It is a bittersweet moment for Reid. He experienced 13 mostly glorious years with the franchise he called home for over a decade on his way to five straight NFC championship games and a Super Bowl appearance. Unfortunately things soured near the end when he seemed to lose control of the locker room, and a disastrous 2012 season that saw the Eagles go 4-12 saw the end of Reid’s long run in Philly.
It is also an emotional moment for many players on the Eagles. Reid was the only man to give Michael Vick a second chance in the league, and he is eternally grateful for that. Reid also had a big hand in drafting the current stars on both sides of the ball for the Eagles including offensive play makers DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy and some of the core players on defense in Trent Cole, Fletcher Cox, and Mychal Kendricks. This will certainly be an emotion filled reunion for both the coach and his former players.
The baton has been passed to Chip Kelly to coach this historic franchise. So far so good for the Eagles coach as the offense has looked as explosive and dangerous as it has in years. Reid already has his team two weeks in outperforming last year’s team as well. Two weeks into the season the Chiefs have already matched their win total from last year which is a masterful feat for Coach Reid. It is clear the Chiefs had the talent to contend, especially on defense, they just needed a respected veteran voice leading them. They have that in Big Red.
It is a matchup of two new regimes with a top offense facing a top defense. Both coaches are dear to Philly fans’ hearts, and once the emotional return of Reid and the retiring of Eagle great Donovan McNabb are out of the way the fact is this should be one heck of a football game. Tune in tonight folks. You won’t want to miss it.