Doug Pederson's Super Bowl victory is a win for Chiefs' Andy Reid, too

Terez A. Paylor, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Football

The additional four points that resulted from that play-call made a difference at the end of the game, when the Patriots had the ball back at their own 25 with a little over two minutes left. Instead of trailing by one, New England trailed by five, which meant they needed a touchdown, not a field goal.

In turn, the Patriots opened up their play-calling, and star quarterback Tom Brady was strip-sacked by Brandon Graham. The Eagles then kicked a field goal that extended their lead to eight and held on for the upset.

"He told us last night he was going to be aggressive, that he wasn't going to change for anybody," Eagles tackle Lane Johnson said of Pederson. "We came out and, hey, he had some good calls on fourth down. ... That's how it was. Crazy."

Pederson showed similar confidence following the Eagles' season-ending injury to quarterback Carson Wentz in early December following a win over Los Angeles.

"We had such an awesome win, it's the biggest win of the year, and we lost Carson," defensive end Chris Long said. "We came into the meeting room and Doug just erased any doubt that anything was going to change. That's a leader."

But the same aggression that has both endeared Reid to Chiefs fans (via Hungry Pig Right), and angered them (via their pass-first nature in the recent wild-card loss to the Titans), was not all that Pederson learned from Reid.

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In the aftermath of Sunday's game, Pederson's coaches and players practically lined up to mention how much they appreciate the way he leads them. Chiefs players speak the same way about Reid.

"I think when people are smart and they know how to treat people, it makes things so much easier," defensive line coach Chris Wilson said.

"I love Coach Pederson," veteran receiver Alshon Jeffery said. "He is awesome. He is a great guy to me, him and his staff. Best staff I have been around."

Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, who is now Philadelphia's executive of football operations for player development, told The Star on Sunday that there are indeed some similarities between Reid and Pederson.


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