One of the major subplots to the upcoming game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs is Andy Reid returning to his old stomping grounds. Reid, as you probably know, coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2012, going 130-93 during the regular season in that span and 10-9 in the playoffs. Philadelphia’s new coach, Chip Kelly, spoke in a press conference on Tuesday about how much he respects the former Philly coach:
I have great respect for Andy. He was the head coach here for 14 years, and if you’re a coach in the NFL, anybody that coaches at one spot for 14 years you look to them and say, holy smokes. You just walk down the hall ways and look at the division championships won here, the division championships, conference championships and what he’s done. He’s had a huge impact on this organization, and I’ve got a ton of respect for him. There are not a lot of guys out there in this profession that have carried themselves from a coaching standpoint when you get to be around him like Andy Reid. I’ve got all the respect in the world for him. It’s excite to go get a chance to go compete against him and it should be a lot of fun (Philly.com).
Though Reid’s last season with the Eagles was a disaster — the team finished fourth in their division with a record of 4-12 — he has already helped the Chiefs match their win total from 2012 only two weeks into this season. The battle between the two teams should be a fun one this Thursday night. Let’s just hope the game doesn’t (does?) come down to which coach can use timeouts more effectively. That could get wild.