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Andy Reid’s Awkward Postgame Interview With Sal Paolantonio

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Apparently, Andy Reid and ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio have a beef, and no, we’re not talking about Philly cheese steaks.

Either that, or as Deadspins’ Timothy Burke put it, the two are in together on some kind of joke.

If that was the case, unfortunately, it was a joke without a punchline.

Burke described the scene, which unfolded on ESPN as Paolantonio tried to interview Reid in regard to his postgame thoughts:

Reid did not seem very happy, though, when talking to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio after the game.

Maybe this is all a big joke between the two men, but even if it was it made for bad television. Reid went out of his way to avoid talking to Paolantonio, and the presence of NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan at the end makes us wonder if he stepped across that contracted line of first interview privilege. Either way, it’s weird and uncomfortable.

Watching the video myself, I do concur that overall, it was extremely awkward and yes, uncomfortable.

Reid certainly seemed like he didn’t want to talk to ESPN’s reporter, and even when he did answer some questions, Reid “jokingly” told the guy in front of him to keep walking because “This guys not that important right here”.

When answering a question regarding a big play from Alex Smith, Reid responded with, “That was huge, that was a big one.”

“That was as big as Sal Paolantonio, baby”, the coach said with a strange grin on his face.

Perhaps he’s talking about ego here, because Paolantoni isn’t big by any standards, or maybe it was all just a joke.

I guess we’ll never know what happened here between the two, but it certainly seemed like Reid was feeling back at home in the city of no love lost, er I mean, “brotherly love”.

Topics: Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • berttheclock

    Andrew, I suggest you peruse the Philly Mag or Philly Post and the article by Simon van Zuylen-Wood in his Scoop column.
    He quotes an interview of last January where Paolantonio spoke about any team in the NFL searching for Reid to be their new HC. He zeroed in on the Bidwells of the Cardinals.
    Sal said, “So, I don’t know why the Bidwells would want to hire a guy who they just, you know, killed the team when they were out there. It was one of the most embarrassing performances by the Eagles all year long. So, frankly, I was shocked there would be so much interest in Reid”.
    I heard they stopped double dating just after that interview.

    • steve james

      Thanks for that info, as stoic as Reid usually is for him to be that open about things means he must despise the guy. You know they must know that and could have had a different dude interview him. It wouldn’t make a story though so maybe they were hoping for some friction. I have the Chiefs app and it has some exclusive videos, one was in the locker room after the game and he was as animated as I have ever seen him fist pump and all. This game was a huge personal thing for him, as you would expect.

  • Jason Seibel

    I just talked to my new boss who is a huge Eagles fan, from Philadelphia. He said that there has been bad blood between Sal and Reid for a few years. Sal continued to pound on Reid after Andy was fired. It’s no wonder Reid blew him off.

  • Jim Harper

    Good for Andy. Payback is a bitch ain’t it Sal!

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