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Jeffrey Lurie has a new favorite NFL football team. Scratch that. He has a new favorite “AFC” football team. You can probably guess which one.
It’s the one coached by the guy Lurie hired 15 years ago to rescue his own franchise, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lurie was then, and remains now, very fond of Andy Reid, who has Kansas City atop the NFL at 8-0 just a few months after he was fired by Lurie following a 4-12 season that ended Reid’s 14-year tenure in Philadelphia.
“I love it,” Lurie said. “Listen, everyone knows I love Andy. Outstanding football coach. I have an AFC team I now root heavily for every week. It’s Kansas City. I don’t deny it.
“He’s a terrific person, a terrific coach. I think it was time for him to need a new environment. It was time for us, we needed a new environment. But never did I think he wasn’t a really good football coach.”
If you’re wondering if Lurie is irked just slightly that the guy he fired is challenging for the top seed in the AFC and hunting down another Super Bowl run, it doesn’t.
He’s seen the video of a smiling, dancing Reid waltzing into the Chiefs locker room following a 17-16 win over the Texans last Sunday that lifted Kansas City to its second 8-0 start in team history. The image pleases his former boss.
“He’s having a great time. I’m so happy for him,” Lurie said. “As long as it doesn’t come at our expense, I can root for him and really be out in front rooting for him.”
The odds aren’t promising that the Eagles and Chiefs will meet in the Super Bowl. For starters, the Eagles are just 3-5 under first-year coach Chip Kelly and have an eye on tomorrow while also trying to win a mediocre NFC East. One of those five losses came at the hands of Reid, a 26-16 win at the Linc to Kansas City on Sept. 19.
Despite the unblemished record, the Chiefs still haven’t faced Peyton Manning and the Broncos, whose 7-1 record is second only to Kansas City’s for NFL supremacy. But Reid is no stranger to the postseason, as Lurie knows well.
“Listen, when you’re playing that well, they’ve got a chance to beat anybody,” Lurie said. “It’s not going to be easy to beat out the Broncos, with a healthy Peyton. That’ll be a challenge, but his defense is playing fabulously, really great. They can bring it. It bodes well, but can they beat a Peyton Manning in a playoff game? We’ll find out.”
Read our first installment with Lurie in which he labeled finding a franchise QB "a No. 1 priority" by clicking here. In our second installment, Lurie compared Chip Kelly to coaching greats Jimmy Johnson and Bill Walsh, which you can read here.