Rotoworld’s Patrick Daugherty released a list of the NFL’s top 10 best head coaches Monday morning and the Chiefs’ Andy Reid appeared on the list at No. 3 for the second year in a row.
His review of Reid’s 2017 season was rather, eh, honest?
The more Andy Reid changes, the more he stays the same. That means 2017 was another successful regular season, Reid’s 13th in 19 years as a head coach to result in a playoff berth. It also means there was heartbreak and confusion at the end.
The Chiefs blew an 18-point lead at home against the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card Round, but even after another disappointment, Daugherty writes, Reid’s full body of work cannot be sold short.
Across 19 seasons, Reid has won over 60 percent of his games. How many other coaches have done that? Bill Belichick, George Halas, Don Shula, Paul Brown, Curly Lambeau, Marty Schottenheimer, Tom Landry and Steve Owen. That’s it. Reid’s coaching tree is the most successful in the NFL, surpassing even Belichick’s. Reid seems destined to never win the big one. That doesn’t mean the Chiefs will find a better coach.
A 60-percent winning percentage is an amazing feat, but to Daugherty’s point, Reid’s most impressive and unmatched accolade is his ability to coach coaches.
As of this offseason, 25 percent of the league’s teams (8) have head coaches under Reid influence. They are: the Chiefs (Reid himself), the Ravens (John Harbaugh), the Panthers (Ron Rivera), the Eagles (Doug Pederson), the Jets (Todd Bowles), the Bills (Sean McDermott), the Bears (Matt Nagy) and the Giants (Pat Shurmur).
And of those coaches, four made the same Rotoworld top 10 list.
In my mind, Bill Belichick will always be regarded as a more successful head coach than Reid due to his ability to win championships, but there is no one like Reid in history as a teacher of coaches.
As it stands right now, that is Reid’s legacy.