Sunday, January 22, 2023

Andy Reid had a hilarious joke about keeping Patrick Mahomes off the field

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After winning the divisional round against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II told the media that he “isn’t getting out of a playoff game unless they take me out.”

Based on his post-game story and head coach Andy Reid’s post-game comments, this appears to be an accurate admission from the superstar QB. “It would be like trying to ask you not to ask a question,” Reid joked to reporters after they asked him how hard it was to keep Mahomes off the field when he’s injured.

The room erupted in laughter before Big Red added: “Listen, he’s a tough guy. He wanted to be there, he wanted to compete and that’s a tribute to him and his competitiveness. However, you need to make sure he’s okay, physically fit, where he can protect himself – and if he can’t, he can’t play.

As always, Coach Reid offered his take on the result after defeating the Jags with some personal anecdotes about standout players.

“Damn game,” Big Red began. “We appreciate the fans, they’ve been amazing. I thought both sides of the ball and the special teams did a good job tonight. Special Teams was up against one of the best teams in the league Special Teams, Pro Bowl Returner – that last punt was a nice touch. [Harrison] Butker, I rarely start with special teams, but Butker kicked the ball well and handled it well. That was a big tackle [he made].”

Fans can easily disagree with Reid’s analysis here, as kick returner Jamal Agnew repeatedly set Kansas City on fire with two monster returns of 63 and 42 yards. In the end it was a curve but not a break for Dave Toub’s ST unit and they eventually got the job done.

Butker’s appearance was certainly a relief. He went two-to-two on field goals and three-to-three on extra points, with an early 50-yard conversion. All-Pro punter Tommy Townsend also pinned two of his four attempts inside the 20-yard line.

Next, Reid went to the offensive side of the ball. “It was great to see Chad [Henne] come in in that backup role,” he voiced. “I thought everyone upped their game and had so much faith in Chad – he was executing but I thought everyone around him was doing a good job too.”

Chiefs HC also singled out running back Isiah Pacheco, wide receiver Kadarius Toney and tight end Travis Kelce, who Reid joked “broke a record” again during the playoff game.

On defense, Big Red was more general with his praise, noting that everyone “flies around” and “makes games.” He added a special mention to cornerback Jaylen Watson, who forced a turnover with his interception of Trevor Lawrence.

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