of he lets me be me. I believe that’s necessary. He doesn’t attempt to make me anybody else. I don’t assume I’d be the quarterback that I’m if I didn’t have Coach Reid being my head coach.”

That’s the type of endorsement that carries weight. And it’ll hit solely extra closely as Mahomes goes on to reshape the NFL for the subsequent decade or extra. For now, Reid is with him. And apparently for 2024, too. After that, who is aware of. For now, Lombardi No. 3 is one thing that he desires to understand for the uncommon air that it creates across the Chiefs.

“This can be a powerful occupation,” Reid mentioned. “Aggressive. The parity on this league is ridiculous. To look at your guys work and focus and all that, you simply recognize it. … I appreciated the primary [win] as a result of it took me 1,000 years to get right into a Tremendous Bowl and to at the least be capable to maintain that Lombardi Trophy. I recognize day by day that I’ve to do that. I work for a fantastic proprietor and nice possession household. Between [Chiefs President] Mark Donovan, [General Manager Brett] Veach and myself, we’re fortunate to be Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.”

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