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“I Feel Terrible”: Travis Kelce Regrets Going Public With Him Failing to Recognize NFL Head Coaches in Brutal Fashion

Published 04/05/2023, 3:21 PM EDT

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Last week, the NFL’s prime decision-makers met to discuss present and future league matters at the Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Keeping with the tradition every year, the head coaches all gathered for a group picture. However, despite not being anywhere near the frame, it was Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce who stole the headlines for that picture when he failed to name some of the biggest head coaching names in the league. This week, he embarrassingly offered an apology.

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To Travis’ credit, he did recognize 21 out of the 29 head coaches and coaching coordinators present in the picture. And that’s more than the half that his brother and ‘New Heights’ podcast co-host Jason Kelce challenged him to name. That may be good enough for a civilian, but certainly not for an NFL player who faces these head coaches every year.

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To be absolutely fair, the Chiefs’ tight end didn’t name any of the coaches from the picture. Not being good with names, Travis just called out their teams instead. And he started off strong, getting all three right in the first go. However, he encountered his first hurdle after naming the San Francisco 49ers‘ Kyle Shanahan. And it was a rough road from then on for the two-time Super Bowl champion.

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Besides not knowing multiple offensive and defensive coordinators, he also had no clue when pointed at Vikings HC Kevin O’Connell and Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels. However, after all the beefing with the Cincinnati Bengals this season, Jason’s biggest shocker came when his brother couldn’t name Cincy’s Zac Taylor.


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Travis blamed the picture quality for the embarrassing effort. “Felt pretty bad. It was a very small picture on a computer. It was kinda blurry. I really couldn’t see clear pictures of the faces. A lot of those guys that I said I didn’t know, I’ve shaken their hands. Bro, I feel terrible. I see the man [Josh McDaniels] twice a year. A lot of coaches actually reached out,” he said on this week’s New Heights episode.

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No 87 didn’t want to land up in the bad books of his head coach Andy Reid and had no problem recognizing him. Reid sat beside 6x Super Bowl champion Bill Belichick, both giving fans a flash of their muscular calves.


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Besides Bill, Travis also spotted newly appointed Broncos HC Sean Payton and LA Rams HC Sean ‘Gordon Bombay’ McVay.


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Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel, Jacksonville’s Doug Pederson, New York Jets‘ Robert Saleh, and Steelers HC Chris Tomlin were the other easy ones for Travis. All in all, the coaches won’t care about Kelce’s picture-spotting skills as his on-field numbers reach historic highs every season.



Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.

Edited By: Hitesh Nigam