Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid playing for pride against former team

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

The Kansas City Chiefs had this past weekend off due to playing on Thursday night. They’ll now shift their attention to the Philadelphia Eagles for this upcoming weekend. The Eagles are a team that Andy Reid is all too familiar with.

In 1999, before he was the head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid got his very first head coaching job in the NFL. It was a gig with the Philadelphia Eagles and it ended up being a job that he would keep for 14 seasons.

During his tenure in Philadelphia, Reid led the Eagles to four straight NFC Championship Games and even got his team to a Super Bowl in the 2004 season. The Eagles would lose to the Patriots that year in the big game, but getting there was a huge accomplishment for Reid and the Eagles.

That was the only Super Bowl that Andy Reid would get to with the Eagles, and to this point, in his career. After posting two less than stellar seasons in Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012, the Eagles relieved Reid of his coaching duties and it was the end of an era in the City of Brotherly Love.

Kansas City Chiefs fans are grateful to have Andy Reid in town and why wouldn’t they be?

The Kansas City Chiefs had just fired their head coach at the end of a disastrous 2012 season in which they had the worst season in the history of the team (technically tied, but for fans… we all know it was the absolute worst). That left their head coaching spot vacant and they zeroed in on acquiring Reid right away.

The Chiefs and Reid eventually agreed to join forces and Big Red made an immediate impact for this Chiefs team. Kansas City went from a 2-14 record in 2012 to an 11-5 campaign in 2013 and a playoff berth.

During his time with the KC Chiefs, Reid has led the team to four straight winning seasons and three playoff appearances. He even guided the 2015 Chiefs to a playoff victory (a 30-0 blowout over the Houston Texans) and that was something that hadn’t been done in over two decades.

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This weekend’s game against the Eagles will be a big one for Andy Reid. It’s against his old team and we all know that he wants to get the last laugh in this one. Since Philly fired Reid, they’ve been just mediocre and have had several head coaches during that time.

Currently, it’s former KC Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson leading the charge in Philadelphia. Pederson and the Eagles put up a 7-9 record a year ago and they won their season opener in 2017, giving Pederson an 8-9 record to this point. He’ll look to go for a .500 record against the Chiefs.

Kansas City faced the Eagles in Reid’s first season with the Chiefs, winning it in Philadelphia for their head coach. It had to be a big moment for Reid, returning to the city where he spent 14 years coaching the Eagles. The Eagles will be at Arrowhead this time, but make no mistake… Reid will put his best out there on the field in order to stick it to his old organization.

Kansas City Chiefs fans are grateful to have Andy Reid in town and why wouldn’t they be? He’s completely changed the face of this organization. The Chiefs never used to be relevant in the 2000s, but Reid has them in playoff contention every year.

After a thrilling victory in Foxboro over the Patriots in week one, I can’t wait to see what Andy Reid has up his sleeve against his old employer. This should be a fun game!