KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- USA Today has an entertaining piece ranking the NFL's 32 head coaches from best to worst. They have Andy Reid at No. 4 based off his work during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles plus the fact the Kansas City Chiefs are a lot better off with him than before he arrived.
USA Today will get no argument from me on those points. Based off what he did in Philly, Reid belongs in the top five. He’s the only coach in USA Today’s top seven to have never won a Super Bowl but he still did a lot of good work over a long period of time with Philadelphia.
As for his time with Kansas City, there’s no question the Chiefs are better off with Reid than they were before he walked in the door. Reid runs a solid program and he’s giving them much-needed stability. Fans who want to run him out of town now that Reid’s team has lost five straight games should remember the disasters the Chiefs endured under each of his predecessors, Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel.
Reid won his first nine games with the Chiefs and that start can’t be ignored. It should also be colored by the fact that stretch of the Chiefs' schedule was filled with lousy opposing teams and inferior opposing quarterbacks.
Since then, the Chiefs are 12-18, including the postseason. In their one playoff game under Reid, the Chiefs wasted a 28-point third-quarter lead and lost.
Currently, with a roster of players that should have the Chiefs competitive, they are 1-5 and in last place in the AFC West. Reid’s hand-picked quarterback for this job, Alex Smith, is part of the problem.
That’s why I was shocked to see Reid at No. 4, and ahead of such coaches as Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy and Baltimore’s John Harbaugh. Having Reid above those coaches based off what he did with the Eagles and his first nine games with the Eagles ignores a lot of other important information.