Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid was voted AFC West coach of the year by the four reporters covering the division for ESPN.com.
Paul Gutierrez, Oakland Raiders reporter: Hey, Kool-Aid? Reid, who in his complete red getup and stalking manner resembles the drink's smiley-faced mascot, has been anything but refreshing for the rest of the division, or the league for that matter. All Reid has done since arriving in Kansas City in 2013 is average nearly 11 victories, including a 12-4 mark to win the division this season after sweeping the Raiders. In fact, the Chiefs have won 22 of their last 26 regular-season games dating to last season, some by the flukiest of circumstances. Think, Eric Berry's pick-two to beat the Falcons, or the Broncos trying and missing a 124-yard field goal (give or take 62 yards) in the Denver cold in overtime. Now, if Reid and the Chiefs can win a playoff game, the rest of the division will really drink the Kool-Aid.
Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos reporter: Jack Del Rio has to get a long look given the Raiders made their first postseason trip since 2002. Del Rio gave the team an edge with some well-timed, go-for-it calls, and if not for an injury to quarterback Derek Carr, the Raiders would have made a far better showing in the wild-card game. But the pick here is the Chiefs' Reid, whose team scored eight touchdowns on defense and special teams. The Chiefs are expected to work a contract extension for Reid in the coming offseason -- he's in the fourth year of a five-year deal. The Chiefs won the AFC West for the first time since 2010, or the last season the Broncos didn't make the playoffs. Reid is 43-21 in his Chiefs tenure, and they've made the postseason in three of his four years.
Adam Teicher, Chiefs reporter: The Raiders had been building toward their 12-4 record this season for a lot of years, but they needed a coach who could change Oakland’s losing culture. They found it in Del Rio. He set the tone in the opener in New Orleans. The Raiders, down by seven points late in the game, scored a touchdown, but rather than kick the extra point and play for overtime, Del Rio played to win. The Raiders scored on the two-point conversion. Oakland then went on to have its first winning season since 2002.
Eric Williams, San Diego Chargers reporter: Del Rio certainly deserves consideration, but I'm going with Reid. Kansas City has made the postseason three out of the four years during Reid's tenure. Further, the Chiefs swept the Raiders this season, winning the AFC West. The Chiefs are 16-8 in the AFC West during Reid's tenure, including a 6-0 record this year. Reid does a great job of limiting mistakes and had the Chiefs playing at a high level entering the playoffs.