I wrote an AG Fan Post dated November 23, 2019, in which I discussed whether any parallels could be drawn between Andy Reid and Mike Babcock. Babcock had been fired from his HC job with the Toronto Maple Leafs the day before. A lot has happened since then, including Reid winning his first Super Bowl. So I thought I’d briefly revisit my fan post and stand up to take any crow y’all might consider I’d earned.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are still on the outside looking in at a playoff spot. After a string of ten good games the Leafs are back to mediocre. New HC Sheldon Keefe brought a spark. Some are now questioning (with the typical impatience of sports fans) whether the roster make-up is the problem and GM Kyle Dubas’ decisions are being subjected to added scrutiny. Please note I am a very casual Leafs fan so my observations are open to correction. Whether the team pulled the trigger on Babcock too soon is up to speculation, but as of now the move hasn’t changed the Leafs’ position much in the standings.
On February 2, 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, their first in 50 years. After a rough stretch in the middle of this regular season the team settled in and achieved their potential. HC Andy Reid’s guidance is the biggest factor in this success. His arrival in Kansas City turned around the Chiefs’ fortunes. He has cemented his place as one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time and he is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. And, as he said in the SB Victory Parade, he’s not done yet, he wants another SB for the Chiefs.
Upon further reflection and the turn of events, I admit there are very few parallels between Andy Reid and Mike Babcock and their career situations. The occasion of Babcock’s firing got me thinking and I had the temerity to write that there were some parallels. I stand by my intent to spur discussion. And I stand by my hope that the Chiefs might keep Bieniemy to work with Andy Reid over the long haul but that isn’t the way things work. Bottom line: give Big Red the keys to Kansas City and I hope he never leaves.