Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs win over the Philadelphia Eagles gave Andy Reid his 100th career win as the head coach of the Chiefs. The win sent the offensive guru into uncharted waters as the first coach to win 100 career games with two franchises.
Reid’s unprecedented accomplishement was slighty outshined by the Tom Brady versus Bill Belichick matchup, with the two being the GOATs of their respective professions and facing off in the highly publicized Sunday night game. But Reid did something no other coach had done.
One of the greatest to ever do it. pic.twitter.com/jnDj5Z6mxu
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 3, 2021
During the game, there were several shovel passes and multiple formations and play designs that made it appear as if Reid was showing off. But when you have a mind like Reid and a quarterback like Pat Mahomes, emptying the playbook is a real possibility.
Mike Holmgrem Coaching Tree
Reid won 140 career games as the head coach of the Eagles from 1999-2012 and orchestrated some contending teams. Reid, is a disciple of the Mike Holmgren coaching tree. He sharpened his coaching tools during his time in Green Bay, where he played a huge role in the development of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.
The Eagles were criticized for hiring Reid as head coach in 1999. People questioned his age, as he was the second-youngest head coach in the league at 41, behind Jon Gruden at the time.
Reid was unfazed by the criticism. He had a plan for success and it started with drafting quarterback Donovan McNabb in the 1999 NFL draft. The tandem went on to have a ton of success in Philadelphia, winning six NFC East division titles, playing in five NFC Championship games (including four consecutive from 2001-2004) and made it to the Super Bowl.
What makes Reid so great is his ability to adapt to the changes in the game as pertain to offensive innovation. Reid has been a chameleon of sorts with his willingness to adjust philosophies on the fly, proving the game hasn’t passed him by.
Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and shovel passes at the goal line. Name a more iconic trio.https://t.co/BW1Zi7Pw6V
— Adam Harstad (@AdamHarstad) October 3, 2021
Best Situation To The Next Situation
After 14 successful seasons in the city of “Brotherly Love,” Reid was fired in favor of a new so-called offensive genius from Oregon named Chip Kelly. Kelly slowly erased the winning foundation Redi had implemented in Philly by trading away or alienating the talent Reid had accrued for the future. While all this was happening in Philly, Reid resurfaced in K.C., one of the league’s best run franchises.
The Chiefs have enjoyed a ton of success under Reid, who won his first nine games with the team, setting a tone that he hasn’t deviated from. In 2017, he drafted that franchise signal caller in Patrick Mahomes, and the rest is history.
The young phenom combined with the most accomplished play-caller in the business has accounted for a large portion of Reid’s 100-45 record (including postseason) over nine seasons in K.C. By the time Mahomes won the MVP in 2019 the only knock on Reid was his lack of a Super Bowl ring. He took care of that the same season, winning Super Bowl LIV.
Not only is Reid arguably the greatest play caller of the last 20 years, he’s done wonders with his own coaching tree which features a plethora of head coaches, coordinators and leaders that he’s mentored.
The 2 head coaches of this years' SB both come from Mike Holmgren's coaching tree
While Reid and Shanahan have made Super Bowl appearances in the past, each will be looking for their 1st title as a HC
5 members of this tree have been a part of the past 5 SBs as head coaches pic.twitter.com/frEC9CxpVL
— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) February 1, 2020
Five straight division titles, two straight Super Bowl appearances and he still probably doesn’t get the respect he deserves among the greatest head coaches to ever do it. He’s an innovator and a football lifer who has the rings and the records to back it up.