Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A Summers View: The First Month of the Andy Reid Era


The old saying goes “Hope springs eternal.”  It means, hope for the best, no matter the adversity.  Most Kansas City Chiefs fans can live by that.  Every year hoping and believing that things would get righted.  That a once proud franchise would finally move towards the right direction for the future.  But incorrect hiring’s doomed the team over the past decade.  Last season could beat down even the most optimist fan.

Enter Andy Reid.  After departing from Philadelphia and looking for a fresh start, Coach Reid and soon later General Manager John Dorsey joined forces to regain the trust of the Arrowhead faithful.  Now a month into the first of the Andy Reid Era, the Chiefs sit at 3-0.  Ahhh, hope springs eternal once again.  Now, maybe hope is turning into reality.  I want to touch on the three key aspects I have taken away from the new regimes first month in something I call “Three & Out.”

Three & Out

First Down: Coaching

What a difference a year can make.  It is utterly amazing what Coach Reid and his staff has done with the majority of the same roster Romeo Crennel had the past season.  It has taken only 3 attempts to eclipse Crennel’s meager 2 victories last season.  No one has ever questioned Reid’s ability to coach.  Time just ran out on his experience in Philly.  14 years with no Super Bowl titles and two lackluster previous seasons wore out his welcome in the “City of Brotherly Love.”  Thank you Philadelphia.  Coach Reid was welcomed with open arms to Kansas City, a city ready for an established coach with a proven track record.  Reid understood the talent that was already available on the Chiefs roster, tweaking little.  Building his staff, Reid brought over some familiar faces from his previous staffs; (Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson previously served under Reid as Philadelphia’s Quarterback Coach for the 2011 & 2012 season, before serving as Offensive Quality Control Coach in 2009 & 2010.  Spread Game Analyst Brad Childress before becoming the Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings served on Reid’s staff from 1999 to 2005 as Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Coordinator.  Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub served under Reid in Philly from 2001-2003) and new faces such as Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton (New York Jets from 2000-2012 under various roles on the defensive side, including coordinator from 2006-2008) and consultant Chris Ault (former University of Nevada Head Coach and pistol formation guru) while keeping key parts from the previous regime, such as Linebacker Coach Gary Gibbs and Defensive Backs Coach Emmitt Thomas.  This credits Reid’s confidence in his position and standing with the franchise, obtaining what he believes is his best coaching staff available, not just within his “coaching tree,” something the previous regime never seemed to do.  The team has responded to an incredible start, proving really how important a good cohesive coaching staff can be.

Second Down: Defense

How good has this defense been!  After years and years of draft picks invested into this defense, Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton has them playing at the level many of had thought they had the capability to.  Derrick Johnson has been a tackling machine as normal, Tamba Hali has been a force to reckon with, Brandon Flowers, injured knee and all has played exceptionally well (other than the first half of the Dallas game, although Bryant is almost a half foot taller than Flowers, and when he wants to be, one of the elite receivers in the league,) but the MVP’s of the defense has been Justin Houston and Dontari Poe.  Houston has been nearly unblockable.  The former Georgia Bulldog has made opposing quarterbacks take notice, notching 7 ½ sacks in just 3 games, while forcing a fumble and recovering two.  Houston made number 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel look completely overmatched during the 28-2 beat down in Jacksonville, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his three sack performance.  In Andy Reid’s triumph return to Philadelphia, Houston showed the national audience he has arrived, sacking the mobile Michael Vick 4 ½ times as well, earning another Defensive Player of the Week award.  Currently Houston leads the NFL in sacks at 7 ½, ahead of the competition by 3 sacks.  As for Dontari Poe, the man in the middle of the line looks leaps and bounds ahead of his rookie season.  He single handedly pushed the Dallas Cowboys interior linemen (mostly rookie Center Travis Frederick) into Tony Romo’s pocket in Week 2, earning 2 sacks.  He added 1 ½ Week 1 against Jacksonville and sits tied for 4th in the NFL with 3 ½.  Poe did not register a sack last season.  The crazy thing is Andy Reid is known an offensive guy and previous Coach Romeo Crennel was known as a defensive guy.  Proves how over matched Crennel was as Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.  Once again it comes back to my first point, coaching.

Third Down: Home Field Advantage Returns

One of the biggest advantages the Kansas City Chiefs should have year in and year out is home field advantage.  The true NFL home field advantage rests at One Arrowhead Drive.  While awful home records the previous seasons (minus 2010’s anomaly) have limited the crowd, the home opener against the Dallas Cowboys awakened the sleeping giant.  Arrowhead returned in full force to welcome Andy Reid and the new regime.  Arriving at the stadium around 7 o’clock that morning, tailgating had already commenced.  At that point, I knew Tony Romo was in for a long day.  The crowd was as good as I can remember, almost at capacity.  At points it was so loud I couldn’t even yell to get my wife’s attention.  It was a thing of beauty, something that had been stolen from the Arrowhead crowd.  But it’s back, and it’s ready to welcome Eli Manning and the 0-3 New York Giants.  You’ll hear them Eli, about 75,000 of the Kansas City faithful.

