Something doesn’t quite add up when it comes to Andy Reid and the Chiefs playcalling. I’m not talking about the actual play calls ... I’m talking about who, exactly, is calling those plays.
Two years ago the Chiefs revealed that Doug Pederson called plays in the second half of the Chiefs 11-game winning streak during the 2015 season. There was something about that revelation that didn’t quite add up with the timing of it. I couldn’t quite nail it down but it just didn’t seem like that was completely accurate given what we knew.
My theory was that Reid put it out there publicly Pederson called plays in order to help him get a head coaching job, which he did in Philadelphia.
So when Reid announced earlier this year that offensive coordinator Matt Nagy was going to start calling plays -- right around the time that Nagy was getting head coaching interest — I was suspicious. Was this Reid doing his coordinator a solid and bumping his resume up with playcalling duties?
On Saturday, the ESPN broadcast showed a picture of Reid on the sideline, talking into the headset while reading a play sheet. It sure looked like it was Reid calling plays.
Jon Gruden gettin cameras to zoom in on Andy Reid’s play chart? pic.twitter.com/5yWMIEl62n— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 6, 2018
Reid was asked who was calling plays and he said that he called the bad ones and Nagy called the good ones. Obviously, not a totally real answer there.
I don’t think it’s necessarily a negative to say one thing publicly to help someone out but I really want to know: Who was calling the plays on Saturday?