Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s sly comment about onside kick proposal
The NFL recently spoke about some possible rule changes, including the idea of incorporating an alteration to the notorious onside kick. In response to the league’s onside kick proposal, Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs made a sly comment, per Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
Andy Reid says he'd rather not see the 4th & 15 rule passed but if it is, "We've got a guy who can do 4th and 15."
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) May 22, 2020
For years, coaches around the NFL have discussed ways to improve the way onside kicks are conducted. Amid the league’s recent meetings, they’ve proposed an idea of instilling a fourth-down and 15 instead of having a placekicker attempt an onside kick.
Despite some teams being in favor of the idea, Reid doesn’t seem to be a fan of the change. Nevertheless, Reid realizes that he has a more than capable quarterback to convert on fourth down in Patrick Mahomes.
In just two seasons as a starter for the Chiefs, Mahomes has cemented himself as the best quarterback in the NFL. Of course, his biggest achievement came last season when he led Kansas City to their first Super Bowl victory since 1969.
It was fourth-down and nine, with the Chiefs down by the score of 24-17 with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. While evading defenders and rolling to his right, Mahomes completed a pass to Tyreek Hill on the left side of the field. After taking the game to overtime, Kansas City would win the game 27-24.
There’s no doubt that Reid isn’t a fan of having an alternative of the onside kick in the future. But if the rule change passes, then Reid knows having Mahomes gives an advantage in those situations.