Kansas City Chiefs: Super Bowl window is still open

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When John Dorsey, Andy Reid, and Alex Smith arrived in Kansas City they were taking over a team that was coming off the worst season in the history of the franchise. Fans were wearing black to games and the product on the field was atrocious in every since of the word. Since then they have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, ended the playoff victory draught, and won the AFC West. They haven’t brought a Super Bowl win to Kansas City yet but considering the dumpster fire that they inherited the fact that they have been a consistent winning franchise from day one should earn them some respect.

The two biggest demands that I’ve heard from fans since the season ended is that Andy Reid should give up the play calling duties and that the Chiefs need to move on from Alex Smith.

Let’s address those one at a time starting with the head coach.

Andy Reid is one of the best head coaches in the NFL. Period. I understand that he’s never won a Super Bowl and that until he does nobody will ever consider him THE best coach in the NFL, but if you look at both his career wins and career winning percentage there is simply no denying just how good of a coach he is. Let’s put it this way, the Chiefs could go 0-16 next season and if they fired Andy Reid every team with a coaching vacancy would still be lined up to try and hire him to be their head coach.

Now, even the most extreme of the extreme likely aren’t calling for Reid to be fired. What is being called for by many fans is that the play calling duties be stripped from Reid. I get that sentiment, I do. Sometimes Reid’s play calling leaves even the most loyal of fans scratching their heads and struggling for any sort of reasonable justification for what he was thinking. His clock management has been ridiculed for years. I’m not even here to argue that someone else couldn’t do a better job of calling plays. What I am trying to say is that I think we have to be willing to take the good with the bad when it comes to Andy Reid.