Welcome to the Super Bowl of oversaturation, two weeks of prolific, repetitive and often head-scratching over-analysis of the National Football League Championship Game.
Everything that needs to be said or written about the upcoming matchup between the Chiefs and 49ers will be said and written – and then once more just for good measure – until we are numb.
Tune it in or tune it out. It’s your choice.
At this point – the Conference Championships so fresh in our memories – there is one storyline we adore above all others. It’s about fairness and one’s rightful place in the game. It’s about a great guy who’s time has come. It’s about finally cementing a place in the Hall of Fame by doing something Halas, Lombardi, Landry, Shula and even Gary Kubiak have all done.
It’s time Andy Reid wins a Super Bowl.
“I want to win Coach Reid a Super Bowl more than anything,” Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Fisher told The Athletic. “That guy deserves a Super Bowl. He’s worked and worked and worked and dedicated his life to this. Coach Reid needs a Super Bowl. We’ve got to get that for him.”
After coming so close to getting in last season, Reid – and Patrick Mahomes – finally pushed the Chiefs over the line Sunday by dismissing the Titans.
It will be Kansas City’s first Super Bowl since 1970, the day Hank Stram and Lenny Dawson famously “matriculated” the ball down the field against the Vikings to win Super Bowl IV.
Reid’s wait certainly hasn’t been as long. But in many ways it’s been just as frustrating. His Eagles finally won the NFC Championship in 2004 after losing the title game the three previous years. But the Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX to the Patriots.
It’s safe to assume most fans without a rooting interest in the 49ers will be pushing hard for Reid. He is one of the game’s most genuine and respected coaches. You felt bad the Eagles finally won their Super Bowl two years ago for Doug Pederson after Reid spent so many years there (1999-2012) trying to get it done.
“It’s everything. He’s given, not just me, but so many people an opportunity in this league,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach told the media about Reid on Sunday. “When I first started out he believed in me and it motivates me to bust my tail every day and emulate his work ethic. It means the world. That’s why we know we are not done yet. We have one more game to go.”
It’s likely Reid would still be Eagles coach had been able to get them to at least one of two Super Bowls after 2004. But they played in only one other NFC Championship thereafter, losing to the Cardinals in 2008.
Consider that the good fortune of the Chiefs. After winning Super Bowl IV, the Chiefs had played in only one AFC Championship Game (1993) in the last half-century until Reid and Mahomes came together to bring them to the last two.
“Things changed for us seven years ago when we were lucky enough to lure Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, to Kansas City,” Cheifs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt told NFL.com. “It has been a building process ever since then. He came in day one and we started winning games. We reeled off nine straight wins for the start of the Andy Reid tenure here in Kanas City. He got us to the championship game last year.”
As you can imagine, Reid was totally pumped Sunday about getting the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl. You can imagine how frustrating the long absence from the championship game has been for the longest-tenured coach currently active in the league.
“Fired up to go to Miami. I need to get on a diet so I can fit in my clothes and we can go do our thing. Very proud, very proud of everybody and the job that they did,” Reid said.
Reid is a Hall of Fame coach. There is no debate about that. He is sixth all-time in victories, behind only Curly Lambeau, Tom Landry, Bill Belichick, Halas and Shula. That means he has won more games than any coach who has not won a Super Bowl.
Prior to the 2019 season, Reid had six former assistants coaching NFL teams: Matt Nagy (Bears), Pederson (Eagles), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Sean McDermott (Bills), Pat Shurmur (Giants) and Ron Rivera (Panthers). That’s him paying it forward since it was Mike Holmgren that gave Reid his start with the Packers in 1992.
”I’m so happy for Coach Reid,” Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu told NFL.com. “I say it all the time, but you think about his coaching tree. You think about all of the guys that he’s made into head coaches. A lot of guys that he’s really given opportunities to, especially minorities. You think about the players that have come up under him and their Hall of Fame-caliber. I think he’s a great coach and he’s all about his players and the team. Most importantly, he allows us to be ourselves. He’s not restricting us from our personalities, and I think that has a lot to do with us fighting through adversity and believing in ourselves. That’s committing to each other and playing hard week in and week out.”
Sorry Niners Nation. We’re all in on Andy Reid. It’s time.