Can the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl?
I don’t think that there is any arguing that Andy Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL. He’s currently third in career wins amongst active coaches and since he’s only a few wins behind Jeff Fisher its only a matter of time before he will be in second place behind Bill Belichick. His career winning percentage of .602 ranks higher than that of many Hall of Fame coaches including Bill Parcels, Chuck Noll, and Jimmy Johnson. The only thing Andy Reid is missing from his resume is a Super Bowl win.
So is there something about Andy Reid that prevents his regular season success from carrying over into the playoffs? Is Andy Reid a reason to believe in the Chiefs Super Bowl chances or a reason to doubt them? I think all of us have at some point criticized Reid for his play calling or clock management and deservedly so. He does sometimes overthink play calls and has made head scratching decisions regarding time outs. He is also one of the best teachers in all the NFL, a tremendous game planner who seems to be able to design plays to attack almost any defense, and is almost universally beloved by his players.
So again the question is do Reid’s pros outweigh his cons when it comes to KC’s Super Bowl chances? I believe that no matter how frustrated we as fans may be at certain play calls or clock snafus that Reid is still a HUGE plus for the Chiefs. The NFL head coaching position is often a revolving door and for a coach to have the sustained long term success that Reid has is proof that he is a positive.
Look, Andy Reid could make a decision in a playoff game that costs the Chiefs. However, even if that happens I believe that his leadership, knowledge, teaching skills, and game planning expertise still put the Chiefs at an overall advantage against most other head coaches. I mean, the Broncos won the Super Bowl with Gary Kubiak. Anybody want to make the argument that Kubiak is a better coach than Andy Reid? I’m sure not going to.
Bottom line is that while its easy to get frustrated in the heat of the moment on game day we all need to remember what Reid has done both in his career and in his time since arriving in Kansas City. The Chiefs have a great coach and while he has his flaws they are greatly outweighed by all the positives that he brings to the table.
Finally, let’s talk about the defense.