Chiefs coach Andy Reid celebrates on the podium with tight end Travis Kelce, left, after Kansas City defeated the Eagles in Super Bowl 57 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 12, 2023.

Travis Kelce: Actions toward Andy Reid ‘unacceptable’

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said it was “definitely unacceptable” that he bumped into head coach Andy Reid on the sideline during Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday in Las Vegas.

“I can’t get that fired up to the point where bumping Coach and it’s getting him off balance and stuff,” Kelce told his brother, Jason, said on his “New Heights” podcast.

“When he stumbled, I was like: ‘Aw (expletive),’ in my head,” Kelce added.

Jason Kelce, who played two seasons under Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, said his brother had “crossed the line.”

“The yelling in his face, too, was over the top,” Jason Kelce said. “I think there are better ways to handle this, retrospectively.”

Travis Kelce’s outburst was in response to being taken off the field with Kansas City driving for a potential score. The Chiefs fumbled the ball on that play, leading to the tight end making contact with Reid and screaming at the 65-year-old coach before running back Jerick McKinnon intervened.

Travis Kelce, 34, said on his podcast that Reid would have had every right to respond with physicality if he chose to do so.

“I deserve it,” the nine-time Pro Bowl selection said. “If he would have cold-cocked me in the face right there, I would have just ate it. I would have been like: ‘Let’s (expletive) go.’”

Reid took the high road after the game, saying he loved Kelce’s passion.

Travis Kelce recorded nine catches for 93 yards in the Chiefs’ 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Feb 8, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid during a press conference before Super Bowl LVIII at Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl win no retirement bridge for Chiefs’ Andy Reid

LAKE LAS VEGAS, Nevada — At his final media obligation until Super Bowl LVIII postgame, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid repeated consistent denials he’s on the verge of retirement, win or lose to the San Francisco 49ers.

“Yeah, I haven’t gone there,” Reid, 65, said Thursday morning at the team hotel. “I don’t think about that. I’m tied up in the game and trying to take care of that. I’m sure somewhere, I’ll know when that time is. It’s not today and it won’t be Sunday.”

If Reid does ride off into the sunset with a third Super Bowl win during the upcoming offseason, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and quarterback Patrick Mahomes would both be caught off-guard.

“I’m highly doubtful (Reid would retire),” Mahomes said. “It’d be very surprising to me.”

Hunt said the team has “no sense he is ready to hang it up,” when discussing Reid’s future.

Mahomes, 28, believes having a team in its prime and perennially among contenders for the league’s most coveted trophies will be enough to keep Reid and others in the picture for longer than some expect. Mahomes said earlier this week he could definitely envision playing into “(Tom) Brady range” or around 15 more seasons that puts him into his 40s.

The draw for Mahomes is what he described again Thursday as a brotherhood and like-mindedness among leaders that includes Reid.

“(Travis Kelce) wants to take every single rep at practice. He wants to be out there for every single play. When you see that mindset, this is a Hall of Fame tight end and he wants to be the guy working the hardest, it raises everybody’s standard,” Mahomes said.

–By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

Feb 6, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid speaks with media during Super Bowl Opening Night at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Retirement on hold, Chiefs’ Andy Reid makes run at best ever

LAS VEGAS — Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid embraces Tommy Bahama button-town style to the extent questions about retirement no longer inspire shock and disdain.

“My mom and dad told me a long time ago, ‘You’ll know when it’s time,’” Reid said Monday at Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night at Allegiant Stadium. “I’m here. And I’m still ready to go right now.”

But at age 65, another question might apply to Reid by Sunday night: Could he become the GOAT?

“I don’t think about that sort of thing really,” Reid said.

Reid is second in NFL history with 25 playoff wins and fourth in regular-season victories with 258. Recently unemployed Bill Belichick ranks No. 1 with 31 postseason victories and is closing in on Don Shula’s regular-season wins mark. Belichick stands at a grand total of 333 victories (302 in the regular season).

Kansas City defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has coached against Belichick and worked for Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chiefs. He wouldn’t claim to have foreseen Reid chasing 300 career wins, but he did see greatness in the young coach groomed under Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers.

