If you were to ask most random NFL fans who the best coach around was, a lot of fanatics might throw out their favorite teams coach or an old staple like Bill Belichick. However, the fact is there are a lot of folks out there that would name the head football coach of the Kansas City Chiefs–Big Red himself–Andy Reid. If you think that statement is too bold, you might have to debate the staff of Pro Football Focus as their team just rated “The Walrus” as TOPS in the NFL and hammers home the point by saying this about Andrew Walter Reid: “Reid is now the standard by which the rest of the league is evaluated.” Wow–that’s some high praise for our fearless leader of the Red and Gold. Here’s what else PFF had to say:
1. ANDY REID, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Prior to Super Bowl 54 in 2019, I wrote about how Andy Reid was the best head coach in football. Since then, he went on to win his first title, navigated a pandemic offseason, helped his team to a 14-2 record during the 2020 regular season, won a playoff game with his backup quarterback playing the second half and reached the third Super Bowl of his career. Andy Reid’s Chiefs have never gone under their market season win total, and they are again the Super Bowl favorites going into the 2021 regular season. Reid is now the standard by which the rest of the league is evaluated.
Now, he was thoroughly outwitted in Tampa Bay by Todd Bowles in Super Bowl 55 last season, as the debts associated with playing much of the season with a banged-up offensive line, and failing to develop a third option behind Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, came due.
But that loss represented the first time the Chiefs fell by multiple scores since 2017 and the first time they failed to score a touchdown since 2014. Long derided as a coach who struggled in the two- and four-minute offenses, and one who was better at winning blowouts than close games, Reid propelled his Chiefs to a 9-1 record in one-score games in 2020, including winning the last seven games of the regular season by one score (not counting Week 17’s game of backups).
With a rebuilt offensive line, and Steve Spagnuolo back to run the defense, look for the Chiefs to flirt with the 12.5 wins they are projected to receive by the market this fall.Pro Football Focus – Eric Eager
Overall, it’s a great list with some well-earned credit shown to Head Coach Andy Reid. One of the things that is surprising and a bit (TON) satisfying is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Football Coach — Bruce Arians — didn’t make this list. Please, Arrowhead Guys let’s give a moment of silence to all the pain Chiefs Kingdom must surely have for this poor soul. Arians goes out and wins the Super Bowl with Tom Brady as his QB against Andy Reid and doesn’t even make the best coach list the following season. My heart goes out to his family, friends and the Bucs as I’m sure they’re as devastated as I am. Nevertheless [and with affection to that terribly bland sarcasm] — the rest of the coaching list shakes out like this:
2. JOHN HARBAUGH, BALTIMORE RAVENS
3. MATT LAFLEUR, GREEN BAY PACKERS
4. SEAN MCDERMOTT, BUFFALO BILLS
5. SEAN PAYTON, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
6. BILL BELICHICK, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
7. KEVIN STEFANSKI, CLEVELAND BROWNS
Notice how no matter how many times you look at the list, Bruce Arians name strangely remains not there. Fascinating. Whereas, Andy Reid’s name is listed as number one every time you look at the list. It’s like he’s a much better coach or something. Odd. I digress. Over the course of his career, Andy Reid has done it all as a coach. Here’s Pro Football Reference with a Full Coaching History:
What a career Andy Reid has put together:
Regular Season: 221 WINS – 130 LOSSES – 1 TIE.
Playoffs: 17 WINS – 15 LOSSES.
With Coach Andy Reid, we can go on and on gushing about his accomplishments and rehashing the past. As a Chiefs fan, I feel incredibly lucky that the Chiefs somehow ended up with Andy Reid as their head football coach and that he brought the Chiefs to the promised land and won. Sure, last year we lost–but doesn’t it just feel like we’ll be back and that Andy Reid — Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the gang over at One Arrowhead Drive will win another few Super bowls. Let’s roll. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some Andy Reid themed tweets and celebrate this living legend. Congrats Andy!
Andy Reid always took care of his guys after a solid W 😂 pic.twitter.com/ALvUX0MjNG— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) May 20, 2021
"I'm gonna go get the biggest cheeseburger you've ever seen!"— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2021
Never forget Andy Reid's postgame presser from last year's Super Bowl. 😂
📺: #SBLV — Sunday 6:30pm ET on CBS
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As Andy Reid would say: “Time’s Yours.”