Kansas City Chiefs coach holds virtual talk with Parkersburg High School students

Andy Reid, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, spoke to Parkersburg High School students Thursday about his time in the National Football League. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Andy Reid, the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, had to pay his dues before becoming a head coach, but he had a chance to work with some great players along the way.

While he was at it, he had a chance to coach some of the greatest players in National Football League history, including Brett Favre, Reggie White, Donovan McNabb and Patrick Mahomes.

Speaking online to students at Parkersburg High School on Thursday, Reid said the most coachable player was Terrell Owens, a star wide receiver when Reid was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reid said, “He was a little controversial, but you could give T.O. any kind of play, he was a wide receiver, you could give him any play, ask him to do it, and he would do it a hundred miles an hour, and he would do it in a game.

“He would do exactly what you told him to do, and people wouldn’t think that of him, but of the people who know who he is, you would never hear that part of him,” Reid said.

Reid talked about some of the greatest quarterbacks he coached, Favre, McNabb, Mahomes and a resurrected Michael Vick, saying, “I got a chance to coach really good, smart guys at that position. I loved every minute of it.”

He also talked about Reggie White, who played for him in Philadelphia.

“He goes down as, if not the greatest, one of the greatest, to play defensive end. He walked the walk,” Reid said.

He also said that as a minister, White played by the rules.

“But you know, it’s hard to win games without a good quarterback. They can make you look like a good coach when you have to coach those guys up. I’ve been very fortunate that way.” Reid said.

Asked about whether he could reveal any absolute picks that the Chiefs would have in the 2022 NFL Draft, Reid said, “There are so many variables that take place with that when you are picking down at 29-30. We’ve got two first-round picks so we’re a little fortunate there. You just don’t know what’s going to go before you.”

He also talked about the role technology has in narrowing the field down to see which players he could get drafting that low, but added that particular player may not be the one he wants.

Reid was asked about what the Chiefs saw in Mahomes coming out of college, and said, “Brett Veach is our general manager here. He saw Pat Mahomes the first time Pat Mahomes played and goes ‘this kid is unbelievable.'”

Reid said Veach, who was a scout for the team in Texas at the time, had tapes of Mahomes and started watching them. Then, Reid said, when it became time to draft Mahomes, the team knew about him.

He said Mahomes’ characteristics are that he is smart, intelligent and understands the game.

When asked about what it’s like to coach in Philadelphia and Kansas City, Reid said, “I’ve loved the fans everywhere I’ve been.”

Reid also said that both the Eagles and Chiefs are phenomenal organizations, and talked about an East Coast mindset that is a little rough and in Kansas City, a Midwest city, the fans also are tough, but with a different mindset.

“The bottom line is both places are phenomenal on game day,” Reid said. “On game day they are very well educated fans in both places and they will let you know if you stink, they are going to let you know. If you are good, they will let you know that, too. So, I appreciate that.”

Reid talked about what it was like winning the Super Bowl when the clock runs out, saying, “You’re completely out of your mind about that spot time, and you feel like you’ve conquered the world, It’s very satisfying, you’re happy for the kids you work with, happy for all the families who hung with their husbands, and significant others, whatever it might be, that have beared down and made it through another long season.”

The Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers.

Reid also took the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl where they lost to the New England Patriots.

The Chiefs had just acquired a new player, wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster, from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reid talked about what Smith-Schuster could bring to the Chiefs, and said, “JuJu is a real smart kid, and so he gives you some flexiblilty outside and inside as a receiver. He’s also a big dude. He’s a healthy-sized wide receiver and he plays real physical. He can get inside when things get a little confusing and space is tight.”

Reid said Smith-Schuster has the ability to create space inside and get separation from the people covering him.

Reid’s other coaching positions include a stint as an assistant with the Green Bay Packers, from 1992 to 1998, and coached in the college ranks as a graduate coach with Bringham Young, and as an offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at San Francisco State from 1983 to 1985.

From there, he was the offensive line coach at Northern Arizona in 1986, and served in the same capacity for the University of Texas-El Paso (1987-88) and the University of Missouri (1989-1991) before getting his first NFL coaching chance with the Packers.

Larry Launstein Jr. can be reached at llaunstein@newsandsentinel.com.


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