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Andy Reid’s steady leadership in Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory cements his legacy among NFL coaching greats

LAS VEGAS — Following the Kansas City Chiefs’ 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII, Andy Reid approached Chris Jones, who was sprawled out on the field and physically spent. Despite his usual stoicism, Reid was visibly jubilant, getting on his hands and showering Jones with excitement as the confetti fell around them. Jones, who felt the new dynasty feeling settling in, reveled in the moment.

Reid lowered his face closer to Jones and repeated for effect, “What do you think?!”

The veteran head coach’s exuberance was a rare showing of emotion, as he typically hides his true feelings behind his bushy eyebrows, mustache, and small, round glasses.

“It’s a little bit surreal,” Reid said in his postgame press conference. “Back-to-back is rare air for this football team and this organization. I don’t know what a dynasty is. You guys have the thesaurus, you can figure it out. It’s a great win because I know how hard it is to do. I know how hard the season was, the ups and downs of the season.”

At halftime, with Kansas City down 10-3, Reid didn’t panic. He stuck to the game plan and inspired the players to keep going despite the score deficit. This was evident in the resiliency shown by the two players who scored touchdowns for Kansas City. Valdes-Scantling and Hardman, who struggled with drops and fumbles throughout the season, credited Reid’s unwavering faith and ability to stay the course with the team.

Given his remarkable record, speculations around Reid’s future have surfaced. At 65 years old, many are curious about how much longer he will coach and how many more championships the team will acquire. When asked if he would be back coaching Kansas City next season, Reid was nonchalant: “Yeah, I haven’t had time to think about it, but yeah, sure.” However, Chiefs players and management express confidence in Reid, stating that he has “a lot left in the tank” and expecting him to defend their title next year.

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