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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

Andy Reid: I Drifted Away From The Thing I Love Doing Most


Andy Reid has talked several times to Kansas City media about what went wrong in the last few years in Philadelphia. Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman published an article with quotes from Reid talking about the end in Philadelphia.

Here are a handful of the quotes he gave to Berman, who was with Reid at the NFL’s Career Development Symposium at Penn’s Wharton School.

“It also allowed me to . . . try to keep my personality in the room and do what I like doing,” Reid said. “I learned a lesson. I thought I stepped out for the right reasons. It probably wasn’t the right thing to do.”

There is a repeating theme in Reid’s quotes to both the Kansas City and Philadelphia media: He wanted to get back to coaching. There is sometimes pressure – right or wrong – for coaches to live up to this standard set by Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells of being both a coach and general manager.

Sometimes it is about taking advantage of your strengths and knowing yourself as a person and coach. Reid touches on this a little later, but I think Reid lost sight of what made him so successful early in Philadelphia.

“I took [myself] completely out, dealt more with personnel . . . stopped calling the plays, all those things,” Reid said.

“About a year ago, I found out what I wasn’t good at because [I was] out the door,” said Reid, now the Kansas City Chiefs coach. “I went back, and I looked at it, and . . . I drifted away from the thing I love doing most, and that was coaching.”

It’s hard to coach when you’re not there to coach. And if you’re not extremely talented at roster building, well then…

“I’m not saying [it was] the wrong way to go; we had a lot of success in Philadelphia,” Reid said. “But where I was in my career, this is what I want to do. And it worked out where I could actually do that.”

Kansas City caught a break with Reid coming available at the same time they were in a front office transition. We talk a lot about how unfortunate the Chiefs were for missing out on an Andrew Luck or Jadeveon Clowney the year they end up with the number one overall pick, but maybe we should talk a little more about how fortunate the Chiefs were to have Reid and John Dorsey available to them in one offseason.

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  • Wes McDougal

    Dorsey and Reid are the best thing to happen to the Chiefs and the fans in a long time. know let’s get As11 and Huston signed and move on!!

  • Stan Colbert

    Reid tried to hire Dorsey in Phila. I think the mutual respect they have is great! All you have to do is look to the other side of parking lot to see how great it is!

    • Ben Nielsen

      Why did you have to remind me about the other side of the parking lot? Now I’m sad. Thanks, Stan.

  • Nick the Kick

    I think that coach and GM are as important in the NFL as the players raw talent. All these conspiracy theories about how the Hunts don’t care about winning and are cheap skates have been totally rebutted under Clark’s ownership. When the Hailey and Pioli hires were made, it was considered a big coup for KC, it just didn’t work out. So Hunt doesn’t even wait until Pioli’s contract is up, he goes out and gets arguably the greatest offensive minded head coach in the league and the guy who with Ted Thompson ran one of the best front offices. Great story and point, I’d rather have Reid and Dorsey w/ Eric Fisher than O’Brien and Rick Smith w/ Clowney.

  • Andy

    There is so much to like about the Reid Dorsey team.
    1. They are professionals who know football
    2. They are winners
    3. Both know their roles
    4 . They are respected around the league. Players and coaches will come here to play.
    5. Best of all, they are not looking for another job. They will be here for a while.
    With Kelly in Philly, looks like a win win.