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Michael Vick embraces Andy Reid after the Eagles' 26-16 loss to the Chiefs Thursday night. (USA Today Images)
Andy Reid said it didn’t mean any more than any other football game.
Just another game?
His players don’t believe him.
“I think it was definitely really special,” said Chiefs receiver Chad Hall, who spent 2010 and 2011 with the Eagles.
“I think when we ran out before the game, and they gave a standing ovation … you know, when you put so much time and effort and blood, sweat and tears into something in the same place for 14 years, and then you get that appreciation? I think that probably meant more to him than anything.
“That was heartfelt. I thought it would happen, but I think once it did, I’m sure that meant a lot to him.”
Reid, who coached the Eagles from 1999 through 2012, returned to Philly Thursday and beat his former team, 26-16, at the Linc (see story). The Chiefs are now 3-0 -- Reid’s first 3-0 start since 2004 -- and the Eagles fell to 1-2 under Reid’s replacement, Chip Kelly.
Reid downplayed his return to Philly to the media and to his players, but Hall isn’t buying it.
“Getting the W on the road is big no matter what,” Hall said. “That’s any coach’s goal any time you go out there. But coming in here in his old backyard, regardless of what he says, I think it meant more to him than any other win.”
Hall is among three former Eagles now playing for Reid in Kansas City, and all three were kind of fringe players here -- Hall, linebacker Akeem Jordan and safety Quintin Demps.
Jordan, who played for Reid in Philly from 2007 through 2012, echoed Hall’s remarks.
“I’m pretty sure it means a little bit more to him than a normal win,” Jordan said. “You’ve been here for so long, I’m pretty sure it meant a lot to him.
“He had a heck of a run here for a long time, and this was like his second home. He didn’t make it known to us. He didn’t mention it all week, but when you think about it, I’m sure it meant a lot more to him than he let on.”