Sep 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid motions to an official against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs coach Andy Reid released from hospital

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was released from the hospital Monday.

The team announced Reid, 63, is in “great spirits and doing well,” and that he’s expected back at the team facility later Monday or Tuesday morning.

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will handle media interviews in Reid’s stead Monday.

Reid was feeling ill and left Arrowhead Stadium in an ambulance following Sunday afternoon’s 30-24 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. He was taken to The University of Kansas Health System and treated for dehydration, reportedly.

The Chiefs (1-2) turned the ball over four times against the Chargers (2-1), including two interceptions by Patrick Mahomes and lost fumbles by Tyreek Hill and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

The Chiefs play at Philadelphia in Week 4.

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Sep 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid motions to an official against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Andy Reid (illness) leaves stadium in ambulance

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid was feeling ill and left Arrowhead Stadium in an ambulance following Sunday afternoon’s 30-24 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Chargers.

The team said Reid, 63, did not address the media postgame out of caution. Special teams coach Dave Toub took questions from reporters in his absence.

“He just wasn’t feeling well after the game,” Toub said. “He did talk to the team, and it was a good talk. Pretty much, ‘You have to quit the turnovers.’”

The Chiefs (1-2) turned the ball over four times against the Chargers (2-1), including two interceptions by Patrick Mahomes and lost fumbles by Tyreek Hill and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

“(Reid) came in and talked to us and he seemed fine on the sideline, as well,” Mahomes told the Kansas City Star.

Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu expressed his concern on Twitter.

“I’m praying for my Head Coach & I’m hoping you can send up prayers with me!! One of the best men & teachers I’ve been around!!! GOD please show us your mercy!” Mathieu wrote.

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Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Andy Reid on Le’Veon Bell: ‘I wish him the best’

Chiefs coach Andy Reid took the high road Thursday when it came to former Kansas City running back Le’Veon Bell.

Over the weekend, Bell took to social media to talk about Reid.

“I’ll never play for Andy Reid again,” Bell wrote. “I’d retire first.”

In follow-up comments on Twitter, Bell said he had a “personal problem” with Reid because of something the coach said to him without revealing what that was.

Reid made a brief remark to reporters Thursday.

“I enjoyed my time with him. I’m pulling for him,” the veteran coach said. “That’s how I roll. I wish him the best.”

Bell joined the Chiefs last season on Oct. 17 — three days after his release from the New York Jets.

The 29-year-old rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs. He had two carries for 6 yards in the AFC Divisional playoff win over the Cleveland Browns before being inactive for the AFC Championship Game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

Bell did not play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bell was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro with the Pittsburgh Steelers before sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag in a contract dispute.

After signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March 2019, Bell gained 1,250 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns in 15 starts with the team that season.

Bell has rushed for 6,453 yards and 40 touchdowns and caught 394 passes for 3,259 yards and eight scores in 88 games (81 starts) with the Steelers (2013-17), Jets (2019-20) and Chiefs (2020).

Bell is a free agent.

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Dec 27, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) hands off to running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Le’Veon Bell: ‘I’ll never play for Andy Reid again’

Running back Le’Veon Bell apparently wasn’t much of a fan of coach Andy Reid during his brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bell, now a free agent, shared his feelings in a response to a comment on Instagram.

“I’ll never play for Andy Reid again,” Bell wrote. “I’d retire first.”

Bell did not go into greater detail on Reid, his coach since joining the team on Oct. 17 — three days after his release from the New York Jets.

The 29-year-old Bell rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs. He had two carries for six yards in the AFC divisional-round win over the Cleveland Browns before being inactive for the AFC Championship Game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

Bell did not play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bell was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro with the Pittsburgh Steelers before sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag in a contract dispute.

After signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March 2019, Bell gained 1,250 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns in 15 starts with the team that season.

Bell has rushed for 6,453 yards and 40 touchdowns and caught 394 passes for 3,259 yards and eight scores in 88 games (81 starts) with the Steelers (2013-17), Jets (2019-20) and Chiefs (2020).

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Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt (left) talks with coach Andy Reid during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

MADD seeks meeting with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt

The local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter has requested a meeting with Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt to discuss a crash involving outside linebackers coach Britt Reid that left two children injured on Thursday evening.

