Reid’s coaching legacy extends to AFC foes

Kansas City's three remaining AFC opponents still alive for a possible Super Bowl berth have a common thread. The head coaches at all three have coached or otherwise worked under Reid in some capacity.



January 14, 2021 - 9:26 AM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) speaks with head coach Andy Reid prior to a game against the Denver Broncos Dec. 6. Photo by Jamie Squire / Getty Images / TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the Chiefs meet Cleveland on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, they formally will be playing in the AFC Divisional Round. But the proceedings might also be understood as the Andy Reid Invitational.

Each of the other three remaining conference teams is coached by men whose NFL careers began or were accelerated under the shade of Reid’s sprawling coaching tree — including Browns coach Kevin Stefanski.

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski talks with his quarterback Baker Mayfield during a timeout Dec. 20. Photo by TNS
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott Photo by Steve Mitchell / USA Today / TNS
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh Photo by Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun / TNS
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And that’s much more than just a footnote.