And while that probably makes fans think of Dee Ford and his infamous offsides penalty against the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, Reid was always sure to say that it wasn’t just about Ford, but rather all the Chiefs being inches away.
The consensus in Kansas City going into last offseason was if the Chiefs could get their defense to be average, the offense could take care of the rest. Enter defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who made the Chiefs better than average — by the end of the year, the defense was above average, finishing in the top 10 in points allowed per game.
Spagnuolo has head-coaching experience, but it hasn’t gone so well. He had an opportunity to coach the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11, compiling a 10-38 record. He then was the interim head coach of a New York Giants team that went 1-3 in 2017.
“I would love to do that (be a head coach) again, but I will preface by saying I’ve got a really good job right now and want to just hang on to the one I got,” he said. “I know how this league is. But that burning desire is there. If it’s in God’s plans, it’ll happen. And if not, I’m still a very fortunate man, very, very blessed.”
Like all the players on the world-champion Chiefs, Spagnuolo also spoke highly of the current Chiefs head coach. Spagnuolo told WFAN winning one for Reid, who gave him his first NFL job, is what motivated him during the 2019 NFL season.
“I don’t think any of us have ever heard a bad word spoken about Andy, and that’s the truth,” he added. “It’s because of who he is. It’s the man that he is. It’s the character that comes out the minute you meet him. It’s the rock-solid presence that he has, whether it’s in the building or whether it’s at an owners meeting around other coaches. That’s where the respect comes from.”
As can be seen in the photos, Chiefs fans have taken to Spagnuolo, who with the help of general manager Brett Veach, turned the defense from one of the worst units in the league to champions.
It would be great to see “Spags” get another head-coaching opportunity soon — just not too soon.