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The kinder, gentler (and funnier) Andy Reid on display in Indy

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Perhaps the most shocking sight at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine happened Thursday, and it had nothing to do with anyone’s 40-yard dash time.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid took the podium. Without a team-issued hat on his head. And he talked. And he cracked jokes. And he looked, for a moment, like a man refreshed.

Reid never did these interviews at the Combine when he ran the Eagles, so the simple glimpse of him stood as news. But he spoke at length about a number of Chiefs-related topics, tried to quell any Nick Foles speculation, and even drew a few laughs along the way.

“He’s not available,” Reid said when asked if he’d try to acquire the Eagles quarterback. “You just had Howie (Roseman, the Eagles general manager) up here, so I think you know that. . . . Listen, Nick is the property of the Philadelphia Eagles, and I think they like him.”

Reid might like him too, but if he’s unable to put his hands to his former Eagles pick, he’s going to have to find one elsewhere. Like every coach, he talked about “the process,” and “evaluating” and didn’t offer much in the way of specifics.

While admitting this year’s class of draftable quarterbacks might not measure up to last year’s (“but I would tell you that there are some good players in there”), Reid also acknowledged the Chiefs might be open to trading the top pick in the draft.

“We’re just not going to give it away, so we’d have to see what people throw our way,” he said. “It’s a pretty valuable pick I’d say.”

But the best, and most surprising line might have been when he was asked about his introduction to the AFC West.

“I’ll tell you it’s a pretty good division,” he said, setting up his punch line. “The Broncos, I’m sure they’re probably looking for a quarterback, too. . . . He’s (Peyton Manning) a pretty good player. I think we know that.”

While it’s not exactly Henny Youngman, it was a peek of personality that Reid hadn’t shown at all in Indianapolis, and not terribly often during 14 years in Philadelphia.

Things won’t stay this relaxed for Reid in Kansas City forever (the reality that he inherited a 2-14 team and doesn’t have a quarterback will come crashing down soon enough), but for a day he looked like a man enjoying a new challenge.

And after a long stay in Philadelphia that included plenty of ups and downs of the personal and professional variety, it looked like one he needed.

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27 Responses to “The kinder, gentler (and funnier) Andy Reid on display in Indy”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 21, 2013 7:11 PM

    I’d be happy to if I never had to step foot in that UFL-caliber franchise/city of Philadelphia ever again.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 21, 2013 7:14 PM

    Yeh well he needs to be less of a comedian (or a coach) and more of a father. I hope he’s happy…since he made the ultimate sacrifice to spend all of his time in football.

  3. RockChalkMike says: Feb 21, 2013 7:16 PM

    “We’re just not going to give it away, so we’d have to see what people throw our way,” he said. “It’s a pretty valuable pick I’d say.”

    ————

    “Hey, why don’t I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! What’d ya say?”

  4. raiderapologist says: Feb 21, 2013 7:20 PM

    The first pick is pretty valuable, but this year I don’t know if anyone is really burning to jump into that spot.

  5. vbe2 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:25 PM

    I take it the “writer” of this blog entry has never watched much from Andy Reid in the past 15 years. While he is usually pretty dry, he’s always had a funny side to him too.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2013 7:36 PM

    Andy checked later with the team’s draft experts, and found out that it was in fact “a pretty valuable pick”. Like he thought.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2013 7:38 PM

    Then Andy rumpled his hair, smeared a bit of ketchup on the corner of his mouth and told the crowd he was sorry his wife couldn’t be here, as she was still asleep with a stranger back at the hotel.

  8. skulman7 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:42 PM

    Andy Reid joked very frequently in Philly. Just not in recent seasons because he was being drilled daily on his under-performing teams. He always had a good sense of humor though

  9. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 21, 2013 7:43 PM

    I missed the part where there was allegedly comedy.

  10. Iknoweverything says: Feb 21, 2013 8:10 PM

    Andy is refreshed. He will refresh the proud Chiefs nation. A dynasty is already being assembled.
    The days of Arrowhead rocking, and tomahawk chopping will be back soon.
    All Andy needed was to be rescued from that cesspool city , and to be saved from the most unappreciative fans in the league.

