Reid deserving choice as coach of year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid is a deserving choice as AFC coach of the year, as selected Wednesday by Kansas City's committee of 101.

The AFC has other worthy candidates, including Bill Belichick of New England and Mike McCoy of San Diego. And the way the Kansas City Chiefs finished the season -- with a 2-6 record and by blowing a 28-point, third-quarter lead in the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts -- was troubling.

But in the bigger picture, Reid was the best candidate. The Chiefs were 2-14 in 2012 and then won 11 games in their first season under Reid.

Other 101 award winners: Carolina's Ron Rivera as NFC coach of the year, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning as AFC offensive player, Indianapolis linebacker Robert Mathis as AFC defensive player, Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy as NFC offensive player and Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly as NFC defensive player.

Reid and the other award winners will be honored at the annual 101 Banquet on March 1 in Kansas City.