Chiefs’ Andy Reid using NHL defogging product for face shield
If Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had some issues seeing the field through his foggy face mask in Week 1, it didn’t affect his play-calling.
Reid’s COVID-protecting facemask went viral during the Chiefs’ opening night win on Thursday, Sept. 10, but the defending champions’ high-powered offense didn’t seem to miss a beat.
Kansas City began their Super Bowl defense with a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans. Reid’s offense gained 369 yards and 28 1st downs. QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 211 yards on 24-for-32 passing and three touchdowns, while rookie running Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards and a TD.
Despite any potential impairments to Reid’s vision, the veteran coach will run it back with the same face shield for the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. However, Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright plans to implement a feature that hockey players use to avoid masks fogging up, according to ESPN.
“That was brutal,” Reid said about the mask after his team’s win over Houston. “I didn’t do very good with that thing. Listen, it will be better the next time. I appreciate you asking that, it was a bit of a mess.”
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay — who was indirectly reprimanded by the NFL for not always wearing his mask last Sunday — plans to improve his mask game in Week 2, too, texting “I’ll be better.”
The NFL’s message to the coaches, written by executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, said “we must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments.”