(News4usonline) – The clock is winding down on Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid. So are his chances of winning the Super Bowl. Reid is highly regarded as an offensive guru in the National Football League. And yet, his appearances in most of his conference championship games, Reid has demonstrated the inability to get over the hump and close the deal.
That may change when the Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers go toe-to-toe in Super Bowl LIV. After his Chiefs dusted off an early 10-point first half-deficit to rally and beat the Tennessee Titans, 35-24, in the AFC Championship game in Arrowhead, Kansas City, Reid could very well notch the elusive Super Bowl win that has evaded him in over two decades of working in the NFL as a head coach.
That’s because he has the arguably the best quarterback in the league in young gunslinger Patrick Mahomes standing next to him on the sidelines. But then again, Reid had an all-time defensive unit and 6-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb with him in five NFC Championship games in his 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reid, McNabb and those Eagles’ teams were good enough to advance to the NFC title game five times, but could only manage to play in the Super Bowl once (New England Patriots), and that turned out to be an unmigrated disaster. For Reid, Round Seven of playing in a conference title game (including 2 with the Kansas City Chiefs) speaks to the longevity of his career and his love of the game.
Now Reid has to translate that love into something tangible other than being a great regular season coach. Reid has to take that mantle by the horns and shake the leaves from the tree if the Chiefs are to beat the 49ers. For once that means giving Mahomes the green light to do what he needs to do to beat San Francisco and their regular season No. 1-rated pass defense.
That’s a memo to Reid to not repeat what he did with McNabb in Super Bowl XXXIX. McNabb was coming off the best year of his career (31 touchdowns against just 8 interceptions), and yet he floundered against the Patriots in a 24-21 defeat in the biggest game of his career. Instead of breaking down New England’s defense by being the dual-threat that he was, McNabb became a statue and Reid and the Eagles paid for that mistake.
Here’s hoping that Reid have taken a cue and learned from that mistake, especially with Mahomes throwing dimes all over the football field. Last year’s NFL’s regular season MVP had a somewhat muted 2019 campaign (4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns) compared to his monster 2018 season in which threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns.
But as both the Houston Texans and Titans learned in this postseason, Mahomes is the most lethal quarterback in the league. After leading Kansas City to a rout over the Texans after being down 24-0, and leading the Chiefs to their comeback victory against the Titans, Mahomes have shown he is real the deal, an on-field magician who can pull touchdowns out from underneath his helmet in a blink of an eye.
So this a message to Richard Sherman and that vaunted 49ers defense: You might want to duck for cover because the Red Air Raid is coming. At least Reid hopes so.
Editor’s Note: Featured photo of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes appears courtesy of George Laase
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