Super Bowl 2024: Travis Kelce has an ‘opportunity’ to go down as ‘one of the best tight ends’ ever on Sunday, says Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
- Kelce’s only played under the 65-year-old Reid since he was drafted in 2013
- The Chiefs hired Reid just months before selecting Kelce in the first round
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Chiefs head coach Andy Reid tipped Travis Kelce to have the Super Bowl game of his life on Sunday as he backed the tight end to be ‘one of the best, if not the best’ to play at his position play.
Speaking to reporters in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the 65-year-old Reid, who led Kansas City’s fourth attempt to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the past five seasons, spoke to Kelce’s mindset ahead of the team’s showdown with praised the San Francisco 49ers.
“I think all these guys want to do the best they possibly can and play the best they possibly can,” he initially said. I can tell you that Travis’ numbers probably speak for themselves.
“I can tell you that he has an opportunity to play as one of the best, if not the best tight ends. Does he spend a lot of time worrying about it? I don’t think he does.
“Every game he plays, ‘we’re just going to win'” and that’s kind of his mindset and as competitive as he is. He is also very crunch time. He’s going to be there for you and want the ball to help the team.’
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Sunday’s game is a shot for Travis Kelce to make history
Kelce previously shared his love of playing under Reid, who has been the Chiefs coach since 2013
Kelce and the Chiefs are just one win away from becoming the first NFL team in 19 years to win back-to-back Super Bowls. It’s a far cry from the team’s midseason slump that could have destroyed their repeat hopes. But Reid kept them steady.
This isn’t the best team Reid has coached, but it just might be his best coaching job.
Sure, he still has Patrick Mahomes. But the two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP had a poor season by his lofty standards. He didn’t get much help from his wide receivers at times. They led the league in drops. Mahomes once again counted on Kelce, who had a slight dip in production to go with a massive increase in global attention due to his relationship with Taylor Swift.
Reid made sure Kelce’s newfound celebrity status didn’t become a distraction.
After starting 6-1, the Chiefs lost five of eight games. At 9-6, they even had a chance to miss the playoffs and finished with their most losses since 2017.
No chance Reid would trip them up any further. The Chiefs won the next two games to clinch their eighth straight AFC West title and went on to win in the playoffs, beating Miami at home in the wild card round, en route to beating Buffalo in the divisional round and No. seeded for Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game.
Drafted the same year the Chiefs hired Reid, Kelce has only played for Big Red
“Coach Reid just challenges every single person in this building to step up just one more step and keep it up every week from here,” Kelce said. ‘That’s why we love the big guy. You never fall from that kind of mentality, no matter how many losses you have, no matter how close the games are and you just don’t finish it.
“Coach Reid does a great job of re-channeling that mindset every week and providing a challenge against the defense or the offense or just the team against us in the near future. This week, there’s no better time to challenge everyone in that building. He fired everyone up.’
Reid credits Mahomes and Kelce for their leadership and setting the tone for how the team should practice. He also praised general manager Brett Veach for adding players that fit that mentality.
“You’re not going to hold it with Pat Mahomes going full speed, Kelce going full speed,” Reid said. ‘They’re not even going to let you do that. Then you watch them, and you watch them practice, you know it’s not right if they can’t do it. Brett isn’t going to bring in guys that dog, jog, whatever you want to call it.’
Reid has already won two Super Bowls and more games than any coach in the history of the Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles. He will end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame win or lose against the 49ers.
If the Chiefs win, it will be hard to argue that Reid, who started coaching in the NFL in 1992 with the Green Bay Packers, doesn’t get better with age.