“You knew immediately that Andy knew exactly how to do it,” Spagnuolo said Monday, adding the detail-oriented Reid has encyclopedic volumes of notes from his coaching experiences and offseason visits to college programs to keep learning and exploring what’s next. “He never looks riled. Rock solid. He never gets too high, never gets too low. Stays the course all the way through. When the coaches, the players see that — they follow.”

Reid snapped Kansas City’s 49-year streak without a Super Bowl appearance when the Chiefs claimed Lombardi Trophy after the 2019 season. He has taken Kansas City to four Super Bowls in the past five seasons and is pursuing his third title.

Since being hired by the Chiefs in January 2013, Reid hasn’t had a losing record in 11 seasons. No other franchise has a streak of consecutive non-losing seasons higher than five during that same window.

Fired by the Eagles in 2012 after 14 seasons in Philadelphia, Reid isn’t underappreciated in Kansas City. Before his arrival, the Chiefs hadn’t won a playoff game since January 1994, when Shula was still coaching the Miami Dolphins. Miami beat the Chiefs in the playoffs the following season.

That was one of Shula’s 347 total wins. He logged 328 victories in the regular season.

Reid stands at 283 total, 64 behind Shula’s all-time record tally.

But Reid’s 28-year-old quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, is set to become the youngest to start four Super Bowls — a clip two years ahead of Tom Brady, who started his fourth at age 30 with the New England Patriots under Belichick.

With Reid — who drafted Mahomes in 2017 — they’re on a run of eight consecutive AFC West division titles and six straight AFC Championship Games.

Could Reid catch Belichick and Shula? Well, it depends.

Belichick, 71, and the Patriots split in January. Pete Carroll, 72, and the Seattle Seahawks did, too. That makes Reid the NFL’s elder statesman with his 66th birthday on March 19, six days after NFL free agency begins and less than a week before he is scheduled to represent the Chiefs at league meetings in Orlando.

Within the NFL pantheon of coaching legends, greatness narratives often are coupled with dynasty-level success, the type Reid is in the throes of with the Chiefs.

He has 37 regular-season wins and eight playoff wins in the past three seasons with a chance to get another playoff “W” this week. Including the Chiefs’ franchise-record 14 wins in 2020 (a mark they matched in 2022), Reid’s four-season totals are 51 wins, 10 in the playoffs.

For now, Reid wants to keep his focus on the next one.

He has never lost in Las Vegas (4-0 vs. the Raiders) and said the Chiefs are thanking the Raiders for the Christmas Day defeat in Kansas City that lit a spark under the team.

“We had some ups and downs throughout the year,” Reid said. “It was good to see the young guys step up and finish strong. The growth would be the biggest part of the journey.”

–By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid hugs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looks on in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12, 2023.

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Patrick Mahomes on ankle: I’ll be ready for OTAs

Super Bowl LVII Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes said Monday that the only offseason event that’ll take a hit because of his injured ankle is his golf game.

Other than that, he said he’ll be ready for offseason training activities.

Mahomes made the comments at the annual press conference that comes for the MVP and winning coach the day after a Super Bowl.

“I’ll for sure be ready for OTAs and everything like that,” Mahomes said. “Obviously, we’ll continue to rehab, continue the treatment that we were doing and just give it some rest. … Just try to make sure when we get to OTAs, I’m ready to go.

“One thing that might take a hit is my golf game. So I’ll take a few weeks off of that.”

Mahomes reaggravated the high ankle sprain late in the first half of Sunday’s Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He first sustained the injury in the Chiefs’ divisional playoff win over Jacksonville three weeks ago.

“The only time that it had the real hurt in the ankle was when I got tackled, it kind of rolled to the outside a little bit,” Mahomes said. “Once you have that high ankle sprain, when any little tweak like that happens, that just magnifies it. Coming into the game, I felt way better than I did the Cincinnati game.

“Luckily we were able to get in at halftime, get some new tape on there and some movement to try to get some mobility back.”

