PHOENIX (AP) – Andy Reid posed with the Lombardi Trophy as he took the stage the morning after his second Super Bowl victory and simply said, “It never gets old standing here.”
As long as Reid makes the plays and Patrick Mahomes makes them, the Kansas City Chiefs will fight to get back to this spot.
The duo – an innovative player and a young quarterback whose accomplishments already rival some of the game’s greatest ever – won their second Super Bowl together in the last four seasons when Kansas City beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 on Sunday.
“As long as Andy Reid is coaching us, we’re always going to have a chance,” Mahomes said Monday at a press conference honoring the Super Bowl-winning coach and MVP. “I’ll keep the big guy around for at least a few more years and we’ll try to get back to this game as much as possible.”
Since Mahomes became the starter in Kansas City in 2018, the Chiefs have made it to the AFC Championship Game every season, the Super Bowl three times and won it twice.
The title may have been sweeter than the first postseason in 2019 as Mahomes overcame a high ankle sprain that limited him in the playoffs and appeased skeptics who doubted he could have the same success after the Chiefs traded on the road to blow a game away. wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
But with a strong offensive line that held the Eagles’ vaunted pass rush in a sack-free offense, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce and a mostly young receiving corps that stepped up in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs still had the league’s best offense thanks largely to the combination of Reid and Mahomes.
“It’s hard not to hear those things, especially in this day and age and social media and everything like that,” Mahomes said. “You hear we’re not going to be good. All you can do is prove it on the football field. I’m not the type to answer and tell people. I’m just going to go out there and prove it on the football field. When you do that, there’s nothing more I can say.”
All that’s left to wonder about Mahomes after a week in which he won his second regular-season MVP award and second Super Bowl MVP is where he’ll ultimately rank among the game’s best quarterbacks.
Mahomes has already set a pace that no one else has set.
He joined Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Tom Brady — considered by many to be the best quarterbacks of the Super Bowl era — as the only players ever to win multiple MVP awards in a regular season and a Super Bowl.
Mahomes did it in his sixth season, while it took Brady 11 years and Montana 12 to accomplish the feat.
Mahomes became the seventh player to win NFL regular season MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same season — with the first six already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mahomes’ Super Bowl win also broke some hexes as he became the first MVP since Kurt Warner in the 1999 season and the first player to ever lead the league in passing yards and win a Super Bowl in the same season.
The decision to trade Hill sets the Chiefs up well as they head into the offseason in good salary-cap shape, with 12 projected draft picks and a strong 2022 rookie class that should only improve.
But most importantly, they have a coach and a quarterback, and the 64-year-old Reid pointed to Mahomes when he said he has no plans to retire anytime soon.
“I enjoy what I do,” Reid said. “I’ve got this guy here who’s a pretty good player, so it’s good for me.”
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