Andy Reid tap-danced around a near train wreck Thursday night. We aren't talking about the game against his former Philadelphia Eagles, but the postgame interview he gave to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.
Right after leading his Kansas City Chiefs to a 3-0 start with a win over his former team, Reid received a quick Gatorade bath from his ecstatic players.
If being cold, wet and sticky weren't enough, he was greeted by an ESPN microphone up in his grill as he departed toward the locker rooms.
Mike Foss of For the Win spotted the video, which features an interview so awkward it's actually quite breathtaking.
First, Reid explains that Sal Pal is blocking him, to which the reporter drops a "No, sir" like he was a high school student being asked by the principal if he just caught him smoking.
We then get a poignant moment as Reid gives some love to a couple of former players. The nation isn't given enough time to sigh like it just saw a kitten hug a puppy, because Paolantonio has some important questions.
Reid liked what his winning quarterback did in the game (we can all breathe easier knowing that). He is also keen on giving the ESPN reporter a hard time as they walk off the field.
What gives, oh graceful walrus?
The Dan Patrick Show producer Paul Pabst, who has recent experience with awkward interviews, explained what might have been at work here:
On the awkward Sal Pal/Andy Reid post-game interview. Andy Reid/Chiefs had told media that Reid would not be doing a walk-off interview.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) September 20, 2013
Ah, so it seems coach just wanted to get off the field as quickly as possible and even alerted media about that fact.
Maybe he didn't want to seem like a sore loser if the Chiefs lost or gloat in front of his former home team in the event of a win. Hell, maybe he heard craft services had a mad decent spread.
Whatever the reason, ESPN—and apparently the NFL Network later in this video—were not about to let Reid get off the field without a sound bite.
Well, they certainly received a captivating interview despite absolutely nothing of value being relayed.
Reid obviously didn't want to answer questions, but he still managed to give a better interview than the disaster given by Mets ace Matt Harvey, who recently made The Dan Patrick Show an awkward mess.
In that case, Harvey never divulged that he didn't want to discuss his injury and completely shut down when questioned about it.
In this case, Reid didn't want to answer any questions at all, but he still managed to deliver a couple of answers and get his point across that he didn't want to be there.
Now if Hollywood could give these two a buddy comedy, we would greatly appreciate it.
Bottom line: Andy Reid and Sal Pal aren't besties.