While Reid, son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, has not been charged in the case, multiple reports stated the younger Reid admitted to having two or three drinks before getting into his Dodge Ram truck on Thursday. He also takes the prescription drug Adderall.

Police said a Chevrolet Impala became disabled, and a family member driving a Chevrolet Traverse came to assist. As both vehicles were parked along the southbound ramp to Interstate 435 from Stadium Drive near Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Reid then allegedly struck both cars, leaving a 5-year-old critically injured and a 4-year-old with lesser injuries.

The investigation is continuing, but MADD is asking Hunt to discuss the matter. The organization and the Chiefs have partnered to teach rookies the dangers of drunk driving.

“This is a very difficult situation for MADD Missouri and Kansas as we have already received multiple calls from victims and community partners asking how we, as a victim services organization, are going to handle this situation, knowing the partnership we have,” wrote Meghan Carter, director of field operations for the group, in a letter published by The Kansas City Star.

“We are working to extend our services to the two young children and their families, as their journey from the horrific crash has only just begun. As is the case with every impaired driving crash, our focus is to support those who have been impacted, as well as take a stand to remind the community of the dangers of impaired driving and to always have a non-drinking designated driver.”

The letter continued: “I would like to meet with you to discuss in person our concerns, proposed steps going forward, and how MADD and the Kansas City Chiefs can work more effectively together with both the staff and the athletes to ensure this never happens again.”

Britt Reid, 35, is not with the Chiefs in Tampa, where they will meet the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday night.

A GoFundMe page to benefit the 5-year-old, identified as Ariel, had raised more than $160,000 as of Sunday afternoon. The Kansas City Star reported that she was still hospitalized in critical condition with a brain injury.

Shortly after the crash, the Chiefs acknowledged Reid’s involvement.

“The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid. We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved,” the Chiefs said in a statement.

Kansas City television station KSHB reported Reid’s previous legal trouble.

In 2007, he pleaded guilty to charges of carrying an unlicensed firearm, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime in connection with incident in connection with a reported road-rage incident. That same year, he was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to one to six months but received credit for time served before being paroled a week later.

He also was fined more than $10,000 and ordered to enter a drug court program.

Andy Reid was hired as the Chiefs head coach before the 2013 season and brought his son with him.

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Oct 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid speaks to quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) in the first half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid would join elite company by winning SB LV

The way Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sees it, he and coach Andy Reid get a chance to check off two accomplishments with a win on Sunday in Super Bowl LV in Tampa.

“To go out there and get to have a chance to repeat and get to do it against the best, I mean, it’s something special and I’m excited for the opportunity,” he said.

Mahomes and Reid’s goal of winning the Super Bowl and denying Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady his seventh one in the process would put Mahomes and Reid in elite company.

Mahomes and Reid would be the first quarterback-coach duo to win consecutive Super Bowls since Brady and Bill Belichick led the New England Patriots to titles in 2003-04 seasons.

Mahomes would join Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw (twice), Joe Montana, Troy Aikman and John Elway as quarterbacks who’ve back-to-back Super Bowl crowns. Each of them is enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The comparisons between Mahomes and Brady really started heating up during the wintry night of Jan. 20, 2019. That’s when Brady rallied the Patriots to a 37-31 win over Mahomes’ Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium to advance to Super Bowl LIII.

Before leaving the stadium, Brady found Mahomes inside the Chiefs locker room and offered him encouragement.

“It kind of just re-emphasized that I was doing things the right way, that I was putting in the right work and that I would have more opportunities to be in these games,” Mahomes said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be in two more of them since and win both of those. So to get to go up against the great [Brady] and a great football team as well, I’m excited for the opportunity.

“The biggest thing Tom said to me was just to stay with the process and keep being who I am. That’s something that’s important. As a guy who’s had so much success every year he’s been in the NFL, he goes out there every single day and treats it like it’s the most important day. That’s something that I’ll try to do for my entire career.”

Reid appreciated the gesture.

