By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Good luck getting Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid to ruminate on the truth that he is nearing NFL historical past, only one win away from turning into the primary to achieve 100 with two totally different franchises.
The reply you will get is fairly commonplace each time such matters come up.
“I’ve been round a number of good folks. I’m very lucky that means,” Reid mentioned this week, as the Chiefs turned their consideration to a Sunday evening showdown in Baltimore. “I’ve been with two nice organizations however, most of all, good folks, whether or not coaches or gamers. I’m very lucky that means.”
The factor about that? It’s not solely true.
Sure, the affable coach affectionately recognized as “Big Red” has had good gamers through the years, and no fewer than 11 assistants have gone on to change into head coaches. But simply two gamers in additional than 20 years as a head coach have reached the Hall of Fame, and solely Eagles security Brian Dawkins did it taking part in principally for Reid.
Otherwise, he is managed to take advantage of what he was given.
Reid turned Donovan McNabb from an athletic quarterback popping out of Syracuse right into a Pro Bowl common, despite the fact that he’ll doubtless fall wanting Canton. He turned Alex Smith from a first-round flop with San Francisco right into a fan favourite in Kansas City who helped to determine the inspiration of the Chiefs’ burgeoning dynasty.
Working with typically marginal expertise, Reid has managed to pile up wins at a Hall of Fame tempo.
After profitable 140 games with the Eagles, he’s now at 99 with the Chiefs after beating the Browns on Sunday in a rematch of their divisional-round playoff game. Reid additionally has 222 wins within the common season, and 5 extra would ship him previous Curly Lambeau for fifth most in NFL historical past.
Throw in playoff success and Reid has 239 wins general, which trails solely Tom Landry, Bill Belichick, George Halas and Don Shula. All of them however Belichick are within the Hall of Fame, and the one cause he isn’t is — similar to Reid in Kansas City — the longtime Patriots coach continues to be roaming the sideline.
“Coach Reid simply does an excellent job over there,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski mentioned. “They at all times have some wrinkles, some gadget performs, some core performs that they do. They actually make you’re employed.”
Perhaps most spectacular is the best way Reid has reinvented himself in Kansas City.
Remember, he was fired by the Eagles after profitable simply 4 games in his 14th season in cost, and he was in peril of carrying the moniker “finest coach by no means to win a championship.”
But with a change of surroundings got here a change in fortunes. The Chiefs started profitable the second Reid arrived, and the success solely grew as the roster improved. And when Patrick Mahomes started operating Reid’s inventive offense, the coach lastly received that championship in 2020 and reached a second consecutive Super Bowl this previous February.
“Coach Reid, each single time I believe I’m at that time, he retains giving me slightly bit extra info that I can be taught,” Mahomes mentioned. “It retains me on my toes and retains me going and getting higher each single day.”
Keeps the Chiefs getting higher, too.
Now, all that stuff Reid spouted off about his success being tied to good folks round him? It most likely has by no means been extra true than proper now. Mahomes is already a lock for the Hall of Fame sometime, and tight finish Travis Kelce and extensive receiver Tyreek Hill are placing collectively resumes that may doubtless land them in Canton, too.
“I’m very lucky,” Reid mentioned. “It would not at all times occur that means with folks however I’ve been very fortunate.”
NOTES: DE Frank Clark (hamstring) and FS Tyrann Mathieu (COVID-19) had been again at apply Wednesday. Both are anticipated to play Sunday. … Reid mentioned he hasn’t spoken with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy about stories citing nameless sources that linked him Tuesday to the open Southern California job. “I do know he is from that space,” Reid mentioned Wednesday. “He’s going to be nice wherever he goes. I’m his greatest fan, so I perceive if he needs to go there or wherever he needs to go. I’m fortunate to have him.”
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