Andy Reid cements spot behind Bill Belichick as NFL’s second-best coach
By Matt Conner
A new set of head coach rankings from CBS Sports features Andy Reid behind Bill Belichick only.
If it wasn’t for arguably the greatest head coach of all time still actively serving in his position, the Kansas City Chiefs would employ the best overall head coach in the National Football League. As it is, Andy Reid is good enough to find himself ranked at No. 2 overall behind only Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots on the latest list revealed by CBS Sports during this offseason.
There are a lot of heavyweights in the NFL coaching ranks these days, and the Chiefs are quite fortunate to have an incredible teacher, mentor and strategist like Andy Reid in their corner. From veterans like Sean Payton and Pete Carroll to younger coaches like Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, the NFL is in good hands going forward when it comes to quality leadership. Of course, this list doesn’t include other Super Bowl winning head coaches like Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Doug Pedersen and more.
Belichick rightfully claimed the crown at CBS as their top-ranked coach and for good reason. The Chiefs were able to win their first Super Bowl in 50 years last winter to give Andy Reid a ring, but he remains five championships—five!—behind Belichick at this point.
What will be interesting to watch this year is how both head coaches handle being in positions that are normally flipped. For Reid, the challenge will be to keep his team focused and hungry even after winning it all the year before. The Chiefs can ill afford to rest on their laurels because every NFL franchise will be eager to knock them off their pedestal.
At the same time, Belichick is now without his future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, who left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason in free agency. Jarrett Stidham and Cam Newton are in town to battle to replace him, but Belichick faces as much uncertainty as ever in his recent coaching career. How the Patriots will adjust will be one of the major storylines for the 2020 season.