Andy Reid: Winning SB changed my entire perception

Craig Hoffman
May 26, 2020 - 10:49 am

For his entire career, Andy Reid was always the great coach who could never win the big game. 

But now, after winning the Super Bowl in February with the Kansas City Chiefs, Reid says his entire perception has oddly changed. 

"I had to laugh. The day after I'm being asked all these questions if this made your career," Reid told Howard Eskin on his 94WIP Saturday show.

"Well, there are a lot of things that go into making your career. I was lucky enough to be on teams that had won 221 football games between Philadelphia and Kansas City. So 221 wins and then one game in 4-hours, the whole perception of people changes about how they look at you. It's an amazing thing when you look at that. I'm the same coach that I was in Philadelphia. One game, four hours, everything changes. It's a humbling experience and a unique study on the sociology of football."

Last week was 94WIP Once And For All Week and on Monday, the debate was: Is Donovan McNabb overrated or underrated? While 60-percent of fans voted that number five is underrated, Eskin asked Reid for his opinion. 

"I'm partial to Donovan because what he did in Philadelphia just had not been done," Reid said. "He was wired the right way for the city. He would fight you but he would also let it roll off his back. Look at his numbers, he has hall of fame numbers. He won so many games and he is stuck in that same thing which is we didn't win a Super Bowl. On the other hand, he is as great a player as I have been around. He's phenomenal. I had him talk to our team, in fact, before the Super Bowl. He's a heck of a player, a good guy who was smart and played the game at a high level for a lot of years.

"Let me explain to you because it was unique," Reid continued. "Let's take the draft. I mean here is a young kid fresh out of college and he gets booed off the stage. Then he comes to town and he gets booed off the stage. And it's not just being booed, it's by the mayor of the city, who was elected to that position because people liked him. So now there is a contingency of folks in the city who are saying 'who is this guy and why didn’t we take Ricky Williams'. This is a young guy with limited experience at Syracuse and limited experience in life, and here he comes into a tough city with unbelievably passionate fans who didn't understand him at first. Eventually, he grew on them by winning games. He's a competitive guy so he fought the rough start a little bit. It’s hard to stay there as the quarterback as the team and take these blows. You are going to stand up for yourself. There is nothing there that Philadelphia doesn't love. They want someone who is going to fight back a little bit. They might not have appreciated it at that time but they will as time goes on. We were all blessed to have him."

Eskin commented that the 62-year-old head coach, coming off a Super Bowl win with 24-year-old star QB Patrick Mahomes, doesn't look like he's going anywhere any time soon. 

"Listen, I still love doing what I'm doing," said Reid. "I love that kid (Mahomes) too. He's a special kid in a lot of ways, not just as a football player. He's a great person and a smart kid and I appreciate that. The bottom line is I love doing what I'm doing. Listen, I felt the same way when I was in Philadelphia. What a great opportunity, what a great city and a great organization. So very, very fortunate all the way through."

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