“Well, I would say it was unique,” Reid said. “I mean, he didn’t have to do that. He is arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game and he surely didn’t have to come over and say a word. But he did that, and I think for a young quarterback to have somebody of his stature do that, I think was a tremendous gesture and it was heartfelt.

“He didn’t have to do it and he wasn’t putting on a show. There was nobody there to really see it, so it was really just his respect for Pat and in return, Pat’s respect for him.”

Reid can also earn a lot of respect regarding his place among the NFL’s all-time great coaches with a win on Sunday, which likely won’t be possible unless Mahomes plays well.

If the Chiefs win on Sunday, Reid will have two Super Bowl wins, making him one of 10 coaches with exactly two Super Bowl titles. Of the nine men who have two titles, five – Don Shula, Tom Landry, Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson and Vince Lombardi — received the call from Canton. The other four — Tom Flores, George Seifert, Tom Coughlin and Mike Shanahan — are on the outside looking in though Flores is the Coach Finalist and could earn induction on Saturday.

Mahomes said the Chiefs have been focused on winning Super Bowl LV since the season’s outset.

“Instead of soaking in all the glory of winning the Super Bowl last year,” Mahomes said, “we went back to work every single day to make ourselves better and to prepare ourselves for every single situation that could arise and it put us in this game.”

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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

Andy Reid disappointed Eric Bieniemy didn’t land head-coaching job

Deshaun Watson isn’t the only person who is disappointed not to see Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy land a head-coaching job.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that while the idea of having Bieniemy remain on his staff is great for his team, Reid was “really hoping (Bieniemy) would have an opportunity to take one of these jobs.

“You guys know what I think of him. I think he’s great. I think he would be great for any number of teams that opened up and help them win football games and also develop men into men. I just think he’s a great person.”

Watson, the Houston Texans’ star quarterback, reportedly had been lobbying for Bieniemy to take over in Houston, a job that ultimately went to another first-time head coach: David Culley, who previously served as an assistant to Reid.

Bieniemy, who played nine years in the NFL as a running back, is in his eighth season working for Reid and has been brought in for interviews for several head-coaching vacancies in the past few years. Six of those interviews occurred this year, according to ESPN.

The Chiefs will aim for a second consecutive Super Bowl title on Feb. 7 when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa.

Bieniemy’s coaching career dates to 2001, mostly as a running backs coach, for Colorado (two years), UCLA (three years), the Minnesota Vikings (five years), then back to Colorado as offensive coordinator (two seasons).

Bieniemy was hired in 2013 as the Chiefs’ running backs coach, and after five seasons, he was promoted of offensive coordinator.

Count Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill among Bieniemy’s fans as well.

“I’m not a GM or anything, but I will say coach Bieniemy has helped me out a lot (as) a man, player, just everything I’ve become for the Chiefs’ organization. It’s very shocking that he didn’t get a job,” Hill said.

“I know deep down inside he’s going to look at himself in the mirror and say, ‘What do I have to do better next year or whenever the case may be?’ He’s that kind of dude. He wants to get better and he wants to become a head coach. His time will come,” Hill added.

The Chiefs coasted to the AFC West title at 14-2 this season. They led the NFL with 5,005 yards passing, and they finished fifth with an average of 29.6 points per game.

Not that Reid wasn’t glad to see Culley, his wide receivers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2012 and in Kansas City from 2013-2016, get an opportunity.

“David will do a good job,” Reid said. “He’s a people person. He’ll bring energy to the building. One of the most loyal guys I’ve ever been around. He’s a great person. We were together 18 years. We had a few cheeseburgers together.”

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Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid speaks to players during the first half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

AFC Notebook: Andy Reid and Sean McDermott share long history

The opposing coaches in the AFC Championship game spoke glowingly of each other when they got the chance Wednesday.

Coach-speak, perhaps? Maybe, but the connection between the Buffalo Bills’ Sean McDermott and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy Reid dates back to a lengthy period in Philadelphia, from 1999-2010. McDermott eventually rose to become defensive coordinator under Reid.

“Andy will be a Hall of Fame coach here in the future down the road,” McDermott said. “I’ve learned, and I’ve said this time and time again, I’ve learned a lot from Andy Reid in my time with him in Philadelphia.”