Mahomes finished with 182 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 44 yards.

As for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, he was again asked about his future, a topic he didn’t envision having to talk about once let alone again Monday.

“I know I got asked that a lot, and I wasn’t really expecting to. I didn’t put much stock into all that. I enjoy what I’m doing, and I’ve got this guy over here who is a pretty good player,” said Reid, pointing to Mahomes.

Reid is under contract through the 2025 season, having signed an extension in 2020. He’s now one of 14 coaches in NFL history with two Super Bowl victories.

–Field Level Media

Jan 29, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Championship game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid: Ankle injury not limiting Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes’ high-ankle sprain apparently won’t keep him from running the Kansas City Chiefs offense on Sunday in Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In a pre-practice news conference on Wednesday, coach Andy Reid said Mahomes is moving well despite the injury to his right ankle, which the quarterback sustained in the divisional round playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 21. He played through the injury in the AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 29.

“He’s been doing really well with his ankle,” Reid said. “And we had a fast practice a couple of days ago and he moved well. He could really do just about everything. At least everything in the game plan that we’ve asked him to do. I think he’ll be fine today.”

Mahomes said he feels progress is being made in regard to the injury.

“I’m definitely in a better spot. I definitely am moving around better than I was moving last week or two weeks ago, and so, it’s just trying to continue to get the treatment and rehab and get to as close to 100 percent and then rely on some adrenaline to do a little bit extra when I’m on the field,” he said. “It’s going to be definitely better, more mobile, be able to move around a little bit better for sure, and then we’ll see on game day how close to 100 percent I can be.”

Mahomes was injured when Arden Key of the Jaguars landed on his right leg during the first quarter of the divisional game. Mahomes fell awkwardly under the weight of Key’s body and missed the second quarter before returning for the second half of the 27-20 victory.

In the 23-20 win over the Bengals the following week, Mahomes was 29-of-43 passing for 326 yards and two touchdowns. He ran the ball three times for eight yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and head coach Andy Reid during the pregame warmups before playing the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes will play in AFC Championship

Patrick Mahomes first said it. Now Kansas City head coach Andy Reid confirmed it — the Chiefs’ quarterback will play in next week’s AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati.

Reid told reporters Monday that Mahomes is “doing OK” after sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Saturday’s divisional playoff victory over Jacksonville.

Mahomes declared himself fit to play hours after the injury on Saturday, saying, “I’ll be good to go.”

“Obviously, I have a lot of adrenaline going right now, so we’ll see how it feels,” Mahomes said then. “But I’ll hop right in the treatment and try to do whatever I can to be as close to 100 percent by next week. Luckily for us, we played the early game on Saturday, so we get an extra almost half a day that I can let that ankle rest.”

Mahomes was hurt late in the first quarter when he was tackled by Jacksonville’s Arden Key and Corey Peters. Key fell on Mahomes’ right lower leg as Mahomes fell awkwardly to the ground.

The Chiefs and Bengals meet Sunday afternoon, with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid shakes hands with Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson after a game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Andy Reid, Jaguars’ Doug Pederson meet again Saturday

When the Philadelphia Eagles moved on from Andy Reid, they turned to one of his former pupils to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

Doug Pederson’s success story, from Philadelphia to present-day Jacksonville, hasn’t taken Reid by surprise.

“Tremendous coaching job, phenomenal coaching job. I’d imagine he’s up for Coach of the Year,” Reid said Tuesday. “His performance, how he’s resurrected that program there — that’s not an easy thing to do and he’s done it as well or better than anybody.”

Reid, presiding over the AFC’s top seed, and his Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) host Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars (10-8) on Saturday in an AFC Divisional Playoff game.

The Jaguars are 6-1 since losing at Kansas City, 27-17, on Nov. 13. Jacksonville heated up at the right time, streaking past the Tennessee Titans to win the AFC South and rallying from a 27-point deficit to win in the wild card playoffs last week over the Los Angeles Chargers.

“They’ll be confident, and they should be. They did a great job of not falling apart and making it happen. That doesn’t happen very often in this league,” Reid said.

