Andy Reid traded in his love of from Philly Cheese Steaks for Kansas City barbecue this offseason. The switch is working well. On Thursday, Reid leads the Kansas City Chiefs back to his old stomping grounds as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles. It’ll be Reid’s first time back since the Eagles relieved Reid of his services, and this time he will be in the visitor’s locker room looking to improve to 3-0.
When you think about it, Reid really has nothing to prove. Reid oversaw the Eagles in a coaching career that spanned 14 often-contentious seasons. Though Reid probably wishes he could have stayed, don’t think for a second he would trade it in now. Not to mention, it was Reid who was instrumental in signing Michael Vick fresh out of prison, and as a result, he changed Vick as a player and person.
“Like I’ve been telling everybody, it’s just tough seeing him in red,” Vick told reprters Tuesday. “I’ve been with coach for the last four years, but it seems like 14 years. That’s a credit to our friendship that we’ve been able to develop. What a great man, what a great man.”
Those were kind words from Vick who looked awfully chummy with his new coach.
The Eagles quickly covered up most of Reid’s work and ushered in the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia, installing a high-performance, no-huddle offense. As much as this is about Reid (supposedly), this also has to be about Kelly. His offense should be scrutinized just as much as the team’s defense, as it’s looked inconsistent to start the season.
But for the Chiefs, the improvements are there. Philly will see that Thursday night. With 22 points per game, the Chiefs sport a top-10 offense, while their 302 passing yards per game rank 12th. That kind of production could have the Chiefs thinking playoffs this year.
“It means a lot, so I hope we go out there and play for our coach,” Jamaal Charles told ESPN on Sunday.
If that turn-around comes under Reid’s leadership, then that’s a win greater than any he gets against the Eagles on Thursday.