PHILADELPHIA — Andy Reid would not say whether or not he’s a greater coach now with the Kansas City Chiefs than he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, however the indicators of added knowledge are obvious.
“That’s laborious to inform while you’re strolling in your personal sneakers. I’m older. I’ve much less hair — I’ve no pink hair in any respect. And my mustache has turned white. And I in all probability misplaced some weight,” Reid stated forward of Sunday’s sport between two franchises near his coronary heart, the Eagles and Chiefs (1 p.m. ET, CBS). “Apart from that, I don’t understand how a lot completely different I’m.”
Reid, 63, is in his 23rd 12 months as a head coach. He is racked up 222 wins, good for sixth all time, together with 17 postseason victories and a Tremendous Bowl title. He has nearly seen all of it at this level.
Nonetheless, it isn’t all that arduous to place himself in first-year Eagles coach Nick Sirianni’s sneakers, given how acquainted his story rings.
Each Reid and Sirianni had been employed by Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie as relative unknowns. Neither had earlier playcalling expertise; heck, Reid did not even rise to the extent of offensive coordinator within the NFL earlier than turning into the entrance man in Philadelphia in 1999.
Each had been paired with younger quarterbacks. The Eagles drafted Syracuse’s Donovan McNabb No. 2 total in Reid’s first 12 months. Jalen Hurts was a second-round decide in 2020 and began his time with Sirianni with 4 NFL begins underneath his belt.
To additional the connection: Reid truly performed a job in Philadelphia’s pre-draft work on Hurts. Eagles management consulted Reid to get his analysis of Hurts, sources stated, in addition to to debate the dynamics related to drafting a participant of Hurts’ caliber to again up then-incumbent starter Carson Wentz. Reid has expertise on this space: He drafted Kevin Kolb within the second spherical in 2007 when McNabb was entrenched as Philly’s starter; added Michael Vick to the QB room in ’09; and paired veteran Alex Smith with then-rookie Patrick Mahomes in 2017 with the Chiefs.
The Eagles have lengthy valued Reid’s opinion and sought it out earlier than making what proved to be a franchise-impacting resolution.
“I did, yeah,” Reid stated when requested if he took a have a look at Hurts pre-draft, even with the Chiefs well-off at quarterback with Mahomes within the fold. “He’s a very good participant, for certain. Gifted.”
Sirianni and Reid even met briefly in 2013 when Sirianni was the WR coach in Kansas Metropolis underneath the outgoing Romeo Crennel regime and Reid was taking up as head coach.
“Coach Reid was charged with the duty of telling me I wasn’t working there anymore,” Sirianni stated Friday. “So, you recognize, however he was superior. It was truly an superior dialog I had with him. And I actually revered the truth that he took time to satisfy with me, inform me what he had heard about me.”
Each Reid and Sirianni hit turbulence early of their first head-coaching jobs. Reid’s Eagles completed 5-11 his first 12 months in Philadelphia. He examined town’s endurance by beginning Doug Pederson at quarterback for 9 video games whereas easing in McNabb. Sirianni is already feeling the warmth after suspect playcalling in back-to-back losses dropped the Eagles to 1-2.
“Both I didn’t name a adequate play, whether or not there was a pre-snap penalty or a penalty, whether or not there was some stress, it was teaching, it was execution, all of us had a hand on this,” Sirianni stated after Monday night time’s 41-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The important thing, Reid stated, is having the complete backing of administration whereas taking your lumps.
“The group was nice with that. They supported me in what I did. They believed in it they usually gave me that assist which actually is what a head coach wants,” Reid stated. “I am certain that’s occurring the identical manner with Nick. He’s getting the assist from everyone within the constructing and that’s essential, and he’s doing a very good job. There’s an actual small margin between successful and dropping on this league so he’ll get going proper.”
Sirianni on Wednesday known as the Eagles “an superior group within the sense that Mr. Lurie is at apply on a regular basis, so I get to speak to him day-after-day.” The coach has credited the group for having his again and stated the message he has obtained from Lurie is to “do what you have to do to win video games and I’ll assist.” It is also true that inside dynamics have shifted because the Reid years, with Lurie turning into extra concerned within the soccer facet of the operation, coinciding with the rise of an analytics-based method. A standard thought within the constructing was Pederson, who was head coach in Philly from 2016-2020, didn’t get the level of freedom or authority deserving of a Tremendous Bowl-winning coach, negatively impacting his relationship with the group.
The counterargument is the Eagles received a Tremendous Bowl with that setup, and Lurie and common supervisor Howie Roseman took the required steps to fill an influence vacuum throughout the Pederson years. Lurie’s stage of involvement was completely different from Reid to Chip Kelly to Pederson. If he feels Sirianni’s operation is buttoned up, there’s sufficient historical past to counsel Lurie might tailor his method some.
Belief and endurance is required. The educational curve might be fairly steep for a first-time head coach, particularly in a rabid market like Philadelphia.
“It’s so much completely different since you’ve received to cope with you guys within the media while you didn’t should essentially try this as a coordinator,” Reid stated, “you then’ve received to juggle the entire crew, not simply the offensive facet.
“These are the challenges you’re introduced as a brand new coach. The playcalling and all that I believe in all probability comes fairly pure to him. Establishing a sport plan and doing that. He is executed that for some time. I don’t assume that’s the hardest half. It’s simply doing these different obligations on there.”
Reid is a unicorn. Uncommon are the coaches who final 14 years in a single place like he did in Philadelphia, not to mention style his stage of success. The possibilities of Sirianni reflecting on an identical path when he’s white-haired in 23 years is unlikely. However Reid’s humble beginnings no less than function a reminder that it is too early to make any sound judgments on Sirianni’s tenure.
“I believe the Eagles are in good palms,” Reid stated.