Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs came into Lincoln Financial Field in front of a raucous crowd on a night that also saw Donovan Mcnabb‘s jersey retired and put a whooping on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reid may never admit it, but he had to feel a sense of pride and entitlement in defeating his old team in his former stomping grounds, especially given the contentious way his head coaching tenure ended in Philadelphia. It was also a bittersweet moment for Reid. He still cares for many of the players on the other side of the field, especially players he had a hand in bringing to the franchise such as Michael Vick. Reid being the only man in the league to offer the mercurial talent a second chance out of prison.
In all reality, the Chiefs have a heck of a team. They get after it on defense. The defensive front and secondary fly around and they really chased and swarmed Vick like a pack of animals on this night. Reid also has a veteran quarterback he can trust to play mistake-free football and manage the game, which is all that might be needed with a defense like that.
The Chiefs are a dark horse in the AFC. They made Vick, who had been lighting the league on fire the first few weeks, look very average and pedestrian. He looked, quite frankly, like the turnover machine fans had seen the past few seasons.
The difference is his proverbial leash is shorter in the new regime. If head coach Chip Kelly sees him string multiple performances like this together, he won’t be afraid to give him the hook and insert Nick Foles into the starting lineup, who in the preseason looked smooth and in control running this uptempo offense.
Good for Reid. After some turmoil both on and off the field with his late son Garrett Reid, it is nice to see Reid finally enjoying himself in a much more laid back and casual media market in Missouri. There are striking similarities between the team he first inherited in Philadelphia and the Chiefs.
He certainly has the goods on defense. With consistent effort and a little more offense, that team could also be the beginning of something special the second time around for Big Red.