Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs opened the 2020 season in perfect fashion.
Save a pregame controversy where fans at Arrowhead Stadium booed a shared moment of unity between both teams, the Chiefs’ home opener went off without a hitch. Led by Patrick Mahomes’ three touchdowns, the Kansas City Chiefs started the regular season 1-0 for the sixth straight season.
Mahomes’ strong outing wasn’t the main storyline, nor was rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s breakout debut. Social media turned all eyes attention to Reid and his foggy face shield.
Andy Reid wore a face shield to protect himself against COVID-19
The NFL introduced several rule changes for the 2020 season to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The most significant change came in attendance. Roughly 17,000 fans attended the Chiefs’ home opener in a stadium that holds 76,416.
Coaches and team employees are mandated to wear either masks or face shields on the sideline. Texans coach Bill O’Brien wore a traditional mask in the opener.
Reid, on the other hand, went with a face shield. Although the shield is effective at COVID-19 prevention, humidity and rain in Kansas City gave Reid’s outfit a new look.
Reid went viral for how fogged up the shield looked
It didn’t take long for Andy Reid and his fogged up mask to go viral.
Jokes about Reid needing a defrost button or windshield wiper quickly filled the Twitter timeline.
“Only way Andy Reid’s shield could look more incredible is if it was tinted,” tweeted veteran sports commentator Jim Rome.
Rodger Sherman of The Ringer effectively pointed out why Reid is likely Hall of Fame-bound.
“Andy Reid showing off this year by outcoaching the rest of the NFL without actually being able to see the field,” Sherman wrote.
Barstool Sports tweeted a video of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s rushing touchdown with a rainy and foggy filter.
“Andy Reid watching that last touchdown,” the outlet joked.
While Twitter joked, Reid and the Chiefs took care of business on the field. Kansas City held off a late Texans rally in a 34-20 victory.
Kansas City has won 10 straight games dating back to last season.
“Could you imagine what this game would look like if Andy Reid could see the field at any point,” tweeted Kevin Clark, a football analyst for The Ringer.
Andy Reid didn’t hold back about the shield
In addition to normal questions about Patrick Mahomes and the rest of his team, Reid also fielded questions about the face shield.
According to Pro Football Talk, Reid didn’t hold back when asked about the fogged-up face shield.
“That was brutal. 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.”
Reid shouldn’t have to worry about a fogged-up shield in Kansas City’s next game. The Chiefs play at the rival Chargers on Sunday, September 20.
Reid may want to consider a traditional mask for the Chiefs’ third game. Kansas City travels to Baltimore for a Monday night showdown between Mahomes and Ravens star Lamar Jackson on September 28.