Only one coach in NFL history has won at least 100 games with two different teams. Andy Reid. And only one coach in NFL history has won at least 10 postseason games with two different teams. Andy Reid.
Dick Vermeil was the head coach of both the Eagles and Chiefs, and he had success with both teams. He went to the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles and he won a division with the Chiefs. But Andy Reid is the most successful coach in Eagles history, and he is the most successful coach in Chiefs history.
These two teams are forever tied to coach Reid and the bookends of his Hall of Fame coaching career.
When the Eagles began their head coaching search in 1999 they initially zeroed in on former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren. He ended up taking the job in Seattle, but not without lending a hand to Eagles owner Jeffrey Laurie. Holmgren had hired Reid in Green Bay in 1992, and he told Laurie and the Eagles that Reid should be their focus.
An offensive line, tight end, and later the quarterbacks coach (when Brett Favre was winning MVP awards), Reid was hired by the Eagles despite having never been a coordinator in the NFL. In fact he was the first ever to go straight from quarterback coach to head coach.
Initially criticized for hiring the relatively unknown 40-year-old, it immediately paid dividends. The Eagles were 3-13 the year before he was hired. But his second year they were in the playoffs. By his third year they were in the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to Kurt Warner and the Rams.
Reid would take the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games during his 14 years there, and he and the team made it to Super Bowl XXXIX, where they lost to the Patriots
Even the best coaches need a scenery change from time-to-time, and that is eventually what happened during the 2012 season. The Eagles were not good, at just 4-12, and Reid, while becoming the winningest coach in franchise history, still hadn’t won a Super Bowl.
He was 1-4 in NFC Championship Games and 0-1 in the Super Bowl, and those records dogged him. The split with the Eagles was amicable, and he maintains good relationships with owner Jeffrey Laurie and general manager Howie Roseman, who worked in the Eagles front office during most of Reid’s tenure. And both sides will tell you, the split had to happen, and it’s been a good thing for all parties.
While some coaches look to take time off between head coaching stints, not Reid, just five days after the Eagles announced that his contract would not be renewed, he signed a five-year contract to become the head coach of the Chiefs.
Kansas City was 2-14 the year before Reid became the head coach. But with Reid on the sideline, new general manager John Dorsey in the front office, and newly acquired Alex Smith starting at quarterback, the Chiefs went 11-5 and made the playoffs. In 10 seasons now in Kansas City, he has eight seasons of at least 11 wins, and currently, the Chiefs have won the AFC West seven consecutive seasons.
Reid’s trips to the Championship Game have also continued, and he’s been to five straight AFCCG’s - all in Kansas City. But the older, and now wiser Reid, has improved on his winning percentage from his days in Philadelphia. He won just one of five such games in the NFC, but he has now won three of five in the AFC.
And finally, in Super Bowl LIV, Reid got that elusive championship. In his 15th postseason, and 21st season overall, Reid, the Chiefs, and Mahomes, beat the 49ers to win the Lombardi Trophy.
There were a number of people who thought he might walk away from the NFL after that victory. At the time, he was 61, he had his championship, and he had secured his place in NFL history. But those people don’t know Reid. He’s having too much fun leading an offense quarterbacked by Mahomes.
Reid is now a head coach in his fourth Super Bowl, and he’s not quitting anytime soon.
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