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  • Danny W

    I’m pretty sure they’re is a summers view femanine hygeine product out there.

    • PunjabiPete

      There is but it is a little more acidic, and doesn’t come in berry essence, which tas- I mean, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Danny W

        mmmhhhmm. Sure you don’t Pete.

  • berttheclock

    er, the Seahawks do not play in a dome. You are confusing Century Link with Safeco where the M’s have been known to occasionally win games. Safeco has a sliding roof. But, Century Link is open. However, the way it is shaped makes the upper stands much closer to the field of play and helps to retain sound. Plus, the stadium does have overhanging roofs and some of the most obnoxious so-called fans of the front running kind in any sport. Until 1995, most Seattleites did not know baseball existed. However, after that playoff run, why “I’ve always been a M’s fan” was heard across the PNW. Why, they even pulled out all of their M’s gear of which they had just purchased and claimed they had always worn such.
    The roar at Arrowhead is made by fans who have always been fans of the Chiefs and are no Johnny come lately Band Wagon types. Give me fans of the Chiefs and Royals any day over those in the beautiful Puget Sound area. They are smarter, have far more sports knowledge and are not Band Wagon types. BTW, let the Seahawks start losing games and Century Link will be tested for their ‘Silence is golden, golden’ looooooong moments.

    • PunjabiPete

      LOL well written, and even with the minor disagreements I’ve had of late with a few people, I would never question their “fandom”. Actually yes I would, so let’s just skip that talking point. The sad thing is once we beat the Giants, the “you only play crap teams” chatter will just get louder. I thought I heard Manning whining about the Eagles getting a long break before playing the Donks, so if it’s Peyton apparently SOMEONE is scared of the Eagles… if anyone knows where to see the story on that, I’d be interested in getting all the facts.


    • kcpauly

      Bert, once again I have to agree with you, I live in N.Idaho and travel to Seattle every time the Chiefs come play (damn re-alignment, used to be once a yr. now every 4-5) and Seachicken fans are a bunch of fairweather bitches, I have had them threaten to pour thermos’s of coffee down my back when Chiefs are winning, and you can hear a pin drop in there, but when their team is winning the obnoxious bastards are the 12th man, I went to a SF game with a good friend of mine he was wearing a 9ers coat and I was wearing a Chiefs coat(of course) and the Chickens pounded the 9ers that game and even so when we were walking out the parking lot an egg came whistling right between our heads, real class act these douce’ nugget(sorry the summers eve got to me) so called 12th man are, I and one of the only other Chiefs fans I know in N.Idaho have it circled on our calenders to finally get to come to Arrowhead and see a game, next year me and Trent will be at Raiders game at Arrowhead, I cannot wait 28+ yrs. of being a fan and finally I will get to see Arrowhead(I’m only 40 do the math)and taste me some REAL KC BBQ( I will eat Poe’s portion) Good post and good read.
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

      • berttheclock

        I have a good buddy who is an avid Packers fan. He took his lady friend to the game in Seattle. Now, he is in his late 30s, large and excellent shape. That didn’t stop some drunk from trying to goad him into a fight as they were leaving the stadium. The drunk kept calling his girl friend vulgar names and she kept telling him “It’s not worth it”. Have you read there have been so many complaints, some of Seattle’s finest have been going undercover dressed in opponents gear to stem the violence? Beautiful city, great stadium, great organization with John Schneider and Pete Carroll leading the way, but, ………………

        • kcpauly

          I have not read that but I believe it as I have been to about 15 game in Seattle and there is always some problem with the chickens fans,
          Go Chiefs!!!!!!

  • berttheclock

    BTW, Shane, seeing your K-State shirt, reminds me of going to D’s Bar in Portland, OR. There, I sit next to an avid Chiefs fan who graduated from K-State. Bright guy who knows a great deal about football and the Chiefs. He even posts on occasion over at Arrowhead Pride using the moniker of Aaron Brown. But, in that bar, there are fans of the Chiefs who are from Mizzou, Nebraska, KU and even Iowa, as the bar owners are rabid Hawkeye fans, as well. Great mingling and I have never heard anyone get into the college bickering one finds reading the college sections of the Star.
    The Red and Gold brings us all together. Now, if only my beloved alma mater can get special permission from the NCAA to win a 3rd football game in a season, I can put that fast forward onwards to Jayhawk basketball on hold.

  • Shane Summers

    berttheclock, you are 100 percent right, epic fail on my part. I fixed that. Danny W, I believe its “Summers Eve”, not “Summers View.” Believe me, I check into that before I named it that.

    • Danny W

      I know just ribbing you a little.