  11. kahunanc says: Feb 21, 2013 8:15 PM

    Go Andy. Make your years in KC mirror your first 5 in Philly. You have left the most negative sports city in the universe. Go Chiefs !!!!!

  12. pigbenis69 says: Feb 21, 2013 8:29 PM

    I’m not even kidding – I really feel bad for all these Cheifs fans that think they’re getting the 2nd coming of Vince Lombardi. He’s a retread. A retread who went 1-4 in NFC Championship games. He was FAVORED in 4 NFC Championship games.

  13. andyisfat says: Feb 21, 2013 8:34 PM

    KC will hate the Fat man after a few press conferences following lost games.

  14. luvusa1 says: Feb 21, 2013 8:51 PM

    @iknoweverything: you just proved that you don’t by you uninformed post about Fat Andy

  15. officialgame says: Feb 21, 2013 8:52 PM

    Thanks for the good years Andy, I wish you nothing but the best.

  16. lbijake says: Feb 21, 2013 9:02 PM

    As an Eagles fan, liked Andy as a person but didn’t always agree with his football decisions, i.e. play calling and clock management. Part of his image problem in Philly was due to the lazy sportswriters who are use to being spoon fed their daily work. They resented Andy being taciturn and making them actually go and develop a story. Hence the Les Bowman slapfest.

  17. dolphins4 says: Feb 21, 2013 10:36 PM

    Chip Kelly will be the same way in 4 years when he leaves the worst fans and media in the NFL and goes back to college.

  18. indyeagle says: Feb 21, 2013 10:53 PM

    I still laugh at the Eagles fans who get so offended by the fact that Andy refused to give the media any players heads on a platter after a loss. Get over yourselves, you are not that important.

    I wish Andy nothing but the best and hopefully, the people of KC will appreciate him for what he is good at….coaching.

  19. bobbyhoying says: Feb 21, 2013 11:13 PM

    Andy deserves a great owner like Clark Hunt and fans who will appreciate him. I’ll keep my Sunday Ticket to cheer for the Chiefs because the Eagles will make me want to mow the lawn on Sunday afternoon.

  20. radrhatr says: Feb 21, 2013 11:13 PM

    pigbenis69 says:
    “A retread who went 1-4 in NFC Championship games. ”

    That’s more Championship games than we’ve EVER been in! Our last Championship game had Joe Montana as our QB. We’ll take him.

  21. andrewfbrowne says: Feb 21, 2013 11:44 PM

    Everyone is happier when they leave Philadelphia.

  22. yelix says: Feb 22, 2013 12:30 AM

    @pigbenis69

    But that’s the thing: he took the Eagles to FIVE NFC championship games. They had several years where they could realistically win any game against any team. Some people act like he was 4-12 for 14 seasons in Philly.

    If he can turn the Chiefs into a competitive football team that isn’t a depressing combination of boring and embarrassing, Chiefs fans will love him.

  23. slick3 says: Feb 22, 2013 2:38 AM

    He won’t seem nearly as jolly after the first six games- all loses.

  24. deep64blue says: Feb 22, 2013 5:48 AM

    Yeah this is not surprising to any Eagles fans, he’ll turn KC around but probably never win the big one.

  25. eaglesw00t says: Feb 22, 2013 6:31 AM

    Lol I can’t wait until all of you chiefs fans really realize what it is you got. It’s amazing what people call Philly fans, simply because they’re clueless. Give it 3 years and we will see what you think then.

  26. delsj says: Feb 22, 2013 8:19 AM

    Andy always loved the national media. If you lob softballs at him, accept his boilerplate answers and don’t press him on real issues with the team, he is a very jovial guy. He’s going to do great in KC because if he gets them to 8-8, they’ll be doing cartwheels and building him a shrine.

  27. allnflfan says: Feb 22, 2013 10:00 AM

    Can you just imagine the relief he must feel after getting away from the hot mess that is the Eagles? It will be interesting to see how long Chip lasts, and how long it will take for the Phans to turn on him.

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