KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One of the most remarkable aspects of Andy Reid’s NFL coaching career is his record the week after the bye.
During his 14 seasons as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid was 13-1 in the game after a bye week. Reid won his first 13 games after a bye until last season when, with his worst Philadelphia team, the Eagles lost to the Atlanta Falcons.
Reid now coaches the Kansas City Chiefs, who had their bye last week and play against the Broncos in Denver on Sunday night.
Reid won regular-season games at a .583 pace in Philadelphia, an admirable percentage but nothing close to his .929 winning percentage after the bye.
Reid said this week that if he had a formula for his post-bye success, he would have used it every week of the season.
“I don’t know if there’s a secret to that," Reid said. “If there is, I can’t give it to you. I don’t know what that is.
“I’ve always given [players] time off to get themselves back. Rest, relax and take care of any business you need to take care of and come back ready to go for whatever is left of the season. Now, the league has made part of that mandatory. The new CBA that the league has given the players an extended time where the coaches have to let them go. But, I was doing that quite a little bit before then.”
The Chiefs face a formidable opponent in the 8-1 Broncos on Sunday, but Reid’s teams have defeated some good teams after a bye. In 1999, Reid’s first season, the Eagles beat the eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. In 2002, they beat another eventual Super Bowl championship team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A common thread: Eleven of Reid’s 14 post-bye games were played in Philadelphia. The schedule-makers in Reid’s first season with the Chiefs weren’t as kind to him in their post-bye game.
Another common thread is that Reid is a solid coach and, at least in Kansas City, has assembled a high-quality staff of assistants. Give Reid two weeks to prepare a game plan when the opponents have only one? The results there are often predictable.