Chiefs news: Andy Reid faces long odds to win Coach of the Year

Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn’t among the favorites in terms of odds for 2020 Coach of the Year.

FanDuel Sportsbook has released their betting odds for NFL’s Coach of the Year for the 2020 season, and it’s clear that oddsmakers don’t think Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has a very good chance of winning the award.

Instead, it looks as if Bill Belichick, coach of the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots, and Mike McCarthy, new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, are the early favorites. Immediately behind those two are Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians. Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals), Kevin Stefanski (Cleveland Browns), Sean McDermott (Buffalo Bills), Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers), and Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) are all listed before Reid.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise since Andy Reid hasn’t won the award in any single season with the Chiefs since coming over from the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2013, he led the Chiefs to the playoffs one year after picking first in the NFL Draft. Instead, they gave the award to Reid’s friend Ron Rivera.

In 2015, the Chiefs were 1-5 in mid-October yet reeled off 12 consecutive wins, including the postseason, to finish at 12-6 with the franchise’s first postseason win in years—a 30-0 drubbing of the Houston Texans. Rivera took home the trophy once again.

In 2016, Reid finally reached the top of the AFC West for the first time and won 12 regular season games. Instead, Jason Garrett took home the trophy. From there, the Chiefs have continued to dominate the West and go deeper into the postseason with each passing season. Whether on the verge of a Super Bowl or hoisting the actual trophy, it doesn’t matter. Sean McVay, Matt Nagy, and John Harbaugh were all found more worthy instead.

This award is largely built on a team that defies expectations before the season and it’s typically centered on regular season success. For the Chiefs, the Super Bowl is the expectation as defending champs, so it’s not likely that Reid is going to win the award if they’re basically never expected to lose. In fact, perhaps only an undefeated season would be the thing to provide Reid enough of a spotlight to win the award once again.

Reid has only a single win for Coach of the Year on his mantle, an honor given to him in 2002 when he won 12 games with the Eagles and topped the NFC East in a season in which Donovan McNabb was injured for 6 games and A.J. Feeley was forced to start.

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