We love a contrast, and get one in K.C.’s Reid vs. San Fran’s Shanahan.
Reid, 61, is the seventh-winningest coach of all time with 207 in 21 seasons, the past seven in Kansas City. But what he mostly is is the man who has coached the most playoff games (28) without ever winning a Super Bowl. Can he finally get off the schneid? His 15-year gap between Super Bowls is the second-longest by a coach, to Dick Vermeil’s 19 years.
Reid has a compelling backstory, too. His oldest sun died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2012. Another son, Britt, overcame his own addiction to painkillers and is now the Chiefs’ linebackers coach.
Shanahan, 40, in his third season on the Bay, is the son of two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Mike Shanahan (Broncos, 1997-98). They now become the first father and son to be head coaches in a Super Bowl.