‘Andy Reid Bowl’ shines bright light on an NFL coaching legend

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 29: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship NFL football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

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Andy Reid is widely viewed as one of the best coaches in the NFL, a position he has held in the league for a remarkable 24 seasons. While the last 10 seasons have been as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, the first 14 years were spent with K.C.’s Super Bowl LVII opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid’s tenure in each city is impressive enough to receive praise and adoration, but when you put them together, you get one of the best coaching careers that the NFL has ever seen—and this is the perfect week to reflect on that.

As a Chiefs fan, it’s impossible not to love and appreciate Andy Reid. As fans, we’ll always take issue with certain play calls or timeout usage, but at the end of the day, Reid has been nothing short of extraordinary in K.C. He took over a team that was coming off the worst season in team history and never batted an eye. He’s had a winning record in all 10 of his seasons with the Chiefs, has made five straight AFC Championship Games, and is now taking them to their third Super Bowl in the last four years. Most importantly, that run includes bringing home the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl win in 50 years.

On top of that, Reid is about as likable a coach as you can find. He’s a big jolly man who is known for his love of cheeseburgers and Hawaiian shirts. You put him in all red Chiefs gear on the sideline and you’re basically a big white beard away from Santa Claus coaching the Chiefs. His players love and respect him, he jokes around with the media, and even rival teams that hate everything about the Chiefs rarely have a bad word to say about Andy Reid.

As good as all of that sounds, Reid is still somehow underrated when it comes to discussions of the greatest coaches of all time. Maybe it’s because of the shadow of Bill Belichick, who is still coaching and has the greatest coaching resume of all time. Maybe it is because we romanticize some of the coaching greats of the past to the point where it feels wrong to compare Reid to them. Maybe it’s because Reid only has one Super Bowl win on his resume. If that’s the case, he has a chance to add an all-important second one on Sunday, which would all but cement his name amongst the coaching legends.

Here’s the thing, I’m not sure he even needs another Super Bowl win to cement his legacy. Don’t get me wrong, I desperately hope he gets it, but his resume is already astonishing. So before we really get into the Xs and Os of the game, let’s take a look at the company Andy Reid is in as a head coach. First, let’s look at the list of all-time coaching wins.

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