Ravens’ John Harbaugh Scraps Face Shield Following Andy Reid Debacle


(In extremely Jay Leno voice) “Andy Reid’s face shield, have you seen this? Have you heard about this?” By now, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed Reid’s unfortunate foray into the fashion world with his now iconic (and supremely foggy) face shield. The internet predictably had a field day with Reid (now a member of Daft Punk, apparently), instantly turning the Chiefs head coach into a viral meme.

John Harbaugh had also planned to wear a shield for his team’s Week 1 game against Cleveland, but after Reid described his experience as “brutal,” the Ravens coach has wisely scrapped that idea.

“I dismissed that after last night,” Harbaugh told ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I did look in the mirror and I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t think so.’” Harbaugh considered going the shield route because he wears glasses during games, but ultimately decided it wasn’t worth it after watching Reid struggle on Thursday night.

“There's going to be a lot of Halloween outfits with face shields and mustaches," said Harbaugh, predicting Reid’s fog-obscured fashion choice will inspire trick-or-treaters throughout greater Kansas City. Harbaugh, who previously served as Reid’s special teams coordinators and later defensive backs coach in Philadelphia, won’t have to wait long to see Reid’s face shield in person (assuming it makes another appearance) with Baltimore slated to host the defending champion Chiefs on Monday Night Football in Week 3. The NFL has mandated all coaches wear face coverings on the sideline this year, a safety measure aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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