Chiefs coach Andy Reid may be a three-time 101 Awards coach of the year winner, but Saturday marked the first time he was forced to give his press conference speech for the award from his seat.
Reid, who missed the NFL combine a week ago due to recent right knee replacement surgery, later revealed that he started having issues with the knee in training camp last summer.
“It’s kind of a freak thing — it had been bothering me since training camp, swelling up a little bit,” said Reid, who added that he’s dealing with a bit of an infection in the knee. “They were working on it with antibiotics, so I kind of knew, once we got towards the end of the season, that yeah, we were going to have to go in and get it taken care of.”
Reid said he currently has a plate in the knee, which will remain for another five to six weeks, and he will have a new prosthetic put in after that and start rehab from there.
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Overall, however, his mood on Saturday night was light and upbeat.
“I’m on IR for just a little bit, but doing good,” Reid said. “I’m back in the office. I was able to get back in the office this past week. It was great and I’m moving around okay.”
Reid, who has guided the Chiefs to a 31-17 regular-season record during his three years as coach, not only brought his team back from a 1-5 start in 2015, he also led it to the franchise’s first playoff win in 22 years, a 30-0 drubbing of the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card round.
Reid was selected the 101 awards’ NFC coach of the year in 2002 with the Philadelphia Eagles, and also won the award in 2013 after he engineered the Chiefs’ improvement from 2-14 to 11-5 in his first year in Kansas City.
Other award winners
▪ Derrick Thomas Team MVP: QB Alex Smith and S Eric Berry
▪ Mack Lee Hill Rookie of the Year: CB Marcus Peters
▪ Ring of Honor selection: FB Tony Richardson
▪ NFC coach of the year: Ron Rivera, Carolina
▪ NFC offensive player of the year: QB Cam Newton, Carolina
▪ NFC defensive player of the year: DT Aaron Donald, Los Angeles
▪ AFC coach of the year: Andy Reid, Chiefs
▪ AFC offensive player of the year: QB Tom Brady, New England
▪ AFC defensive player of the year: DE J.J. Watt, Houston