This year’s Super Bowl features many stories, from the matchup of two young star quarterbacks to the Kelce brothers both making it to the big game.
One of the most interesting topics of conversation revolves around the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid. In a weird way, Reid is doing everything he can to take down a team he spent more than a decade building.
During Reid’s 14-year tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, his roster-building philosophy placed an emphasis on recruiting good players along the line of scrimmage. Some of the players Reid had as draft picks remain key contributors to Philadelphia’s defensive line.
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Reid selected 12 players in the first round during his tenure with the Eagles. Eight of those first-rounders were linemen.
The only exceptions were quarterback Donovan McNabb, wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, cornerback Lito Sheppard, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
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On Thursday, Reid was asked about two of the former players he drafted, four-time All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Brandon Graham.
«Yes, I’m very proud of those guys. I know them personally so I’m proud. They’re tough guys, tough-minded, they’re good leaders, they’re fun to be around and they’re good at football.» I think, in general, each one is an individual and has their own characteristics, but in general, I would tell you that about them: great teammates,» Reid told reporters.
Howie Roseman has been with the Eagles franchise for more than two decades. He started as an intern in the front office in 2000 and is now in his second stint as the team’s general manager.
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Roseman also currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Eagles and has built one of the best rosters in the NFL. He seems to have learned from Reid during their 12 years together because Philly has arguably the most talented offensive and defensive lines in the league.
«I still have a great relationship with Jeff Lurie, Howie Roseman, all the people there.» Reid said during an appearance on «The Herd» on Tuesday. «Three of the players were kids we recruited when we were there. I have fond memories of Philadelphia. I love the 14 years I was there.»
Reid also mentioned the connection Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick had with his sons.
«Reddick went to school with my son (at Temple University), my two sons, one coached and the other played,» he told reporters on Thursday.
One of Reid’s sons, Britt, was a graduate assistant coach at Temple before eventually joining his father’s staff in Kansas City.
In November, Britt was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to felony DWI stemming from a car accident that seriously injured a four-year-old boy in 2021. The incident occurred on February 4, just days before the Chiefs were arrested. scheduled to play in Super Bowl LV.
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Reid led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance during his time in charge. The team made the playoffs nine times in a span of 11 years.