Excerpts from Peter King’s ride to work with Andy Reid Dan Leberfeld

NBC’s Peter King got a chance to ride to work with Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid one day during the Super Bowl bye-week. Here are some excepts from that interview:

King on meeting with Andy Reid: “I asked to ride to work one morning in the Super Bowl off week with Kansas City coach Andy Reid. Sure, he said. Pick you up at your hotel at 3:15 A.M…In my 51 minutes with him, no question bugged him.”

Reid on 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan: “I think he grew up with a phenomenal football-coach father who I have a ton of respect for…He loves coaching. He loves the strategy part of it. I’d love to get him on the board, see what the stuff is. I love that.”

Reid on former Chiefs QB Alex Smith: “We were bringing Pat Mahomes in. We were drafting him to sit for a year or two potentially, to learn from Alex and these coaches that we’ve got. Didn’t ask Alex to teach him. But Alex opened it up to do that. He learned, followed him everywhere.”

Reid on the text message he received from Smith following their AFC Championship Game win: “[Alex] goes, ‘Phenomenal win. The kid was unbelievable.’ He’s his biggest fan. That’s what’s weird about it. And Patrick’s his biggest fan.”

Reid on joining the Chiefs after being fired from the Eagles and the death of his son, Garrett, in 2012: “I just had no desire to take time off at that time. I was sad for what took place. I don’t wish that on anybody. But I also felt that the game could help heal [me]. Coming here they had issues here where they could heal me and I could heal them. It was kind of a joint union there.”

Reid on losing Super Bowl XXXIX with the Eagles: “I wanted Donovan (McNabb) to have a great game. It didn’t work out that way. He took the blame for it when he didn’t deserve the blame…It wasn’t because of these stories out there that ‘he choked’ or ‘threw up’ or any of this stuff.”