Whether or not you like the hiring of Andy Reid, there is no denying a few facts. He's won seven division titles, an NFC championship, and been to five NFC title games. He has also never won the Super Bowl, missed the playoffs the last two seasons with a bevy of talent, and failed to correct turnover issues.
Something else is also true about Reid. He's a great offensive mind.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been a joke offensively for years now even with a solid offensive line, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. Add in talents like Dexter McCluster and Tony Moeaki, and even with a subpar quarterback this team should have been able to score some points.
Under Reid, it will. Reid knows how - as Hank Stram put it years ago - to matriculate the ball down the field. Reid's offenses are often said to be pass-happy and sometimes are. Yet they always seem to score plenty of points, the only thing that matters in the end.
The man who ran a highly successful Eagles team for 13 years, Reid understands the value of timing and speed. This is why he and general manager John Dorsey went out and got a quarterback who is very accurate. Last year, Alex Smith completed 70.2 percent of his passes, a figure that would have been tops in the NFL if he qualified.
This is also why the Chiefs brought in Donnie Avery. Kansas City isn't worried about his drop rate and shouldn't be. Avery is there to stretch the field and open up underneath routes, the type of routes the west coast offense was designed for. Avery's presence is paramount for men like Charles, Bowe, McCluster and all the tight ends to get open.
If Avery catches a deep ball once or twice a game, that's simply gravy. Make no mistake though, Reid will give him the opportunities.
Reid is someone who can get his team to score points despite having players like Todd Pinkston, Freddie Mitchell and James Thrash as the core of his receivers for years. Yes, Reid had Brian Westbrook, but he was pretty much it until Terrell Owens blew through Philadelphia like a bad storm for a few seasons.
Say what you will about Reid, but results speak for themselves. The man wins, and he wins a lot. The last two seasons didn't go well in Philadelphia, but sometimes coaches get stuck in ruts.
Bill Cowher was with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 seasons and won eight division titles. It wasn't until his 14th year that he won the Super Bowl.
In the middle of that run, Cowher went 7-9, 6-10 and 9-7 from 1998-2000. In Philadelphia, Cowher would've lost his job and seen as a coach who can't win big. Just like Reid, Cowher made the Super Bowl once at that tough point and lost to a superior team.
Reid hasn't forgotten how to coach. Neither did Cowher, who eventually won the Super Bowl in 2005.
With the talent on this offense, Reid is going to have a field day. So many pundits are worried about Kansas City scoring points, but if this team is healthy there's no need for concern.
Nobody is suggesting this year's group is going to score like the 2003 Chiefs, but it will do its part. If the defense can play up to snuff, Kansas City will be a formidable team.