The most surprising story in the National Football League this season is the Kansas City Chiefs. The team is off to a 7-0 start and is the league’s lone unbeaten team. This is coming after a season in which Kansas City finished 2-14.
That same season, Andy Reid entered his 14th season as Philadelphia Eagles’ Head Coach. One of the most decorated coaches in NFL history saw his 14-year tenure in the City of Brotherly Love come to an end following the season after the Eagles went 4-12.
Reid was fired on December 31, 2012 by Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie. A week later, on January 7, 2013, Reid signed a five-year deal to become the new Head Coach of the Chiefs. Thus far, Reid is proving that Lurie made a mistake in letting him go, as he has the Chiefs off to the second best start in franchise history (Kansas City started the season 9-0 in 2003).
Philadelphia enjoyed much success while Reid was at the helm. In his 14 seasons as head coach, Reid went 130-93-1 in the regular season and 10-9 in the playoffs. He led the Eagles to six division titles and five NFC championship games. The Eagles reached the Super Bowl just once, in 2004 and lost to the New England Patriots. He won numerous Coach of the Year awards while in Philadelphia.
When the Eagles won four games in 2012, that was the final straw for Reid. That was the team’s lowest win total in a season under Reid. This led to Lurie firing Reid and the Chiefs getting a quality coach to lead them to the playoffs. So far, so good for Reid in Kansas City.
In week three of this season, Reid returned to Philadelphia for the first time as a head coach. The Philadelphia crowd greeted Reid with a standing ovation, something that was unknown going into the game, due to how Philly fans usually treat returning players and even Santa Clause. The Chiefs would pick up the victory 26-16 as Reid would exact a little bit of revenge on Lurie for firing him. Capturing a 26-17 victory in week five against the Tennessee Titans, Reid celebrated a milestone. That victory meant that Reid has now beaten every single team in the NFL. He was previously 0-4 against Tennessee until the week five win; quite the accomplishment for such a storied coach.
The Chiefs have a ton of talent on both sides of the football, but unfortunately for Kansas City, it didn’t amount to much a season ago. The Chiefs had the Number One overall selection for the NFL Draft and took offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan. The Chiefs also acquired veteran quarterback Alex Smith in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. The former Number One pick was brought in to be an upgrade at the position and he has done just that so far.
This team failed to live up to the roster’s potential last season, but a lot of that was due to injuries.Given an offseason to heal up and bolster the team, the Chiefs are off to a tremendous start under Reid. The Chiefs lead the league in points allowed per game, allowing just 11.6 points per contest. The team just needed a coach who knew how to win and Reid is that guy.
After 14 seasons with the Eagles, Reid had to change from the green Philadelphia colors to the red of Kansas City. So far, Reid has the Chiefs off to a start not too many could or would have predicted heading into the season. As for Reid’s former team, well that is a completely different story.