Andy Reid was requested the inevitable query moments after the Chiefs earned the best to face the Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.
What will it’s like going through your former group?
“I’m glad for them,” Reid mentioned of the Eagles, by way of Yahoo Sports. “I’m glad for the town. They’re passionate. They love soccer.
“I am unable to wait until Kansas City and Philly conflict. I imply, it is gonna be superior. What an amazing Super Bowl it’s going to be.”
After successful a hoop on Mike Holmgren’s employees in Green Bay, Reid started a extremely profitable 14-year run with the Eagles, a franchise that had fallen on onerous occasions previous to his arrival in 1999. Reid rapidly helped elevate the franchise into one of many NFL’s elite golf equipment. Under Reid’s watch, Philadelphia superior to 5 NFC title video games that included a convention title in 2004. Reid’s 140 wins is essentially the most all-time by an Eagles coach.
The solely factor Reid did not do in Philadelphia was win a Super Bowl, one thing the Eagles did for the primary time as a franchise in 2017. Reid lastly received his coveted ring as a head coach in 2019 after serving to the Chiefs snap their 50-year championship drought. He is hoping to win his second ring after serving to the Chiefs return to the Super Bowl for a 3rd time in 4 years.
Reid will develop into the fifth head coach to educate in opposition to his former group within the playoffs. Here’s a take a look at how the earlier 4 fared in opposition to their outdated group within the large recreation.
Weeb Ewbank, Super Bowl III
Result: 16-7 W
Ewbank received back-to-back NFL titles because the Colts coach within the late Fifties. But he was unceremoniously let go by the group after a 7-7 marketing campaign in 1962. Ewbank rapidly discovered a touchdown spot in New York with the Jets, a brand new group that was a part of the recently-created American Football League (AFL).
The Jets toiled via a number of years of mediocrity earlier than breaking via with an 11-3 document in 1968. New York boasted the AFL’s second-ranked scoring offense and fourth-ranked scoring protection that season. Led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, the Jets defeated the Raiders within the AFL title recreation for the best to face the Colts in Super Bowl III.
An 18-point favourite, the Colts misplaced only one recreation through the common season. Five turnovers, nonetheless, loomed giant in what stays the most important upset in professional soccer historical past. The Jets’ protection picked off NFL MVP Earl Morrall 3 times and Johnny Unitas — who relieved Morrall within the second half — one other time. The Jets’ offense was led by Namath and operating again Matt Snell, who gashed the Colts’ proficient protection to the tune of 121 yards on 30 carries.
Ewbank is commonly credited for shortening Namath’s drop again so as to offset the Colts’ ferocious cross rush. The Jets had such a management on the sport that Namath didn’t have to aim a single cross within the fourth quarter.
Dan Reeves, Super Bowl XXXIII
Result: 34-19 L
Reeves has one of the crucial fascinating careers in professional soccer historical past. He was a flexible halfback on Tom Landry’s Cowboys groups of the late ’60 and early ’70s and was a participant/coach when Dallas received its first title in 1971. He received two extra Super Bowls as a Cowboys assistant coach earlier than being named Broncos head coach in 1981.
Along with John Elway (who got here to Denver in 1983), Reeves helped the Broncos rise to the highest of the AFC through the Eighties. The Broncos appeared in three Super Bowls over a four-year span however misplaced by huge margins in every recreation. Denver’s third Super Bowl throughout that span, a 55-10 loss to the 49ers, stays the widest margin of defeat in Super Bowl historical past.
Like Ewbank, Reeves was let go by his former employer after a .500 season. Reeves then has a so-so run with the Giants earlier than relocating to Atlanta in 1997. In 1998, he grew to become the third coach to steer three completely different franchises to the playoffs after main the Falcons to a 14-2 document. Reeves, who was hospitalized through the remaining two video games of the common season to underneath quadruple-bypass coronary heart surgical procedure, was named Coach of the Year.
Reeves’ “Dirty Bird” Falcons edged the 49ers within the divisional spherical earlier than defeating the 15-1 Vikings in one of many largest upsets in NFL postseason historical past. As a reward, the Falcons would face the defending champion Broncos, who received 13 straight video games that season earlier than struggling their first loss.
The recreation wasn’t a contest, as Elway threw for 336 yards and scored two touchdowns within the remaining recreation of his Hall of Fame profession.
Jon Gruden, Super Bowl XXXVII
Result: 48-21 W
Gruden was so in tune with the Raiders’ offense that he truly mimicked Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon throughout Buccaneers practices main as much as the sport. Gruden’s information of the Raiders’ offense was a significant benefit in Super bowl XXXVII, with the Buccaneers’ protection being aware of all of Oakland’s audibles (they did not change them within the yr following Gruden’s departure).
Gruden, who had coached the Raiders to the divisional spherical of the playoffs the season earlier than, watched as his protection picked off Gannon a Super Bowl document 5 occasions. A document three of picks had been returned for scores as Tampa Bay’s protection scored as many factors as Oakland’s offense.
The Buccaneers’ offense additionally performed a job within the win by rolling up 365 yards of whole offense. Brad Johnson threw a pair of touchdowns, whereas operating again Michael Pittman picked up 124 yards on 29 carries.
Pete Carroll, Super Bowl XLIX
Result: 28-24 L
Carroll had the unenviable activity of changing legendary coach Bill Parcells after Parcells guided the Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1996. Carroll had success however was in the end fired after a .500 season in 1999 (see a development right here?). He was changed by Bill Belichick, who together with Tom Brady rapidly turned the Patriots right into a dynasty.
During that point, Carroll constructed his personal dynasty on the faculty degree, main USC to back-to-back nationwide titles. Carroll returned to the NFL with Seattle in 2010 and instantly elevated it right into a playoff group. By his fourth season, Carroll led the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win on the energy of their “Legion of Boom” protection.
Seattle was within the midst of constructing a dynasty after they confronted Belichick’s Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks constructed a 24-14 lead and gave the impression to be on their method to successful back-to-back titles earlier than Brady led two Patriots fourth quarter scoring drives to take the lead.
Trailing late within the recreation, Seattle was on the doorstep of successful the sport following Russell Wilson’s miraculous 33-yard completion to Jermaine Kearse. But the sport was received after Malcolm Butler stepped in entrance of Wilson’s cross try after Carroll had determined to throw the ball as an alternative of handing it to operating again Marshawn Lynch one yard away from a title.