2023-02-09 · 2 min read · NFL/Football
Chiefs Coach Andy Reid and Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni

The Associated Press | Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

Youth will battle experience in Arizona in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Kansas City Chiefs.
For 64-year-old Andy Reid, it will be his fourth appearance as a head coach, while the Philly boss, over 23 years younger than his Super Bowl counterpart is in the big show for the first time in his sophomore campaign.
While these two never actively worked with each other, Reid let Sirianni go shortly after arriving in Kansas City in 2013, when the future Eagles coach was a coordinator in various capacities with the Chiefs.
In 2021 Sirianni discussed what that conversation with Reid was like when he was dismissed and whether or not there is any bad blood between the two.
“Coach Reid was charged with the task of telling me I wasn’t working there anymore,” he said.
“So, you know, but he was awesome. It was actually an awesome conversation I had with him. And I really respected the fact that he took time to meet with me, tell me what he had heard about me.”
“Did I want to leave Kansas City? No. My future wife was from there, we were engaged at the time, she had a nice teaching job there, she had all her friends there, her mom and dad were a half-hour down the road. Of course, I didn’t want to leave there,” Sirianni said. “But when I look at it, God’s always put me in great positions and guided my paths. I know I don’t say stuff like that all the time, but I know he has.”
KC went 2-14 the season before Reid arrived and took over for Romeo Crennel.
Following Sirianni’s dismissal from KC, he moved to San Diego, where he got some payback as his new team defeated the Chiefs 41-38 in the 2013 season when he was the Chargers’ quality control coach.
Reid has plenty of history with the Eagles, guiding Philadelphia to five NFC title games and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2004 season.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, recently named executive of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America, got his start under Reid.
In Reid’s 14 seasons as the Eagles coach, he led them to the postseason on nine occasions, only finishing below .500 three times.
Since taking over as head coach in Kansas City, Reid’s current team has only missed the playoffs once, boasting a winning percentage of over .600 in each of the last eight regular seasons.
It’s still early days for Sirianni as a head coach, but if his team can remain consistent in future seasons, he could have an extended stay in the City of Brotherly Love similar to Reid’s.
Sirianni has yet to experience a losing season since taking over the top job in Philly, while his .824 winning percentage over the 2022 regular season was identical to what Reid managed with the Chiefs.
When the Eagles made the playoffs in 2021, Sirianni became just the third head coach in franchise history to qualify for the postseason in his first year, joining Chip Kelly in 2013 and Ray Rhodes in 1995.
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