Four grand narratives for potential KC Chiefs vs. Eagles Super Bowl
By Scott Loring
Andy Reid vs. his old team
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid began his head coaching career in Philadelphia. From 1999-2012, Reid led the Eagles to 120 wins and made it to five NFC Championship Games. He is the winningest head coach in franchise history. Since joining the Chiefs, Reid has faced the Eagles three times in the regular season and has won all three (twice on the road). Armed with the game’s best quarterback as well as his well-documented record of dominance coming off a bye week, Reid would have a golden opportunity to hand a Super Bowl loss to Jeffrey Lurie (the owner who hired and fired Reid in Philadelphia).
General manager Brett Veach broke into the league in 2004 as a coaching intern under Reid in Philly. He flourished with the Eagles, earning a promotion to the scouting department. He had a hand in the Eagles selecting players like wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Believe it or not, those aren’t the only Philadelphia connection on the Chiefs’ staff.
- Special Teams coach Dave Toub was drafted by the Eagles in 1985, and also coached under Reid in Philadelphia from 2001-2003.
- Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo served under Reid in Philadelphia from 1999-2006.
- Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy played running back on Reid’s inaugural Eagles team in 1999.
- Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy joined the Eagles roster as a quarterback in 2009 and soon thereafter began his coaching career under Andy Reid. Nagy stayed at Philly until 2013 when he joined Reid in Kansas City.
- Linebackers coach Ken Flajole won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2018; he coached there from 2016 to 2020.
- Running backs coach Greg Lewis played wide receiver for the Eagles from 2003-2008 and also coached the wide receivers there in 2016.
- Tight ends coach Tom Melvin has worked under Reid for 24 years. He came on in 1999 as an offensive assistant and became tight ends coach in 2002. He came to the Chiefs with Reid and has held the same title ever since.
- Wide receivers coach Joe Bleymaier was an offensive intern under Reid in Philadelphia from 2007-2009.
- Offensive assistant Dan Williams most likely grew up as an Eagles fan, as his father Ted was an assistant on the Philadelphia staff from 1995-2016.
- Assistant offensive line coach Corey Matthaei began his coaching career as an intern under Reid with the Eagles in 2006. He worked his way up the ladder and moved with Reid to the Chiefs.
- Head Trainer Rick Burkholder has worked for Reid for all 24 years between the Eagles and Chiefs.
- Statistical Analysis Coordinator Mike Frazier is in his 20th season in that role under Reid, having joined the Eagles staff in 2003 and migrating to the Chiefs in 2013.
- Strength and Conditioning Coach Barry Rubin has also been with the Chiefs since Reid was hired, and served under Reid for three years prior in Philadelphia.
There’s one more prominent former coach who would have a strong interest in the game but wouldn’t actually be down on the field: Doug Pederson.