KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards has an ESPN Insider piece ranking the top candidates for coach of the year. Of course, he has the Kansas City Chiefs' Andy Reid in the No. 1 spot and the whole thing got me to thinking, when was the last time this choice was so obvious?
Edwards had Carolina's Ron Rivera, Miami's Joe Philbin, Seattle's Pete Carroll and New England's Bill Belichick as the rest of his top five. Those coaches have all done a nice job this year, particularly Rivera. But bringing the Chiefs from 2-14 to 11-3 should be enough to end all discussion.
Reid's X's and O's have been phenomenal. He hired a great staff and wisely wanted out of any personnel responsibility, leaving him more time to coach, construct an offensive system and call the plays.
He doesn't get enough credit for ridding the Chiefs of the rotten culture that had infested their facility and doing it quickly. The Chiefs no longer have people pulling in different directions. Their players are no longer treated as robots but human beings.
Add it all up and there's no other reasonable choice to make.