Reid went as far as to trace McDermott’s exploits as a high school wrestler and later a standout safety at William & Mary, emphasizing his protege’s intelligence and toughness. He also proclaimed that McDermott should be named the NFL’s Coach of the Year for guiding the Bills to the brink of their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1993 season.

“He’s taken a franchise there, both he and his general manager have put this thing together with some bold moves and production here now, so I think he’s done tremendous,” Reid said. “What a great thing for the NFL and for Buffalo.”

–When television cameras caught Kansas City standout wide receiver Tyreek Hill shoving his position coach, Greg Lewis, during the Chiefs’ divisional round victory, it appeared a sideline altercation might be brewing.

“That’s me and my personality,” Hill said. “A lot of people see me as being a hothead on the sideline or a diva, but it was nothing like that. Just me being fired up and just trying to give the guys energy.”

His dependability showed against Cleveland when Reid called a stunning fourth-down pass in which backup quarterback Chad Henne rolled right and lobbed the ball to Hill to seal the 22-17 outcome.

–Buffalo veteran Cole Beasley downplayed his two targets against Baltimore, which resulted in no receptions in the divisional round. He caught 82 passes for 967 yards in the regular season.

Beasley even mentioned that he kidded with Stefon Diggs, who caught eight passes for 106 yards after leading the NFL with 166 targets in 2020.

“A lot of people don’t understand that you can make an impact in the game without catching the ball,” Beasley said. “They have to worry about me underneath either way.”

–Everyone remembers the option keeper that left Patrick Mahomes wobbly and still in concussion protocol. A look at the next two snaps, however, is worthwhile.

In his start, Darrel Williams gained 12 yards on fourth down and then 16 yards to put Kansas City in field goal range. Then, Williams inexplicably watched from the sideline as the drive stalled and Harrison Butker missed a 33-yard field goal.

The Chiefs could retain injured rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), while Williams should also be fresh after gaining 78 yards on 13 rushes against Cleveland. The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards in the first meeting against Buffalo.

“If they take away the deep stuff, we’ve just got to take underneath routes and take our chances in the run game,” Mecole Hardman said. “As far as Clyde, I just tell him everything’s faster in the playoffs but still go out and play your game.”

–The absence of Matt Milano could be considered one reason Kansas City was so successful running on Buffalo in their regular-season matchup, especially since Reid labeled the Bills linebacker as “the quarterback of that (defensive) group.”

Milano’s presence helps reinforce aggressive tendencies that have helped the Bills torment opponents while winning seven of their last eight games by double digits.

“He does a great job of doing his one-eleventh and that’s important,” McDermott said. “Matt’s a great young man and it’s been fun watching him grow. He does his job at a high level.”

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Oct 11, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) is carted off the field after an injury during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs OL Osemele tears tendons in both knees

Kansas City Chiefs left guard Kelechi Osemele tore tendons in both knees during Sunday’s loss against the Las Vegas Raiders, coach Andy Reid said.

Osemele, 31, was carted off the field in the first half of the Chiefs’ 40-32 loss at home. He was replaced by Mike Remmers, a veteran who made 14 starts for the New York Giants last season.

The Chiefs signed Osemele to a 1-year deal during the offseason. He started all five games this season and has made 101 career starts in nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, the then-Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City.

Osemele was the Ravens’ second-round pick (No. 60 overall) out of Iowa State in 2012.

Remmers, also 31, is a capable backup. He entered the weekend with 79 career starts during a career that has spanned seven teams.

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Sep 10, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines during the second half against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs coach Reid tweaks face shield for Week 2

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid had trouble with his face shield in the season opener, but he’s giving it another shot in Week 2 when his team takes on the Chargers in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Reid’s face shield fogged up repeatedly during that first game — a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans on Sept. 10 — and that’s something he said he hopes to avoid this week by applying a product hockey players use to maintain visibility in their masks.

“That was brutal,” Reid said after the game. “I didn’t do very good with that thing. It will be better the next time. I appreciate you asking that, though. It was a bit of a mess, but we’ll get it fixed.”

He credited Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright with finding and implementing a solution.

Reid is opting to wear the face shield rather than a mask or gaiter in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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