Something that must instill the Kansas City Chiefs with confidence as they come off their bye week and approach the long-anticipated game against their AFC West rivals Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, is that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been historically 13-1 after the bye during his 14-year tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Take note that he didn’t lose after the bye week with the Eagles until just last year, and this was with his worst team he had to work with, the Atlanta Falcons. This outstanding post-bye record certainly remains one of the signature flourishes on Reid’s NFL coaching career, and reflects a unique focus and determination to clean house. His regular season win rate was .583 consistently while at Philadelphia, which is impressive enough, but even better yet at the .929 rate for after the bye week.
The famously bespectacled and mustachioed Reid, who coached at Brigham Young University before the Eagles, has said that he’s not sure if there’s any sort of secret or formula to his success other than giving players time off to rest and get themselves mentally prepared. The league has recently given players extended time off where the coaches have to let them off, but Reid said he has always maintained that as a standard practice.
Sunday night will see the undefeated 9-0 Chiefs finally face off against probably their biggest challenge this season against the 8-1 Broncos. Keep in mind that this won’t be the first time that one of Reid’s teams will go up against good teams after a bye. His first season with the Eagles was in 1999, and his team beat the team that went on to win the Super Bowl that year, the St. Louis Rams. In 2002, Reid’s Eagles beat another team that went on to win that year’s Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Most of his post-bye wins were at home in Philadelphia, and this year, Reid and the Chiefs will go on the road, but so what? Reid has a history as a very exacting and results-oriented coach, and he has a proficient and highly praised staff to help him this year.
Couple that with the talents of Alex Smith, a 29-5-1 starting quarterback, along with one of the very best defenses in the league in tow, an offense that has consistently gotten the job done this season, and the fact that the opposing team has had only one week to prepare for the upcoming game.
Denver fans could find themselves being left extremely disappointed.