Andy Reid spent part of Tuesday afternoon speaking to Philadelphia reporters via a conference call, and you wouldn’t have blamed him to let his emotions get the best of him when talking about his Thursday night return to Lincoln Financial Field — where he called home for the last 13 years.
That just isn’t Reid’s style, though.
“The biggest difference is eating BBQ for dinner instead of Cheesesteaks,” Reid chided.
Earlier in the day, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles said he believes his first-year head coach still has emotional ties to the City of Brotherly love and the Philadelphia Eagles team he takes his unbeaten squad against this week.
“It means a lot, so I hope we go out there and play for our coach,” Charles told ESPN following Sunday’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys. ”You know what I’m saying? I know he has a lot of love for his Eagles, he worked there a lot of years and he probably wishes he was still coaching there.”
Because Reid drafted a majority of the Eagles roster and is familiar with the players on Chip Kelly‘s squad, it will be interesting to see how valuable that familiarity will be Thursday night.
“I don’t think it hurts you,” Reid pointed out Tuesday. “You still gotta go play.”
For Kelly’s part, this is as close to a must-win game as a team can get this early in the season against an out-of-conference opponent. However, after dropping Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers in heartbreaking fashion, a bounce-back victory certainly would do wonders toward capping a three-games-in-11-day stretch on a positive note.
He knows that there’s a little extra riding on this one, if only in the minds of fans
“I talked to Andy when I got the job,” Kelly said. “And he said to be yourself. I told him I had big shoes to fill, and he said you’ll do a good job, and that was it.”
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