Andy Reid Chiefs: Newly Hired Coach Not the Right Fit in Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs all but officially hired Andy Reid on Friday, agreeing to terms on a contract that will make him the 13th head coach in franchise history. Per ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen, the move wont be official until lawyers review the contract, but it's essentially a done deal.
The hire immediately upgrades the Chiefs' street cred, something they sorely needed after a hapless 2-14 season. Reid marks a swift, and drastic, improvement over Romeo Crennel, and makes the Chiefs a much bigger threat in 2013 than his predecessor ever could.
He's also the wrong man for the job.
I believe that you can win with Andy Reid. Heck, I believe that you can win because of Andy Reid. As a lifelong Eagles fan, I've seen it happen with my own two eyes.
But the way you win with Andy Reid is through roster development. He's a personnel genius, a man capable of crafting a viable roster out of thin air. He drafts better than most every coach in the league, negotiates better than most every coach in the league, and develops unheralded linemen better than most every coach in the league. Those are all highly sought-after skills, and things that made him a perfect fit for numerous job openings in the NFL.
The Chiefs just weren't one of them.
Kansas City, more so than any 2-14 team in recent memory, already has most of its roster in place. They have a great young team with surprisingly little holes. They're sound on defense, sound on the offensive line, and with one more viable wide receiver, they'll be sound at the skill positions, too. The Chiefs really had just two glaring holes last season. Unfortunately, they just happened to be at the two most important spots—quarterback and head coach.
Andy Reid is one of the best coaches in the league during the offseason, and he is one of the best coaches in the league between Monday and Saturday, too. Unfortunately, once he straps on the headset and watches the ball kickoff, the man couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag.
Seven-year-olds playing Madden have a more acute understanding of game-management than Reid, a man who's notorious for abandoning the run (even when it's his most effective weapon), losing superfluous challenges, and burning through timeouts faster than he's ever even thought about burning calories.
His ignominy is so grand that former player Jeremiah Trotter recently told ESPN.com's Sal Paolantonio, "Andy Reid got out-coached in a lot of games, man, a lot of big games."
Trotter, who was too slow to succeed outside of Reid and Jim Johnson's system, and basically owes his career to the man, also added that, "if it came down to both teams were even, talent-wise, I think the opponent's team would win if it came down to coaching.
Those are candid words, but as any Eagles fan will tell you, they're also the truth.
For the most part, Kansas City already has a roster that's close to being competitive. They'll add the top overall pick in this year's draft to that equation, along with a more capable quarterback. On paper, they'll be ready to win football games.
What they need is someone who can improve their in-game performance. They need a coach who can win close games, not a coach who just lost five games by eight points or less. They need a coach who can maximize his team's potential, not a coach who just went 4-12 with a roster dubbed the "Dream Team."
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