Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reacts from the sidelines in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs, in the best use of non-abrasive words, are failing. The team is sitting at a lowly 1-4 on the year and looking up at not only the Denver Broncos, but…wait for it….the Oakland Raiders.
This team’s struggles have been documented in prime-time (twice) and most recently saw an “in the same boat” Chicago Bears team come from behind to win in Arrowhead. Worse than the loss to the Bears and the team’s current record, is the loss of Pro-Bowl running back Jamaal Charles. That in itself hurts way worse than the lousy record.
When the dust from the news of Charles’ injury had settled, a slow chant started to rise from the Chiefs Kingdom, “Fire Andy Reid!”
Let’s get this out of the way first: Andy Reid has been awful this year. His play calling has been questionable at best — his departure from the run game, to forcing the pass, and then switching those two statements has been baffling. Reid appears to spend more time during the game looking at his play sheet than actually coaching his team! He looks lost and that confusion has infiltrated the plays on the field.
However, have the recent failures of the team really been the result of Reid’s inability to coach his team? Are the failures linked to more of the quality of play of his players? One thing is certain: the answer is not firing Andy Reid.
Now, before the haters come out of the woodwork, and you know who you are, let’s explore a couple reasons why he should not be fired.