Chiefs will stick with Andy Reid and Alex Smith
By Andrew Jones
Andy Reid is 43-21 during the regular season with Kansas City. That record is just one game behind the best 4 year record in Chiefs’ history since a 16 game season was put in place. The coach who has Reid by one game is Marty Schottenheimer. I was too young to read all the talk about Marty then. There also wasn’t this mass information machine back then and I lived in another state. I would imagine though that after that ’95 season there were a lot of people calling for his head. Yet Lamar Hunt stuck with him until Schottenheimer resigned after the ’98 season.
Due to Schottenheimer’s success, the Chiefs filled Arrowhead Stadium each season in the ’90s. They became one of the more popular teams across the midwest and set a tradition of support in Kansas City that would last up to the Cassel/Crennel/Pioli debacle. Those were dark days and Clark Hunt is not about to abandon four straight winning seasons. He’s not much of a risk taker.
As far as the quarterback goes, Reid has a lot to say about personnel in Kansas City. He believes in his guy. I wrote several weeks ago about why Smith will likely never win a championship. Everyone I read and listen to honestly believes that it is possible. However, there has to be something else that takes the pressure off of him. Week 12 at Denver is the one instance where I believe it was Smith who went out and won the game. Even then, he still needed help during the first half from the defense and special teams.