Even though his Chiefs fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Reid’s loss does not tarnish his tremendous career.
When the 62 year old decides to hang up the headset, he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Here are 3 reasons why.
Reid broke into the NFL ranks with the Green Bay Packers in 1992.
He stayed with the organization until 1998 where he worked in various capacities including assistant offensive line coach, tight ends coach, quarterbacks coach, and assistant head coach.
All of these experiences with a championship Packers team and future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre served Reid well as he assumed his first head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.
He stayed with the Eagles until 2012 and turned around an organization that hadn’t been to a Super Bowl since 1980 when Ron Jaworski was the quarterback.
Philadelphia is a tough sports town, and Reid handled the ups and downs well.
He led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004 but fell in defeat to the New England Patriots.
The Eagles were consistent contenders during Reid’s reign.
His inability to get them over the top to a Super Bowl Championship ultimately cost him his job.
He landed with the Kansas City Chiefs and is credited with recognizing the talent of Texas Tech star Patrick Mahomes.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Reid led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory, his first as head coach, following the 2019 season.
"HOW 'BOUT THOSE @CHIEFS?!"
— NFL (@NFL) February 3, 2020
Winning back-to-back titles is very tough, but Reid and the Chiefs came very close and finished as Super Bowl runner up in the 2020 pandemic season.
2. Consistent Winner
Though winning only one Super Bowl, Reid has earned plenty of accolades over the years.
His win-loss record as a head coach over a 22 year span is remarkable.
It is 221-130-1.
He has been named Coach of Year (by various entities) many times and is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary team.
3. Coaching Tree Is Legendary
Andy Reid has mentored many NFL head coaches who have already been crowned champions.
Here are just a few of his prized students.
1. John Harbaugh
Harbaugh worked with Reid and the Eagles as a special teams coach and secondary coach from 1998 to 2007.
He left the Eagles to become the Baltimore Ravens head coach, a position he has had since 2008.
Under his leadership, the Ravens won the Super Bowl following the 2012 season.
Harbaugh also was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 2019.
Pederson was coached by Reid during his playing years both with the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles.
He also worked under Reid with the Eagles from 2009-2012 as offensive quality control coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Pederson went with Reid to Kansas City in 2013 and served as the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs from 2013-2015 before returning to Philly to become the Eagles head coach in 2016.
Doug Pederson did what Andy Reid could not for the city of Philadelphia.
He led the Eagles to a Super Bowl Championship following the 2017 season.
3. Todd Bowles
Bowles worked under Reid and with the Eagles during the 2012 season as secondary coach and defensive coordinator.
Though he later took a head coaching job with the New York Jets, Bowles is now a Super Bowl Champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Reid tipped his cap to his former student and current Bucs defensive coordinator following the Chiefs loss to the Bucs.
Andy Reid on Tampa Bay’s defense tonight: “Give credit to Todd Bowles for the job he did. He got us.”
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 8, 2021
Winning more Super Bowls could only cement Andy Reid’s legacy as a Hall of Famer.
That is very likely given the star power the Chiefs have on their roster.