Will Andy Reid Succeed in Kansas City?

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has a chance to rebuild the Kansas City Chiefs into a champion.

Can Andy Reid do it again?

Can the former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles take another franchise and rebuild it into a champion?

Hired Monday as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Reid hopes to revive a franchise that was once the talk of the AFC, a terror that used to give the Vince Lombardi Green Bay Packers a run for their money.

The Chiefs have made two Super Bowl apperances, just like the Eagles.

But they've already won a Super Bowl, something the Birds still have never done.

Reid built a sound resume during his 14-year tenure as Eagles coach. He can count off numerous NFC East crowns, playoff appearances and lots of visits to the NFC Championship Game.

He took the Birds to the Super Bowl, losing to the New England Patriots. (Only the New York Giants seem to be able to beat the Pats in the Super Bowl.)

Around the league, Reid has a strong reputation as a winner. The fan base in Kansas City is thrilled. (I watched his press conference on video stream and everyone seems excited about the possibilities in KC.)

Big Red in Red.

Reid even joked at his press conference that he needs to find the next Len Dawson, the greatest quarterback in team history. (Keep in mind, this is also a team where Joe Montana wrapped up his career.)

Eagles legendary coach Dick Vermeil made a stop to coach in KC as well. But Reid is being called upon to take the worst team in the NFL this year and transform it like he did the Eagles 14 years ago.

That's a tough task, especially with what Reid went through the past few years with the Birds.

But Reid does have some things going for him.

First off, he's got the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. He's also got some solid players on defense, something that was missing in Philly.

Reid also has a top running back in Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles, although we all know that Reid really doesn't run the ball.

The key will be who Reid chooses for his coaching staff. His last few staffs have killed the Birds. Also, a general manager needs to be selected.

Peyton Manning won't play forever in Denver. And San Diego is on the downturn. Oakland is terrible.

So Reid may have a golden opportunity.

Don't be surprised if Reid -- having all the power -- turns the Chiefs into a perennial playoff contender.

Curmudgeon January 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM
He's no Dick Vermeil!!! I give hime 3 years of "I HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB." Then to Football Obscurity!!!
Richard Weisgrau January 12, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Can Reid "do it again?" It certainly is possible, but I doubt that it is probable. I don't think "having all the power" is the key to success. He had great power in Philly. Would a bit more have made him successful. No. His falling was bad personnel choices on the coaching and playing staff. Power would not have improved those picks. He stuck with his West Coast philosophy even as football is becoming much more strategic on a play by play basis. Reid's coaching was based upon a more than decade old school football. He resistantly added a bit of a running game. He made or allowed bonehead offensive play calling, and he failed to recognize a stupid defensive plan, the 9 man, that cost him and us games. If Reid is going to be successful he has to reset his mind, build an offense around its strengths and sound football strategy which will change from opponent to opponent. Finally, he better understand that any defense than minimizes the role of linebackers is a failed offense.
Mike Shortall Sr January 12, 2013 at 06:00 PM
First of all, it will be difficult for him not to do better than the most recent Chiefs teams. But they have real problems, particularly at QB and WR. But I think he'll do better. Long term though, Reid will have do to a better job drafting and making those free agent roster additions than he was doing here in Philly the last couple of years. If he hasn't learned his lesson, he won't be in Kansas City very long!
Curmudgeon January 12, 2013 at 06:15 PM
He thought he was going to KFC not KC!!!!
S Graisbery January 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM
One good year in the draft and many bad years is not a good head coach. Besides poor clock management and bad gameday decisions Andy was still a winning coach. Looking back he some real talent in his coaching staff up to the last few years like defensive genius Johnson, spagnola, Harbaugh, etc..if he does this in KC he will be a winner again. Ray Rhodes left behind a solid defense and it sounds like KC has some solid defensive players. Andy has a new lease on life. Don't be surprised when he wins that division!
Richard Weisgrau January 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM
You just hit in an important point. One reason Reid won a lot of games was Jimmy Johnson. Simple fact is that those Eagles' defenses kept the other team from scoring. The first season without JJ was the point of turning down.
Steven Bohnel January 13, 2013 at 12:37 AM
In a QB league, the Chiefs don't have one. That is going to make things tough for Reid, even if McNabb and Vick sucked at points in their career.
FSHNT21 January 13, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Andy will do fine in KC until he brings in a black quarterback.... just like in Philly.... He just doesn't get it....
area man January 13, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Who cares about A Reid. Check your latest pay stub. You just got screwed by bHo. If you don't get a pay stub, but rather a payment from the government, Congrats. I and the rest of the middle class working stiffs are just about tapped out. Pro sports is the opiate of the masses. Time for rehab folks.
Richard Weisgrau January 13, 2013 at 06:37 AM
What does skin color have to do with football? There are good players and bad players at every position. Reid's in ability to develop McNabb to a premier quarterback and to get Vick to play disciplined ball where Reid's problems not problems of race.
Richard Weisgrau January 13, 2013 at 06:39 AM
"Pro sports is the opiate of the masses." Insightful observation. Probably true, but TV is more likely the opiate and sports being once type of pipe.
Long-Underwear Man January 13, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Time will tell If Andy Reid will do well in KC.
Gene E. January 14, 2013 at 05:09 PM
What the the color of the quaterbacks skin have to do with it? You are obviously a racist. Surely don't need people like you in Mt. Airy or the USA for that matter.
Tom Bates January 14, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Why dont you go check your end of the world provisions, polish your guns, and shut up.
Crestor Januvia January 14, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Wow... now that's an insightful comment...
Marc Lombardi January 14, 2013 at 05:55 PM
"He took the Birds to the Super Bowl, losing to the New England Patriots. (Only the New York Giants seem to be able to beat the Pats in the Super Bowl.)" And the Chicago Bears. As for Andy Reid's probability for success in KC? They'll likely finish last in the division next season. This is not a team like the Colts, going from having the #1 to making the playoffs the following year, and Reid is not the coach to make something like that happen. He will have 3 seasons to get this team above .500 (less if he takes a step forward only to take a step back in his second season). They need a starting QB. They need help at WR. They need O-Line help. Their defense IS solid, but as previously mentioned so was the Eagles D when Reid first took over. Big Red is in trouble. He may have taken the first job offer to come his way, but it wasn't the best situation for him. He would have been much better off in Arizona (or San Diego if they wanted him).


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