There will no doubt be quite a few NFL Coach of the Year candidates.
Considering what he inherited, what he had to work with and how far he’s brought his team, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is a shoo-in for the award.
Being a head coach in the league is a high profile, thankless job as it is. Reid was — probably unfairly — fired from his former head coach position with the Philadelphia Eagles last year, and he inherited a team with one of the very worst records last season. Kansas City had a shame-inducing 2-14 record, and Reid certainly had his work cut out for him.
This first season with the Chiefs, he has taken a very “Bad News Bears” team, with no shortage of raw talent and Pro Bowl fodder, to be sure, and turned them around, setting out the for the year with an impressive 9-0 record to start. He also got a new quarterback, Alex Smith, to work with this year, and has shown enough solid coaching skills, tempered with flexibility, and turned the Kansas City squad into veritable playoff and even Super Bowl contender.
Right now, the Chiefs all but have an AFC Wild Card spot for the playoffs, and are only a game and a half behind the Denver Broncos for the AFC West division title.
Who knows how the Chiefs will do playing on the road for the playoffs? Considering how unpredictable winning in the AFC is this season, it will be an interesting ride to watch.
But Reid, for the magic he’s worked with the Chiefs this year, certainly deserves our vote for this season’s Top NFL Coach.