Reid was an assistant coach under Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers in the 1990s, when Pederson was the backup quarterback to Brett Favre. In 2005, Pederson began his coaching career with the Eagles under Reid, became offensive coordinator of the Chiefs in 2013 and became Eagles head coach in 2016.

Friendly competitors, Pederson led the Eagles to a Super Bowl title two years before Reid captured his first in Kansas City.

But Reid is 18-9 against former assistant coaches.

“He’s taught me a lot about this game. It’s always fun to go against him and his teams because you know they’re going to be well coached and well disciplined,” Pederson said.

–Field Level Media

Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach Britt Reid talks to his players during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid to plead guilty to DWI

Britt Reid, a former assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and the son of head coach Andy Reid, plans to plead guilty to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated causing serious physical injury.

Reid is due back in circuit court next Monday, and his trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 26. A hearing notice posted Tuesday said Reid was expected to enter a guilty plea for the charge, for which he faces up to seven years in prison.

The charge stems from an incident on Feb. 4, 2021, days before the Chiefs played in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Reid, Kansas City’s linebackers coach at the time, was allegedly driving drunk when he struck two cars stopped on the side of an interstate entrance ramp.

The accident left 5-year-old Ariel Young with a traumatic brain injury and injured another child.

Prosecutors in Kansas City said he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.113 and was driving 83.9 mph at the time of the accident. Reid told police that he’d had two to three drinks and had also taken prescription Adderall.

Reid initially entered a not guilty plea when charges were first filed in April 2021. He had a prior DUI conviction in 2007.

In November, the Chiefs committed to providing lifetime medical care and financial assistance to Young.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (left) and coach Andy Reid react during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eric Bieniemy’s future up in the air in Kansas City

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and head coach Andy Reid are due to meet soon to discuss Bieniemy’s future in Kansas City, ESPN reported Sunday.

Bieniemy’s one-year contract is expiring and he might want to pursue coaching in college, other NFL opportunities or taking the next season off, per the report.

The Chiefs offensive staff already has undergone a change this offseason, with quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka leaving to take the offensive coordinator job with the New York Giants.

Frequently interviewed for head-coaching jobs around the NFL, Bieniemy, 52, was passed over once more in the 2022 hiring cycle. The New Orleans Saints reportedly interviewed him but chose instead to promote their own defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen, to replace Sean Payton.

Bieniemy has served as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator since 2018 after five years as their running backs coach. In his four seasons as OC — coinciding with Patrick Mahomes’ four seasons as the starting quarterback — the team has never finished outside the top six in the NFL in either total offense or scoring offense.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy leaves the field after defeating the Buffalo Bills in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy on expiring contract

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s contract with the Kansas City Chiefs is expiring following the 2021 season, NFL Network reported Monday night.

Bieniemy still may re-up with the Chiefs with a new contract, but his status means he could choose to pursue offensive coordinator jobs elsewhere as a de facto coaching free agent.

Frequently interviewed for head-coaching jobs around the NFL, Bieniemy was passed over once more in the 2022 hiring cycle. The New Orleans Saints reportedly interviewed Bieniemy for eight hours on Sunday, but they chose instead to promote their own defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen, to replace Sean Payton.

Bieniemy has served as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator since 2018 after five years as their running backs coach. In his four seasons as OC — coinciding with Pat Mahomes’ four seasons as the starting quarterback — the Chiefs have never finished outside the top six in the NFL in either total offense or scoring offense.

Coach Andy Reid calls the Chiefs’ offensive plays rather than Bieniemy.

NFL teams with offensive coordinator vacancies as of Super Bowl week include the New England Patriots, the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers. The Patriots’ Josh McDaniels and the 49ers’ Mike McDaniel took head-coaching gigs elsewhere, while the Lions lost OC Anthony Lynn to the 49ers in an assistant coach role. The Los Angeles Rams also will reportedly lose their offensive coordinator, Kevin O’Connell, after Super Bowl LVI to take over the Minnesota Vikings.

–Field Level Media