The Legacy of Andy Reid

“I’m gonna go get the biggest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen.” An interesting quote from an interesting coach following the first Super Bowl victory in his lengthy career.

Reid coached the Chiefs back to the AFC championship game after falling short against the New England Patriots the previous season. Perhaps driven by his desire for a cheeseburger, Reid and the Chiefs were able to take down the Tennessee Titans and clinch their first Super Bowl berth in 50 years. They went on to defeat the San Fransisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54, due largely to some heroic play from the Super Bowl MVP, Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 31-20 victory gave Andy Reid his first Super Bowl victory after 21 seasons of head coaching in the National Football League.

Andy Reid became the second-youngest head coach in the NFL when he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. Coming off of a 3-13 season, Philadelphia was in need of a winner and they were lucky enough to get two. The Eagles drafted quarterback Donavan McNabb out of Syracuse University in the 1999 NFL Draft. Their first season as a tandem resulted in overall disappointment as Philadelphia finished with only five wins.

Although, Reid proceeded to lead the Eagles to the conference championship game for the following four seasons. After failing to reach the Super Bowl in his first three conference championship appearances, Reid and the Eagles finally punched their ticket in the 2004 season. Unfortunately for Reid, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots proved to be too much for Philadelphia as the Patriots won Super Bowl 39 by a final score of 24-21.

Reid’s next eight seasons in Philadelphia consisted of four playoff appearances, one of which ended with a conference championship loss. After his final season with the Eagles ended with an unsettling 4-12 record, he decided to reach a contract agreement to become the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The chemistry between Reid and the Chiefs seemed natural as he coached the team to a 9-0 start in the 2013 season, his first with the team. Although, Kansas City finished the season with an 11-5 record and lost to the Indianapolis Colts in a thrilling AFC Wild Card matchup. The next season proved to be Reid’s worst in Kansas City to date. Finishing with nine wins, this would prove to be the only season where the Chiefs would not participate in the postseason under head coach Andy Reid. After another winning season, but also a second place finish in their division in 2015, Kansas City would go on to win four consecutive AFC West titles.

In a total of 21 seasons as a head coach in the NFL, Andy Reid has had three losing seasons, putting together a winning percentage of .618%. Additionally, Reid has been in the postseason a total of 15 times throughout his career, making it tough to imagine that a coach with such success would be without a championship ring. After compiling an NFL-record 207 head coaching victories without a Super Bowl title, Andy Reid finally cemented his NFL legacy on February 2, 2020. A man whose legacy has been built on determination, success, and a love for the game of football, finally got the win (and cheeseburger) he deserves.

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