West Philly Correspondent, White Cover Magazine
Earlier in 2012, ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd summed up the Philadelphia Eagles’ coach’s situation with a rather brief but accurate line:
“Andy Reid would be unemployed for… about an hour.”
He was a little off. It took four days. Reid signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, ensuring that he won’t win anytime soon but he’ll at least be around barbecue.
Consensus on Reid is that he’s a fantastic guy and a fantastic coach. Such praise often follows a guy who spends 14 years with a team and fills their cheesesteak-soaked city with more than enough playoff runs.
The truth is a little muddied, but there can be no denying that Reid is a good coach. He’s not a mistake for Kansas City.
But, is Kansas City a mistake for him?
In Missouri, Reid gets a brand new start after he spent way too much time and effort reviving a franchise more outdated than the purpose of the Liberty Bell. Reid took the Eagles to five NFC Championships and just one Super Bowl, which the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots after blowing several possessions in the fourth quarter.
“If it came down to both teams were even, talent-wise, I think the opponent’s team would win if it came down to coaching,” said Jeremiah Trotter, a former Eagles player who spent seven seasons under Andy Reid, on Friday.
“(He) got out-coached in a lot of games, man, a lot of big games… Time outs, running the football, you know.” – Jeremiah Trotter
Reid’s teams have always been good enough to compete, but they never had the gumption or the jam to really win anything of substance or memory. He was Dick Vermeil for the 21st century, only with less crying.
Now, the Chiefs get a guy who can give more touches to the league’s best backfield secret in Jamaal Charles and can trade for a guy who isn’t a starting quarterback in KC just because he has similar facial features to Tom Brady.
Reid will give Kansas City much more than they’ve had a long time — including the already mentioned Vermeil — and he’ll put measures in place to see the Chiefs stay as competitive over his tenure there as the Eagles did while he was in Philadelphia.
That said, the Chiefs and the Jaguars were the worst teams in the NFL in 2012. Kansas City looked like an utter mess at both ends of the field. They gave Charles too many touches one week, then under 10 the next. They reek of a team desperate for any kind of solution, and so Andy Reid was the wagon they tied their hitch to.
They need work, and lots of it, so they’ve given Reid complete control of their football operations. It sounds promising, but it doesn’t always work out. In fact, it rarely ever works out.
Great coaches have a tendency to want to start where they left off with their last team, and their patience isn’t as strong as it needs to be. Think Mike Holmgren in Cleveland, Mike Ditka in New Orleans or any member of the Mora family at any time during their life.
The hard part’s over for Kansas City, but it’s just beginning for Andy Reid.