Andy Reid Looks to Earn an Elusive Super Bowl Title

Andy Reid Looks to Earn an Elusive Super Bowl Title
It’s hard to believe that it has been 15 years since Andy Reid led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in the 2004 season.
 
It was Reid’s lone Super Bowl appearance until his Kansas City Chiefs qualified with Sunday’s 35-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC championship game.
 
There are a lot of people pulling for Reid, especially from the Philadelphia area. While he didn’t win the Super Bowl in his 14 seasons as Eagles coach, Reid turned around the program and had the team a contender for much of his tenure.
 
He inherited an Eagles team that was 3-13 the year before he was hired and in his first season in 1999, the Eagles went 5-11.
 
After that there were five straight playoff appearances, including four consecutive years (2001-2004) in the NFC championship game. The Eagles won their lone NFC title under Reid in 2004 before losing to the New England Patriots, 24-21 in the Super Bowl.
 
Reid would also guide the Eagles to the NFC title game in the 2008 season, where they lost to the to the Arizona Cardinals.
 
All told, in 14 seasons, Reid had nine playoff teams with the Eagles. He was 130-93-1 with the Eagles in the regular season.
 
Reid was out of work for about five minutes after he was fired by the Eagles. 
 
Kansas City, coming off a 2-14 season, hired him shortly after and there was an immediate turnaround.
 
Reid guided the Chiefs to an 11-5 record during his first season in 2013. In his seven seasons, Reid has led the Chiefs to the playoffs five times, including a trip to the AFC title game each of the past two years.
 
Last year the Chiefs lost to New England in the AFC title game.
 
His regular season record in Kansas City is 77-35.
 
All told, Reid’s career record in the regular season is 207-128-1.
 
He has been known as a great developer of quarterbacks, first with Donovan McNabb. It was Reid who also convinced Nick Foles not to retire. After spending time with Reid in Kansas City, Foles returned to the Eagles, and eventually led them to the Super Bowl title in 2017, incredibly replacing an injured Carson Wentz down the stretch.
 
Kansas City then moved up in the 2017 draft and selected quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Reid only played him in one game his rookie year, but last year in his second season, he was named the NFL MVP.
 
And after missing time this season with a knee injury, Mahomes is now playing as well as he did last season.
 
There are those who say Reid needs to win a Super Bowl for his legacy to be assured. It still appears as if he will find his way into the Hall of Fame, regardless of whether he wins a Super Bowl. Winning a Super Bowl would make the HOF a lock.
 
It is so difficult to win in the NFL and Reid has taken his teams to the postseason 14 of 21 seasons.
 
It says here that he will make the Hall of Fame, regardless if he ever wins a Super Bowl.
 
The Chiefs will have their work cut out against a stingy defense and the proficient running game of the San Francisco 49ers.
 

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Reid has chased the grand prize for more than two decades and there will likely be a number of people from the Delaware Valley who hope that the chase for the Lombardi Trophy will finally end.

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