Feb. 23, 2013
"Well, it is a great challenge," said Andy Reid Thursday on taking over the Kansas City Chiefs. "I have had a chance to meet some of the players, and they are anxious to move forward. I think Romeo did a nice job of building a good foundation there, and then it is my responsibility to build on that and take it to the next level. That is what we are doing. Is it similar to taking over in Philadelphia? Yes, it is similar. It is a challenge and I love that opportunity."
The Chiefs won just two games in 2012... seven in 2011. Four times in the last six seasons Kansas City has won four games or less. Finishing above .500 could qualify as the "next level" .
That would be a good first step by Reid.
Since 1998 Kansas City has won 10-plus games just three times. Dick Vermeil's 13 wins in 2003 was the last highlight, 1993 was the last time the Chiefs have won a playoff game.
It's been a long while, but Chiefs fans are loyal.
I think Reid has a bigger job to do in Kansas City versus when he first took over the Eagles in 1998. Reid came to an Eagles team that had had success with Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite and Buddy Ryan before.
Prior to Reid (a 12 year span with three coaches) the Eagles won 108 games and two playoff wins. Before Reid the Eagles had been to the playoffs six times with Rhodes, Kotite and Ryan. Since Marty Schottenheimer (1998) Kansas City's won 98 games between Gunther Cunningham, Vermeil, Herman Edwards, Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel. Just three playoff appearances in 15 seasons for Kansas City.
Since 2006 Kansas City has been 25th or worst in scoring four times, the Eagles had been top-10 in scoring at least once with Rhodes, Kotite and Ryan before Reid. Since Marty the Chiefs have had Vermeil, but that's it.
Reid's coming into a much starved fan base. Famished for wins, success and a confident team.
I can't call it similar, really can't, because at least before Reid the Eagles had something resembling a hook to hang their hat on. Here in Kansas City?
Edwards, Haley and Crennel have all been part of the worst teams Chiefs fans have ever seen.
It's been beyond ugly for us in Kansas City, time for Reid to make it pretty. Reid has work to do, but hopefully the Chiefs forgettable run has been more about bad hires than terrible players.
Reid has good material to work with, Kansas City doesn't truly reflect I feel a two-win team.
Still, Reid might need to roll up his sleeves just a bit higher than when he first took over for the Eagles. Reid's 130 wins (most in Eagles history) proves he can do it. Reid won eight games or more 11 times in his 14 seasons with the Eagles, I like Reid's chances.
Good day, Chiefs fans!