Andy Reid ranked right where he should be on top coaches list

Jan 29, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during the second half of the NFC game at the 2017 Pro Bowl at Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during the second half of the NFC game at the 2017 Pro Bowl at Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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NFL.com has a new column out ranking the league’s top coaches and Andy Reid is nestled right about where he should be.

There’s a case to be made that Andy Reid should be much higher. A new column at NFL.com by Elliot Harrison has ranked the NFL’s 32 head coaches in a Power Rankings sort of order, with Reid, the Chiefs head coach, coming in at No. 5 overall. But given the company he’s keeping up at the top of the leaderboard, the placement actually makes sense.

For all of his regular season wins, of which there are 173, Reid has yet to win the biggest game of all. So despite his record of success with multiple teams, his incredible longevity, the coaching tree that extends from him and his ability to work with some of the NFL’s most dramatic or troubled players, Reid still sits outside the top four waiting on his spot.

Bill Belichick has been crowned king of this list, as should be expected, and each of the men above Reid—Pete Carroll, Mike McCarthy and Mike Tomlin—all have a Super Bowl win to their credit (and some have more than one). Given the lack of hardware, Reid will remain on the outside looking in, so to speak. Harrison writes:

"As consistent as any coach or player in the NFL, Reid might be the most successful head coach in the Super Bowl era to never hoist the Lombardi Trophy. He has certainly joined the Dan Reeves and Marty Schottenheimer stratosphere in that regard. Can Reid get the Chiefs there? If so, analysts and fans alike might discuss him as a Hall of Fame-level leader."

It’s our opinion that Reid is a Hall of Famer either way, Lombardi or not. The reality is he’s one of the finest coaches of a generation and even NFL history for that matter. It might not be as sexy as inducting a quarterback or pass rusher, but inducting an incredible coach tells just as much about the story of football as anyone else, perhaps even more. Here’s hoping Reid’s able to earn that Super Bowl with the Chiefs so it’s not even a talking point.